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Paper Toy Making by Margaret Campbell
 
'Paper Toy Making' by Margaret Campbell 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.

In his Preface, Margaret Campbell's son, Roy, says 'Though she includes many of the traditional tricks, a great many more of these paper structures are of her own invention.' Unfortunately the text of the book does not clarify which are which.

In her own Introduction Margaret Campbell states 'I learned much of my paper-folding in Japan, China and other Eastern countries ...'. The text unfortunately does not clarify which designs this statement refers to but it is noteworthy that this book contains the earliest diagrams published in the West for the Crane, the Sparrow, the Lily, the Sampan, the Cicada and the Blintzed Bird Base Kusudama, all of which are either knowqn to be, or are likely to be, traditional Japanese designs.

The book is not divided into formal chapters or sections. The contents are:

Envelope

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Picture Frame

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Handbag

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Drinking-Cup (The Paper Cup)

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Cup and Saucer

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Windmill

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Dustpan

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Doll's Bed (The Cradle)

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Quack-Quack (The Paper Boat Snapper)

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Dart (The Paper Dart)

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Picnic Salt Cellar (The Salt Cellar)

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Boat (The Boat with Sail)

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The Pig

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Flower Basket

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Teddy Bears (The Chain of Dolls)

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Revolving Windmill (The Cut and Fold Windmill)

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Xmas Decoration (derivative of How to Climb Through A Playing Card)

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King's Crown

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Book Mark (simplification of the Fold and Cut Chevron Bookmark)

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To Plait Papers for Hats

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Fan

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Lantern (The Fold and Slit Chinese Lantern)

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Hat (The Pyramidal Hat)

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Boat (The Paper Boat)

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Ladder (The Newspaper Ladder)

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Stork (The Crane)

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Closed Box (The Catherine of Cleves Box)

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Paper 'Bomb' (The Paper Banger)

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Purse

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The Cicada

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Poplar Tree (A variant of the Newspaper Tree)

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Palm Tree

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Aeroplane (The Swallow)

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Umbrella

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Lily

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Snake (a development of the Witches' Ladder)

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Envelope (The Menko)

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The Harlequin Stamp Box (The Tematebako)

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Duck (The Sparrow)

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Butterfly

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Plaited Belt

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Japanese Helmet (The Kabuto)

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Lover's Knot

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Chinese Junk

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Japanese Matchbox and Ash-Tray

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Paper Basket (The Fold and Cut Paper Cage)

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Lifeboat (The Sampan)

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Ornamental Box

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Japanese Ornamental Ball (The Blintzed Bird Base Kusudama)

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Long-toed Frog

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The Table

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Table-Cloth (The Paper Doily)

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Table-Centre

(This design is the same as the Picture Frame)

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Accordian Pleated Paper Ribbon

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Table Napkin

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Guests (A cross between Chain of Dolls and the Paper Doily)

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Inflated Frog

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Box on Four Feet (The Sanbo on Legs)

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Cow (A development of The Sanbo on Legs)

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Lemur (A development of The Sanbo on Legs)

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The Man (The Jacket and Trousers)

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The Horse (A development of The Sanbo on Legs)

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The Rider A development of The Jacket)

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The Kettle

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Bellows

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Water Bomb

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Chinese Lantern (A version of the Water Bomb)

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Kangaroo

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Cockroach

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Cuttlefish

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Bull Frog (The Blow-up Frog)

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Hooded Frog

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Kite

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The Fish (Shark)

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The Flying Bird (The Flapping Bird)

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Penguin

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Open Box (The Masu)

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The Rose

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