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The Jumping Frog
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Jumping Frog. There are several designs known by this name. Here I mean the one that is commonly folded from a business card. 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 this design first appeared in 'Folding Paper Toys' by Shari lewis and Lillian Oppenheimer which was published by Stein and Day in New York in 1963.



The designs is mentioned in Vol 4: Issue 1 of 'The Origamian' for Spring 1964:

(It is not clear what the 'our' in 'our Jumping Frog' refers to, but it suggests that the design may possibly have been originated by Lillian Oppenheimer and Shari Lewis.)