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In 1948, newspaper columnist Steve Ellingson had an idea. Watching his wife sew one day, he wondered if the concept of sewing patterns could be adapted to woodworking. Why not make full-size, traceable patterns for complex or curved project parts which could take some of the difficulty out of project building? So he drafted the first project and launched U-Bild Woodworking Plans. Ellingson enlisted television stars and other celebrities to help sell his product. Today, more than 60 years later, U-Bild is still selling essentially the same product Ellingson first developed. Photograph caption dated May 16, 1963 reads "Tired of getting caught in rain when setting up or breaking camp? Actor Tom Frandsen and actress Jan Norris show sleeping compartment that fits on top of car, station wagon or in back of pickup truck. Compartment is only 8 inches high when traveling, can be raised for sleeping in less than two minutes. It eliminates necessary baggage that goes with tent and needs no packing or unpacking. Easy-to-follow pattern for compartment lists required materials. To obtain pattern No. 281, send $1 by currency, check or money order to Steve Ellingson, Valley Times TODAY Pattern Dept., P.O. Box 2383, Van Nuys, Calif." Inset, upper right, show compartment folded down.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm. Photographic prints
00130999 ValleyÂ Times Collection HCNVT_d036_f15_i19 CARL0005521253 http://220.127.116.11/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/61570
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