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Fold and Cut Animals / Fold, Cut and Fold Animals
This page attempts to record what is known about Fold and Cut Animals and their later development Fold, Cut and Fold Animals. 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.

Please note that this index page is incomplete at present since I was not originally recording instances of this kind of design.



Part 4 of 'Die Zehenmal Hundert und Eine Kunst' by Albrecht Ernst Friedrich von Crailsheim, which was published in 1762, contains whatis possibly the earliest reference to Fodand Cut Animals (although the reference is not completely clear).

The text below says, roughly, 'Fold a piece of paper in two, then cut out a bird, a turtle, or whatever you like and glue a fly in the middle of it with wax ...', the idea being that the the bird or turtle etc then appears to walk around the table under fly power. The text also mentions the possibility of doing this with two other kinds of insects a 'Rossteser' (meaning unknown) or a 'rote Käfer' (red beetle).



Several examples of this type of design appear in 'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was first published in single volume form by E. Steiger and Company in New York in 1882.



Fold, Cut and Fold Animals also appear in 'Jeux et Jouets du Jeune Age' by Gaston Tissandier was published by G Masson in Paris in 1884.



The Supplement to issue 130 of 'Petits Francais Illustre' of 22nd August 1891contains a template for a Noah's Ark of cut out and fold up animals. (In this case the first fold is not needed.)