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Cut and Fold Polygonal Pockets
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the history of what I call Cut and Fold Polygonal Pockets. 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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1834

The Lady's Book (aka Godey's Lady Book) of June 1834, an American publication, contains instructions for folding a container for a court-plaster (a sticking plaster made by coating taffeta or silk on one side with some adhesive substance, commonly a mixture of isinglass and glycerine)

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1863

'De Kleine Papierwerkers 1: Wat men van een stukje papier al maken kan: Het vouwen' (The Small Paperwork 1: What one can make from a piece of paper: Folding) by Elise Van Calcar, which was published by K H Schadd in Amsterdam in 1863, contains a design for a cut and fold polygonal pocket called 'De beurs of tabakzak' (the purse or tobacco bag).

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1937

'Paper Toy Making' by Margaret Campbell, which was first published by Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons Ltd in London, probably in 1937, although both the Foreword and Preface are dated 1936, which argues that the book was complete at that date, contains a template for a 'Japanese Matchbox' and 'Ash-Tray'.

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