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The Flying Cone

This page is being used to collect information about the history of the design known as the Flying Cone. 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 'molinete' (windmill) in an article titled 'El trabajo manual escolar' by Vicente Casto Legua in issue 191 of the Spanish magazine 'La Escuela Moderna' for February 1907, which was published in Madrid by Los Sucesores de Hernando.

The instructions say, roughly translated, 'It is built by cutting the upper edge of the cone and then folding out perpendicular teeth ... Inside the cone a small stone, a piece of bread, and even a little saliva is enough to provide weight. If it is thrown from a high place such as from a balcony to the street it will fall spinning, which produces great joy in children ...'



The design also appears as 'El cucurucho volador' in 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939.