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

See also Crane and Tortoise Designs


In Japan


Designs for both a Turtle and a Simple Tortoise appear in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was first published in Japan in 1931.





A design for a tortoise in which a cut is used to separate the back legs appears in 'Origami: Folding Paper for Children' by Claude Sarasas, which was first published by Kodansha in Tokyo in 1951.


In Western Europe / USA


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 Tortuga' (The Turtle)



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


... and for Harbin's 'Shy Tortoise', an active play paperfold'