Before watching TV became the main leisure activity of most Western households in the 1950s and ‘60s, many books were published that contained a comprehensive variety of activities for the enterprising family to do in the home; anything from building your own billiards table or shortwave radio receiver, to learning esoteric card games or staging an amateur dramatics production. If the illustrations were to be believed, all you needed to succeed were a neatly knotted tie or a pearl necklace and a cheery smile.

These books often contained many wonderful puzzles, models, games and tricks, all made by folding and cutting paper. Some of these paper ideas have survived into modern times, but many – sadly – have been forgotten.

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