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The Postman's Hat
This page is being used to collect information about the history of the paperfolding design known as the Postman's Hat. 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.

The Postman's Hat is a version of the Junk Box in which one flap is tucked inside and the other left out to form a brim.



As far as I know the Postman's Hat first appears an article titled 'El trabajo manual escolar' by Vicente Casto Legua in the January 1907 issue of the Spanish magazine 'La Escuela Moderna', which was published in Madrid by Los Sucesores de Hernando, in a section about the Junk Box. The article says, roughly translated, 'This box, with a single handle or visor, forms a beautiful cap or kepi'.


The design also appears:


As 'The Cap' in 'Fun with Paperfolding' by William D Murray and Francis J Rigney, which was published by the Fleming H Revell Company, New York in 1928.



As 'Mesa' in booklet 2 of 'Trabajos Manuales Salvatella - Plegado de figuras de papel', which was published by Editorial Miguel A Salvatera in Barcelona, pobably in or around 1929.



As 'La gorra del cartero' (The Postman's Hat) in El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939.


As 'A Conductor's Hat' in 'Fun with Paper' by Joseph Leeming, which was published by Spencer Press Inc in Chicago in 1939.



As 'Quepis' in 'Una Hoja de Papel' by Lorenzo Herrero, which was published by Miguel A Salvatella in Barcelona in 1952.