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The Merriam-Webster Book of Synonyms (Apr, 1948)

Isn’t this called a thesaurus?

The Merriam-Webster Book of Synonyms
helps you use the right word in the right place
WEBSTER’S DICTIONARY OF SYNONYMS clarifies distinctions between Synonyms, giving their Antonyms and Analogous and Contrasted Words, explains differences in their shades of meaning, and illustrates usage. Prepared by the famous Merriam-Webster editorial staff. Alphabetical listing and cross-indexing of every entry. Over 900 pages, thumb index, $5.00. At your bookdealer, or from the publishers. G. & C. Merriam Co., 745 Federal St., Springfield 2, Mass.

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How JIG-SAW PUZZLES Are Made by the Million (Apr, 1933)

How JIG-SAW PUZZLES Are Made by the Million

PUTTING jig-saw puzzles together is the latest craze to sweep over America. It has replaced the cross-word puzzle, the Tom Thumb golf course, and in many places has ousted contract- bridge. On this page are photos showing the steps in the manufacture of the millions of jigsaw puzzles sold each week.

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How You’ll Fly to the MOON (Mar, 1947)

How You’ll Fly to the MOON

THE days of dreaming about a trip to the moon are over. The research destined to make that trip an actuality is already well under way.

Next May the first step on the long, long trail into space may be made: Man hopes to send something up that will never come down again (see “Going Up for Keeps,” p. 66). In the words of Dr. Fritz Zwicky, the California Institute of Technology physicist who suggested the May satellite-making experiment, “We first throw a little something into the skies. Then a little more, then a shipload of instruments—then ourselves.”

And other scientists agree. Dr. James A. Van Allen, of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, anticipates sending a rocket to the moon (one way, no crew) within 15 years. “A conservative estimate,” he says. Maj. P. C. Calhoun, chief of the AAF’s guided-missile branch, expects to travel to the moon and back in his lifetime. And the University of California at Los Angeles already offers a course in rocket navigation!

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Junior at the Wheel (Jan, 1948)

Junior at the Wheel
Many a parent has wished for something to keep Junior occupied during long drives. With this toy steering wheel, daddy can concentrate on the road ahead while young “hopeful makes believe he too is driving. Made of hard rubber, the mock wheel is attached to the dashboard by a suction cup. It even has a horn that works.

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The remarkable transistor observes its 10th birthday (Jun, 1958)

The remarkable transistor observes its 10th birthday

In 1948, Bell Telephone Laboratories announced the invention of the transistor. In 1958, the transistor provided the radio voice for the first United States satellite.

To advance the transistor to its high level of usefulness, Bell Labs solved problems which, in themselves, approached the invention of the transistor itself in scientific achievement.

First, there had to be germanium of flawless structure and unprecedented purity. This was obtained by growing large single crystals —and creating the “zone refining” technique which reduces impurities to one part in ten billion.

The junction transistor, another radical advance, spurred transistor use. Easier to design, lower in noise, higher in gain and efficiency, it became the heart of the new electronics.

An ingenious technique for diffusing a microscopically thin layer on semiconductors was created. The resulting “diffused base” transistor, a versatile broadband amplifier, made possible the wide use of transistorized circuits in telephony, FM, television, computers and missiles.

In telephony the transistor began its career in the Direct Distance Dialing system which sends called telephone numbers from one exchange to another. For Bell System communications, the transistor has made possible advances which would have been impossible or impractical a brief decade ago.

BELL TELEPHONE LABORATORIES

WORLD CENTER OF COMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

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SOMETHING EXTRA ABOUT THE MAN WITH P.A.* (Nov, 1950)

SOMETHING EXTRA ABOUT THE MAN WITH P.A.*

P.A.* means Pipe Appeal and PRINCE ALBERT

You can tell by her glance he has something special—he’s got Pipe Appeal. And he has something extra special in a pipeful of fragrant Prince Albert.
P.A.’s choice, rich-tasting tobacco is specially treated to insure against tongue bite. Get P.A.! Crimp cut Prince Albert is America’s largest-selling smoking tobacco.

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Coronado “pose-breefs” (Jun, 1950)

Coronado “pose-breefs”
THE NEW BODY-MOLD TRUNKS FOR IDEAL BODY DISPLAY. WORN BY LEADING BODY BUILDERS OF THE WORLD!

Here’s the perfect brief trunks for body building, lifting, swimming, physique photography and contests. Designed by champions…worn by leading body builders of the world. No bind, no boxed or chopped off appearance. Body-mold fit for tall or short men in sizes 26 to 38. Complete freedom … complete coverage. Satisfaction guaranteed. Send check or money order today. Postpaid.

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Heel Is Held on Accelerator by Small Metal Box (Dec, 1936)

Heel Is Held on Accelerator by Small Metal Box
Woman drivers who have difficulty in keeping the high heels of their shoes on the accelerator will find that a shallow metal box soldered to the lower end of the pedal as shown will solve the problem. It will, of course, be necessary to remove part of the rubber covering of the pedal and clean the metal before soldering the box in place.

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Sunlight Powers Automobile (Aug, 1960)

Sunlight Powers Automobile
POWERED by the same kind of solar cells used in space vehicles, this car—a 1912 Baker electric— has a top speed of 20 mph.

The 26 sq. ft. panel atop the car contains some 10,640 silicon cells which convert sunlight to electricity. The car was rigged with the cells merely to demonstrate the potential of solar power conversion, and the cells produce enough electricity in eight hours of sunlight to run it for only an hour.

The system was developed by Dr. Charles A. Es-coffery, technical assistant to the president of International Rectifier Corp., El Segundo, Calif. Cost of the solar cell panel is about $15,000. In mass production quantities of a hundred or so, it could be sold for $2,000 to $3,000, says Dr. Escoffery.

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Wishbones Made Her Dreams Come True (Jun, 1939)

Wishbones Made Her Dreams Come True
Scraps from a thousand Sunday dinner tables form the raw-materials for a novel and thriving industry built up by Delphine Binger of New York City. Miss Binger collects the wishbones from turkeys, chickens, and other poultry, treats them by a special electrical and chemical process, inscribes them with special greetings, dresses them up with ribbon bows and sprays of artificial flowers, and sells them as decorative good-luck novelties to accompany wedding, birthday, and graduation presents, and gifts for other special occasions. Among her specialties are wishbones bearing tiny stethoscopes for medical-school graduates.

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