The source is U. California, Berkeley, and as I recall the work was done by Dr. Rudy Wenk and his students. I learned about it when I lectured at Berkeley, and when I gave a Rincon Mountains (southern Arizona) field-trip tour for Rudy and his students. It was great fun. I like the fact that paper can be so strong, and rocks (when viewed regionally) are so weak. The experiment brings home the important role of flexural slip between layers, and the transition from discrete bands of kink folds to classic piles of symmetrical chevron folds.
Age & Formation
Modern, i.e., ~1982.