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Paper Turtles / Tortoises
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of folded Paper Turtles and Tortoises. 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.

See also Crane and Tortoise Designs

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In Japan

Designs for both a Turtle and a Simple Tortoise appear in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was first published in Japan in 1931.

Turtle

Tortoise

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In Western Europe / USA

The extended version of 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1951, contains a design for 'La Tortuga' (The Turtle)

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