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|Le Petit Papier / El Papelito|
page attempts to record what is known about the origin
and history of the game known as Le Petit Papier / El
Papelito, in which someone asks 'If I were a little paper
what would you do with me?'. 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.
This game appears in 'Manuel Complet des Jeux de Société' by Elisabeth Celnart, which was published by La Librairie Encyclopedique de Roret in Paris in 1827. Among the suggested possible answers to the question are 'un billet doux', 'un cornet a tabac' (a tobacco cone) and 'des papillotes' (a message wrapped around a confectionery, usually chocolate).
'Manual completo de juegos de sociedad o tertulia y la prendas', translated by Frances for D. Mariano de Rementería y Fica, which was published by Palacios in Madrid in 1831, contains a translation of the same paragraph, under the title 'El Papelito'.