Saturday, June 13, 2009

Giant Home Workshop Manual, 1941

I found this at a thrift shop. A 1941 Popular Science printing called "Giant Home Workshop Manual." During the war, materials and finished goods were scarce. Many publications were created that instructed ladies on creating first aid essentials, home improvement items, cleaners, and I had a book that advised how to make lipstick! This particular book has such beautiful graphics and wonderful blue prints and photos, I have to share.
Todays submissision is how to make a tin can submarine. The confidence this book placed in a young boys ability to create such a toy is nothing like we know today. Video games and 24 hour TV has slowed the thinking of our youth. Sad.
At any rate....lets build a submarine!!!


  1. Thank you very much for taking the time to place this article on the internet.

    I actually made the Tin Can Submarine when I was in 7th grade. It was build exactly to the plans and was a very cool looking project. I kept it for about 20 years then tossed it out. Should have kept it as part of America memorabilia.

    I never launched it with the Carbide. I could not buy the Carbide because of its' volatility; however, I was highly confident that it would have worked. It was a very cool plan.

    Thanks again,


    1. Mark, i just found your note. Thanks for commenting! I wish you had a photo of this wonderful submarine. I think i need to post more of the projects found in this book. Done are pretty anazing even by todays standards! Check back again!



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I peruse thrift shops like a junkie. I find such amazing things sometimes that I wanted to share them. I tinker with glass and a hot soldering iron as time allows. I have a collection of thousands of glass beads carefully selected and purchased with the excuse I will make jewelery, but I can't bear to part with a single bead. Not one!! So don't even ask! Ok, you can have one.