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The Paper Snapper (Cut)
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the cut origami design known as the Paper Snapper. 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.

There appear to be two versions of this design. In the earlier version the flaps that are folded over to create the boat shape remain in view. The later version is developed from the Keelboat design and consequently these flaps are hidden from view inside the other layers of the design.

There is a separate page for the very similar Paper Boat Snapper.



As far as I know the first appearance of this design is as 'Snap Goblin' in 'More Paper Magic' by Will Blyth, which was published by C Arthur Pearson in London in 1923.



The same design, titled 'Snap Dragon', subsequently appeared in 'Winter Nights Entertainments' by R M Abraham, which was published by Constable and Constable in London in 1932.



The 1953 Rupert Annual contained instructions for making the Snapdragon under the title 'How To Make A Paper Snapper'. This design is developed from the Keelboat.


The design also appears


As 'Snapper 2', in 'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956.



As 'Bird's Beak' in the second edition of 'Het Grote Vouwboek' by Aart van Breda, which was published by Uitgeverij van Breda in 1963.