Making Tin Can Toys

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Applewood Books, 2009 - Crafts & Hobbies - 252 pages
Edward Thatcher's 1919 book, "Making Tin Can Toys," provides instructions on how to construct toy trucks, boats, trains, and windmills, as well as trays, candlesticks, and biscuit cutters, all out of used tin cans. Thatcher, an instructor of Decorative Metal Working at Columbia University's Teachers College in New York City, made clever and durable creations using simple tools and an abundant material. His design methods were trial-tested by both10-12 year olds and wounded World War I soldiers. The book includes over 100 helpful diagrams and black-and-white photographs.

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Edward Thatcher was an instructor of Decorative Metal Working at Teachers College, Columbia University, from 1904 to 1919. In addition to his book ""Making Tin Can Toys,"" Thatcher also wrote articles on metal working for Popular Science magazine and was a member of the Byrdcliffe Art Colony in Woodstock, NY. Examples of his metal work were included in the New York Historical Society's Byrdcliffe exhibition in 2005.

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