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The Clapper

This page is being used to collect information about the history of the noise making paperfold known as the Clapper. 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 1873 reference below is not completely clear but I believe it is most probably correct to interpret the design as the Clapper.



'Die Praxis Des Kindergartens' by Auguste Koehler, which was published by Herman Bohlau in Weimar in 1873, explains a simple design called 'Klatsche' (The Clapper) . The text says, roughly, 'The children like to use double folded strips as 'clappers'. They bring the two double-sided ends so that ... the pieces come together and hit each other.'


The design also appears:


As 'Chasqueadores' in 'Trabajos Manuales y Juegos Infantiles' by Francisco Blanch, which was published by I. G. Seix y Barral Hermanos S.A.- Editores in Barcelona in 1923.



As 'El Restallador' in 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939.



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