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The Flat Bottomed Boat
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Flat Bottomed 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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As far as I know this design, which is developed from the Patisserie Box, first appears as the 'Bateau a Fond Plat' (Flat Bottomed Boat) 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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The design also appears in Booklet 1 of 'Figuras de Papel', a series of 3 booklets published by B Bauza in Barcelona in 1932.

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Two versions of this design were included in 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, 'El Esquife',which has two pointed ends and doubles as a hat, and 'La chalana o barca de fondo plano', which has a flat stern and thwarts.

El Esquife

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La chalana o barca de fondo plano

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The design also appears, just as 'Le Bateau', in 'Au Pays des Mains Agiles', which was published by Editions Fleurus in Paris in 1949.

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