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A table (top) that leads a double life
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
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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 September 6, 1962 reads "There's room for seven more at this regulation poker table shown here with NBC's TV personality Tom Fransden (sic). It's completely equipped with chip pockets, glass and ash-tray receptacles and a felt playing surface. Actually, it leads a double life for all you have to do is invert it to have a dining-room table. To simplify storage, it's designed to be used on top of a card table or any other table. Construction is easy when you follow the full-size pattern, No. 217, which may be obtained by sending $1 to Steve Ellingson, Valley Times TODAY Pattern Dept., P.O. Box 2383, Van Nuys, Calif." Insert, upper right, shows the flip side of the table.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Frandsen, Tom
NBC Television Network--Employees
U-Bild Inc
Men--California--San Fernando Valley
Television personalities--California--San Fernando Valley
Mail-order business--California--San Fernando Valley
Business enterprises--California--San Fernando Valley
Woodwork--California--San Fernando Valley
Tables--California--San Fernando Valley
Playing cards--California--San Fernando Valley
Gambling chips--California--San Fernando Valley
Cigars--California--San Fernando Valley
Drinking glasses--California--San Fernando Valley
Tableware--California--San Fernando Valley
Salt and pepper shakers--California--San Fernando Valley
San Fernando Valley (Calif.)
Portrait photographs
Valley Times Collection photographs
Time Period

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