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The (Cut) Paper Snapper
This page is being used to collect information about the history of the cut paperfolding design known as The Paper Snapper. 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.

There appear to be two versions of this design. In the earlier version the flaps that are folded over to create the boat shape remain in view. The later version is developed from the Keelboat design and consequently these flaps are hidden from view inside the other layers of the design.

There is a separate page for the Paper Boat Snapper.



As far as I know the first appearance of this design is as 'Snap Goblin' in 'More Paper Magic' by Will Blyth, which was published by C Arthur Pearson in London in 1923.


The design also appears:


As 'Snap Dragon' in 'Winter Nights Entertainments' by R M Abraham, which was published by Constable and Constable in London in 1932.



As 'Bec' in 'Jeux de pliages' by Ferdinand Krch, which was published by Flammarion in Paris in 1933.



As 'Schnappschnabel' in 'Allerlei Papierarbeiten' by Hilde Wulff and Carola Babick, which was published in Leipzig and Berlin in 1936.


As 'Paper Snapdragon' in 'More Things Any Boy Can Make' by Joseph Leeming, which was published by D Appleton-Century Company in New York and London in 1936.



As 'The Laughing Hyena' in 'Fun with Paper' by Joseph Leeming, which was published by Spencer Press Inc in Chicago in 1939.



As 'How To Make A Paper Snapper' in the 1953 Rupert Annual.



As 'Snapper 2', in 'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956.



As 'Entenschnabel' in 'Wir Falten' by Joachim Schönherr and Gerta Schumann, which was published by Rudolf Arnold Verlag in Leipzig in 1961. In the same work this design is also used as the head of a snake.



As 'Bird's Beak' in the second edition of 'Het Grote Vouwboek' by Aart van Breda, which was published by Uitgeverij van Breda in 1963.