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Paper Purses, Bags, Wallets and Card Holders
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of paper Purses, Bags and Wallets. 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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In Japan

1931

A design for a Kinchaku (a drawstring bag) appears in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was first published in Japan in 1931.

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A three part design for a Tobacco Case appears in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was first published in Japan in 1931.

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A design for a Purse appears in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was first published in Japan in 1931.

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In Western Europe / USA

1877

A 'portefeuille en papier' (paper wallet) in 'Cours de Travail Manuel (Pour les Garcons) - Premiere Partie - Cours Elementaire' by A Planty, which was published by Gedalge Jeune in Paris in 1887.

In the introduction to Chapter 1 the author says 'Everyone is familiar with these folds, because everyone was a child ... made what we called the wallet to hold his feathers or his 'bon points'.

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1904

'Guia Practica del Trabajo Manual Educativo' by Ezequiel Solana, which was published by Editorial Magisterio Espaņol in Madrid in 1904 contains two designs for 'Tarjeteros' or Visiting Card Holders.

Tarjetero 1 (Visiting Card Holder 1)

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Tarjetero 2 (Visiting Card Holder 2)

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A design for a Purse appears in Margaret Campbell's 'Paper Toy Making', which was first published by Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons Ltd in London, probably in 1937, although both the Foreword and Preface are dated 1936, which argues that the book was complete at that date.

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A similar design titled 'La Cartera' (The Wallet) 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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A design for a 'Le Porte-Monnaie' appears in 'Au Pays des Mains Agiles', which was published by Editions Fleurus in Paris in 1949.

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1956

A design for a purse also appears in 'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956.

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The same book also contains Harbin's 'Scotsman's Purse'

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