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Paper Tools and Household Equipment
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of paper tools and other items of household equipment. 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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1863

A design called 'De theebus' (the tea caddy) appears in 'De Kleine Papierwerkers 1: Wat men van een stukje papier al maken kan: Het vouwen' (The Small Paperwork 1: What one can make from a piece of paper: Folding) by Elise Van Calcar, which was published by K H Schadd in Amsterdam in 1863.

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The Shovel - 1873 onwards

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1882

A design for a Hammer appears in 'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was first published in single volume form by E. Steiger and Company in New York in 1882.

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1898

'Travaux Recreatifs Pour les Enfants de 4 a 10 Ans' by Marie Koenig, which was published by Librairie Hachette et Cie in Paris in 1898 contains two pages illustrating paperfolds of household items made from rolled and twisted paper.

Goblets

The text says that 'The glasses are made by moulding cones with the fingers'

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Pipes

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1900

Another shovel-like design appears in 'Die Frobelschen Beschaftigungen: Das Falten' by Marie Muller-Wunderlich was published by Friedrich Brandstetter in Leipzig in 1900.

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A design called 'La Pelle (the shovel), although it looks more like a dustpan, appeared in the French children's magazine 'Mon Journal', probably in 1900, although I have not been able to identify the exact date of the article.

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1905

An illustration of a goblet, a pipe, a mug and a spoon made from rolled and twisted paper, appears in the Buenos Aires edition of the magazine 'Caras y Caretas', Issue 238, of 25th March 1905

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1951

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, contains designs for a kind of shovel, El Cogedor (The Catcher), La Escoba (The Broom), La Plancha (The Iron), the latter being a development of the Junk Box, and La Cafetera (The Coffeemaker).

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La Cafetera

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