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Build camp kitchen
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
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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 May 16, 1963 reads "One item that makes camping a pleasure for everyone is suitable camp kitchen, and actress Mary Ann (sic) Gaba shows that this one has more conveniences than she can shake frying pan at. It contains, in well-planned space, practically all items used daily in kitchen at home. Compartments provide space for cooking utensils, dishes, canned goods and food containers. Kitchen can be built in three or four evenings with full-size pattern by tracing parts on wood, cutting them out and putting them together. To obtain pattern No. 13, 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 ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Gaba, Marianne
U-Bild Inc
Women--California--San Fernando Valley
Television actors and actresses--United States
Actresses--United States
Mail-order business--California--San Fernando Valley
Business enterprises--California--San Fernando Valley
Woodwork--California--San Fernando Valley
Pots--California--San Fernando Valley
Tableware--California--San Fernando Valley
Salt and pepper shakers--California--San Fernando Valley
Outdoor kitchens--California--San Fernando Valley
Canteens (Beverage containers)--California--San Fernando Valley
Fishes--California--San Fernando Valley
Condiments--California--San Fernando Valley
Implements, utensils, etc.--California--San Fernando Valley
Murals--California--San Fernando Valley
San Fernando Valley (Calif.)
Portrait photographs
Valley Times Collection photographs
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