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The Winnowing Box
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Winnowing Box. 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 Winnowing Box is a development of the Blintz Box.


In Japan (and in publications by Japanese authors)


An illustration of the Winnowing Box appears in 'Yochien Ombutsu No Zu', a publication of kindergarten material issued by the Tokyo Women's Normal School in 1878.



This design also appears in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was published in Japan in 1931.



As 'A Winnowing Tray' in 'Pocket Guide to Origami: Bow-Wow Book', by Isao Honda, which was published by the Asahi Origami Club, Tokyo in 1959.



This design also appears in 'The World of Origami' by Isao Honda, which was published in the USA by Japan Publications Trading Company in 1965.


In Western Europe / The USA


As far as I know the first appearance of this design in the West is as the 'Dustpan' in 'Paper Toy Making' by Margaret Campbell, which was first published by Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons Ltd in London, probably in 1937, although both the Foreword and Preface are dated 1936, which argues that the book was complete at that date.



The design also appears as 'The Dustpan' in 'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956