Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mattel Fall 1953 pg1 (front cover)

I'm beginning to scan and make available my collection of Mattel product catalogs - this is the earliest, the Fall 1953 catalog. There are 4 pages, all available in hi rez in my flickr account.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Deltacraft: 19 Charming Chairs

This is part of a series of booklets measuring 5 1/2" tall and 4 1/4" wide that was produced by Delta Tools under their Deltacraft Publications line during the 40's (guessing at the age) as part of an aggregate reprint of articles originally featured in Deltacraft magazine. Some of these were also originally printed in other publications such as Workbench or The Home Craftsman of similar vintage.

19 Charming Chairs
Form AD-223
The Delta Manufacturing Company
600-634 East Vienna Avenue
Milwaukee Wisconsin
Printed in U.S. of A.
24 Pages including covers, scanned flat as a series of 12 scans and converted to PDF at 150 DPI approximately 11.3 MB.
Download PDF by Clicking Here

While most of these plans are rather dated there are some tidbits in here that make them interesting. I think with some small modification many of the styles could be used as viable furniture today. From what I can tell these publications haven't been made available since inception, so have fun with this one. I especially like the many children's sized examples and the benches, several have an Art Deco or Mid-Mod flair to them. There's nothing here that would be beyond the intermediate woodworker, and several of the plans could be successfully completed by the beginner with some basic handtools.

-- John

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Deltagram - Spinning Wheel Lamp

This is a scan of a Spinning Wheel Lamp plan originally published in an old 1930's Deltagram. I was contacted about finding the plan on one of my other blogs:

Kenneth said...
I didn't really have a chance to peruse your site. I was doing a search for Deltagrams. I made a spinning wheel lamp in high school shop from a deltagram that my dad had. This was 1962. I has become lost and I'd like to find a copy if possible even a photocopy. Thought one of your collections might have it
December 9, 2008 11:13 AM

As it were, I found the issue using a Deltacraft index which describes:

From a June 1944 index under Lamp, Table:
Spinning Wheel:
BI 58 (Delta Blueprint 58)
Del 4:48, 5:25 (Deltagram 4 page 48 and Deltagram 5 page 25)
PP 2:4 (Pratical Projects 2, page 4)

I also have a high-resolution scan available here: Spinning Wheel Plan (High Resolution: 1.1 MB)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Hello and Welcome!

The problem with having many interests (look at my blog list and you'll see what I mean) is that it's difficult to share those interests in a format that's appealing to those who would want to view your images or read your text. Thus the multiple-blog blogger is born - and thus this new blog featuring the various vintage magazines I collect. For the most part, I've got old comics and Science Fiction and Fantasy magazines from when I was a kid and have continued to collect into adult-hood. I've scanned some of these and placed them into various web archives (check my flickr account for some snazzy book and magazine covers in those genres). What I haven't shared are some of those magazines that combine several of my interests into one format. I like paper and ephemera, so when I had a chance to pick up some "The Family Handyman," "Home Craftsman" and "Workbench" magazines from the 50's, I didn't hesitate to purchase. These magazines combine several of my interests: Old Woodworking Tools (in the ads and articles about techniques), Mid-Century Modern design (Covers, internal articles and projects), Woodworking (assembly plans, cut-lists, etc) and old paper. I've decided to share some of the magazines with everyone using this format - I'll basically do one issue at a time and scan relevant information, including ads, articles and covers. Each subject matter will be tagged for ease of cross-reference. Look for my first post soon.