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Paper Rosettes / Froebel Star / German Star / Swedish Star
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as Paper Rosettes / Froebel Star / German Star / Swedish Star and by many other names. 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.

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As far as I know this design first appears in the historical record in 'The Girl's Own Book' by Lydia Marie Child, which was published by Clark Austin and Co in New York in 1833.

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The design also appears in:

'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' by E Barth and W Niederley, which was first published in Bielefeld and Leipzig, and the foreword of which is dated October 1876.

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Part two of 'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was probably first published by E. Steiger and Company in New York in 1882.

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'Pleasant Work for Busy Fingers' by Maggie Browne, which was published by Cassell and Company in London in 1891. This book is an English version of 'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' enhanced by the addition of a few extra designs.

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'Paper Magic' by Will Blyth, which was first published by C Arthur Pearson in London in 1920, contains diagrams for both the Froebel Star (called a Christmas Star here) ...

... and for an Easter Cross made by combining seven Froebel Stars. Although the stars can be combined without glue the text recommends that paper is pasted on the back to make the design more permanent.

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