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The Kindergarten Guide by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus
 
'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus was published in two parts in 1877 by E. Steiger and Company in New York. The second part contains a chapter titled 'The Seventh Occupation - Paper Folding'. The information on this page is taken from this chapter in an 1892 edition of the work, sight of which was allowed me by Joan Sallas. As far as I know this edition is identical to the 1877 original.

The chapter contains a long introduction and instructions for making various Forms of Life, Forms of Symmetry (ie Forms of Beauty) and Forms of Knowledge starting from squares, oblongs and equilateral triangles. Folds from Oblongs are introduced with the comment 'The oblong is also used for paper-folding. Most of the Forms of Life derived from it were known before the days of our grandfathers.'

Many of the Forms of Life are simply fanciful names for basic folds and intermediate forms.

First Series:

The Book / Tent / Tunnel / Roof

(Simply a square of paper folded in half edge to edge)

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The Window

(Simply a square folded in half edge to edge, then unfolded, in both directions.)

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The Table

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Trough for a Horse

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The Singing Book

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The Footstall or Bench

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At this point there is a note that this form can be further developed into a Square Bottle, a Pocketbook and a Schoolbag, but there are no accompanying illustrations to show what these forms are.

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The Trough or Manger

(A preparatory design for the pig.)

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The Pig

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The House

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The Sofa (The Organ)

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Second Series:

The Mountain

(Simple a square folded diagonally in half.)

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The Shawl

(not illustrated)

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The Cow Catcher

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The Moth or Butterfly

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The Sunshade

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The Soldier's Cap

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The Spool or Yarn Winder

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The Balloon or Snowball (The Waterbomb)

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The Arrow (The Paper Dart)

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The Bellows

(Illustrated, but not named, with the comment 'Various kinds of 'balloons' can also be made.')

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Third Series:

The Union Jack

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The Boat

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The Flag

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An Open Envelope

(The open flap of which can be closed to create a letter.)

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The Salt-Cellar

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The Half Closed Flower (the Seedpod)

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The King's Crown (The Crown)

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The Cake Dish (The Pepperpot)

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The Open Flower (the Open Seedpod)

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The Queen's Crown

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The Portmanteau (The Travel Bag)

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The Kite

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The Bat

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The Bird (The Pajarita)

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The Duck

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The Tablecloth

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The (uncut) Windmill

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The Cigar Case or Card Case

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The Double Boat

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The Boat with Fishbox

(Note that in this version the ends of the front hull have been folded up in preparation for folding the Closed Box.)

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The Double Fishbox or Pair of Panniers for a Donkey (The Portfolio)

(Note that in this version the ends of both hulls have been folded up in preparation for folding the Closed Box.)

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Grandmamma's Reticule

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The Large, Square Box (The Open Box)

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The Picture Frame

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The Firm Box (the Solid Box)

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The Looking Glass (the Mirror)

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The Chinese Junk (the Gondola)

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Forms of Life Developed from the Double Ground-Form:

The Square Box Having Two 'Lids' (The Junk Box)

(Note that this design is produced from a double boat folded from a blintzed windmill base. One flap is pulled out and folded to produce a 'little pocket with an overhanging rectangle' and the other flap pulled out and folded similarly to produce 'a double pocket similar to the'paniers' of the First Series'. The box is made by flattening out this form.

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The Gondola (The Chinese Junk)

(The Chinese Junk is then developed in the normal way via the blintz windmill base versions of the picture frame and the mirror.)

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The Purse (the Scent Bottle)

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The Muff

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The Vase

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The Vest or the Jacket

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The Pair of Pants (the Trousers)

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The Pair of Boots

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The Doll (composed of various folded and non-folded parts glued together)

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The Chair

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The Cross

(illustrated as a napkin fold but not named).

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Three other napkin folds are illustrated but not named.

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The Soldier's Hat

(a variation of the Newspaper Hat made in a way that is similar to the method by which the Mitre is made)

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The Paper Boat

(made in an unnecessarily complicated way)

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The Purse (The Mitre)

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The Pencil Case

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The Hammer

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The Shovel

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The One-Piece Star of David