The Public Paperfolding History Project

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Paperfolding Puzzles
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of Paperfolding Puzzles ie puzzles solved, or both set and solved, 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.

The puzzles on this page can be solved through trial and error manipulation. There is a separate page for Mathematical Paperfolding Puzzles ie those which can only be solved using mathematics.


The Cherries Puzzle - 1502 onwards


c1939 to 1945

The images below are of both sides of a puzzle postcard, produced as propaganda but also advertising a hotel, dating from the Second World War. The object of the puzzle is to imprison two of the three 'Public Enemies' by folding it into a square.