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May 9, 2018

The Handyman’s Book

By Julia

As the weather turns warmer, I’m reminded of all the home improvement projects I have to do. Of course, each project inevitably takes longer than planned and involves additional trips to the hardware store for that one forgotten item. If we’re not sure exactly how to approach a project, we can turn to the internet. But I find the instruction books of yesteryear to be quite fascinating. We happened to stumble upon a garage sale in the middle of nowhere last summer and could not leave without the Handyman’s Book. The copyright date on this well-loved handbook is from 1957.

I am completely enamored with the artwork on the cover. Everything from the man’s bulging bicep to the woman swooning in the background embodies the 1950s handyman. He reminds me of Don Draper on a Saturday away from the office.

The interior welcomes us to the coveted order of handymen. They are making those projects look so easy!

The intro to the first section has more delightful artwork demonstrating the importance of workshop planning.

The chapters go on to explain various tools, resources, and supplies that would be helpful for the at-home handyman. The vintage containers pictured on this page reminded me of an old service station.

Every mid-century modest home had a workshop space next to the rumpus room; the Handyman’s Book is here to help you with the layout.

The helpful handyman even does his own wallpapering. Look at those patterns!

What about you, dear readers? Do any of you have any retro projects going on your own mid-century modest homes?

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4 Responses to The Handyman’s Book

  1. Jason Reply

    May 9, 2018 at 9:33 am

    My Mom and Stepdad recently gifted me this book that they had found at an antique type store I believe. It is great! It even includes some additional pages that I guess were provided through the magazine that you would cut out and add to the back of the book. They also gave me the re-issued decorating book which you can buy new for Christmas!

    • Julia Reply

      May 9, 2018 at 8:47 pm

      Very cool! What a great find 🙂

  2. Susan from Boston Reply

    May 10, 2018 at 10:10 am

    I would love a book like this. Especially the wallpapering section as I’m thinking of wallpapering a room in my house.

    • Julia Reply

      May 12, 2018 at 1:14 pm

      The book is definitely a gem. I would make sure you’re using up-to-date advice for any home projects, though. 🙂

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