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How to Construct the Regular Pentagon by Folding Paper
This page is being used to collect information about the history of ways of constructing the regular pentagon by folding paper. 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.

This page includes information about constructing a regular pentagon by the fold and one cut method.

There is a separate page about the Fold and One Cut Pentagram.


Various methods of constructing the regular pentagon by folding appear in:


'Paper Folding and Cutting' by Katherine M Ball, which was published by the Prang Educational Company in Boston in 1892.


'How to Teach Paper-Folding and Cutting' by Norma MacLeod, which was published by March Brothers in Lebanon, Ohio in 1892.



'Paper and Scissors in the Schoolroom' by Emily Weaver, which was published by Milton Bradley Company in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1893, contains a method of constructing and cutting out a regular pentagon from a square.


'Old Glory: The Flag of Our Country: A Study in History and a Lesson in Paperfolding: Also Some Easy Lessons in Cutting and Folding' by Dr Albert Elias Maltby, which was published in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania in 1894.



'El Trabajo Manual en la Escuela' by Félix Martí Alpera, which was published by Libreria de los Sucesores de Hernando in Madrid in 1914.



As a puzzle in 'Modern Puzzles' by Henry Ernest Dudeney, which was published by C. Arthur Pearson in London in 1926.