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The Nurse's Cap / Russian Cap / Billfold
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the paperfolded designs known variously as the Nurse's Cap / Painter's Hat / Billfold. 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.

This design is derived from the House.


In Japan (and in publications by Japanese authors)


This design appears, as 'Cap' but clrearly decorated as a Nurse's Cap, in 'Fun-time Paper Folding' by Elinor Tripato Massoglio, which was published by Childrens Press in Chicago in 1959


A Nurse's Cap / Scout Cap / Billfold (a small, folding sleeve or case designed to hold paper currency) appears in 'Origami: Book Three' by Florence Sakade, which was published by the Charles E Tuttle Company in Rutland, Vermont and Tokyo in 1959. Of the lower design the instructions say:


In Western Europe / The USA


As far as I know this design first appears as 'Al gorro ruso' (the Russian cap) in an article titled 'El trabajo manual escolar' by Vicente Casto Legua in the January 1907 issue of the Spanish magazine 'La Escuela Moderna' which was published in Madrid by Los Sucesores de Hernando. No illustration of the design is given but the design can be reproduced from the text.



The same design appears as 'Gorro de Pintor' (Painter's Hat) in 'El Plegado y Cartonaje en la Escuela Primaria' by Antonio M Luchia and Corina Luciani de Luchia, which was published by Editorial Kapelusz in Buenos Aires in 1940.