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The Kindergarten Principle by Mary J Lyschinska
 
'The Kindergarten Principle' by Mary J Lyschinska was published in London in 1880 by Wm Isbister Ltd. It contains a section on paper folding in a chapter entitled 'A Few Occupations Explained and Applied'. None of the occupations involving paperfolding appear in the book.

The main pages from the Paper-Folding section are reproduced at the foot of this page.

A full copy of the work can be accessed here.

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Analysis

Geometrical and Numerical Exercises (Forms of Knowledge)

There is brief mention of these forms and exercises on pages 73 and 74 but the theme is not developed in detail.

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Symmetrical Forms (Forms of Beauty)

There is a brief mention of this type of design on pages 72 and 73 but no examples are illustrated. Instead the author concentrates on explaining how the groundforms from which symmetrical forms are developed can be created. This section is interesting because of the mention of the Windmill Ground Form (the Windmill Base) and the Double Windmill Ground Form.

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Familiar Objects (Forms of Life)

46 designs are mentioned in the text, only some of which are illustrated. They are divided into three groups, or stages of objects, very simple and single blintz designs, double blintz basic fold / windmill base designs, and triple blintz basic fold designs.

1st Stage of Objects (very simple and single blintz designs)

1, The Roof (in which holes are cut to facilitate the addition of chimneys)

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2, The Book

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3, The Shawl

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4, The Handkerchief

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5, The Window

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6, The Ship in Full Sail

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7, The House

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8, The Bag

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9, The Letter

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10, The Smaller Ship in Full Sail (not illustrated)

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12, The Smaller Bag (not illustrated)

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13, The Smaller Letter (not illustrated)

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2nd Stage of Objects (double blintz basic fold and windmill base designs)

1, The Kite

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2, The Bat

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3, The Bird (not illustrated) (presumably the Cocotte / Pajarita)

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4, The Tablecloth (not illustrated)

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5, The Windmill (not illustrated)

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6, The Cigar Case or Spectacle Case

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7, The Double Boat

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8, The Boat with Sail

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9, The Flower Vase (the Vase) (not illustrated)

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10, The Boat with a Box for Fish (the Boat with Fishbox) (not illustrated)

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11, Purse (the Portfolio) (not illustrated)

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12, Large Box (the Open Box)

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13, Picture Frame (the Frame)

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14, A Firm Box (the Solid Box)

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15, The Looking Glass (the Mirror)

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16, The Boat (the Gondola))

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17, The Work Basket with Four Pockets (the Salt Cellar) (not illustrated)

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18, The Travelling Bag (the Travel Bag) (not illustrated)

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19, The Flower (not illustrated)

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20, Another Flower (not illustrated)

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21, The Chemisette (the Collar) not illustrated)

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3rd Stage of Objects (triple blintz basic fold designs)

1, The Scent Bottle

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2, The Pair of Boots

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3, The Cross (not illustrated)

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4, Hat (the Cross folded in half) (not illustrated)

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5, Jacket (the Jacket from the Suit of Clothes)

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6, Knickerbockers (the Jacket folded in half) (not illustrated)

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7, Box (the Junk Box)

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8, A Box with Lid (the Catherine of Cleves Box)

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9, Sandglass (not illustrated)

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10, Picture Frame (not illustrated)

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11, Looking Glass (not illustrated)

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12, Boat (the Chinese Junk)

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Source Pages

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