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Human Figures
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of paper Human Figures. 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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1845

Diagrams for many human figures appear in the 'Kan No Mado', which is usually dated to 1845. Two examples are shown below.

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Don Simon - 1875 onwards

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1931

Emperor and Empress Dolls

As far as I know these designs first appear in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was first published in Japan in 1931.

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The Postman

As far as I know this design first appears in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was first published in Japan in 1931.

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1951

'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939, contains a design called 'El Esquiador' (The Skier).

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There is an improved head for this figure, 'Nueva Cabeza de Hombre' (New Head of Man), in the extended version of 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1951.

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The extended version of 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1951, also contains a human figure called 'El Penitente Encapuchado' (The Hooded Penitent) and 'La Damisela' (The Damsel)

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La Damisela

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1956

'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956, contains diagrams for two human figures attributed to a 'pupil of Unamuno'. The Introduction says:

The Moor at Prayer

The text says, 'Spanish origin, created by a pupil of Unamuno.'

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The Moor at the Fireside

The text says, 'Origin: Spanish'.

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The same book also contains diagrams for:

The Bearded Pilgrim (attributed to Rolf Harris)

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Santa Claus / Man in a Duffle Coat (attributed to Rolf Harris)

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