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Paper Penguins
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of folded Paper Penguins. 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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In Japan

1931

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.

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In Western Europe / USA

1932

Another design for a paper penguin appears in Booklet 3 of 'Images a Plier', a series of 6 booklets published by Librairie Larousse in Paris in 1932.

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1937 onwards

There is a Penguin made from a bird base in 'Paper Toy Making' by Margaret Campbell, 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.

This design also appeared in 'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956. The text notes, 'Margaret Campbell's method'.

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1939

Another design for a paper Penguin, 'El pinguino', occurs in 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939.

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1954 onwards

The 1954 Rupert Annual includes instructions explaining 'How To Make A Paper Sealion and Penguin'. The Penguin is a very simple design developed from a fish base.

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The same design appears in 'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956. The text says, 'From the Daily Express Rupert Annual'.

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1956

'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956 contained diagrams for Harbin's King Penguin.

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