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



As far as I know the earliest design for a paper elephant appears in Booklet 2 of 'Images a Plier', a series of 6 booklets published by Librairie Larousse in Paris in 1932. The figure is made in two parts and cuts are used to create the legs, tusks and tail.


The Spanish Elephant - 1939 onwards

This design is made from just a single sheet of paper, but is heavily and multiply cut.