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The Novelty Purse
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the history of the design known as the Novelty Purse. 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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1963

As far as I know this design first appears in 'Secrets of Origami' by Robert Harbin, which was published by the Olbourne Book Company in London in 1963. The text states: 'Origin: Japan.'

In the 1971 Octopus Books edition the text has been altered to read 'Origin: Japan. Akira Yoshijawa.' (sic). I do not know what the evidence for attributing the design to Akira Yoshizawa is.

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1964

The design also appears, as 'Tortoise-Shell', in 'Noshi - Classic Origami in Japan' by Isao Honda, which was published, in English, by Japan Publications Trading Company in 1964. No information as to its origin is given.

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1965

The same design appears again, as 'Flower Model' in 'The World of Origami' by Isao Honda, which was published, in English, by Japan Publications Trading Company in 1965. Again no information as to its origin is given.

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