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The Fold and Cut Lantern
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the design known as the Fold and Cut Lantern. 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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1910

As far as I know a description of how to make this design, but without any illustrations, first appears in the historical record in 'Studies in Invalid Occupation' by Susan E Tracy, which was published by Whitcomb and Barrows in Boston in 1910.

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1936

A similar design, but with the cuts made diagonally, appears in 'Paper Toy Making' by Margaret Campbell, which was first published by Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons Ltd in London, probably in 1937, although both the Foreword and Preface are dated 1936, which argues that the book was complete at that date.

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