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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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Photograph was edited for publication purposes
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 19, 1964 reads "Pictured here with NBC's Francine York is an adequate and convenient bedside table. It is equipped with swinging tray for writing in bed. Its top is designed for a lamp, ash trays and other small needed things. A shelf for magazines or a portable radio has been included and below that a drawer for medications or anything else you may need during the night. The bottom shelf is suitable for books, etc. To obtain a full-size bedside table pattern number 344 send $1 by currency, check or money order to: Steve Ellingson, Valley Times TODAY Pattern Dept., P.O. Box 2383, Van Nuys, Calif., 91409"
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
York, Francine
NBC Television Network--Employees
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
Tables--California--San Fernando Valley
Lamps--California--San Fernando Valley
Beds--California--San Fernando Valley
Bedding--California--San Fernando Valley
Bedroom furniture--California--San Fernando Valley
Bedrooms--California--San Fernando Valley
Books--California--San Fernando Valley
Plants--California--San Fernando Valley
Ashtrays--California--San Fernando Valley
Containers--California--San Fernando Valley
Tableware--California--San Fernando Valley
Eating & drinking--California--San Fernando Valley
Interiors--California--San Fernando Valley
San Fernando Valley (Calif.)
Portrait photographs
Valley Times Collection photographs
Time Period

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