The Public Paperfolding History Project
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This
page attempts to record what is known about the origin
and history of paper cubes, whether single-sheet or
modular. 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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This print, which is said to be by the Japanese designer Nishikawa Sukenobu (1671-1750), shows several folded paper objects, among which is a cube. Three faces of the cube are visible but only the top face is crossed by folded edges. This may be an inexact drawing of a Cubical Box / Tematebako or a drawing of some other cube entirely, perhaps folded from a single sheet, which has otherwise disappeared from the historical record. I have not been able to verify that this print is indeed by Nishikawa Sukenobu, but, if it is, it can date to no later than 1750 when he died. **********
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Booklet 4 of 'Trabajos Manuales Salvatella - Plegado de figuras de papel', which was published by Editorial Miguel A Salvatera in Barcelona in or around 1929, contains diagrams for 'El Cubo', a one piece cube folded from a square divided into a 5x5 grid. **********
'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, contains instructions showing how to make a cube in four different ways, one of which is modular and the other three of which use cuts. Construccion del Cubo (1) - Construction of a Cube in Two Parts ********** Construccion del Cubo (2) - Construction of a Cube from a 4x4 Grid using Cuts ********** Construccion del Cubo (3) - Construction of a Cube from a 3x4 Grid using Cuts ********** Caja cubica - Cubic Box from a 5x5 Grid using Cuts
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