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The Rectangular Packet
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the folded paper packet that I call the Rectangular Packet but which also has many other names. 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 explained in 'La Ensenanza del Trabajo Manuel' by Pedro de Alcántara García and Teodosio Leal y Quiroga, which was published in Madrid in 1903, where it is described as 'the bag so useful in pharmacies'.



A version of the same basic design appears as 'Bolsa de Boticario' (Apothecary Bag) in 'Guia Practica del Trabajo Manual Educativo' by Ezequiel Solana, which was published by Editorial Magisterio Español in Madrid in 1904.



The design also appears as 'Papaleta para polvos' (package for powder) in an article titled 'El trabajo manual escolar' by Vicente Casto Legua in issue 191 of the Spanish magazine 'La Escuela Moderna' for February 1907, which was published in Madrid by Los Sucesores de Hernando.

The text, roughly translated, says this is 'of great use in offices, pharmacy and many other establishments'.



The design also appears as 'El papelillo del boticario' (The apothecary's paper) - in 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939.