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The Boat with Sail
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Boat with Sail. 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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The earliest appearance of the Boat with Sail that I know of is in Issue 110 of the French satirical magazine 'La Caricature', which was published on 13th December 1832. The cartoon by Grandville also includes two pictures of Double Boats and a parade of Cocottes, apparently advancing to attack a toy village. My thanks to Jaume Coll Guerrero for this information.

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Another drawing by Grandville, from his series 'albums de la vie privée et publique des animaux dessinés' and which can therefore be dated to either 1841 or 1842, shows a Boat with Sail along with two Cocottes. From the collection of Paris Musees.

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The Boat with Sail also appears:

As 'Le vaisseau à voiles' in a list of designs in the 'Manuel Pratique de Jardins D'Enfants de Friedrich Froebel, which was compiled by J F Jacobs and published in Brussells and Paris in 1859.

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In 'De Kleine Papierwerkers', written by Elise Van Calcar and published by K H Schadd in Amsterdam in 1863.

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In 'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' by E Barth and W Niederley, which was first published in Bielefeld and Leipzig, and the foreword of which is dated October 1876 ...

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In a publication issued in 1878 by the kindergarten of the Tokyo Women's Normal School.

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In 'The Kindergarten Principle' by Mary J Lyschinska, which was published in London in 1880 by Wm Isbister Ltd.

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In 'Pleasant Work for Busy Fingers' by Maggie Browne, which was published by Cassell and Company in London in 1891. This book is an English version of 'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' enhanced by the addition of a few extra designs.

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As 'Berceau avec son Rideau' (Cradle with Curtain) 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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In Eleonore Heerwart's 'Course in Paperfolding' was first published in Dutch in 1895 then in English by Charles and Dible in London and Glasgow in 1896.

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As 'Le Bateau a Cabine' in Le Livre des Amusettes' by Toto, which was published in Paris by Charles Mendel in 1899.

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In 'Die Frobelschen Beschaftigungen: Das Falten' by Marie Muller-Wunderlich, which was published by Friedrich Brandstetter in Leipzig in 1900.

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In 'Fun with Paperfolding' by William D Murray and Francis J Rigney, which was published by the Fleming H Revell Company, New York in 1928.

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