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Paper Pipes
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of paper tools and other items of household equipment. 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.



An illustration of a goblet, a pipe, a mug and a spoon made from rolled and twisted paper, appears in the Buenos Aires edition of the magazine 'Caras y Caretas', Issue 238, of 25th March 1905



'Distractions Enfantines' by Marie Koenig, which was published by Librairie Hachette et Cie in Paris in 1910, contains instructions for making paper pipes. The design of the pipes, which are made in two pieces, is attributed to a M. Bebe, a schoolteacher from Chalon-sur-Saone. The stem of the pipe is a rolled allumette or spill, the bowl a paper cone, the bottom of which has been crushed so that it will fit inside the stem. The tobacco is made from brown wool.



A design for a 'Hookah Pipe' appears in 'Xu Zhe zhi tu shuo' (More Illustrated Paperfolding) by Yongxiang Shi, which was published by the Commercial Press in Shanghai in 1917.