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Single-Sheet Geometric Ornaments and Decorations
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of single-sheet geometric ornaments and decorations. 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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A design called 'Estrella de realce', an inside out bird base, appeared 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.

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Le Kiosque Japonais - 1931 onwards

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La Banqueta y La Estrella

A design called 'La banqueta y la estrella' appears in 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939.

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'El Plegado y Cartonaje en la Escuela Primaria' by Antonio M Luchia and Corina Luciani de Luchia was published by Editorial Kapelusz in Buenos Aires in 1940 contains a number of single-sheet geometric designs:

Repisa Rinconera (Corner Shelf) - Made from a blintzed square with the aid of a cut.

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Poligonos Resurgidos (Raised Polygons) - A more complex version of the Repisa Rinconera above.

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Bandeja o Bombonera Octagonal con Resurgido Interior (Octagonal Tray or Bonbonniere with Raised Interior) - Developed from an 8x8 grid using cuts

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Cofre Japonais (Japanese Chest)

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'At Home Tonight' by Herbert McKay, which was published by Oxford University Press in London, New York and Toronto in 1940, contains diagrams for six geonetric ornaments of various kinds:

Ornament 1

(From the waterbomb base)

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Ornament 2

(From the waterbomb base. Note that this ornament has a flat base on which it will stand)

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Ornament 3

(from the preliminary fold)

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Ornament 4

This ornament reappears in a different guise as Harbin's 'Merry - Go - Round' in 'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956. See Air / Breath Driven Rotating Designs.

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Ornament 5

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Ornament 6

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1956

'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956 contains instructions for folding Harbin's 'Candlestick'.

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1972

The 1972 Rupert Annual contains instructions for folding the 'Imp's Lantern'.

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