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The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell


The Sampan
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Sampan. 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.


As far as I know the first appearance of the Sampan in the historical record, under the title the 'Lifeboat', is in Margaret Campbell's 'Paper Toy Making' 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.