Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell

 

 
Paper Tools and Household Equipment
 
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.

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A design for a paper shovel appears 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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A similar design is pictured in Eleonore Heerwart's 'Course in Paperfolding', which was first published in Dutch in 1895 then in English by Charles and Dible in London and Glasgow in 1896.

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Two other paper shovel designs appear in 'Die Frobelschen Beschaftigungen: Das Falten' by Marie Muller-Wunderlich was published by Friedrich Brandstetter in Leipzig in 1900.

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The extended version of 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1951, contains designs for a kind of shovel, El Cogedor (The Catcher), La Escoba (The Broom), La Plancha (The Iron), the latter being a development of the Junk Box, and La Cafetera (The Coffeemaker).

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La Cafetera

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