While searching for craft ideas to do with my son this summer, I came across a treasured book from my father’s childhood.
The Stay At Home Book for Boys and Girls, by Cappy Dick published in 1944. This book has 218 crafts and game making ideas for children. It’s really quite a complete collection of wonderful indoor and outdoor projects, typical of the time period.
Each page has an illustration and very detailed instructions.
As you can see from the photos, my copy is quite worn and the pages are yellowed and somewhat brittle. The index includes such classic crafts as:
#64 Clothespin Fishing Game.
#70 Homemade “Walkie-Talkie”.
#111 Funny Mechanical Man (robot costume from cardboard boxes).
#156 Paper and Paste Fruit (papier-mâché).
#189 Seed Pictures
I remember making most of these myself as a child and for today’s children they will be completely new and best of all battery free.
There are also terrific riddles and jokes printed throughout the pages. This book is of course out
of print but can be found on antique book sites.
Cappy Dick was created in the late 1930's by Robert Cleveland, editor of Chicago's Southtown Economist newspaper.
Cappy was an old seaman, depicted with a yachting cap, flowing white moustache, and pipe.
You can read all about him at Rewind The Fifties.We will be trying some of these projects and I will post about our "blast from the past crafting" adventures!