|The Public Paperfolding History Project
|Letter written by Guillermo Pen, 1757|
letter sent home to his mother from his school on the
Isla Real de Leon, dated 10th July 1757, schoolboy
Guillermo Pen wrote 'Con esta estratagema les hago
callar; y despues para hacerme amigo de ellas, a unos les
hago cometas, a otros barcas, navios, pajaros, y otras
muchos cosas, todo de papel.' (With this ploy I silence
them; and then to make friends with them, I make kites
for some, for other boats, ships, birds, and many other
things, all of paper.) His letter can be found in
'Entretenimiento de Los Ninos' by Monsieur Rochon,
published in Madrid in both Spanish and French in 1779.
Without better descriptions or illustrations, we cannot unfortunately know whether the 'boats, ships and birds' were designs of Guillermo Pen's own devising, or traditional paperfolds such as the Paper Boat or the Cocotte / Pajarita.