51 Years Ago In Time

The renovation boom of the past few years is not a first for the U.S. In 1954 TIME celebrated an earlier DO-IT-YOURSELF generation.

In the postwar decade the do-it-yourself craze has become a national phenomenon. The once indispensable handyman who could fix a chair, hang a door or patch a concrete walk has been replaced by millions of amateur hobbyists who do all his work--and much more--in their spare time and find it wonderful fun. In the process they have turned do-it-yourself into the biggest of all U.S. hobbies and a booming $6 billion-a-year business ... The meaning of the tasks...