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Little Loos

doll house bathrooms cover

Dolls’ House Bathrooms
Lots of Little Loos
King
1997

My knowledge of doll houses is limited to a few visits to the Art Institute of Chicago’s Thorne Miniature Rooms and whining for a Barbie dream house sometime in the mid 1960s. I never got one, by the way. I know that there are lots of people that enjoy crafting doll houses, so this book would probably have an audience in a public library collection. Unfortunately, this particular book hadn’t left the shelf in quite a few years and was not in great condition. I have to admit, I am always a bit fascinated by books that are so specific. It’s not just miniatures, but miniatures of toilets.

They really do have a book for everything.

Mary

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Floating Baby Heads!

Baby Knits coverBaby Hand Knits
Rembrandt Yarns
1946

Submitter: This publication from 1946 by the Wool Novelty Co., Inc. of New York, NY, came in with a very large donation of women’s handicraft magazines. Maybe because it’s Friday, I found the floating baby heads on the cover particularly entertaining….

Holly: Collectors would love this! In all seriousness, there are libraries that can preserve this kind of thing and have a beautiful archive of old-timey craft publications. Your average public library is not that place, but patrons making donations don’t know that. They feel all warm and fuzzy for donating to the library rather than throwing out their stuff, and are completely baffled to find that these old magazines can’t be added to the circulating collection. I agree that the cover image is odd for a baby knitting magazine. How about some nice knitted hats on those floating heads? Also, my mom was born in 1946. Those babies are in their 70s now.

 

 

Can or Can’t?

tin can crafting

Magic With Tin Cans
Craft Course Publishers
1965

Start saving your cans now! Look at all the magical decorations you can make with just a tin can. I really have no words for this ultimate recycle craft. From the text and pictures, it looks difficult and requires a lot of supplies–all so you can make your home into some kind of Vegas venue. I think my favorite is the chair (last picture below). Check out the use of “giftable”.  I think the word in quotes lets us know that it is best to give this to someone you don’t like. In other news, I just got a few ideas for holiday gifts.

Mary

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