Over the years, Jim Dorsett and the writers and modelers of The Scale Cabinetmaker drew on a wide range of sources for inspiration and information. The Scale Cabinetmaker Reading List is the list of sources quoted or cited in the 20 years of TSC. In addition to being the publisher and primary author of The Scale Cabinetmaker, Jim Dorsett had an undergraduate degree in English (Wichita City College, now University of Wichita) and was a former Presbyterian minister (trained at McCormick and preached in Montana, his home state, and Missouri) and a Sociology professor at Virginia Tech (PhD from Missouri), where he taught the Social Theory and the History of Social Thought. His background in philosophy, social history, and literature is reflected in the pages of TSC.
Adrosko, Rita J.(1971). Natural Dyes and Home Dyeing. New York: Dover.
VII:1 (October 1931) (Original plans for a “Dutch” style house, used with permission.)
XLV:2 (Januay 1951) 1950 Living Room Cover Art.
American Life Foundation an Study Institute (1898). Late Victorian architectural details: An abridged facsimile of Combined book of sash, doors, blinds, moldings, stair work, mantels, and all kinds of interior … many editions to this facsimile of 1898. Watkins Glen, NY: Library of Victorian Culture, 1978.
Antiques. October 1978.
Andrews, Edward D., and Faith Andrews. (1937) Shaker Furniture: The Craftsmanship of an American Communal Sect. New York: Dover Publications. c.1970.
Aronson, Joseph (1965). New Encyclopedia of Furniture. New York: Crown Publishing.
Asher and Adams Commercial Atlas (1874).
Bacon, Francis (1627). Silva Sylvarum. Available online from Google Books. (Book referenced by Jane Bernier, in TSC 2:1)
Bellamy, Edward (1915). Looking Backward: From 2000 to 1887. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Electronic version: University of Virginia American Studies Program, 1997.
Benjamin, Asher (1827). The American Builder’s Companion. New York: Dover. (1969 Reprint)
Bicknell, Amos Jackson (original 1873, 1977 paperback reprint). Victorian Architecture: Two Pattern Books. Watkins Glen, NY: American Life Foundation.
Bicknell, Amos Jackson (1878). Village Builder & Supplement. New York: A.J. Bicknell & Co. Dover Reprint renamed the book Bicknell’s Victorian Buildings. New York: Dover (1979).
Bishop, Robert (1972). Centuries and Styles of the American Chair. New York: E.P. Dutton.
Blackie & Sons (1853). The Victorian Cabinetmaker’s Assistant. Reprinted by Dover Press. 1970.
Boorstin, Daniel (1973). The Americans: The Democratic Experience. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, New Edition, 2000. Probably one of the best and most readable books on the social history of America in print.
Brazer, Esther Stevens (1940). Early American Decorations: A Comprehensive Treatise. Springfield, MA: Pond-Ekberg Co.
Note: For more background on the 19th C American Decorative Movement, please see the NY Times Article.
Bridgeman, H. and E. Drury (1975). The Encyclopedia of Victoriana. New York: MacMillan.
Brooklyn Chair Co. (1887). A Victorian Chair for All Seasons: A Facsimile of the Brooklyn Chair Company Catalogue of 1887. Watkins Glen, NY: American Life Foundation. (1978).
Bush, Katherine. Red-Headed Woman. Serial book published in the Saturday Evening Post in the 1930s. Note: the serial book was made into a film in 1932 by MGM.
Buechner, Thomas S. (1970). Norman Rockwell: Artist and Illustrator. NY: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Carlyle, Thomas (1855) Latter-Day Pamphlets. Boston: Phillips, Sampson, and Co. Electronic version from Google Books.
Carroll, Lewis (1871). Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. 1896 Edition. University of Adelaide.
Carter, Constance (1929). Article Title Unknown, subject Christmas & Decorations. American Home (December 1929).
Cescinsky, Herbert (1968). English Furniture From Gothic to Sheraton. New York: Bonanza Books.
Cescinsky, Herbert (1931). The Gentle Art of Faking Furniture. London: Chapman and Hall.
Chippendale, Thomas (1754). The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director.London: Thomas Chippendale.
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (1973). “Fashionable, Neat, and Good:” The Williamsburg Collection of Antique Furnishings. Williamsburg, Virginia: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (1971). Legacy From the Past:A Portfolio of Eighty-Eight Original Williamsburg Buildings. Williamsburg, Virginia: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Comstock, Helen (1962). American Furniture. Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Century Styles. New York: Viking Press. Many of Comstock’s papers (1959-1965) are located at the Winterthur Library in the Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera.
Comstock, Helen (1969). The Concise Encyclopedia of American Antiques. Hawthorn Books.
Conrad, Joseph (1897). “Preface” to The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus.‘ Available online.
Corson, Richard (1975). Stage Makeup. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
Cummings, Marcus Fayette and Charles C. Miller (1978). Victorian Architectural Details: Two Pattern Books from 1865 and 1873. American Life, 1978.
Davidson, Marshall B. (1971). History of Notable American Houses. New York: American Heritage Publishing Co.
Demorest’s Monthly Magazine. (Vol 13, Jan-Dec, 1878) Note: Published by William Jennings Demorest.
Dickens, Charles (1843). A Christmas Carol. Available Online from the University of Virginia.
Downing, A.J. (1969). The Architecture of Country Houses. New York: Dover.
Downs, Joseph (1952). American Furniture: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods. NY: Bonanza Books.
Drepperd, Carl W. (1952). A Dictionary of American Antiques. New York: Doubleday & Co.
Drepperd, Carl W. (1946). Primer of American Antiques. New York: Doubleday & Co.
Drinker, Cecil (1937). Not So Long Ago: A Chronicle of Medicine and Doctors in Colonial Philadelphia.New York: Oxford University Press.
Eastlake, Charles (1868). Hints on Household Taste in Furniture, Upholstery and Other Details. New York: Dover (Reprint), 1969.
Ethan Allen Inc. (1976). The Treasury of Ethan Allen American Traditional Interiors, 77th Ed. Danbury, CT.
Fawcett, Wilford Hamilton “Captain Billy” (1920’s-). Captain Billy’s WhizBang. Fawcett Publications.
Fitzgerald, Oscar P. (1982). Three Centuries of American Furniture. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall
Fotocut (date n/g). Drawings for Photo-Etching. Erieville, NY: Fotocut.
Forbes, Esther (1954). Rainbow on the Road. Boston. Houghton Mifflin. (Cited by Shirley Hillhouse in TSC 2:3)
Frank, A. (1982). Animated Scale Models Handbook. New York: Arco Publishing.
Frary, I.T. (1970). Early Homes of Ohio. New York: Dover.
Friedman, Martin (1978). George Segal: Sculptures. Minneapolis, MN: Walker Art Center.
Furnas, J.C. (1969).The Americans. New York: Putnam.
Gilbert, William S. and Sir Arthur Sullivan. (1878). H.M.S. Pinafore or The Lass that Loved a Sailor. Boise State University.
Gilbert, William S. and Sir Arthur Sullivan. (1885). The Micado. Gilbert and Sullivan Archive
Godey’s Lady’s Book. Vol. LIX (1859).
Goodrich, Lloyd (1971) Edward Hopper. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Grahame, Kenneth (1908). Wind in the Willows. Note: the full text of Wind in the Willows is available online at The Literature Network. Also available from Penguin Classics (2005). A wonderful book if you have never read it.
Grant, Jan. (1975) “Introduction.” In The Encyclopedia of Victoriana. H Bridgeman and E. Drury, eds. New York: Macmillan.
Hall, John (1840). The Cabinet Maker’s Assistant, Embracing The Most Modern Style of Cabinet Furniture Exemplified in New Designs. (Reprinted by National Superior Inc., New York, 1944)
Hall, Peg (1951). Early American Decorating Patterns. New York: M. Barrows.
Hallett, Charles (1952). Furniture Decoration Made Easy. Boston: Charles T. Branford Co.
Handberg, Ejner (1982). Measured Drawings of Eighteenth Century American Furniture. Stockbridge, MA: Berkshire Traveller Press.
Handberg, Ejner (1980).Measured Drawings of Shaker Furniture and Woodenware. Stockbridge, MA: Berkshire Traveller Press.
Hanley, Hope (1964). Needlepoint. New York: Scribners.
Hepplewhite, George (1788). The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Guide. New York: Dover Press
Holtzapffel, John Jacob (1881). Hand or Simple Turning: Principles and Practice. New York: Dover Press (1976).
“Steamline Modern.” House & Garden, May, 1940.
House & Garden, September, 1940.
House & Garden. May, 1941.
Houston, Edwin James. (1904). Electricity in Every-day Life, Vol. II. New York: P.F. Collier. Book is available through the Open Library Archive.
Hurrell, John Weymouth (1902). Measured Drawings of Old English Oak Furniture. Reprint. New York: Dover, 1984.
Ince, William and John Mayhew (1759-1763). The Universal System of Household Furniture. New York: Dover Press.
Isham, Norman M. and Albert F. Brown (1965). Early Connecticut Houses. New York: Dover Press.
Iverson, Marion Day (1957). The American Chair, 1630-1890. New York. Hastings House.
Jakes, John (1976). The Bastard. New York: Jove Publishing.
James, Henry (1884). “The Art of Fiction.” In. Longman’s Magazine 4 (September 1884).
John Plain & Company Catalog (1949-1950)
Johnson, Dorothy. “Small Town World Before Radio.” In Montana: the Magazine of Western History. XXIV:2.
Johnstone, James (1971). Woodcarving Techniques and Projects. Sunset Books, Lane Publishing.
Kelly, J. Frederick (1924). The Early Domestic Architecture of New England. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Ketchum, William C. (1981). Toys & Games. New York: Cooper-Hewitt Museum.
Kettell, Russell H. (1936). Early American Rooms: 1650-1858. New York: Dover Publications. 1967.
Kettell, Russell H. (1929). The Pine Furniture of Early New England. Garden City; Doubleday, Doran & Co.
Kirk, John T. (1967). Connecticut Furniture: Seventeenth an Eighteenth Centuries. Exhibition Catalog, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum.
Koch, Robert L. (1982). Tiffany, Rebel in Glass (3rd ed.) New Year: Crown Publishing
Kluger, Phyllis (1975). A Needlepoint Gallery of Patterns from the Past. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
Ladies’ Floral Cabinet and Pictorial Home Companion. Vol IV, No. 37 (January, 1875); Vol IV Jan-De. 1875)
Larkin, David (1976). The Painting of Carl Larsson. New York: Peacock Press/Bantam Books.
Lawrence, Kocher A. (1919). Colonial Williamsburg: Its Buildings and Gardens. Williamsburg, Virginia: Colonial Williamsburg.
Lloyd, John Gilbert (1963). Stained Glass in America. Jenkintown, PA: Foundation Books.
Lucchesi, Bruno and Margit Malstrom (1980). Modeling the Figure in Clay. New York: Watson-Guptill.
Lucchesi, Bruno and Margit Malstrom (1979). Modeling the Head in Clay. New York: Watson-Guptill.
Mann, Thomas (1936 ). Joseph in Egypt. Translated by H. T. Lowe-Porter. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1948.
Maass, John (1972). The Victorian in America. NY: Hawthorne Books.
Margon, Lester (1975). Construction of American Furniture Treasures. Dover.
Mather, C. (1978). “The Arts of the Spanish in New Mexico.” In Antiques. February, 1978.
Maynard, Henry P. (1967). Connecticut Furniture: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Centuries. Hartford: Wadsworth Atheneum.
McClintock, Inez and Marshall (1961). Toys in America. Washington: Public Affairs Press.
McClinton, K.M. (1966). Collecting American Victorian Antiques. New York: Scribners.
Meader, Robert F.W. (1972) Illustrated Guide to Shaker Furniture. Dover Publications.
Miller, Edgar G. (1975). American Antique Furniture. New York: Dover Publications.
Montgomery, Charles F. (1978). American Furniture: The Federal Period. New York: Bonanza Books.
Montgomery Ward Catalog (1895).
Moore, Clement Clarke (1823). A Visit from Saint Nicholas. Available online from Project Gutenberg.
Moore, Colleen. Source Unknown. Description of her dollhouse, located in Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.
Note: If you haven’t seen Colleen Moore’s fairy castle and can not travel to Chicago to see it, take a look at the virtual tour from the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.
Moser, Thomas (1977) How to Build Shaker Furniture. New York: Drake Publishing .
Morningstar, Connie (1971). Flapper Furniture and Interiors of the 1920’s. Des Moines, IA: Wallace-Homestead Book Co.
Anonymous. Sisyphus. Greek Mythology.
Nast, Thomas (1863 ). Illustration of Santa Claus on the cover of Harper’s Weekly, January 3, 1863. In 1871, Harper’s Weekly published an article about Thomas Nast, who worked as an editorial cartoonist for the publication from 1859 to 1860 and from 1872 to 1886.
Nelson, Joseph F. (1978). So You Want to Build a Live Steam Locomotive. Cadillac, MI: Wildwood Publishers.
Nervo, Joanne. (1974). Stained Glass Patterns. Self-published
Newman, A.K. (1929).The book of trades; or, Familiar descriptions of the most useful trades, manufactures, and arts practised in England : and the manner in which the workmen perform their various employments. Undated, inscribed 1829.
Nutting, Wallace (1921). Furniture of the Pilgrim Century 1620-1720, including colonial utensils and hardware. Boston: Marshall Jones Company. Reprinted by Dover.
Nutting, Wallace. (1954). Furniture Treasury (Unabridge edition). New York: MacMillan Publishing.
Oliphant, Carolina. “The Laird o’ Cockpen.”
Ormsbee, Thomas (1951). Field Guide to Early American Furniture. Bonanza Books.
Osburn, Burl and Bernice (1975). Measured Drawings of Early American Furniture. New York: Dover.
Otto, Celia Jackson (1965). American Furniture of the Nineteenth Century. New York: Viking.
Parslow, Virginia D. (1969). In The Concise Encyclopedia of American Antiques. By Helen Comstock. Hawthorn Books.
Palliser, Palliser, & Company. (1887) Palliser’s New Cottage Homes & Details. New York: Palliser, Palliser & Co / American Life Foundation. .(Dover Reprint, 2003). According to Dover, Palliser, a New York Architecture firm, ” issued a catalog of 250 original designs, and some 1,500 detailed drawings, for cottages, villas, farmhouses, seashore residences, summer and winter resorts, block houses, barns, stables, and carriage houses.
Note: Other Palliser, Palliser, & Co. publications area available online through Google Books.
Pennington, Samuel, Thoms M. Voss, and Lita Solis-Cohen. (1979). Americana at Auction. New York: Plume Publishing.
John Plain Catalog (1949). John Plain & Company, Chicago.
Pope, Alexander (1736). “Windsor-Forest.” Available online.
Popular Mechanics (1909). Mission Furniture, How to Make It, Part I. Chicago: Popular Mechanics.
Note: For those interested in early issues of Popular Mechanics, issues back to 1905 are available on Google Book Search. It is especially useful for those modelers who are interested in creating early 20th Century roomboxes.
Ramsey, L.G.G. and Helen Comstock (1969). Antique Furniture: The Guide for Collectors, Investors, and Dealers. New York: Hawthorne Books.
Russell, Loris S. (1968). A Heritage of Light: Lams and Lighting in the Early Canadian Home. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Sabine, Ellen S. (1956). American Antique Decoration. Princeton, NJ: D. Van Nostrand Co.
Sabine, Ellen S. (1962). Early American Decorative Patterns and How to Paint Them. New York: Bonanza Nd.
Salomonsky, Verna Cook (1974). Masterpieces of Furniture. New York: Dover Press.
Schau, Michael (1974). J.C. Leyendecker. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications.Goodrich, Lloyd (n.d.) Edward Hopper. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Seale, William (1975). The Tasteful Interlude: American Interiors Through the Camera’s Eye, 1860-1917.New York: Praeger.
Sears, Roebuck Christmas Catalog, 1938
Sears, Roebuck Christmas Catalog, 1945
Selz, Peter and Mildred Constantine (eds.). Art Nouveau, Art, and Design at the Turn of the Century.
Shakespeare, William (1599/1623). As You Like It.
Sheraton, Thomas (1803). Cabinet Directory.
Sheraton, Thomas (1802). Cabinet-maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing Book and Repository. New York: Dover, 1972.
Sidney, Sylvia and Alfred Allan Lewis. (1968 ) Sylvia Sidney’s Needlepoint Book. New York: Galahad Books.
Siegler, Susan (1976). Needlework Patterns from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Sillman, Benjamin Jr.
Note: The full quote from Silliman was “The solumn affectation of Greek and Roman forms was so ridiculous…it produced ponderous and frigid monstrosity.”
Slayton, Mariette Paine (1972). Early American Decorating Techniques. Dover Press.
Smith, George (1826). Cabinet-Makers and Upholsterer’s Guide. London: Jones and Co.
Smith, Harry W. (1982). The Art of Making Furniture in Miniature. New York: Dutton.
Sparey, Laurence H. (1964). The Amateur’s Lathe. Argus Books, Ltd.
Stafford, Carleton L. and Robert Bishop (1972). American Quilts and Coverlets. E.P Dutton.
Stapley, Mildred (1969). Spanish Interiors and Furniture. New York: Dover Press.
Struther, Jan (1940). Mrs. Miniver. New York: Harcourt Brace.
Sullivan, Louis (March 1896). “The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered.” in Lippincott’s Magazine. The original “form follows function” quotation, attributed to Sullivan, is:
It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic,
Of all things physical and metaphysical,
Of all things human and all things super-human,
Of all true manifestations of the head,
Of the heart, of the soul,
That the life is recognizable in its expression,
That form ever follows function.
This is the law.
Sweeney, John A.H. (1963). The Treasure House of Early American Rooms. The Henry Francis DuPont Wintertur Museum. New York: Norton.
Syvanen, Bob (1982). Draft: Tips and Trics on Drawing and Designing House Plans. Chester, CT: Globe Pequot Press.
Syvanen, Bob (1982). Carpentry–Some Tricks of the Trade from An Old-Style Carpenter. Charlotte, NC: East Woos Press.
Tarkington, Booth (1928). The World Does Move. New York: Random House.
Thomas, Dylan (1954–Published postumously)). “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” Available online in print and in audio form. Dylan Thomas was one of Jim Dorsett’s favorite poets in part because of the kinship of place. Despite an English last name, my Jim was predominantly Welsh and claimed that his love of language and cadence came from Welsh blood. For information on Dylan Thomas, take a look at the BBC tribute website.
Thomas, Gordan and Max Morgan Witts (1979). The Day the Bubble Burst:A Social History of the Wall Street Crash of 1929. New York: Doubleday & Company.
Wade, Kent E. (1978). Alternative Photographic Processes. Dobbs Ferry, NY: Morgan & Morgan.
Webster, Thomas. (1845). Encyclopedia of Domestic Ecomomy.New York: Harper & Brothers.
Wegner Chair, cover. Better Homes and Gardens. October, 1970. For additional Information on the Wegner Chair, see danish-furniture.com
W. Wesolowski and M. Wesolowski (1981). Model Railroad Scratchbuilding. Tap Books.
Whiffen, Marcus (1972). The 18th Century Houses of Williamsburg. New York: Colonial Williamsburg.
Wigginton, Eliot (ed.) (1973). Foxfire 2. Garden City, NY: Anchor Press/ Doubleday.
Williams, A.D. (1982). Spanish Colonial Furniture. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publishers.
Wright, Frank Lloyd. “form follows function.” See Louis Sullivan.
Zimmerman, Eric (1983). Carving Horses in Wood. New York: Sterling Publishing.