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Der Kindergarten (1874 edition) by Hermann Goldammer
 
A third edition of 'Der Kindergarten' by Hermann Goldammer,which contained much additional material, was published by Carl Babel in Berlin in 1874. Some of this new material relates to paperfolding. I have not seen a copy of the second edition but I believe that the paperfolding material it contained was identical to that in the first.

This book is in German and set in Fractur. I do not speak German and Google Lens does not transcribe or translate Fractur well. Consequently, it is probable that there will be errors and omissions on this page. If anyone can supply corrections or further information to me I will be most grateful.

The Plates are included in the analysis. The full text of the chapter about 'Das Falten' is given at the foot of the page.

A full version of this book can be accessed here.

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Analysis

Das Falten

The first part of this chapter describes the standard Froebelian basic folds culminating in the Double Blintz Basic Fold.

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Schonheitsformen (Forms of Beauty)

Plate 41 series A shows forms developed from one side of the Double Blintz Basic Form and Plate 41 series B shows forms developed from the other side.

Plates 42 and 43 show forms developed from the Windmill Base including Rosettes 2, 2a,3 and 3a.

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Lebensformen (Forms of Life)

The first edition contained two lists of designs but no illustrations. This 1874 edition contains a single plate illustrating 14 designs and others are mentioned in the text. Some of these were mentioned / listed in the first edition but others were not.

The introduction to this section states, roughly, 'Any change that is made to the square in order to obtain one of the basic forms can give rise to comparisons. If the square is folded in the centre (ie edge to edge) it represents a picture, a roof, a gutter. If it is folded diagonally then it is a handkerchief, a sail, a bag. If you fold the four corners to the centre it becomes a letter, and so on. In this way forms of life are already achieved through the simplest changes.'

The designs mentioned in the text but not illustrated are:

Der Kahn (the boat) - probably from the context the Paper Boat

Der Pfeil (the arrow) - probably the Paper Dart

Das Boot (the boat) - not identifiable - possibly duplicate for der Kahn.

Der Facher (the fan) - not identifiable

Die Krahe (the crow) - probably a duplicate for Eine Vogel - the Cocotte / Pajarita

Die Cigarrentasche (Cigar Case) - the Cigar Case

Den Blumentopf (plant pot) - probably the Vase

Den Spiegel (the mirror) - The Mirror or the Looking Glass

Das Segelboot (the sailing boat) - probably the Boat with Sail

Beinfleider - not identified - no translation found

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And those illustrated are:

1. Ein Neidrige Kastchen (a low box) - possibly the Solid Box

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2. Eine Hohe Kastchen (a high box) - The Blintz Box or Masu

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3. Einen Orden (a medal) (also mentioned in the text)- The Cross

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4. Ein Salonschiff (a saloon ship) - The Cup and Saucer

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5. Einen Stiefel (a boot) (also mentioned in the text) - The Pair of Boots

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6. Eine Vogel (a bird) (also mentioned in the text) - The Cocotte / Pajarita

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7. Eine Tasche, Eine Strickbeutel (A Knitting Pouch) - probably the Puzzle Purse.

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8. Eine Jade (also mentioned in the text) - The Jacket

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9. Eine Hose - The Trousers

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10. Einen Generalehut (also mentioned in the text) - The Newspaper Hat

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11. Einen Doppelkahn - The Double Boat

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12. Einen Blasebalg - The Bellows

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13. Eine Muhle - The Windmill

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14. Ein Schreibzeug (possibly Writing Set) - not identified

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Verschnuren (Lacing)

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Flechten - Free Weaving

The Woven Cross

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Ausschneiden und Aufkleben (Cut out and Glue on)

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Source Pages

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