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El Mundo de Papel by Dr Nemesio Montero, 1951
 
The original version of 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939. The designs that appear on this page were added to the book when it was issued in an extended edition in 1951.

The images are taken from the 10th Edition, kindly provided by Juan Gimeno, but I believe they are fundamentally similar to those in the original book.

At the top of the Indice Alfabetico de Modelos (Alphabetical Index of Designs) the author states: ‘Los modelos senalados con un punto * son originales del autor y de se hermana Esperanza.’ (The designs marked with an asterisk are originals of the author and his sister Esperanza.) This statement is, however, problematical. While some of the designs marked with asterisks may indeed be original works of the author and/or his sister the status of this claim is somewhat dubious in relation to other designs.

As far as the designs added in 1939 are concerned this doubt applies to:

‘El Esquife’ which previously appeared as 'Bateau a Fond Plat' in 'L'Annee Preparatoire de Travail Manuel' by M P Martin, published in 1893.

‘El Centro de Sobremesa’, which can be found in Booklet 1 of 'Images a Plier', published in 1932.

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La chalana o barca de fondo plano - The Flat Bottomed Boat

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El esquife y bicornio de ministro (The Skiff and the Minister's Bicorne Hat) - The Flat Bottomed Boat

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La helice del avion (The plane propellor) - The Whizzer

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El Cogedor

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El Penitente Encapuchado

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La Cinta Magica - The Afghan Rings

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La Chifla - The Whistle

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La Escoba - The Broom

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El Alfabeto en Relieve - Pleated Alphabet

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Plegado Universal para Multiple Figuras - Troublewit

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La Plancha (The Iron)

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El Tormento del Agua

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El Centro de Sobremesa (The Table or Desk Centre)

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La Cafetera (The Coffeemaker)

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El Oso (The Bear)

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La Mosca (The Fly) - The Cicada

Stated to be an original design by Miguel de Unamuno. However, it is worth noting that a drawing of a very similar design appeared in 'Kindergarten Shoho' (Preliminary Kindergarten) by Iijima Hanjuro, which was published in August 1885.

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La Caja Cuadrada (The Square Box) - The Blintz Box / Masu but provided with a lid.

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El Avion Supersonico . a version of The Cut and Fold Model Aeroplane

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La Golondrina al Vuelo (The Swallow in Flight)

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El Caracol

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La Flor

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El Pavo Real (The Peacock)

Stated to be an original design of Dr Solorzano

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La Paloma (The Dove)

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El Murcielago (The Bat)

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El Cisne (The Swan)

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El Giroscopo

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La Tortuga

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La Foca - The Seal

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El Pato (The Duck)

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Papel y Sobre (Paper and Envelope)

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El Raton (The Rat)

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El Gran Agujero (The Great Hole)

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El Farol, Cesta, Jaula o Paracaidas (Lantern, Basket, Cage or Parachute)

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La Damisela (The Damsel)

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El Toro Espanol (The Spanish Bull)

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Nueva Cabeza de Hombre (New Head of Man)

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El Autogiro - The Propellor

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