Skip to main content

Image / Suitable table is must for barbecue party

Have a question about this item?

Item Information. View source record on contributor's website.

Suitable table is must for barbecue party
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
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at for additional information.
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 "First item required for successful outdoor barbecue party is suitable table. Actress Eileen O'Neill shows table and benches designed to last lifetime. They withstand severe outdoor weather, and a coat of paint or varnish each spring will keep them looking like new. Six-foot-long table will easily seat eight persons, but it can be made longer or shorter with full-size pattern. To obtain pattern No. 312, send $1 by currency, check or money order to Steve Ellingson, Valley Times TODAY Pattern Dept., P.O. Box 2383, Van Nuys, Calif."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
O'Neill, Eileen
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
Outdoor furniture--California--San Fernando Valley
Tables--California--San Fernando Valley
Tableware--California--San Fernando Valley
Pitchers--California--San Fernando Valley
Food--California--San Fernando Valley
Cookware--California--San Fernando Valley
Drinking cups--California--San Fernando Valley
Plants--California--San Fernando Valley
San Fernando Valley (Calif.)
Portrait photographs
Valley Times Collection photographs
Time Period

Explore related content on Calisphere: