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The Bonbon Bird

This page is being used to collect information about the history of the active play paperfolding design known as, among other things, the Bonbon Bird. 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 this design first appears as 'The What-is-it Bird' 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:


As 'The White Crow' in 'Fun with Paper' by Joseph Leeming, which was published by Spencer Press Inc in Chicago in 1939.



As 'A Bonbon Bird' in an article by Martin Gardner, which was published in 'Parents' magazine for November 1952.



As 'Billy Beak', in 'Folding Paper Toys' by Shari Lewis and Lillian Oppenheimer, which was first published by Stein and Day, Inc in the USA in 1963.