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The Propellor / Helice
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Propellor or Helice. 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.


The earliest appearance of this design that I know of is in L'Illustration 2608 of 18th February 1893. It was subsequently published Volume 3 of 'La Science Amusante' by Tom Tit (real name Arthur Good), which was also published in 1893.


The design also appears in 'Winter Nights Entertainments' by R M Abraham, which was first published by Constable and Constable in London in 1932, under the title of 'The Spinning Aeroplane'.