Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell

 

 
Paper Elephants
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of paper elephants. 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 the earliest design for a paper elephant appears in Booklet 2 of 'Images a Plier', a series of 6 booklets published by Librairie Larousse in Paris in 1932. The figure is made in two parts and cuts are used to create the legs, tusks and tail.

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Another design for an Elephant, this time made from just a single sheet of paper, occurs in 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939.

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