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

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The Double Boat also appears:

As 'Le double bateau' 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 the revised version of 'Der Kindergarten' by Hermann Goldammer which was published by Carl Babel in Berlin in 1874.

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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 Part two of 'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was probably first published in 1882 by E. Steiger and Company in New York.

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

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As the 'Double Pirogue' 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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In Lois Bates' 'Kindergarten Guide', which was first published by Longmans, Green and Co in London in 1897.

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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 'La Ensenanza del Trabajo Manuel' by Pedro de Alcántara García and Teodosio Leal y Quiroga, which was published in Madrid in 1903.

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In 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was first published in Japan in 1931.

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