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The Large Box
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Large Box, which can be squashed to produce the Frame. 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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A design called 'La grande boite' appears in a list of designs in the 'Manuel Pratique de Jardins D'Enfants de Friedrich Froebel, which was compiled by J F Jacobs and published in Brussells and Paris in 1859. From its position in the list this is almost certainly the Large Box.

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As far as I know the earliest illustration of this design appears in 'The Kindergarten Principle' by Mary J Lyschinska, which was published in London in 1880 by Wm Isbister Ltd, where it is called 'The Large Box'

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This design appears as 'The Large, Square Box' 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.

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The Open Box 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.

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