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The Travel Bag
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Travel Bag. 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.



As far as I know this design first occurs in the historical record, under the name 'Le sac de voyage' in a list of paperfolds suitable for use in kindergartens, on the Froebelian model, in the book 'Manual Pratique des Jardins d'Enfants de Freidrich Froebel' edited by J-F Jacobs, which was published in Brussels and Paris in 1859.



A design called 'Het reistaschje' is illustrated in 'De Kleine Papierwerkers 1: Wat men van een stukje papier al maken kan: Het vouwen' (The Small Paperwork 1: What one can make from a piece of paper: Folding) by Elise Van Calcar, which was published by K H Schadd in Amsterdam in 1863.



A design derived from the Salt Cellar that is most probably the Travel Bag is described, but not illustrated, in 'Die Praxis Des Kindergartens' by Auguste Koehler, which was published by Herman Bohlau in Weimar in 1873.



This design (here called the Portmanteau) also appears 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.



The Travel Bag appears as 'Reisetasche' in part 2 'Die Praxis' of 'Theoretisches und praktisches Handbuch der Fröbelschen Erziehungslehre' by Bertha von Marentholtz-Bülow, which was published by George H Wigand in Kassel in 1887.



The Travel Bag also appears as 'Reisetasche' in Part 2 'Das Flechten' of 'Die Frobelschen Beschaftigungen' by Marie Muller-Wunderlich, which was published by Friedrich Brandstetter in Leipzig in 1910.