Animate Your Photographs (Apr, 1953)
Animate Your Photographs
A pull on a string and this photo comes to life. To make this toy choose or make a photograph of your child (or even yourself) in a pose which shows the arms and legs suitably extended. Make two identical enlargements and glue these on thin Masonite or plywood.
Now you have two mounted prints; on one you will want to use only the torso, so mark off the legs and arms. On the other print you will want to use the limbs with some additional material left on the upper ends to allow for pivoting. Next cut out these areas with a coping saw. Drill holes into the tops of the arms and legs to accommodate loose fitting nails, insert small washers and attach screw eyes into the ends of the limbs (see photo). Now hammer the arms and legs into the body into their proper positions. The limbs must be free to pivot. Finally, tie the strings as shown in photo. A screw eye can be attached at the head to facilitate hanging. To operate merely pull down on the string. You’ll have loads of fun. Don’t overlook the possibilities of commercializing on this toy in your spare time. I’ve sold many to eager parents.—Ro Capotosto •