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Papier und Form by Kurt Londenberg, 1963
'Papier und Form' by Kurt Londenberg was published by Scherpe Verlag in Krefeld in 1963.

The work contains information about the history of paperfolding design in Germany, an essay on design by Josef Albers and many photographs of sculptural works / designs made from paper. Only the information about paperfolding history is reproduced on this page.

A full copy of the work can be accessed online here.

An exhibition catalogue of just 29 pages, of the same title, but subtitled 'Versuche und Anwendungen an der Staatliche Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg' (Experiments and applications at the State University of Fine Arts in Hamburg) , was published in May / June 1961 in Hamburg. The 1963 work appears to be an expansion of that catalogue.



P18 states:

Roughly translated this reads: 'The folding of paper for a specific functional purpose, for certificates, sophisticated notices and other purposes, including business advertising (illustration on page 21) begins around 1757.'

It also states that 'The works shown here' come from the private collection of E Kistner in Nurnberg, from the Germanischen National museum in Nurnberg and from the Altonaer Museum in Hamburg. Unfortunately the author does not say which of the works come from where.

(Note: In English Nurnberg is often called Nuremberg.)



P20 contains a photograph of a Patenbrief about which the caption on page 21 states:


Advertising Leaflet

P21 contains two photographs of an advertising leaflet, printed on both sides of a square sheet of paper, which would once have been folded into a triple blintz form. This was presumably the form in which the leaflet was distributed. It could then be unfolded, in stages, to reveal the advertising material inside. It is said to date from the late 17th, early 18th centuries.


Footsoldiers / Horses and Riders

Pages 26 and 27 contain photographs of folded Footsoldiers and Horses and Riders. The caption says they are from about 1810 and 'Presumably of Saxon origin'.