Lapdesk Reproductions

A highlight of my 2011 Laura Days in Pepin, Wisconsin was an interview with Cabinet Maker David Johnson.

Johnson was making another type of lapdesk when Linda Starbuck suggested he try duplicating Laura’s. He got permission from the Laura Ingalls Wilder/Rose Wilder Lane Home and Museum in Mansfield, Missouri to closely examine and measure Laura’s original lapdesk, that she talks about losing the $100 bill in On the Way Home. His lap desks are an exact duplicate of hers. He talks about his process and his theory about where the $100 bill was lost (which convinces me). He also talks about how they were used.

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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