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The Wild Goose
This page is being used to collect informaton about the history of the paperfold known as the Wild Goose. 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.

This design is folded from an equilateral triangle.


1896 onwards

The earliest reference to this design that I know of appears in Part 2 of 'The Republic of Childhood', titled 'Froebel's Occupations', by Kate Douglas Wiggin and Nora Archibald Smith, which was published by Houghton, Mifflin and Company, of Boston and New York in 1896, which contains reference to 'a wild goose' folded from an equilateral triangle among specimens of work from the Empress's kindergarten in Tokyo.


A design for a Wild Goose that accords to this description appears later in:


'Origami Dokuhon' (Origami Reader) by Akira Yoshizawa, which was published by Ryokuchi-Sha in 1957 (see left hand column of illustration below).



'How to Make Origami' by Isao Honda, which was published by Toto Shuppan Co. Ltd in Japan. by McDowell Obolensky of New York in the USA and by Museum Press Ltd of London in England, in 1959.



'The World of Origami' by Isao Honda was published in English in the USA by Japan Publications Trading Company in 1965