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The Fish-Base Seal (Cut)
This page is being used to collect information about the history of the paperfolding design known as the The Fish-Base Seal. The back set of flippers of this design are normally separated by a cut, but this is not a necessity of the design.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.



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.



The 1954 Rupert Annual included diagrams which showed 'How To Make A Paper Sealion and Penguin'. The Sealion is a version of the Fish-Base Seal.



The Fish-Base Seal also appears in 'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956. The text says, 'Origin: British - by kind permission of the Daily Express Rupert Annual.'



What appears to be a Fish-Base Seal is pictured, but not explained, in 'How to Make Origami' by Isao Honda, which was published by Toto Shuppan Co. Ltd in Japan. by McDowell Obolensky of New York in the USA and by Museum Press Ltd of London in England, in 1959.



The design also appears in 'Origami: The Oriental Art of Paper Folding' by Harry C Helfman, which was published by Platt and Munk Co Inc in New York in 1960.