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|The Fold and Cut Paper Parachute|
page attempts to record what is known about the origin
and history of the fold and cut design known as the Paper
Parachute. 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.
As far as I know the first appearance of this design in the historical record is in 'The Boy's Own Toymaker' by Ebenezer Landells, which was published in 1859 by Griffin and Farran in London and by Shephard, Clark and Brown in Boston.
The Arrow Parachute also appears in a similar form in 'Un million de jeux et de plaisirs' by T de Moulidars (a pseudonym of Jules Trousset 1842-1905) was first published in 1880 and subsequently republished under the title 'Grande encyclopédie méthodique, universelle, illustrée, des jeux et des divertissements de l'esprit et du corps' ...
... and in 'Cassell's Complete Book of Sports and Pastimes', published in 1882, the paperfolding section of which was based on de Moulidars book.
Instructions for making a simple form of the parachute appear in 'Le Livre des Amusettes' by Toto, which was published in Paris by Charles Mendel in 1899.
The design also appears in 'Les Bon Jeudis' by Tom Tit, which was published in Paris in 1905 by Librairie Vuibert.
And in 'Paper Magic' by Will Blyth, which was first published by C Arthur Pearson in London in 1920.