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


As far as I know the Basic Box first appears, as 'Kasten' in 'Die Praxis Des Kindergartens' by Auguste Koehler, which was published by Herman Bohlau in Weimar in 1873.



The design also appears, as 'Bandeja para pildoras' (Pill Tray) in an article titled 'El trabajo manual escolar' by Vicente Casto Legua in issue 191 of the Spanish magazine 'La Escuela Moderna' for February 1907, which was published in Madrid by Los Sucesores de Hernando.

The text says, roughly translated, that 'It is a simple construction that can be used for what its name indicates, as well as for a box for mantecadas, rings etc'.