August, 2006 Monthly archive

There has never been a time when the work of the telephone operator has been so important as right now.
For there are more Long Distance calls than ever before. More are in a hurry, particularly the urgent calls of war.
Calm in emergencies, capable and courteous, the telephone operators are earning a nation’s thanks for a job well done.


When you’re calling over war-busy lines, the Long Distance operator may ask you to “please limit your call to 5 minutes.” That’s to help more calls get through during rush periods.

Upholster Your Dashboard in Leopard Skin (Sep, 1951)

Beautify your car with a dashboard upholstered in leopard, zebra, or ocelot. Cut to fit . . . easily installed in 15 minutes. Only $9.95. Order Now! State Year. Make, and Model. Send check or money order to:
WEINER PRODUCTS P. O. Box 31 Riverdale. Md.

27,000 RPM Tie Clip (May, 1962)

POWER TIE CLIP by L. M. Cox Co., Santa Ana Calif., is an operating internal combustion engine. The motor has a displacement of only .01 cubic inch, with a piston hardly larger than the head of a pin. It can fly a very small model airplane, however. As a tie clip it is decorative but non-operable unless you carry with you the 1-1/2-volt battery to attach to its glow head and a drop or two of fuel. Rotary valve engine does 27,000 rpm. Gift-packed, with manual, $8.

Self-Propelled Surfboard (Apr, 1950)

Self-Propelled Surfboard

SKIMBOATING—newest fad at Cypress Gardens, Florida—is rapidly outgrowing that novelty classification. It provides you with all the thrills of aquaplaning without making you lug a boat along. Also, you can break down this self-propelled surfboard into three small sections.

Developed by Emil Hansen of Bryn Mawr, Pa., the craft has a 7-1/2-hp outboard engine housed in a watertight aluminum hull. It’s 90 inches long, 24 inches wide and weighs 120 pounds. Top speed is about 30 mph and you steer it with a rudder aft and by shifting your body.

Ad: WHAT DOES YOUR DAD DO? (Sep, 1955)

There are ICS ads in virtually every magazine I own; from the 30’s up to the 80’s. Over that time they used just about every technique imaginable to try and coax men into enrolling. This ad uses one of their favorite methods: humiliation. But not just any humiliation. No, they have to bring your kids into it. Telling a man his son is ashamed of him, so he better sign up for correspondence school is pretty low, even for ICS.

When the other kids ask…


How does your boy answer them?

Sure … you’re his hero. You know that. But sometimes it can get kinda tough if the other kids don’t seem to understand about the “old man.”
It’s not that you like to be chained to the same old job. Maybe you just had to leave school too soon. Maybe the war interfered. Anyway, here you are, stuck because you just don’t have enough formal training.

Uncle Sam’s Stamp Factory (Feb, 1949)

Uncle Sam’s Stamp Factory

By Wayne Whittaker

THE THIN FELLOW you saw in the post office the other day with that worried look might well have been one of the millions of stamp collectors in this country. He has had a harrowing year—1948— trying to keep track of the special stamps that have rolled from the presses in the U. S. Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, D. C.

The last Congress may go down in history as the “Stamp Act” Congress. By congressional authorization, its members sponsored a new stamp on the average of every other week in 1948. Stamp dealers groaned. Stamp collectors groaned. Officials of the bureau groaned loudest of all, but Congress went happily on its way paying tribute to everything from the poultry industry to the Gettysburg Address.


It’s Sweating to the Oldies, back before they were oldies.


Reducing Reduced to a Science

ARE you bulky of body, and heavy of heart? Would you really like to reduce? Will you accept without cost the proof that you can? Then read what this man has done! Not long: ago, in Chicago, it was stated that the scientific secret of weight regulation had been discovered. Wallace, a leading physical director, had worked seventeen years to make the announcement. But it did not take long to prove it was true.

London Hospital Constructs $200,000 Radium Mercy Bomb (Feb, 1936)

London Hospital Constructs $200,000 Radium Mercy Bomb

CONTINUING the work begun by the late Madame Curie, eminent French pioneer in the use of radium for healing, physicists at the Westminster Hospital in London are now engaged in the construction of a $200,000 radium bomb which will greatly extend the mercy work of the beneficial rays. The 4 grammes of radium, worth $200,000, will be encased in a new tungsten alloy shell, the alloy having 1-1/2 times the density of lead. Within the shell will be a solid gold collar to further confine the Gamma rays of radium, thus preventing injury to the operators from spreading rays.

The employment of so great a quantity of radium within a single bomb permits operation at a greater distance from the patient, and at the same time produces a more effective treatment at greater depths below the body surface.

Boy Won’t Need Dad’s Car Now! (Jun, 1950)

If my dad had really loved me, he would have built me one of these.

Boy Won’t Need Dad’s Car Now!
Thirteen-year-old Jimmy Richardson of Tucson, Ariz., is the envy of all his friends with a midget auto built by his father. What’s more, he rides all week on 56 cents worth of gas — the cost for one tankful. The car is made of 20-gauge steel trimmed in stainless steel for a snappy appearance. It stands 2-1/2 feet high, is five feet long and has a ground clearance of only five inches. Built on a frame of bed rail with knee action in front and regular coil springs in the rear, the entire machine weighs about 300 pounds.

Do Prehistoric Monsters Still Exist? (Feb, 1949)

Do Prehistoric Monsters Still Exist?

Future explorers may find themselves battling “extinct” creatures which lurk in the remote corners of the world.

By Willy Ley
Author of The Lungfish, the Dodo and the Unicorn*

DINOSAURS may roam the unexplored jungles of Africa!

Native tribes near the Congo River call the creatures Mokele Mbembe. They say they’re enormous and live in caves washed out by the river at sharp turns. Some startled tribesmen have described them as having long necks, small heads and one long tusk. Others have told of a three-horned monster like that shown above, with ferocious teeth and a massive comb. All agree that the creatures kill both humans and elephants. But they never eat the flesh. Farther east in Africa, near Lake Ban-gweolo, the natives tell of a weird animal which they call Chipekwe. Because it kills hippopotamuses, not one hippo can be found in the lake. One tribe claims it hunted and killed a Chipekwe forty years ago. The strongest hunters had to jab it with their spears for days before the animal finally succumbed.