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Don Simon
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the design known as Don Simon which is made by adding arms and a hat to a paper cone. 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.

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As far as I know this design first appears in the historical record in two drawings by Apeles Mestre which were published in 'Llibre Vert' in Barcelona in 1875.

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The design is first diagrammed, under the name in 'Don Simon', in 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939. In this version the arms flap about when the strip projecting from the base of the cone is raised and lowered.

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The 'Don Simon' figure also appears as 'Muneco' (Doll) in 'El Plegado y Cartonaje en la Escuela Primaria' by Antonio M Luchia and Corina Luciani de Luchia, which was published by Editorial Kapelusz in Buenos Aires in 1940.

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