Paper Applications - Paper and Its Uses

Here are many paper applications that are in use all around you:

Representation of Value

  • Paper money – First introduced in as leather money in Ancient China during Han Dynasty (118 BC), money started being made from paper in 7th century China. Marco Polo introduced this concept to Europeans in 13th century.
  • Bank note- Fist appearance of bank notes started in 14th century Italy, and first government approved banknotes were created in 1661 Sweden. They represent right of the holder of the note to collect monetary goods deposited in bank.
  • Cheque – Initially used as bank notes, cheques are relatively modern creation. Bank cheques were popularized in 20th century.
  • Security paper - Special type of paper that hides in itself security features that can identify and authenticate that document as original. Today they are used in passports, certificates, government documents, voting ballots and more.
  • Voucher – Special kind of money that can be used only for purchase of specific goods of services.
  • Ticket – Document that serves a proof that person has paid to enter event or establishment (movie theater, zoo, museum, concert, sporting event, etc.).
Old Diary

Storing of information

  • Book – Set of sheets containing written, printed or illustrated content fastened together to a hinge on one side. Popularized after Johannes Gutenberg invented moveable type in 1450, and arrival of steam printing machines in 19th century.
  • Notebook – Blank book intended for personal use and manual writing of new data (home pads, legal pad, lab pads, police notebooks, etc.)
  • Magazine – Publication intended to regularly bring information to paying customers. Introduced in 17th and popularized in 19th century.
  • Newspaper – Daily or weekly publications printed with current events, editorials and articles intended for use in local markets.
  • Letter – Written message on a sheet of paper, intended to be delivered to the end-user by postal service.
  • Art

Paper for personal use

  • Diary
  • Notepad
  • Temporary paper for daily use
  • Scratch paper

Packaging paper

  • Corrugated box
  • Paper bag
  • Envelope
  • Wrapping tissue
  • Wallpaper

Cleaning paper

  • Toilet paper
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Paper towels
  • Facial tissue
  • House pet litter paper

Construction paper

  • Papier-mâché (composite material)
  • Origami
  • Paper planes
  • Quilling
  • Paper honeycomb
  • Construction paper
  • Paper clothing


  • Emery paper (sanding down of hard surfaces)
  • Sandpaper
  • Blotting paper
  • Litmus paper
  • Universal indicator paper
  • Oaper chromatography
  • Electrical insulation paper
  • Filter paper
Old Diary
Origami Stars
Origami Stars
White Toilet Paper
Bible Banner
Old Paper and Book
Old Letter Envelope
Old Paper Envelope for a Marriage
Picture - Paper Map with Leaves