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Paper Umbrellas and Parasols
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of paper umbrellas and parasols. 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 an Umbrella appears in 'Paper Toy Making' by Margaret Campbell, 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.

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A similar design appears, under the title 'La sombrilla que se abre y cierra, (The umbrella that opens and closes) 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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The same book contains a second design for an umbrella, in this case called 'El paraguas' or the Parasol.

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Both these designs also appear in 'El Plegado y Cartonaje en la Escuela Primaria' by Antonio M Luchia and Corina Luciani de Luchia, which was published by Editorial Kapelusz in Buenos Aires in 1940.

Sombrilla (Umbrella)

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Paraguas Cerrado (Closed Umbrella)

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