August, 2006 Monthly archive
WHY SCRATCH? (Nov, 1939)

“Keep a Jar or Tube of Lucky Tiger Ointment Handy”
Made to allay Itching and Burning Feet—Crusty Scalps— Ringworm—Itchy Rectal Irritations — Insect Bites— Stings—Itchy Scalp—Externally caused Pimples—Soothe fire and sunburns.

Kitchen Utensils Lend a Hand in Odd Music of Cowboy Band (Nov, 1940)

Kitchen Utensils Lend a Hand in Odd Music of Cowboy Band
RESIDENTS of Yermo, Calif., dance to the wailing and thumping of strange instruments in the hands of a five – piece cowboy orchestra. With a bent arrow and string for a bow, one performer plays a “violin” made from a cheese box. Another alternately bows and thwacks a “bull fiddle” constructed from a washtub, a string, and a broomstick. By pulling against the stick he obtains a variety of more or less musical tones.

“Home, James” by Tandem Bike (Dec, 1940)

“Home, James” by Tandem Bike
With gasoline impossible to obtain for use in private automobiles in Denmark, wealthy Danes hire chauffeurs to take them to and from work on tandem bicycles. Sue h cycle-chauffeurs do the steering and most of the pedaling. Since July, the number of bicycles in Copenhagen has jumped from 1,750,000 to 3,800,000.

How Nuclear Radiation Can Change Our Race (Dec, 1953)

This is a remarkably uninformed article about what effect a huge nuclear war would have upon the human race. The author seems to think that the radiation would create a race of bald, big brained super humans (Homo Superior) with no wisdom teeth and only four toes on each foot. Depending on the number and disposition of these new super humans they would either a) kill all the normal humans, b) be killed by all the normal humans, c) enslave the humans, or d) co-operate with humans and help them.

Of course this all relies on the well known evolutionary behaviour of synchronized mass-mutation, where by large numbers of a species spontaneously develop the exact same set of beneficial mutations.

Adding to the author’s credibility is the caption on the third page:
“These cows were exposed to the radiations of the first atomic blast in New Mexico, in 1943.”

Funny, I always thought the Trinity test was in July of 1945. But apparently it was in 1943. The plot thickens.

I, for one, welcome our new mutant overlords.

How Nuclear Radiation Can Change Our Race

An atomic war could produce an entirely new species of man. Would he be friend—or foe?

By O. O. Binder

“Now hear this, Earth! I am Mutant Man, Homo Superior! I have been created by radiation forces out of the loins of you, the human race, after your great and terrible Atom War. Yes, I am a step above and beyond you and I am now your master for better or for worse. You created me in your blind, savage, senseless war of atomic radiation. You have only yourselves to blame if I turn out to be your— Frankenstein Monster!”

Tortillas Meet The Machine Age (Nov, 1950)

Interesting quote:
“After being cut, the dough is carried on a canvas belt to the asbestos conveyor of the first oven.”

I wonder how many other food products used to be cooked on asbestos conveyor belts.

Tortillas Meet The Machine Age

By Jack B. Kemmerer

THE INDIANS of Mexico first made tortillas between 2000 and 1000 B.C., when most historians agree that corn originated in Guatemala and southern Mexico.

The ancient method of making tortillas by hand had never changed until recently. Now, the tortilla has met the machine age.

Pipe Holster (Apr, 1946)

PIPE SMOKERS who find their favorite briers sometimes get in the way will be interested in this leather holster that protects both the pipe and the clothing. It is worn on a belt or button. Moisture drains into a washable plastic cup fitting in the bottom of the holder.

Lights Trace Hand Motions (Mar, 1945)

Lights Trace Hand Motions

COMMON actions, such as lighting a cigarette or tying a shoelace, involve a surprising amount of complicated hand movement. Photographer David McLane proves it by attaching lights, as at right, to the wrists of a subject, who performs the action before a camera in a darkened room. After the pattern has been traced on the film, he makes another exposure with a flash bulb to light up the subject.

X-RAY SPECS (Feb, 1965)

An Hilarious Optical Illusion
Scientific optical principle really works. Imagine—you put on the “X-Ray” Specs and hold your hand in front of you. You seem to be able to look right through the flesh and see the bones underneath. Look at your friend. Is that really his body you “see” under his clothes? Loads of laughs and fun at parties. Send only $1 plus 25c shipping charges. Money Back Guarantee. HONOR HOUSE PRODUCTS CORP., Lynbrook, N.Y. Dept. 97XR02

Bear Skin Garb Boosts Gas Sales (Dec, 1931)

Bear Skin Garb Boosts Gas Sales
TO ADD to the scenic effects of his gas emporium, a garage owner in Thurin-gia, Germany, has bedecked himself in a bear skin. Thus he is able to provide his customers with both amusement and engine juice, to say nothing of the extra remuneration which accrues to himself in the deal.

Drawing Pictures Over the Radio Broadcast Is Latest Fad (Dec, 1932)

Drawing Pictures Over the Radio Broadcast Is Latest Fad
THOUSANDS of radio listeners are joining in on the fun of the latest broadcast novelty—drawing pictures over the radio. The artist in the studio sketches his model in front of the microphone, making the drawing on a chart ruled off into many squares. Radio listeners provide themselves with a similar chart, and when the artist announces that the line he is drawing passes through a certain numbered square, his audience duplicates the line on its own charts. The result is somewhat similar to the drawings subdivided into tiny squares which are printed in the How-to-Build-it section of Modern Me-chanix and Inventions for home craftsmen to copy.