1950’s American Craftsman Toolbox

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1950s six sided houseTRIANGULAR properties left over after subdivision may be a burdensome possession to the developer.  Fortunately, there exist the intrepid builder and amateur architect willing to take lemons and create meringue pie.   Passing such a property regularly as I walk to the Post Office, one comes to appreciate, six decades ago, a young man’s vision to mate a six-sided home into a three-sided corner property.

In the mid-1950s, a young cabinetmaker, just married, built this house on newly subdivided farmland a ten minute walk from City Hall.  His practice thrived.  He lived there the remainder of his life. A decade after his
1950’s American Craftsman Toolboxdeath, his house was being cleared out for the next occupant.  Walking by, I struck up a conversation with the laborers, and was offered a glimpse into the basement workshop.  All the tools had been passed to a younger generation.  There remained, however, this nice box made by the cabinetmaker early in his career. Rather than allow the locking aluminum-clad craftsman’s toolbox a one-way trip to the rubbish hauler, I brought it home.  At present, the box stands on it’s end by the corner of my living room, a pedestal to a flower-pot under a window.

1950s American Craftsman Toolbox interior

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