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Human Figures
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of paper Human Figures. 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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Diagrams for many human figures appear in the 'Kan No Mado', which is usually dated to 1845. Two examples are shown below.

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Emperor and Empress Dolls

As far as I know these designs first appear in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was first published in Japan in 1931.

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The Postman

As far as I know this design first appears in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was first published in Japan in 1931.

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'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939, contained a figure called 'Don Simon' based on a paper cone. The arms wave when the strip projecting from the base of the cone is raised and lowered.

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'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939, also contains a much more sophisticated multiple-piece design for 'El Esquiador' (The Skier).

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There is an improved head for this figure, 'Nueva Cabeza de Hombre' (New Head of Man), in the extended version of 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1951.

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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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The extended version of 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1951, also contains a human figure called 'El Penitente Encapuchado' (The Hooded Penitent) and 'La Damisela' (The Damsel)

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La Damisela

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