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The Wild Man From Borneo / Le Diablotin / El Gatito
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as The Wild Man From Borneo. 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.



As far as I know this design first appears in 'Winter Nights Entertainments' by R M Abraham, which was first published by Constable and Constable in London in 1932.


The same design appears:


As 'Le Diablotin' in 'Au Pays des Mains Agiles', which was published by Editions Fleurus in Paris in 1949.



As 'Gatito' 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.



In the 1955 Rupert Annual under the title 'How To Make A Paper Cat's Head'



As 'The Horned Demon' in 'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956. The text says, 'Part Japanese, Part Western'.