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The Plaited Belt
This page is being used to collect information about the history of the fold and weave design known as the Plaited Belt. 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 the design first appears as 'Colored Paper Belts' in 'More Things Any Boy Can Make' by Joseph Leeming, which was published by D Appleton-Century Company in New York and London in 1936.


The design also 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.



As 'Paper Link Belts' in 'Fun with Paper' by Joseph Leeming, which was published by Spencer Press Inc in Chicago in 1939.



In the April 1946 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine, which contained an article, entitled 'Folding Paper is Fun for Everyone', in which the same design appeared. I learned about this article from Oschene.



As 'La Ceinture' in 'Au Pays des Mains Agiles', which was published by Editions Fleurus in Paris in 1949.