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The Fold and One Cut Hexagon
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Method A


'Manuel pratique des jardins d'enfants de Frédéric Froebel', which was compiled by J F Jacobs and published by F Claassen in Brussells and L Hachette and Cie in Paris in 1859, contains a description of a method of creating a Fold and One Cut Hexagon from a square:

In English, roughly, 'fold the square of paper on one of its diagonals; you have a rectangle triangle. Find the midpoint of the base ... and from this point start two obliques which divide the space around this point into three equal angles ... then cut off the superfluous corners.'



An illustration showing how to create a hexagon from a square using the same method as in Jacobs above appears in 'De Kleine Papierwerkers: Volume 4: Het Knippen en plakken' (Cutting and Pasting), written by Elise Van Calcar and published by K H Schadd in Amsterdam in 1863.


The same method appears:


In 'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' by E Barth and W Niederley, which was first published in Bielefeld and Leipzig, and the foreword of which is dated October 1876.


In part 2 'Die Praxis' of 'Theoretisches und praktisches Handbuch der Fröbelschen Erziehungslehre' by Bertha von Marentholtz-Bülow, which was published by George H Wigand in Kassel in 1887.



There is reference to constructing a hexagon from a square in the 'Bulletin de la Societe de Protection des Apprentis', an official document issued by the Societe de Protection des Apprentis et des Enfants Employes par les Manufactures in Paris in 1891.



In 'Paper and Scissors in the Schoolroom' by Emily Weaver, which was published by Milton Bradley Company in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1893


Method B


A second method of creating a Fold and One Cut Hexagon is found in 'Le Travail Manuel a L'ecole Primaire' by Jully & Rocheron, which was published by Librairie Classique Eugene Belin in Paris in 1892.


This method also appears:

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



In 'L'enseignement manuel dans les ecoles du degre primaire (garcons)' by Rene Leblanc, which was published by Librairie Larousse in Paris in 1895.


In 'Geometrie, Dessin et Travaux Manuels - Cours Moyen', produced under the direction of M E. Cazes, which was published by Librairie Ch. Delagrave in Paris in 1895.



In 'Pleasant Work for Busy Fingers' by Maggie Browne, which is an English version of 'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch', and was published by Cassell and Company in London in 1896, also contains the method of creating a fold and one cut hexagon pictured under the entry for 1876 above.



In 'Petit Manuel de Travaux d'Amateurs' by H de Graffigny was published by Collection A L Guyot in Paris in 1909, under the title 'Former un hexagone avec un carre'.