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Paper Bands, Chains and Garlands
 

This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of Paper Chains. 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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Tab and Slit Paper Bands

1932

A method of making a paper band without using glue appears in 'Winter Nights Entertainments' by R M Abraham, which was first published by Constable and Constable in London in 1932.

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Paper Chains

1882

As far as I know the first appearance of Paper Chains in the historical record is in Part Two of 'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was probably first published by E. Steiger and Company in New York in 1882.

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1894

Two ways of making paper chains without glue are described in 'Jeux et Occupations Pour les Petits: Guide des Mères et des Institutrices' by Henriette Suzanne Brés was published by Librairie Classique Fernand Nathan in Paris in 1894.

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Slit and Stretch Paper Garlands

1932

As far as I know the first appearance of the paper garland made by alternatively gluing the centres and corners of slit squares together is in 'Winter Nights Entertainments' by R M Abraham, which was first published by Constable and Constable in London in 1932.

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