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The Patisserie Box
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the Patisserie Box and it's derivative designs. 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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1889

As far as I know this design first appears as 'Autre boite en papier' (Another paper box) in 'La Science Pratique' by Gaston Tissandier, which was published by G Masson in Paris in 1889. The text notes that this box is 'employe par les confiseurs' (used by confectioners)

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1891

There are several references to the folding of boites de patissier in the 'Bulletin de la Societe de Protection des Apprentis', an official document issued by the Societe de Protection des Apprentis et des Enfants Employes par les Manufactures in Paris in 1891.

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1892

A similar design appears as the 'Boite de Patissier' in 'Le Travail Manuel a L'ecole Primaire' by Jully & Rocheron, which was published by Librairie Classique Eugene Belin in Paris in 1892. The instructions also explain how to make a square version and a version from a rectangle divided into sixths.

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1893

The same design appears in 'L'Annee Preparatoire de Travail Manuel' by M P Martin, which was published by Armand Collin & Cie in Paris in 1893.

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1895

'L'enseignement manuel dans les ecoles du degre primaire (garcons)' by Rene Leblanc, which was published by Librairie Larousse in Paris in 1895, contains instructions for making the basic Patisserie Box and a cubic variant folded from a 5x3 sheet of paper. The cubic variant is not pictured.

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1903

In the 6th June 1903 issue of the French children's magazine 'Mon Journal' under the title of 'lboite des patissiers'.

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1909

The Patisserie Box appears as 'Boites en papier' in 'Petit Manuel de Travaux d'Amateurs' by H de Graffigny, which was published by Collection A L Guyot in Paris in 1909. Note that the boatlike shape shown in picture 2 is not the Flat Bottomed Boat but just an intermediate stage on the way to forming the box.

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1932

A square version of the same design appears as 'La Boite de Patissier' in Booklet 3 of 'Images a Plier', a series of 6 booklets published by Librairie Larousse in Paris in 1932.

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1939

The same square version appears as 'Cajita paper juguetes de papel (Paper box for paper toys) in 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939.

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1949

'Au Pays des Mains Agiles', which was published by Editions Fleurus in Paris in 1949, also contains this design.The author also suggests 'Just cut the box in half ... to get a very practical dustpan.'

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