Early form of paper banger

The history of paperfolding

Early form of paper banger

Postby Edwin Corrie » Sat Mar 31, 2012 5:36 pm

I don't know how old the traditional Banger is, but I've found instructions for a simple version in an old German book called "Onomatologia curiosa artificiosa et magica, oder, Ganz natürliches Zauber-Lexicon" (1759). It's an encyclopedia of all sorts of interesting things, including quite a lot of "natural magic" and a couple of stunts with paper. This is the only actual folded object I've found, and although the instructions are a bit vague (with no illustrations) the Banger does work. The book is anonymous and draws on various earlier works, unfortunately without specific attribution.

I've tried to extract images showing the original text but the file is too large to attach (maximum size allowed is 256 KB), so here is the text with an English translation. If anyone's interested the link is below - look under P for "Pappier".

Pappier krachend zu machen
Man nehme einen halben Bogen, lege ihn erstlich in Quart zusammen, hernach in Octav, so gibt es, wo es offen, vier Oktavblätter, fasset die mittlern zwey wohl unten mit der rechten Hand, schwinget das Pappier stark von oben her, bis an seine rechte Seiten, so wird sich, wegen des starken Schwungs, der halbe Bogen aufthun, und einen starken Laut von sich geben.

Paper – to make a bang
Take half a sheet of paper and fold it first to Quarto size and then to Octavo size, so that at the point where it is open there will be four Octavo flaps. Take hold of the middle two near the bottom in the right hand and bring the paper down sharply until its right sides. In this way, because of the sharp swinging movement, the half sheet will open up and make a loud noise.

Edwin Corrie
Posts: 81
Joined: Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:40 am

Re: Early form of paper banger

Postby JGimeno » Mon Apr 09, 2012 4:47 pm

In the oldest Spanish publications that I know is published by Vicente Castro y Legua in the journal "Escuela Moderna" (No. 191, February 1907, p. 148) and call it El trueno, Tronera or Tronador.
It is also interesting last month's article (No. 190, Jan. p. 64-79) with square paper folded, including the Pajarita, the Flaping bird and the Japanese frog.
The articles are in the link:
Later the collection of these articles were published in book form as El Trabajo Manual Escolar (Madrid: Librería Sucesores de Hernando, 1910, 2 vols.).
Posts: 41
Joined: Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:47 pm

Return to History