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The Wild Man From Borneo / Le Diablotin / El Gatito / Cat's Head
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the inflatable design known variously as The Wild Man From Borneo / Le Diablotin / El Gatito / Cat's Head etc. 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, as the Wild Man from Borneo, 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 '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.



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



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'.



As 'Cat's Head' in the second edition of 'Het Grote Vouwboek' by Aart van Breda, which was published by Uitgeverij van Breda in 1963.