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Take the strain off aching feet
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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 August 16, 1962 reads "There's nothing like coming home from a hard day and picking your feet up for a different, relaxed view of things--while reclining on a slant board. This easy-to-build object, demonstrated by TV actress Yvonne Craig of the 'Dick Powell Show,' is man's earthly way of battling gravity which strains his aching feet. With the slant board you can also find pleasant way to exercise. To obtain the slant board pattern (No. 156), complete with pictures and exercise directions, send 50 cents 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
Craig, Yvonne,--1937-2015
Women--California--Los Angeles
Television actors and actresses--United States
Woodwork--California--Los Angeles
Van Nuys (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Valley Times Collection photographs

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