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This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of paper whales. 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.



A design for a simple cut whale developed from a fish base appears in 'Origami: Book Three' by Florence Sakade, which was published by the Charles E Tuttle Company in Rutland, Vermont and Tokyo in 1959.


(This design subsequently appeared in an advert for Nibroc Offset in the US magazine 'Print' in May-June 1961 Vol 15 Iss 3.)



A very simple dsign for a whale appears in 'Secrets of Origami', by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne Book Company in London in 1964, where it is said to be Japanese.



The same design appears in 'Your Book of Paperfolding' by Vanessa and Eric de Maré, which was published by Faber and Faber in London in 1968, where it is said to be traditional Japanese.