|The Public Paperfolding History Project
|How to Melt Tin in a Playing Card|
page attempts to record what is known about the origin
and history of the effect known as How to Melt Tin in a
Playing Card. 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 this effect first appeared on pp 9-10 of 'La Nature' 366 of June 5th, 1880 in an article written by Gaston Tissandier under the title 'Les Physiques Sans Appareils' . It was subsequently included in the 1883 3rd Edition of Gaston Tissandier's 'Les Recreations Scientifique' and was probably also included in the 1880 1st and 1881 2nd editions.
Fusion de létain dans une carte ŕ jour
The effect also appears in 'Ciencia Recreativa' by Jose Estralella, which was published by Gustavo Gili in Barcelona in 1918.