Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell

 

 
Paper Tents
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of paper tents. 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 simple tent, called 'Tienda de Campana', folded from a waterbomb base appears in 'Guia Practica del Trabajo Manual Educativo' by Ezequiel Solana, which was published by Editorial Magisterio Espaņol in Madrid in 1904.

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The same design, with the adfition of a cut and fold entrance, appears in Booklet 5 of 'Images a Plier', a series of 6 booklets published by Librairie Larousse in Paris in 1932.

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A similar design appears 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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The same design also appears, as 'Carpa', in '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.

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A different design for a paper tent appears in 'The Art of Chinese Paper folding for Young and Old' by Maying Soong, which was published by Harcourt Brace and Company of New York in 1948.

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The version of the tent that appeared in 'Images de Plier' (see above) reappears in 'Au Pays des Mains Agiles', which was published by Editions Fleurus in Paris in 1949.

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