Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell

 

 
Paper Insects
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of paper insects. 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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A design for a Bee, folded from the slit hexagon base, appears in the 'Kan No Mado', which is usually dated to 1845.

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A design for a Cockroach appears in 'Paper Toy Making' by Margaret Campbell, which was first published by Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons Ltd in London, probably in 1937, although both the Foreword and Preface are dated 1936, which argues that the book was complete at that date.

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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, contains a design called 'La Mosca (The Fly) which is attributed to Miguel de Unamuno. However, this design is essentially similar to the design for a Cicada that appeared in the 'Kan No Mado', which is usually dated to 1845.

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