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"Do it yourself" has been a popular concept for decades, as illustrated by these captivating cover designs from the 1960s

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Reg Varney, actor, pictured at home with his wife Lilian. 20th August 1971

Reg Varney, actor, pictured at home with his wife Lilian. 20th August 1971. Reg is a DIY enthusiast and has built himself a little den where he can work undisturbed, cupboards

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Monstrum acephalon : Woodcut, Monstrum acephalon, monster without a head

Monstrum acephalon : Woodcut, Monstrum acephalon, monster without a head. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by
UIG5327113 Monstrum acephalon : Woodcut, Monstrum acephalon, monster without a head. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605)

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Aries Biceps : Renaissance woodcut Ram. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse

Aries Biceps : Renaissance woodcut Ram. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna)
UIG5327069 Aries Biceps : Renaissance woodcut Ram. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605). He is considered the founder of modern Natural History

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Lupus Marinus Lupus Scythius : This creature looks a bit like a lion with a baboon's nose

Lupus Marinus Lupus Scythius : This creature looks a bit like a lion with a baboon's nose
UIG5327065 Lupus Marinus Lupus Scythius : This creature looks a bit like a lion with a baboon's nose and mane well-tamed by conditioner

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Harpy Secunda : Harpyae secunda icon, Egyptian harpy. Renaissance Woodcut monsters

Harpy Secunda : Harpyae secunda icon, Egyptian harpy. Renaissance Woodcut monsters
UIG5327064 Harpy Secunda : Harpyae secunda icon, Egyptian harpy. Renaissance Woodcut monsters. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605)

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Puer Cornutus : Puer cornutus: a child with horns. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by

Puer Cornutus : Puer cornutus: a child with horns. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi
UIG5327158 Puer Cornutus : Puer cornutus: a child with horns. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605). He is considered the founder of modern Natural History

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Sus Capite & Pedibus Humanis : Sus capite & pedibus humanis, pig with human head and hands

Sus Capite & Pedibus Humanis : Sus capite & pedibus humanis, pig with human head and hands
UIG5327153 Sus Capite & Pedibus Humanis : Sus capite & pedibus humanis, pig with human head and hands. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605)

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Pullus Equinus Humana Facie : Horse with human face. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by

Pullus Equinus Humana Facie : Horse with human face. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi
UIG5327149 Pullus Equinus Humana Facie : Horse with human face. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605)

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Four Beasts : Hypertrichosis (also called Ambras syndrome) is an abnormal amount of hair growth

Four Beasts : Hypertrichosis (also called Ambras syndrome) is an abnormal amount of hair growth over the body;
UIG5327174 Four Beasts : Hypertrichosis (also called Ambras syndrome) is an abnormal amount of hair growth over the body; extensive cases of hypertrichosis have informally been called werewolf

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Agnus capite monstrifico : Agnus capite monstrifico, lamb with monstrous head

Agnus capite monstrifico : Agnus capite monstrifico, lamb with monstrous head
UIG5327169 Agnus capite monstrifico : Agnus capite monstrifico, lamb with monstrous head. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605)

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Radish harvest in Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany, woodcut circa 1871

Radish harvest in Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany, woodcut circa 1871
UIG5413991 Radish harvest in Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany, woodcut circa 1871; UIG

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Herd of elephants encircled by fire in battle with natives, South Africa, Africa, woodcut circa 1871

Herd of elephants encircled by fire in battle with natives, South Africa, Africa, woodcut circa 1871
UIG5413972 Herd of elephants encircled by fire in battle with natives, South Africa, Africa, woodcut circa 1871; UIG

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Omnium Animalum : Omnium Animalum, mixed strange animal kingdom creatures

Omnium Animalum : Omnium Animalum, mixed strange animal kingdom creatures
UIG5327222 Omnium Animalum : Omnium Animalum, mixed strange animal kingdom creatures. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605)

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Animal Tigridi Affine : Animal Tigridi affine: an animal akin to a tiger

Animal Tigridi Affine : Animal Tigridi affine: an animal akin to a tiger. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by
UIG5327220 Animal Tigridi Affine : Animal Tigridi affine: an animal akin to a tiger. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605)

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Chicken Man : Human and chicken combined creatures. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by

Chicken Man : Human and chicken combined creatures. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi
UIG5327206 Chicken Man : Human and chicken combined creatures. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605)

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Herinaceus Marinus : Herinaceus Marinus. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse

Herinaceus Marinus : Herinaceus Marinus. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna)
UIG5327205 Herinaceus Marinus : Herinaceus Marinus. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605). He is considered the founder of modern Natural History

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Rana piscatrix ala feu Bufo Marinus : Rana piscatrix ala feu Bufo Marinus

Rana piscatrix ala feu Bufo Marinus : Rana piscatrix ala feu Bufo Marinus
UIG5327202 Rana piscatrix ala feu Bufo Marinus : Rana piscatrix ala feu Bufo Marinus. Rana piscatrix is a type of anglerfish or monkfish today called Lophius piscatorius

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Andora Piscis aspectu fuillo : Andora Piscis aspectu fuillo. A sea cow like hairy fish monster

Andora Piscis aspectu fuillo : Andora Piscis aspectu fuillo. A sea cow like hairy fish monster
UIG5327201 Andora Piscis aspectu fuillo : Andora Piscis aspectu fuillo. A sea cow like hairy fish monster, from the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605)

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Seal & Walrus Creatures : Seal & Walrus Creatures. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by

Seal & Walrus Creatures : Seal & Walrus Creatures. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi
UIG5327193 Seal & Walrus Creatures : Seal & Walrus Creatures. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605). He is considered the founder of modern Natural History

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Human Monsters : Six people with deformities. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse

Human Monsters : Six people with deformities. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna)
UIG5327179 Human Monsters : Six people with deformities. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605). He is considered the founder of modern Natural History

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Monstrum biceps & septiceps : Monstrum biceps & septiceps. Multi armed men

Monstrum biceps & septiceps : Monstrum biceps & septiceps. Multi armed men
UIG5327177 Monstrum biceps & septiceps : Monstrum biceps & septiceps. Multi armed men. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605)

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Piscis Dicephalos : Piscis Dicephalos, two headed fish. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by

Piscis Dicephalos : Piscis Dicephalos, two headed fish. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi
UIG5327152 Piscis Dicephalos : Piscis Dicephalos, two headed fish. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605)

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Capra Humana Facie : Capra Humana Facie. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse

Capra Humana Facie : Capra Humana Facie. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna)
UIG5327147 Capra Humana Facie : Capra Humana Facie. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605). He is considered the founder of modern Natural History

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Puer capite elephantino : Puer capite elephantino, boy with an elephant's head, elephant man

Puer capite elephantino : Puer capite elephantino, boy with an elephant's head, elephant man
UIG5327138 Puer capite elephantino : Puer capite elephantino, boy with an elephant's head, elephant man. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605)

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Two heads on one body, 1642 (engraving)

Two heads on one body, 1642 (engraving)
UIG5327120 Two heads on one body, 1642 (engraving); (add.info.: Monstrum hermaphroditicum from the 1642 book "Monstrorum Historia" by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna)

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Infans biceps obscaeno membro : Infans biceps obscaeno membro, 407, two heads on one body

Infans biceps obscaeno membro : Infans biceps obscaeno membro, 407, two heads on one body, siamese twins
UIG5327115 Infans biceps obscaeno membro : Infans biceps obscaeno membro, 407, two heads on one body, siamese twins. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605)

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Gryphis Tertia (Griffin) : The griffin, griffon, or gryphon is a legendary creature with the body

Gryphis Tertia (Griffin) : The griffin, griffon, or gryphon is a legendary creature with the body, tail
UIG5327074 Gryphis Tertia (Griffin) : The griffin, griffon, or gryphon is a legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle;

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: After the disastrous fire in Hasselfelde in the Harz, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, woodcut circa 1871

After the disastrous fire in Hasselfelde in the Harz, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, woodcut circa 1871
UIG5413998 After the disastrous fire in Hasselfelde in the Harz, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, woodcut circa 1871; UIG

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Costumes from the Black Forest, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, woodcut circa 1871

Costumes from the Black Forest, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, woodcut circa 1871
UIG5413996 Costumes from the Black Forest, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, woodcut circa 1871; UIG

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Bull fight, flight of an endangered matador, Spain, woodcut circa 1871

Bull fight, flight of an endangered matador, Spain, woodcut circa 1871
UIG5413994 Bull fight, flight of an endangered matador, Spain, woodcut circa 1871; UIG

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Exhibition of Akka dwarves at the German Geographical Congress in Stuttgart, Baden-Wuerttemberg

Exhibition of Akka dwarves at the German Geographical Congress in Stuttgart, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
UIG5413992 Exhibition of Akka dwarves at the German Geographical Congress in Stuttgart, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, woodcut circa 1871; UIG

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Carriage ride of King Humbert of Italy in the park of Villa Borghese in Rome, Italy

Carriage ride of King Humbert of Italy in the park of Villa Borghese in Rome, Italy, woodcut circa 1871
UIG5413977 Carriage ride of King Humbert of Italy in the park of Villa Borghese in Rome, Italy, woodcut circa 1871; UIG

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: The Columbus Celebration in Genoa, Italy, woodcut circa 1871

The Columbus Celebration in Genoa, Italy, woodcut circa 1871
UIG5413963 The Columbus Celebration in Genoa, Italy, woodcut circa 1871

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Erwin von Steinbach, 1244 - 1318, a German architect and stonemason

Erwin von Steinbach, 1244 - 1318, a German architect and stonemason, with his daughter Sabine on a building site
UIG5414557 Erwin von Steinbach, 1244 - 1318, a German architect and stonemason, with his daughter Sabine on a building site, historical wood engraving, circa 1888; UIG

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Vitulomonachus sorbini : Vitulomonachus sorbini, 371, being with a calf's body

Vitulomonachus sorbini : Vitulomonachus sorbini, 371, being with a calf's body
UIG5327101 Vitulomonachus sorbini : Vitulomonachus sorbini, 371, being with a calf's body and deformed human head walking on its hind legs. Renaissance woodcut of a monster

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Vituli Marini Alia Species : Vituli marini alia species: a species of seal

Vituli Marini Alia Species : Vituli marini alia species: a species of seal
UIG5327218 Vituli Marini Alia Species : Vituli marini alia species: a species of seal. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605)

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Ancient Monster Men : Man like creatures. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse

Ancient Monster Men : Man like creatures. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna)
UIG5327192 Ancient Monster Men : Man like creatures. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605). He is considered the founder of modern Natural History

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Sea Monster Effigies : sea creatures. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi

Sea Monster Effigies : sea creatures. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605)
UIG5327176 Sea Monster Effigies : sea creatures. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605). He is considered the founder of modern Natural History

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Vitulus biceps quator oculis : Vitulus biceps quator oculis, calf with one body

Vitulus biceps quator oculis : Vitulus biceps quator oculis, calf with one body and two heads with eyes on its chest
UIG5327136 Vitulus biceps quator oculis : Vitulus biceps quator oculis, calf with one body and two heads with eyes on its chest

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Serpent Dicephalos : Serpent Dicephalos, two headed snake. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia

Serpent Dicephalos : Serpent Dicephalos, two headed snake. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi
UIG5327135 Serpent Dicephalos : Serpent Dicephalos, two headed snake. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605)

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Pullus Dicephalos & Dirrhynchos : Pullus Dicephalos & Dirrhynchos

Pullus Dicephalos & Dirrhynchos : Pullus Dicephalos & Dirrhynchos. Chicken with two heads or deformity
UIG5327133 Pullus Dicephalos & Dirrhynchos : Pullus Dicephalos & Dirrhynchos. Chicken with two heads or deformity. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605)

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Capitis Vitulini Geminati Duplex Effigies

Capitis Vitulini Geminati Duplex Effigies
UIG5327131 Capitis Vitulini Geminati Duplex Effigies; (add.info.: Capitis Vitulini Geminati Duplex Effigies : Capitis Vitulini Geminati Duplex Effigies)

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: The Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, Italy, woodcut circa 1871

The Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, Italy, woodcut circa 1871
UIG5413993 The Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, Italy, woodcut circa 1871; UIG

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: The giant tower, World's Fair in Chicago, Illinois, USA, America, woodcut circa 1871

The giant tower, World's Fair in Chicago, Illinois, USA, America, woodcut circa 1871
UIG5413984 The giant tower, World's Fair in Chicago, Illinois, USA, America, woodcut circa 1871; UIG

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: The courtyard of Heidelberg Castle, Heidelberg, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, woodcut circa 1871

The courtyard of Heidelberg Castle, Heidelberg, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, woodcut circa 1871
UIG5413982 The courtyard of Heidelberg Castle, Heidelberg, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, woodcut circa 1871; UIG

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Prussian troops go to war and get water in a village, woodcut circa 1871

Prussian troops go to war and get water in a village, woodcut circa 1871
UIG5413969 Prussian troops go to war and get water in a village, woodcut circa 1871; UIG

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Meeting of the Skupstina National Assembly of Serbia, woodcut circa 1871

Meeting of the Skupstina National Assembly of Serbia, woodcut circa 1871
UIG5413958 Meeting of the Skupstina National Assembly of Serbia, woodcut circa 1871; UIG

Background imageDo It Yourself Collection: Monstrosus Marinus Daemoniforme : Renaissance woodcut of a sea demon

Monstrosus Marinus Daemoniforme : Renaissance woodcut of a sea demon. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse
UIG5327097 Monstrosus Marinus Daemoniforme : Renaissance woodcut of a sea demon. From the 1642 book Monstrorum Historia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (Bologna, 1522-1605)



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"Do it yourself" has been a popular concept for decades, as illustrated by these captivating cover designs from the 1960s. In September 1964, "Do it yourself" magazine showcased its first cover design, setting the stage for a revolution in home improvement. Fast forward to September 1967, and we see how this movement had gained momentum with an even more eye-catching cover. One can't help but be inspired by Reg Varney, the famous actor pictured at home with his wife Lilian on August 20th, 1971. Their cozy living room is a testament to the power of DIY projects in creating personalized spaces that reflect one's unique style and personality. The covers from October and November of both 1966 and 1967 demonstrate the ever-evolving nature of DIY trends during this era. From simple repairs to ambitious renovations, there was no limit to what enthusiasts could achieve with their own two hands. The May covers of both 1966 and 1967 capture the essence of springtime rejuvenation through various do-it-yourself projects. Whether it's gardening or interior decoration, these magazines provided readers with endless inspiration to transform their surroundings into havens of beauty. March was another exciting month for DIY enthusiasts as depicted by the vibrant cover designs from both years. The arrival of warmer weather meant tackling outdoor projects like building patios or constructing fences became top priorities for many homeowners. Lastly, June brought forth fresh ideas for summer-inspired DIY endeavors. From crafting homemade furniture pieces to revamping outdoor spaces for entertaining guests under starlit skies - "Do it yourself" magazine never failed to deliver innovative concepts that empowered individuals to take charge of their homes' transformation. These captivating snapshots from yesteryears remind us that embracing our inner handyman or handywoman can lead not only to stunning results but also a sense of accomplishment and pride in our personal spaces. So why wait? Let your creativity soar and embark on your own DIY journey today.