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The Magazine Cover Box
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the history of the origami design known as the Magazine Cover Box. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

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There is a photograph in an article in Issue 238 of the Buenos Aires edition of the magazine 'Caras y Caretas', published on 25th March 1905, which shows an open box of otherwise unknown design. It is just possible that this is the Magazine Cover Box, although the reproduction is too grainy to allow for certainty. The box in question is the one on the right.

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As far as I know diagrams for the Magazine Cover Box were first published in 1978 in Vol 13 issue 4 of the Origamian. The diagrams include the information that ‘Emily Rosenthal learned this in her German childhood - from whom she does not remember’. The original form of the box is the shorter, broader version. The longer, narrower box is an obvious variation.

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In 2005, while I was preparing my book ‘Complete Origami’ for publication, I played with these boxes to see whether, and if so how, the design could be enhanced or varied. I found that it was possible to add simple strengtheners to the boxes to make them more practical to use and also that it was possible to combine four of the shorter, broader version of the design to create a modular cuboid, that might be used, perhaps, as a simple gift container.

Diagrams for the original box and these developments can be found at http://www.origamiheaven.com/pdfs/magazinebox.pdf

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