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The Squid / Drachen / Pez Raya
This page is being used to collect information about the history of the paperfolding design known as The Squid and it's close relatives the Drachen / Pez Raya / Flounder. 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 Squid first appears, as 'De inktvisch' (the cuttlefish), in 'De Kleine Papierwerkers 1: Wat men van een stukje papier al maken kan: Het vouwen' (The Small Paperwork 1: What one can make from a piece of paper: Folding) by Elise Van Calcar, which was published by K H Schadd in Amsterdam in 1863.



This design is pictured, but not named, in Eleonore Heerwart's 'Course in Paperfolding', which was first published by Charles and Dible in London and Glasgow in 1896.



Another version of the design appears as 'Drachen' (The Dragon) in 'Die Frobelschen Beschaftigungen: Das Falten' by Marie Muller-Wunderlich, which was published by Friedrich Brandstetter in Leipzig in 1900. It is very similar to the Squid.



The design appears as 'Flunder' (Flounder) in 'Allerlei Papierarbeiten' by Hilde Wulff and Carola Babick, which was published in Leipzig and Berlin in 1936.



A similar design appears as 'Pez Raya' (Ray Fish) in 'El Plegado y Cartonaje en la Escuela Primaria' by Antonio M Luchia and Corina Luciani de Luchia, which was published by Editorial Kapelusz in Buenos Aires in 1940.