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Seals / Sealions
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of folded Paper Seals and Sealions. 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

1951

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, contains a design for 'La Foca' (The Seal).

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1954 onwards

The 1954 Rupert Annual included diagrams which showed 'How To Make A Paper Sealion and Penguin'. The Sealion design looks very similar to the one published by Honda in 1931.

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A similar design 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.'

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1956

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

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