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The Wind Wheel
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the cut and fold origami design known as the Wind Wheel. 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.



The earliest appearance of this design that I have been able to find is in 'Spielbuch fur Knaben' by Hermann Wagner, which was published by Verlag von Otto Spamer in Leipzig in 1864, although the foreword is dated May 1863, which argues that the book was complete at that date.


The design also occurs in:


'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' by E Barth and W Niederley was first published in Bielefeld and Leipzig. The foreword is dated October 1876.



As 'The Running Paper Wheel' in 'Falten und Formen mit Papier' by Richard Rothe which was published by Deutscher Verlag für Jugend und Volk in Vienna and Leipzig in 1923.



'Diversions and Pastimes' by R M Abraham, which was first published by Constable and Constable in London in 1933.



The extended version of 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1951, as 'El Giroscopo'.