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The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell
|The Paper Cup|
page attempts to record what is known about the origin
and history of the origami design known as the Paper Cup.
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.
As far as I am aware the first appearance of the Paper Cup in the historical record is in the book 'Die Frobelschen Beschaftigungen: Das Falten' by Marie Muller-Wunderlich, which was published by Friedrich Brandstetter in Leipzig in 1900.
A second version of what is effectively the same design appears in the same book as Die Wandtasche (the wall pocket)
The Paper Cup also appears in the book 'Jouxjoux en Papier' by Tom Tit (real name Arthur Good), published in Paris by Paul Lechevalier in 1924, under the title 'Le Gobelet de Voyage'.
Diagrams also appear, as 'The Drinking Cup' in 'Fun with Paper Folding', by Murray and Rigney, published by the Fleming H Revell Company, New York in 1928. In this version only one top flap is folded down, so that the outline of the finished design is pentagonal. The author suggests that the reader might 'Make large enough and turn in the (other) point ... and you will have a paper hat.'
The design also appears as a 'Drinking Cup' in 'Winter Nights Entertainment' by R M Abrahams, published by Constable and Constable in 1932 ...
... and as a hyphenated 'Drinking-Cup' in Margaret Campbell's 'Paper Toy Making', which was first published by Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons Ltd in London, probably in 1937, although both the Foreword and Preface are dated 1936, which argues that the book was complete at that date.