August, 2006 Monthly archive
Most Dangerous Job? (Bullet Proof Vest Tester) (Feb, 1949)

Most Dangerous Job?
“I’d rather be shot at than do the shooting/’ says Leo Krouse. 58-year-old New Yorker, who faces police firing squads to demonstrate a new 14-lb. bulletproof vest for the Spooner Armor Co. “The shooter’s really the one on the spot—not me. He has to make sure he hits the armor.” Slugs spot his vest above, but don’t even flick the ash off his stogie. He’s been stopping bullets for 30 years and never been nicked—yet. For other dangerous jobs, see the article Is Your Job Killing You?—page 68.

Hot Water for Sale Via Special Delivery (Nov, 1950)

Hot Water for Sale Via Special Delivery
Want to buy some hot water? In Brookings, S. D., two war veterans have started a new business enterprise — selling and delivering hot, soft water to the harried housewife. The two young men first went into the trucking business, then started selling hot water to keep their trucks busy. A 10-gallon milk can filled with steaming water costs the housewife 25 cents, delivered to any part of the house. The veterans buy the soft water from the city light and power plant, where it is used in the boilers to prevent scale. Biggest business day, of course, is Monday—washday. Customers also use the water regularly for scalding chickens and pigs.

Filter Pipe Is Smoked Through a Cigarette (Nov, 1939)

This is brilliant marketing by the tobacco industry. Convince people that it is healthier to smoke their pipe tobacco through cigarette tobacco. There really should be some way to fit a cigar in here too.

Filter Pipe Is Smoked Through a Cigarette
More than eighty percent of the nicotine in tobacco smoke is said to be removed by a filter pipe recently announced. Smoke drawn from the pipe bowl to the mouthpiece passes through two halves of a cigarette, which act as filters to absorb most of the nicotine.

Experiments With Tin (Oct, 1944)


From the Bronze Age to World War II, this metal has been useful to man.


WHEN you next speak of tin, be sure it’s with respect. For tin is not only one of the most useful of the common base metals, but it is by far also the most expensive. At a price of 52 cents a pound, this erroneously maligned metal is more than three times as costly as aluminum, is four times as dear as copper, and is 40 times as expensive as iron. What’s more, its important contribution to everyday living and to industry makes it worth the price.

Tin is one of the most ancient and honorable of metals. Alloyed with copper to make bronze, it has been used to fashion weapons, utensils, and tools since prehistoric time. In this alloy, tin makes the copper harder and more resistant to atmosphere and gives it a lower melting point. The tin mines of Cornwall, England, now supplying tin for the Allies’ war effort, have been in almost continuous operation since the Bronze Age.

Car Pulls Up Its Wheels To Become a Boat (Jul, 1940)

Car Pulls Up Its Wheels To Become a Boat
RETRACTING its wheels as an airplane does, a proposed amphibian automobile transforms itself into a rakish water craft. The picture above shows a model of the machine which Paul Pankotan, its inventor, plans to build at Miami, Fla. On land, it uses the power of its drive wheels; afloat, that of a propeller at the stern. The body, has the sleek, graceful lines of a motor cruiser.

Device Dries Wash In 3 Minutes (Apr, 1936)

Device Dries Wash In 3 Minutes

AN ELECTRICAL clothes drier using centrifugal force is capable of rough drying the family laundry in three minutes. The dryer plugs in on any light circuit, and is small enough to fit in any out-of-the-way corner.

The clothes to be dried are suspended by a net inside a rotating cylinder. As the rotation casts the water off, air currents are drawn through the clothes to hasten the process through evaporation. A waste pipe draws off the excess water.

The dryer is much easier on clothes than wringing, as well as being much faster. It was developed in Germany.

Is Your Job Whipping You? (Nov, 1940)


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NBC Proves Television Practical (Mar, 1937)

NBC Proves Television Practical

TRANSMITTING television movies across Metropolitan New York the National Broadcasting Company recently proved that this new science had definitely left the laboratory and was ready to be offered to the American public. More than two hundred spectators gathered around television receivers set up in the sixty-second floor of the RCA Building in New York City to watch the thrilling broadcast, which included both live talent and movies.

The program originated in the television studios of the National Broadcasting Company and was transmitted over coaxial cable to the television sending apparatus located atop the Empire State Building. Here a transmitter operating on 343-line definition sent the television pictures out over the air
to be picked up by the receivers located high up in the RCA Building.

Although the broadcast exceeded the wildest expectations of the newspaper representatives who attended the demonstration it will still be several years before television will be offered to the public due to complications which must be remedied. A standard line definition must be decided upon and permission of the Federal Communications Commission secured for commercial broadcasting.

Movies Entertain Dentist Patients (Jan, 1932)

Movies Entertain Dentist Patients
AS a means of taking the patient’s mind off the drill that is gouging down in his tooth, dentists are now providing distracting entertainment in the form of movies. In this scheme, employed by Dr. A. G. Highgate of Wauconda, Illinois, a small portable movie projector is attached to the arm of the chair, and interesting movies are projected on the screen before the patient while his tooth is being extracted. The scheme is winning wide favor, especially among children.

Is Your Job Killing You? (Feb, 1949)

Is Your Job Killing You?

A desk can be deadlier than the daring life on a flying trapeze— if a secret urge is making you literally work yourself to death.

By Donald G. Cooley

ALFRED Rhodes, professional stunt man, contemplated the fact that nobody had jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and survived. So he decided it was up to him to be the first to leap and live. All in the day’s work, he figured.

He planned the job with meticulous care. Main problem, he reasoned, was to hit feet first and knife cleanly into the water. He rigged up a baby parachute to keep himself from flopping over during the fall and protected his body with a special padded rubber suit.

He waved to the crowd on the bridge, then calmly stepped over the side. The little white ‘chute opened neatly. From the height of the bridge nothing looked more dangerous than that 200-foot drop. And nothing was.

His body turned despite the ‘chute and he hit the water flat on his face.

Rhodes’ job did kill him. But most dangerous jobs actually are a lot safer than they look.