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Mask Making

Mask Making title page

Mask making: creative methods and techniques

Subitter:This one had been rebound so I have no idea what the original cover looked like but title page is oh, so lovely with it’s large grease stain.  There are all kinds of awful masks in this book but I was particularly disturbed by the boy with the giant “balloon mask” head, the dead marionette laid out on a stack of books and the man making a mask on his own face.  Also of note, the masks from countries/places that no longer exist: Belgian Congo, New Ireland, New Britain.

Holly: I guarantee that much nicer books on mask making have been published since 1954.  If your library hasn’t been able to afford a new book on this topic since 1954, you have bigger problems than weeding.  There is really no excuse for having this in a public library’s regular collection!

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Make-it Book

Make-It Book coverMcCall’s Giant Golden
Make-it Book

I am so glad several university libraries are holding on to this relic.  This just screams 1950s.  It still is in some school libraries holdings and I wonder how well it must be holding up after a nearly sixty years.  Of course it is outdated.  In the meantime, enjoy this time capsule of 1950s kiddie crafts.  Just out of curiosity,  how many of you folks under 35 know what a “sachet” is? I honestly don’t think I have heard that term in ages.  Also, since we are talking 1950s, is it just me or is this style of illustration a bit creepy?  I think the people look a bit like casting for Children of the Corn.


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Calling All Indiana Coverlet Weavers

Indiana Coverlet Weavers coverIndiana Coverlet Weavers and their Coverlets

Submitter: During inventory at my middle school library, I came across this 1974 book that seems to have a very limited audience.  I can’t imagine any middle school student wanting to check this out.  Sure enough, it had only been checked out by two people–both teachers, long since retired.  It may have been used for a “Pioneer Days” project.  However, in the chapter on Dyes, one recipe starts out “Fill a large earthenware crock with urine…”  Those are not instructions you ever want to give a middle schooler!

Holly: No, they are not!  Is your middle school library at least in Indiana? This is a very strange choice for a middle school library anywhere, though I’m sure it’s a lovely book with uses elsewhere.

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