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Jeux et Jouets du Jeune Age by Gaston Tissandier
'Jeux et Jouets du Jeune Age' by Gaston Tissandier was published by G Masson in Paris in 1884. Several of the chapters contain designs of interest to the paperfolding historian.

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1. Paper Chains made from strips curled into bands and locked together using slits

2. The Cocotte / Pajarita

3. The Junk Box

4. The Chinese Junk


1. Card Castle (built using the Tower method)

2 and 3. The Paper Cage

4. The Woven Cross (a cross made by weaving folded strips of paper together)

6. The Witch's Ladder

7, 8 and 9. The Catherine of Cleves Box (used as a cage for an insect).

10. The Playing Card Monk / Capuchin

11. Fold, Cut and Fold Animals

12. Voiture de blanchisseur / La Voiture de Cartes

The text says, 'nous en ferons des voitures de blanchisseur. Un beau dada rouge sera attelé avec un cheval blanc; une épingle fera les essieux des roues.'

In English, 'we'll turn them into laundry carts. A beautiful red hobby horse will be harnessed with a white horse; a pin will make the axles of the wheels.'



10. Le Probleme des Cerises (The Cherry Puzzle)

12. The Napkin Mouse