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The Flapping Butterfly
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the Flapping Butterfly. 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 Booklet 1 of 'Images a Plier', a series of 6 booklets published by Librairie Larousse in Paris in 1932. The author of this booklet does not appear to have been aware of the possibility of a flapping action.


The design also appears:

As 'un Mariposa', in Booklet 1 of 'Figuras de Papel', a series of 3 booklets published by B Bauza in Barcelona in 1932. I do not know if the flapping action is mentioned in this booklet.



As 'La mariposa que mueve las alas' (The butterly which moves its wings) in 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939.



As 'Mariposa' 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.