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Youngsters' private house is easy to build
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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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 April 12, 1962 reads "By investing a few evenings' work, Dad can build a private and practical playhouse in time for the kids' summer vacation. NBC's Craig Ball and Debbie Smith are enjoying the privacy offered in this miniature house, which is easy to build and inexpensive. To obtain plan No. 224 for the pictured playhouse, send $1 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
Ball, Craig
Smith, Debbie
NBC Television Network--Employees
U-Bild Inc
Girls--California--San Fernando Valley
Boys--California--San Fernando Valley
Child actors--United States
Television actors and actresses--United States
Dogs--California--San Fernando Valley
Pets--California--San Fernando Valley
Dolls--California--San Fernando Valley
Mail-order business--California--San Fernando Valley
Business enterprises--California--San Fernando Valley
Woodwork--California--San Fernando Valley
Children's playhouses--California--San Fernando Valley
Lawns--California--San Fernando Valley
Trees--California--San Fernando Valley
San Fernando Valley (Calif.)
Valley Times Collection photographs

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