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|Multiple-Image Pleated Paper Pictures / Falzbilder / Tabulae Striatae|
page attempts to record what is known about the origin
and history of Multiple-Image Pleated Paper Pictures
which show either two or three different pictures when
viewed from different angles.. 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.
'Deliciae physico mathematicae oder mathematische und philosophische Erquickstunden' by Daniel Schwenter, which was published in Nürnberg in 1636 contained a section on tabulae striatae made from wooden slats, which seems to be a forerumnner of the pleated paper version.
Information taken from Recreations with Paper by Edwin Corrie at www.foldingdidactics.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/2012_corrie.pdf.
Volume 3 of 'Deliciae physico mathematicae' written by Georg Phillip Harsdorffer, and published in 1653 contained a sevction showing how to make a multiple image picture from triangular wooden slats in a similar way.
The earliest reference to the pleated paper version that I know of is found in 'Humane Industry' by Thomas Powell which was published in London in 1661.
Instructions for making a pleated paper picture appear in an article in 'La Nature' 578 of June 28th, 1884, headed 'Les Recreations Scientifique' and sub-headed ' Le Tableau a Trois Faces', written by A Bergeret. This material also appeared in the 1988 5th Edition of 'Les Recreations Scientifiques'
The same material appears, under the title 'Magic Picture with Three Faces', in 'Scientific Amusements' by Henry Frith, which was first published by Ward, Locke and Co Ltd in London, New York and Melbourne in 1890.