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The Patisserie Box
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the Patisserie Box and it's derivative designs. 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 this design first appears as 'Autre boite en papier' (Another paper box) in 'La Science Pratique' by Gaston Tissandier, which was published by G Masson in Paris in 1889. The text notes that this box is 'employe par les confiseurs' (used by confectioners)

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A similar design appears as the 'Boite de Patissier' in 'L'Annee Preparatoire de Travail Manuel' by M P Martin, which was published by Armand Collin & Cie in Paris in 1893.

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A square version of the same design appears as 'La Boite de Patissier' in Booklet 3 of 'Images a Plier', a series of 6 booklets published by Librairie Larousse in Paris in 1932.

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The same square version appears as 'Cajita paper juguetes de papel (Paper box for paper toys) 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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'Au Pays des Mains Agiles', which was published by Editions Fleurus in Paris in 1949, also contains this design.The author also suggests 'Just cut the box in half ... to get a very practical dustpan.'

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