This section is from the book "Feeling Better? Amusements and Occupations for Convalescents", by Cornelia R. Trowbridge. Also available from Amazon: Feeling Better.
THAT scrapbooks can cover a wide range of interests and become increasingly valuable as time goes by? It is well to specialize in some line. You could collect views and news of some foreign country, reproductions of modern art, fashions, past or present, scientific items, schemes for interior decorating, poetry and pictures of poets, airplane or automobile models or you could choose from a thousand other fields. When you are ready to begin pasting, look over the directions given on page 27.
That a small aquarium for goldfish and the hardier species of tropical fish could stand on your bedside table?
That stamp collecting is an ideal hobby for an invalid? Stamp dealers will send packets of stamps on approval and put you in touch with other collectors.
That you could design or make your own Christmas cards if you started early enough?
That with a thermometer outside your window you could keep a daily weather record that would gain in interest and value as long as you kept it up?
That whole menageries of animals, wild and domesticated, can be made from such varied materials as raisins, gumdrops, marshmallows, nuts, pine cones, sea shells, potatoes, corks, dried fruits, carrots and peanuts? Pipe cleaners, broom straws and colored paper are useful accessories.
That the Red Cross will give instruction in printing Braille to anyone interested in learning to print books for its circulating library for the blind?
That, if you are in the country or the suburbs, you could have a bird-feeding station outside your window, placed so that you could watch the birds feed? Sunflower seeds, bread crumbs and suet will attract a variety of birds, winter and summer.
That on the squared paper to be had at any stationer's you could draw designs for cross-stitch embroidery or weaving or decorative borders? Use colored pencils to give your designs greater variety.
That you could make a puppet show?
That there are all sorts of competitions for prizes which you could enter? New ones are announced every week over the radio.
That the radio brings not only music for enjoyment but also unsurpassed opportunities for studying music? There are series of programs arranged especially for students, of which the best known are those conducted by Dr. Walter Damrosch.
That you have snapshots that you have always been meaning to put into an album and now you have time to do it? The gummed triangular corners that come for this purpose are easier to use than paste.
That you might learn to tap out the Morse telegraphic code with a pencil or to spell it with an electric flash light or to wigwag messages with two flags? Boy Scouts are trained in these ways of signaling. Encyclopedias give the codes.
That you could practice contract bidding by dealing the cards and bidding each hand in turn?
That photographs, if printed on dull-surfaced paper, can be colored with water-color paints? Kodak dealers carry special paints for photographs and the Japanese Water Color Company of Rochester, New York, gets out curious books of transparent Japanese paints.
That you could send puzzles on reply postal cards to your friends and ask them to send back with their answers other puzzles? You might use the puzzles in this book or make up others along the lines of those on pages 128 and 136.
That you could edit a newspaper for circulation in the hospital, with the aid of nurses, doctors and other patients, or to carry family news to faraway relatives or to be passed around between the meetings of some club or association that you belong to?
That you could make an illustrated map of some familiar place, such as your summer home or the town where you grew up?
That you have leisure now for reading and studying along lines you have long been meaning to follow up? Isn't there some foreign language that you want to brush up in?
The book list that follows this chapter mentions books which will help you to act on these hints or will suggest further ideas for your diversion and profit.
Care and Feeding of Hobby Horses, Earnest Elmo Calkins. The Leisure League of America, New York. 1934. In praise of hobby-riding, with a very useful bibliography for reference.
How to Ride Your Hobby, A. Frederick Collins. D. Appleton-Century Company, New York. 1935.
Hobbies for Everybody, Ruth Lampland, Editor. Harper and Brothers, New York. 1934. Personal confessions by more or less well known hobbyists.
Popular Crafts for Boys, Edwin T. Hamilton. Dodd, Mead Be Company, New York. 1935.
Handicraft for Girls, Edwin T. Hamilton. Dodd, Mead & Company, New York. 1932.
Prizes and Presents Every Girl Can Make, Edwin T. Hamilton. Dodd, Mead & Company, New York. 1934. Three very popular books by the foremost authority in this country on handicraft and allied arts.
Handicraft Simplified Procedure and Projects, Lester Griswold,
Colorado Springs, Colorado. 1931. "300 projects and 400 illustrations." Amusements for Invalids, Mary Woodman. Frederick A. Stokes
Company, New York. 1930. Handicrafts for the Handicapped, Herbert J. Hall, M.D., and
Mertice M. B. C. Knox. Dodd, Mead & Company, New York.
There are several series of small, inexpensive but well written books, still being issued, which are worth keeping up with. Separate issues to March 1936 are listed under their subjects. For complete lists, write to the publishers.
The Beacon Handicraft Series, published by the Beacon Press,
Boston, for Fellowcrafters, Inc. Leisure League Books, published by the Leisure League of America,
Hours of Leisure Series, reprints of English Handbooks, published by the Studio Publications, New York.
Fishes in the Home, Ida M. Mellen. Dodd, Mead & Company, New York. 1927.
1001 Questions Answered About Your Aquarium, Ida M. Mellon. Dodd, Mead & Company, New York. 1935.
Tropical Fish, Lucile Quarry Mann. The Leisure League of America, New York. 1934.
Stamp Collecting, Stanley Phillips. Dodd, Mead & Company, New York. 1932.
The Stamp Collector, Stanley C. Johnson. Dodd, Mead & Company, New York. 1929.
Story Telling Stamps, Montgomery Mulford. Dodd, Mead & Company, New York. 1934.
How to Build a Stamp Collection, Prescott Holden Thorp. The John Day Company, New York. 1932.
Stamp Collecting, Henry Renouf. The Leisure League of America,
New York. 1934. Naturecraft Creatures, Joseph W. Lippincott and G. J. Roberts.
J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia. 1933. On making figures from pine cones, sea shells, nuts, etc.
Marionettes, Masks and Shadows, Winifred H. Wills and Louise M. Dunn. Doubleday, Doran and Company, New York. 1933. An altogether delightful book.
Mimic for Everybody, Sigmund Spaeth. The Leisure League of America, New York. 1934. Especially helpful for beginners who wish to listen intelligently to the radio and the phonegraph.
The Art of Enjoying Music, Sigmund Spaeth. McGraw-Hill Company, New York. 1934.
Fun Sketching, W. R. Maxwell Foster. The Macmillan Company, New York. 1930. "A Pastime That Pays"-the art of the cartoonist, very cleverly presented.
Making Things for Fun, A. Frederick Collins. D. Appleton-Century Company, New York. 1934.
Winter Nights Entertainments, R. M. Abraham. E. P. Dutton Co., New York. 1933. "A Book of Pastimes for Everybody." Mirth and Mystery, A. Frederick Collins. Coward-McCann Inc., New York. 1931. Written for children but full of tricks that anyone might like to know.
From the last three you can acquire enough "parlor accomplishments" to make you the Life of the Party on all occasions. Tin-Can-Craft, Edwin T. Hamilton. Dodd, Mead & Company, New York. 1935.
Don't throw away your tin cans. Read this book about what you can do with them.
Industrial Arts Cooperative Service, 519 West 121st Street, New York.
Fellowcrafters, Inc., 64 Stanhope Street, Boston. Universal School of Handicrafts, Rockefeller Center, New York. Boy Scouts Trading Post, 20 East 33 rd Street, New York. Girl Scouts National Equipment Service, 570 Lexington Avenue,
New York. Lester Griswold, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
National Handicraft and Hobby Service, 201 North Wells Street, Chicago.
Milton Bradley Company, Springfield, Massachusetts.