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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.

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1932

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.

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The same design appears:

1949

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

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1940

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.

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1955

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

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1956

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'.

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