Hobbies Annual: Useful Occupations for Practical Chaps
From 1895, 'Hobbies Weekly' brought much-needed practical advice and inspiration to bespectacled boys in V-neck pullovers, young ladies in sensible shoes and their pipe-smoking parents (of both sexes) throughout the Empire. Fretwork plans, model-making instructions and photography tuition rubbed shoulders with home-made insect repellent, conjuring tricks, milk bottle care (really...), simple refrigeration and seamanship. We especially commend the series 'Kinks For Handy Men'.
In a book of carefully-selected extracts from this august journal, The Ammonite Press is proud to reintroduce these solid values at a time when society couldn't be in greater need of guidance in such useful skills as ornamental glassworking at home and the production of bewildered rabbits from hats. How many young people these days can construct a carrier wave transmitter at the dining table? How much more satisfying would be the work of David Hockney had he made his own easel, palette and oil paints?
This book is bound to appeal to any young person in need of a phenakistoscope, those women whose home is without a boot-cleaning stool, and all men who wish to benefit from advice given in the 1950s series of articles: 'Please The Wife'.