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The Playing Card Monk / Capuchin
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Playing Card Monk / Capuchin. 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.

So far as I know this fold and cut design first appears in the historical record in a painting by Jeanne Elisabeth Chaudet Husson (1767 to 1832) entitled 'Marie-Laetitia Murat portant le buste de Napolean', which can be dated to 1806. The picture also shows a folded Cocotte or Pajarita.


As far as I know the design first appears in print in 'Jeux et Jouet du Jeune Age' by Gaston Tissandier, which was published by G Masson in Paris in 1884.


The design also appears in a section devoted to toys made from playing cards in 'Pour Amuser Les Petits' by Tom Tit, which was published in Paris in 1894. (Bottom left of the page shown below.)