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Paper Puzzles for Weaving Together


1900?  Paper puzzle woven from strips of paper.  TH.  "(I?)RIS."  $30 from Bertrand Cocq, Calonne Ricouart, France, Sept., '18. 

Here is another lovely surprise!  I do not think I have before encountered this kind of picture, constructed of a frame and then perhaps 6 horizontal and 6 vertical strips, carefully calibrated to fit together and cover each other to create an exact full-color image of TH.  The scene, I presume, has the two near the end of the race as the hare tries to make up for lost ground.  I have learned in my minimal handling of this highly delicate object that horizontal strips can easily "droop" a bit and open up white spaces.  It is a delicate but rewarding task to bring them back up to their proper position!  I can guess that it took significant time and care to weave this picture so well!  I wish I knew more about its producer and circumstances!