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ABC’s of Hand Tools

In 1946, Disney made an industrial short for General Motors called “ABC’s of Hand Tools”. While the whereabouts of that movie, which must have been entertaining, are unknown, the handbook is still with us. Cartoon Brew has the details in this post, along with a link to a PDF of that book. This is funny stuff, and still relevant!

Updated 12/10/09: It’s YouTube to the rescue, thank goodness! Found the video, in two parts, and embedded them below. Enjoy!

Watch Part 1 on YouTube

Watch Part 2 on YouTube


8 thoughts on “ABC’s of Hand Tools

  1. Gary Fosbrink says:

    I am a shop teacher and my copy of ABC’s OF HAND TOOLS
    was eaten by my VCR. Any help on a replacement???????????


  2. Nancy says:

    Thank you so much for the links. I should’ve known that youtube would have it!


  3. Hal says:

    I still show this to my middle school students. I filmed the 16mm with video about 20 years ago. Its getting old now so I need to make a cd copy soon. Looks like no one sells a dvd version. So here I am.


    • Hal (and others), you’ll be happy to know I found the video on YouTube and embedded it in the post, right above the comments section. Enjoy!


  4. William Wishart says:

    I am a high school shop teacher and rember Primitive Pete from the 1950’s! Does anyone know where I can get a DVD version?


  5. Nancy says:

    I teach prospective A&P (Airframe & Powerplant) students at Hampton University Aeroscience Center. I have been teaching a dozen years. I first saw this movie (16mm also) way back in the ’70’s soon after joining the navy. I would love to be able to get a copy of it. A little humor in the class always goes a long way to maintain interest and to energize the students.


  6. Shop Teacher says:

    I have been a shop teacher since 1978 and still have a 16mm copy of the movie if anyone is interested.


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