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Last updated 20/2/2024


This page is being used to collect information about the history of the paperfolding design known as Abd-El-Krim. 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.

Michel Grand has pointed out to me that Abd-El-Krim was a real person. He is well worth looking up.



As far as I know the first appearance of this design in the historical record, under the title 'The Paper Face', (but then also titled 'The Sultan') is in 'Paper Tricks' by Will Goldston, published in London in 1919, where it is made from a pleated tissue serviette. (My thanks to Michel Grand for this information.)


The design also appears:


As 'The Making of Abd-El-Krim' in an article entitled 'Tricks and Twists with Paper', written by Sam Brown, which appeared in the February 1928 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine. (I learned about this article from Oschene.)



As 'The Maharajah' in 'Paper Folding Fun' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1960.