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

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1873

As far as I know this design first appears, as 'Schaufel' in 'Die Praxis Des Kindergartens' by Auguste Koehler, which was published by Herman Bohlau in Weimar in 1873. It is derived from a pleated rectangle.

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1882

The same design appears in part two of 'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was probably first published by E. Steiger and Company in New York in 1882.

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1896

A similar design is pictured in Eleonore Heerwart's 'Course in Paperfolding', which was first published in Dutch in 1895 then in English by Charles and Dible in London and Glasgow in 1896.

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1900

What appears to be the same design appears in 'Die Frobelschen Beschaftigungen: Das Falten' by Marie Muller-Wunderlich was published by Friedrich Brandstetter in Leipzig in 1900.

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