August, 2006 Monthly archive
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.

  • Airmen’s “Can-Tenna”

    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.

Private screens at drive-in movie (Aug, 1964)

Private screens at drive-in movie
Every seat is a good seat at this drive-in theater in Albuquerque, N. Mex. It has 260 individual three-by-five-foot screens, one for each of the cars it can accommodate in two concentric circles. A projection booth in the center uses regular movie equipment, but a single image is projected on each screen by a series of lenses and mirrors. The sound system is the conventional one for drive-ins.

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.

These Are the Planes You’ll Fly After the War (Mar, 1945)

These Are the Planes You’ll Fly After the War

We asked the private flyers of tomorrow to write their own ticket. The analysis of 3,345 contest entries shows what they are looking for.

A DRAFTSMAN in the evergreen section of the Pacific Northwest wrote Popular Science Monthly last fall that of all the things he would like to see incorporated in his postwar private airplane, a foot throttle was on the high-priority list. He wanted other items of comfort, too, did Tom Phelan of Seattle—a cigarette lighter on the instrument panel, and arm rests built into seats for his passengers.

Tom Phelan was one of the many entrants in this magazine’s “The Plane You’d Like to Own” contest, concluded September 30, who displayed a flair for merchandising. The automobile never would have sold in the millions if it had not had, first, utility; and second, comfort.

Rubber Gown Is Blow-Out Attire (Mar, 1940)

Rubber Gown Is Blow-Out Attire
A CURIOUS evening gown, made entirely of rubber, was one of the outstanding costumes worn at a costume ball held not long ago in Akron, Ohio, a center of the rubber-manufacturing industry. Above, the wearer of the gown is pictured having the hem of her unusual dress vulcanized.

How To Gather Fleas from a Grizzly Bear (Feb, 1940)

How To Gather Fleas from a Grizzly Bear

How to get fleas from a grizzly bear might puzzle a less resourceful man than Walt Sutter of Tacoma, Wash. From a radio program he learned that a wealthy Englishwoman was in the market for grizzly-bear fleas, to complete a collection taken from various wild animals. So he went to a zoo with a long-nozzled vacuum cleaner, and soon the coveted specimens were in the bag, ready for a purchaser.

New Pen Counts Words Written (May, 1934)

New Pen Counts Words Written

NO LONGER need authors count words to determine how much they have written — a recently developed sackless fountain pen now does the work.

On the transparent ink section of the barrel are graduations indicating in thousands the words written since the pen was tilled, and the remaining writing capacity. Seven thousand words can be written with one filling. Pen was calibrated by actual count of words.

Phone Switch Shuts Off Radio (Feb, 1932)

Phone Switch Shuts Off Radio
RADIO listeners know what a nuisance it is to try to talk over the phone while the radio is running full blast. Manufacturers have come to the rescue, however, with a switch which automatically shuts off the radio when you lift the receiver to your ear. This switch is contained in a base on which the phone rests, as shown in the accompanying photo. Switches for both French and upright type phones are available at the option of the user.

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.