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The Dustpan
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Dustpan. 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.

There is a somewhat similar design known as the Winnowing Box.


In Japan (and in publications by Japanese authors)


As far as I know this design first appears in Japan in 'Shukouka Kyohon : Liron Jishuu Souga Setsumei' by Kikujiro Kiuchi, Rokushiro Uehara and Hideyoshi Okayama, which was published by Shigebei Takase in Chiba in 1905.


In Western Europe and the Americas


As far as I know this design first appears in the West in an article written by Alber-Graves 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.



The design also appears, as 'La Pelle' (the shovel), in 'Les Petits Secrets Amusants' by Alber-Graves, which was published by Librairie Hachette in Paris in 1908.