August, 2006 Monthly archive
New Billfolds Necessary as Result of Change in Currency (Sep, 1929)

New Billfolds Necessary as Result of Change in Currency

WITH the recent change in size of the currency of the United States comes the consequent revisal in the design and size of wallets and billfolds. The new bills have been reduced in length from 7-38 inches to 6-3/8 inches. The width has been shortened from 3-1/8 inches to 2-3/4 inches.

The innovation of this new policy of the U. S. Treasury took place on July 1. At that time all new currency issued by banks was given out in the smaller form. The old bills will be used until they are withdrawn from circulation.

Considerable saving in the amount of paper used in the manufacture of treasury notes will be effected by this change, and currency will also be much easier to handle. Smaller wallets also mean that a man’s hip pockets will not bulge out as if they were stuffed with a half dozen handkerchiefs.

Freckleproof Cape Protects Bather (Apr, 1940)

Freckleproof Cape Protects Bather
Fair Floridians who fear freckles have adopted the odd hooded cape pictured in the photograph below, taken at an Atlantic beach resort. Made of a polka-dot print fabric, the freckleproof cape has an attached hood equipped with built-in sun glasses to further protect the wearer from the effects of strong sunlight.

Your Telephone Of Tomorrow (Sep, 1956)

Usually old articles of the form “Your x of tomorrow” be it house, car, phone, city, plane, etc are full of ideas that are wildly off the mark or just plain ridiculous. This article about the future of phones is remarkable because virtually everything in it has come true. Worldwide Direct Touchtone Dialing, Transistorized Switching, Audio/Video data compression, Voice Recognition and rampant miniaturization. All true. Not to mention that a tiny, touchtone, color videophone you can watch TV on is a pretty accurate description of my Motorola RAZR.

I also love the idea that everyone will get a phone number at birth and keep it for the rest of their life. If you call someone and they don’t pick up, you’ll know they’re dead. Or perhaps just sleeping.

Your Telephone Of Tomorrow

Future may bring push-button dialing, videophones, direct calls anywhere on earth and pocket-size sets.

By Robert G. Beason

ON SOME night in the future a young man walking along Market Street in San Francisco may suddenly think of a friend in Rome. Reaching into his pocket, he will pull out a watch-size disc with a set of buttons on one side. He will punch ten times. Turning the device over, he will hear his friend’s voice and see his face on a tiny screen, in color and 3-D. At the same moment his friend in Rome will see and hear him.

The disc will be a telephone, a miniature model equipped for both audio and video service. Back in 1952, Harold S. Osborne, retiring chief engineer of American Telephone & Telegraph, envisioned this tiny instrument as the ultimate shape of the phone. In the future, said Mr. Osborne, a telephone number will be given at birth to every baby in the world. It will be his for life. When he wants to call anyone, no matter where, he will merely push the buttons on his Lilliputian phone.

Tailor’s Leg Cut Off—He Builds Auto for One-legged Man (Dec, 1932)

Tailor’s Leg Cut Off—He Builds Auto for One-legged Man
WHEN Joseph Freedman, 44-year-old Philadelphia tailor, lost a leg in an accident, one of the greatest hardships he experienced was being unable to drive a car. Then old “Mother Necessity” was brought on the job, with the result that Freedman designed and built an auto which is operated entirely by hand, save for one pedal. The car, seen at the left, is powered by a 2-cycle motorbike engine and goes anywhere on its two motorcycle and two airplane wheels.


You can make sure that you breathe through your nose during the day, but one-third of your time you are asleep.
The Davis Chin Supporter scops mouth breathing and thereby prevents snoring, also the various throat and ear troubles directly due to mouth breathing. It’s fine mesh canvas or linen fits like a glove and washes like a handkerchief. It will add to your good health and spirits. Measure size around crown of head and point of chin. By mail, postpaid, Cotton— $2.00, Linen—$3.00, Mesh—$4.00.
Dept. P. C. 507 Fifth Avenue

Kite Cam (Apr, 1946)

He Takes Arial Photos from His Back Yard

THE old stunt of using a kite to fly a camera aloft has been developed to a fine art by Frank S. Crowell, of St. Albans, N. Y. His homemade aluminum cameras, fitted with fuse-operated shutters, have flown to a height of 2,000′, and Crowell explains that only the hazard of collision with planes has kept him from going higher on days when conditions were favorable for flying kites.

Realistic Moving Targets Train Antitank Gunners (Feb, 1940)

Realistic Moving Targets Train Antitank Gunners
Constructed of wood and cloth, and equipped with wheels and ground skids, dummy tanks are drawn across open terrain at a speed of twenty miles an hour to give practice to British antitank-gun crews. Pierced by numerous direct hits, a dummy tank is pictured at the left after practice.


for the man who has “everything”. Gold plate on Sterling 13.50. 14K gold 60.00. In Sterling
$12.50 a pair.
All taxes and postage included. Another exclusive by mail from Pee Wee House
Culver City 13, Cal.

Portable Sound-Detector Units Made for Airplane Spotters (Jun, 1942)

What could I possibly add to this?

Portable Sound-Detector Units Made for Airplane Spotters

A self-contained sound detector, easily carried and operated by one person, makes it possible for individual aircraft spotters to hear approaching aircraft through a set of earphones. When the low-pitched sound is picked up, the spotter slowly turns his body until the sound is loudest. He is then facing in the direction of the plane and can orient his binoculars. The headpiece of this detector consists of earphones topped by a concentrator. Made of thermoplastic material, this is molded to a parabolic curve and contains crossed perpendicular veins which sharpen the aural focus on a sensitive microphone. Amplification is supplied by a three-tube unit slung over the spotter’s shoulder and housed in a case smaller than the usual gas-mask container. A volume-control knob regulates the sound in the earphones to the watcher’s comfort. Special filters eliminate noises other than those of a plane.

Gnathograph (Jun, 1939)

Looks like fun, doesn’t it?

Device Takes Measure of the Teeth

WITH the aid of the “gnathograph,” an instrument as mouth-filling as its name, a dentist’s patients may now be assured of a perfect fit for artificial teeth. Fitted to the jaws as shown above, the new device registers the arrangement of the teeth and the direction of the “bite,” to guide the dentist in straightening teeth or fitting inlays, crowns, bridges, and plates. Its inventor, Dr. Beverly B. McCollum of Los Angeles, Calif., demonstrates in the picture at the right how the instrument is then mounted for use in tooling a plate to just the right shape to give the
most comfortable fit in the mouth.