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The Fold and One Cut Maltese Cross / Iron Cross
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the The Fold and One Cut Maltese Cross / Iron Cross. 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 a version of this this effect, derived from the Fold and One Cut Latin Cross, first appears in a reader's letter in the Letterbox column of the January 1881 issue of the American children's magazine St Nicholas.



A version developed from a square appears in the 8th November 1892 issue of 'Journal des Instituteurs'. This is extracted from the book 'Le Travail Manuel a L'ecole Primaire, by M. Coste et J. Lapassade, which had been published in 1887.



'Geometrie, Dessin et Travaux Manuels - Cours Moyen', produced under the direction of M E. Cazes, which was published by Librairie Ch. Delagrave in Paris in 1895 contains instructions for folding and cutting out 'La Croix de Malte' using a different method. A second cut is used to add detail but it is still essentially a single cut effect.



Diagrams for a fold and one cut 'German Iron Cross' are included in 'Paper Magic' by Will Blyth, which was first published by C Arthur Pearson in London in 1920.



A method of creating a Fold and One Cut Maltese Cross can also be found in 'Houdini's Paper Magic', which was published by E P Dutton and Company of New York in 1922.