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The Solid Box / The Firm Box
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Firm of Solid Box, which is an un-unfoldable design developed from 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 boite solide' 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 it is almost certain that thisis the Solid Box / the Firm Box design.

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As far as I know the earliest illustration of the design appears as 'A Firm Box' in 'The Kindergarten Principle' by Mary J Lyschinska, which was published in London in 1880 by Wm Isbister Ltd.

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The design also appears as 'The Firm 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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A design that, from the context, is probably the Solid 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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