Early Cantenna, Color Converter for B&W TV (Sep, 1955)
Did you think all those Wi-Fi hackers had invented the cantenna? This has them beat by a good 45-50 years.
At the Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma there’s a short-wave antenna that proves you should never throw away anything! It is the antenna for a Globe King transmitter and is made of 84 beverage cans that have been soldered together, end to end. Its height is 27 feet, 10 inches, about a quarter wave length of the 40-meter band.
Color Converter for Black-and-White TV
Black-and-white TV sets are converted to full color by an adapter that costs about $150 plus installation. The adapter includes an electronic circuit to reduce the
black-and-white picture to 12-inch size. A rotating filter, electronically synchronized, stands in front of the set to add full color to the picture.
Pin-Up Car: 1939 B.M.W. TYPE 328 (Mar, 1952)
Another sweet ride by German Engineers. (yes I know this is a BMW and the ad is for VW, but they have way better ads)
Mechanix Illustrated Pin-Up Car
1939 B.M.W. TYPE 328
Owner: Wm. S. Kemp, Fitchburg, Mass. Original cost: $3,500. Engine: six-cylinder, overhead valves, 120-cubic inch displacement, hemispherical combustion chambers, three carburetors. Compression ratio is 7-1/2:1 Weight: 1,700 pounds. Top speed: 100 mph. Chassis is steel tubing.
Balloon Ends Discomfort in High-Altitude Flying (Dec, 1940)
Do you think you could get one of these past security now? I mean a balloon with a a nozzle could make a handy flame thrower.
Balloon Ends Discomfort in High-Altitude Flying
To make things more comfortable for passengers and pilots flying at high altitudes, Dr. Ralph Greene, Miami, Fla., physician and medical consultant to Eastern Airlines, developed the balloon device pictured at the left. Costing only a few cents, the small balloon has a nipple fitted to its neck. When high-altitude pressure becomes annoying, the passenger inserts the nipple in one nostril, closes the other with his finger, and inflates the balloon. He then squeezes the balloon slightly and swallows. In this manner, the pressure of the air within the inner ear is equalized with the outside pressure.
Origin of the Guinness Book of Records (Aug, 1957)
Well, actually the Guinness Book of Superlatives, I’m not sure when it was changed.
The Most of Everything
There’s a book out for people who want to know the largest, smallest, fastest, richest, hottest, coldest, oldest and mostest.
ARGUING about which is the mostest of anything, like the highest point in Our State or the longest bone in the human body, just seems to go with beer. Some say pretzels go better, while another body of expert opinion favors cheese and raw onions. But arguing about the mostest rates high as a diversion of malt brew enthusiasts, and that is no doubt why the ancient house of Arthur Guinness Son, Ltd., Dublin, has published The Guinness Book Of Superlatives.