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Designs developed from Rolls / Scrolls and Coils
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of designs developed from rolls of paper. 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.

There is a separate page for the technique of Quilling / Paper Filigree

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The Three Scrolls - 1584 onwards

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The Butterchurn - 1873 onwards

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The Newspaper Ladder - 1881 onwards

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The Newspaper Sword - 1882 onwards

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Part two of 'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was probably first published in single volume form by E. Steiger and Company in New York in 1882, shows how to draw the centre of a paper roll out to form a 'horn' and how to make it into a variety of tools and cutlery by means of additional squashes, cuts and folds.

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The same book also contains a section on making shapes or recognisable frepresentations of objects by gluing paper rolls (or cylinders) together.

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The Newspaper Tree - 1920 onwards

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The Flags - 1939

A somewhat similar design, 'Las banderillas' (The Flags) made from a roll of paper that has been bent in half, appears 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 Jumping Spiral - 1939

As far as I know this novelty first appears 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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