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The Propellor / Helice
This page is being used to collect information about the history of the design known as the Propellor or Helice, of which there are many variations. 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.

Other similar designs are recorded on the Air / Breath Driven Rotating Designs page.



As far as I now this design first appears in 'L'Illustration' 2608 of 18th February 1893. It was subsequently published Volume 3 of 'La Science Amusante' by Tom Tit (real name Arthur Good), which was also published in 1893.


The design also appears:


In 'Winter Nights Entertainments' by R M Abraham, which was first published by Constable and Constable in London in 1932, under the title of 'The Spinning Aeroplane'.



As 'A Whirling Parachute' in 'Fun with Paper' by Joseph Leeming, which was published by Spencer Press Inc in Chicago in 1939.



In 'At Home Tonight' by Herbert McKay, which was published by Oxford University Press in London, New York and Toronto in 1940, contains a version of this design made from two paper strips twisted together.