Roll On: A Brief Bibliography


Historical and Contemporary Painting Manuals:

America’s Handyman Book. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1961.

Cobb, Hubbard, ed. The Complete Home Handyman’s Guide. New York: Wm. H Wise & Co., 1950.

Donegan, Francis. Paint Your Home: Skills, Techniques, and Tricks of the Trade for Professional Looking Interior Painting. Pleasantville, NY: Reader’s Digest Association, 1997.

Gardner, F. B. Everybody’s Paint Book: A Complete Guide to the Art of Outdoor and Indoor Painting. New York: M. T. Richardson, 1886.

H. Behlen & Bro., Inc. A Manual of Brushes. New York: H. Behlen & Bro., 1947.

Heckel, George B. The Paint Industry: Reminiscences and Comments. St. Louis: American Paint Journal Co., 1931. Winterthur Library.

Luts, Jack, and Pete Peterson. The Complete Guide to Painting Your Home: Doing It the Way a Professional Does, Inside and Out. White Hall, VA: Betterway Publications, 1989.

Moore, Charles B. Painting and Paper Hanging for the Home Owner. Garden City, N.Y.: Garden City Publishing Co., 1949.

Sabin, Alvah Horton. House Painting: Glazing, Paper Hanging, and Whitewashing; A Book for the Householder. 4th ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1929.

Santos, Brian. Painting and Wallpapering Secrets: Tips and Tricks from the Nation’s Favorite Expert. Hoboken: Wiley Publishing, 2011.

Schultz, Morton. The Practical Handbook of Painting and Wallpapering. New York: Fawcett Publications, 1969.


Periodicals and Newspapers:

Richard Wilkens and his helper Ziggy prepare to paint a room in Melbourne, Florida. Photograph, ca. 1981. The Wilkens Family Collection.

Richard Wilkens and his helper Ziggy prepare to decorate a room in Melbourne, Florida. Photograph, ca. 1981. The Wilkens Family Collection.

Better Homes & Gardens

Business Week

Consumer Reports

The Family Handyman

Mechanix Illustrated

Popular Mechanics

Popular Science

The New York Times


Secondary Sources:

Atkinson, Paul. “Do It Yourself: Democracy and Design.” Journal of Design History 19, no. 1 (Spring 2006): 1-10.

Bix, Amy Sue. Inventing Ourselves out of Jobs? America’s Debate over Technological Unemployment 1929-1981. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.

Clark, Clifford Edward, Jr. The American Family Home 1800-1960. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1986.

Gelber, Steven M. “Do-It-Yourself: Constructing, Repairing and Maintaining Domestic Masculinity.” American Quarterly 49, no. 1 (March 1997): 66-112.

———-. Hobbies: Leisure and the Culture of Work in America. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.

Goldstein, Carolyn M. Do It Yourself: Home Improvement in 20th-Century America. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1998.

Halle, David. America’s Working Man: Work, Home, and Politics among Blue-Collar Property Owners. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984.

Harper, Douglas. Working Knowledge: Skill and Community in a Small Shop. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.

Henthorn, Cynthia Lee. From Submarines to Suburbs: Selling a Better America, 1939-1959. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2006.

Moisio, Risto, Eric J. Arnould, and James W. Gentry. “Productive Consumption in the Class-Mediated Construction of Domestic Masculinity: Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Home Improvement in Men’s Identity Work.” Journal of Consumer Research 40, no. 2 (August 2013): 298-316.

Rose, Mike. The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker. New York: Viking, 2004.

Seymour, John. The Forgotten Household Crafts. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1987.


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