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Do-it-yourself camper shortens miles for motorists
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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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 March 29, 1962 reads "The task of putting up a tent in the dark--tricky at best--can be completely avoided by building this plywood sleeping compartment that fits on top of a car, station wagon or in the back of a pickup truck. NBC's Linda Williams and Ron Harper demonstrate. Only eight inches high when traveling, it can be unfolded like an accordion for sleeping in two minutes. For plans: send $1 for No. 281, to Steve Ellingson, Valley Times TODAY Pattern Dept., P.O. Box 2383, Van Nuys, Calif." Insert, lower right, shows compartment folded down.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Harper, Ron,--1936-
Williams, Linda
NBC Television Network--Employees
U-Bild Inc
Women--California--San Fernando Valley
Men--California--San Fernando Valley
Actresses--United States
Actors--United States
Television actors and actresses--California--San Fernando Valley
Mail-order business--California--San Fernando Valley
Business enterprises--California--San Fernando Valley
Woodwork--California--San Fernando Valley
Automobiles--California--San Fernando Valley
Camping--California--San Fernando Valley--Equipment and supplies
Trees--California--San Fernando Valley
San Fernando Valley (Calif.)
Portrait photographs
Group portraits
Valley Times Collection photographs
Time Period

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