Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell

 

 
The Duck
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Duck. 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 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. It is made by folding the front feet of the Pajarita away inside the design.

**********

The Duck is pictured, but not named, in Eleonore Heerwart's 'Course in Paperfolding' was first published in Dutch in 1895 then in English by Charles and Dible in London and Glasgow in 1896. From the context this instance of the Duck was probably folded from a blintzed windmill base.

**********

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

**********

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

**********

The basic version of the design, called 'Patito' (Duckling), and a variant, called 'Caballito' (Rocking Horse), both appear in 'El Plegado y Cartonaje en la Escuela Primaria' by Antonio M Luchia and Corina Luciani de Luchia, which was published by Editorial Kapelusz in Buenos Aires in 1940.

Patito

***

Caballito

**********