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The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell

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Paper Penguins
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of folded Paper Penguins. 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 treatment of this subject that I know of appears in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was first published in Japan in 1931.

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Another design for a paper penguin appears in Booklet 3 of 'Images a Plier', a series of 6 booklets published by Librairie Larousse in Paris in 1932.

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There is a Penguin made from a bird base in 'Paper Toy Making' by Margaret Campbell, which was first published by Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons Ltd in London, probably in 1937, although both the Foreword and Preface are dated 1936, which argues that the book was complete at that date.

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Another design for a paper Penguin, 'El pinguino', occurs 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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