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Froebelian Folds of Life from the Double Blintz Basic Form
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the history of Froebelian Folds of Life developed from the Double Blintz Basic Form. 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.

The Salt Cellar and the Pepperpot - 1836

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The Travel Bag - 1859

As far as I know this design first occurs in the historical record, under the name 'Le sac de voyage' in a list of paperfolds suitable for use in kindergartens, on the Froebelian model, in the book 'Manual Pratique des Jardins d'Enfants de Freidrich Froebel' edited by J-F Jacobs, which was published in Brussels and Paris in 1859.

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The Travel Bag (Het reistaschje) is illustrated in 'De Kleine Papierwerkers' by Elise Van Calcar which was published by K H Schadd in Amsterdam in 1863.

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This design (here called the Portmanteau) also appears in part two of 'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was probably first published in 1882 by E. Steiger and Company in New York.

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The Travel Bag also appears in 'Die Frobelschen Beschaftigungen: Das Falten' by Marie Muller-Wunderlich, which was published by Friedrich Brandstetter in Leipzig in 1900.

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The Flat Flower - 1863

The Flat Flower (De bloem) is illustrated in 'De Kleine Papierwerkers' by Elise Van Calcar which was published by K H Schadd in Amsterdam in 1863.

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The King's Crown - 1882

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The Queen's Crown - 1882

This variation of the Crown first appears in part two of 'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was probably first published in 1882 by E. Steiger and Company in New York.

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The Seedpod - 1882

This design, which is developed from the Salt-Cellar, appears in part two of 'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was probably first published in 1882 by E. Steiger and Company in New York, as 'The Half Closed Flower'.

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The same design appears in Lois Bates' 'Kindergarten Guide', which was first published by Longmans, Green and Co in London in 1897.

The Open Seedpod - 1882

This design, which is developed from the Pepperpot in the same way as the seedpod is developed from the Salt-Cellar, appears in part two of'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was probably first published in 1882 by E. Steiger and Company in New York, as 'The Open Flower'.

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The Bed - 1897

The Bed is developed from the Crown and first appears in Lois Bates' 'Kindergarten Guide', which was first published by Longmans, Green and Co in London in 1897.

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A slightly different version of the Bed appears in 'Die Frobelschen Beschaftigungen: Das Falten' by Marie Muller-Wunderlich, which was published by Friedrich Brandstetter in Leipzig in 1900.

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The Cradle - 1897

The Cradle is developed from the Crown and first appears in Lois Bates' 'Kindergarten Guide', which was first published by Longmans, Green and Co in London in 1897.

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The Trough - 1897

The Trough is developed from the Crown and first appears in Lois Bates' 'Kindergarten Guide', which was first published by Longmans, Green and Co in London in 1897.

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The Table and Cover - 1897

This design first appears in Lois Bates' 'Kindergarten Guide', which was first published by Longmans, Green and Co in London in 1897.

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The Basket - 1900

This design is included in 'Die Frobelschen Beschaftigungen: Das Falten' by Marie Muller-Wunderlich, which was published by Friedrich Brandstetter in Leipzig in 1900.

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A very similar design appears as the 'Flower Basket' 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.

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