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"What do you need to provide a better life for you and your family?" (pg. 3)

Before I say anything else, I’d like to thank Popular Mechanics for the masterpiece I am about to reveal to you. This awe inspiring 16 volume set features 971 articles designed to provide comprehensive “revelation in what your family can accomplish by yourselves towards enriching… your lives.” Perhaps you know about it, perhaps you’ve read about it, perhaps you own a copy, but I am of course talking about the 1961 Illustrated Home Handyman Encyclopedia & Guide.

Of course not all of the articles which promise “instructions for creating almost every kind of equipment or aid… for better living in the home or at work and play” quite match the expectations of safety we expect in the modern era. Additionally, some of the articles may have, perhaps, aged somewhat badly in light of modern knowledge and taste.

So without a doubt while this monument to DIY has stood the test of time; there are a few articles worthy of note, funny to some, perhaps meaningful to others, that I will be writing about on a weekly basis, for purposes of review.* The series will be called “That’s a Great Idea!” and continue in no particular order until I cease finding articles worthy of note. I’ll be back in a few days with the first of many: “Automobile Sized Refrigerator? That’s a Great Idea!”