August, 2006 Monthly archive
Every Coo-Cool $1.75 for You! (Jan, 1932)

Every Coo-Cool $1.75 for You!

A “knock-out” instant selling hit! The Coo-Coo Auto Horn (Patented) sells itself at $4. Costs you $2.25. Going like wildfire in Hollywood and Los Angeles. One dealer sold 3,000 in short time. Some agents making as high as $25 an hour. One horn sells 5 others. No house to house selling—just stand around garages and service stations — coo-coo and clean up. Installed by anyone in 3 minutes. Not an exhaust or motor horn. Certain in action—never fails to create a musical note that cleverly sings “Hello.”

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Realistic Story of Steel Told in Photo-Murals (Feb, 1935)

Wait a minute. You mean that’s a photograph? Not a window? Wow, they sure had me fooled.

Realistic Story of Steel Told in Photo-Murals
Interesting scenes in the steel industry, from the mine to finished bridges and buildings, decorate the walls of one room in a Chicago club. The story is told in photo-murals. In a curved alcove at one side, the wall is completely covered with one large mural showing a night scene at a steel mill. So realistic is it that the observer feels he actually is looking through a single pane window at the mill. Special illumination is housed in ceiling fixtures of steel frames.

Novel Dry-Ice Gun Extinguishes Candle (Jul, 1940)

I’m not quite sure why this poor kid has to put the candle on his head to prove some “scientific” point. It looks like it’s about to set his hair on fire.

Novel Dry-Ice Gun Extinguishes Candle
To within 1/4″ of the edge, cut out the top of a cardboard salt box, and tie a piece of rubber balloon over it. Cut a 1-1/2″ hole in the opposite end, roughening its rim with a penknife. Load the gun with carbon dioxide gas by inserting “dry ice.” Aim the gun, tap the rubber, and an invisible ring of gas will smother a candle flame six to eight feet away. You can stage an amazing “William Tell” stunt with the gun as shown below.

Could You Be A Hero? (Aug, 1957)

This is a pretty funny article about what gives a man courage and what makes him a hero. The real gem however, is the Courage Quotient Quiz. This asks a series of ridiculous questions that seem to have nothing to do with “courage” or “heroism”.

Here are a few examples of statements from the quiz that a man with courage would agree with:

  • Desk work is more for a woman than a man
  • Any man should love camping and hunting
  • I’d rather read a detective story than a humorous story

Here are few statements that reflect poorly on your courageousness:

  • A totalitarian system of government is more efficient
  • After most wars, the U.S. came out the loser in the peace treaties
  • A cowboy movie is more interesting than a good love story

The one thing I can’t understand is why is a detective story courageous, but a cowboy movie is not? Would it be the same if it was a detective movie and a cowboy story?

Take the test for your self to find out if you’re a real man or a whimpering pansy.

Could You Be A Hero?

By Harry Kursh

Your reactions in the face of danger are based on personality traits you may not even be aware of.

(Editor’s Note: Before reading this article we suggest you turn to page 55 and take the Courage Quotient Test to rate your own potential for being a hero when confronted by danger.)

ONE foggy morning last November, 57-year-old Jonathan Kruger stopped to chat with his daughter on a street in North Bergen, N. J. Suddenly, he looked up. He heard the sound of a plane flying too low. Then he saw it. The plane was headed straight for a tall radio tower. In a flash it was a fiery mass bouncing off the tower into the side of an apartment house.

Vacuum Tube Tesla Coil Does Fascinating Stunts (Jan, 1932)

Vacuum Tube Tesla Coil Does Fascinating Stunts

Light bulbs and spinning wires which glow with weird effects, cigarettes which light mysteriously— these are a few of the stunts you can do with this vacuum tube Tesla coil.

Give Cigarettes as a Christmas Present (Dec, 1940)

Apparently twenty years after this article, it was alright for women to smoke.

for Christmas … give the cigarette that satisfies
A carton of Chesterfields with their MILDER BETTER TASTE will give your friends more pleasure than anything else you can buy for the money.
The attractive Gift Carton that says Merry Christmas

What Kind of Girls Smoke? (Mar, 1922)

For those of you who don’t like to read here is a quick bullet point summation of the article:

  • Mark Twain didn’t like his wife cursing because she didn’t “know the tune”. I think this means either she was bad at cursing, or that she didn’t understand why you would curse. Obviously this means that no woman “gets” cursing, thus it is wrong for a woman to curse.
  • For a woman, smoking is like cursing. They don’t understand it. They are bad at it. They pout.
  • Women are weak and frail, like little children.
  • This is proved because when a ship is sinking women and children are let off first.
  • Children should not smoke, it’s bad for them.
  • Thus women shouldn’t smoke.
  • The author likes young boys with their “soft, beautiful faces, as delicate as a womans” and loves the change in their voices which change from “haunting sweetness” to the “bellow of the male animal”.
  • If a woman is good at smoking and likes it, that means she’s tough.
  • Tough women are bad and should never be allowed to have children.
  • I have no idea what the monkey on the front page is about. I don’t even really understand the caption. Are they saying that smoking is bad because a monkey can do it? A monkey can eat, does that mean eating is bad?

What Kind of Girls Smoke?

It’s a Fine, Manly Accomplishment for Women, Don’t You Think? — But What Are the Real Reasons Why Women Should Not Smoke?

By Wainwright Evans

IN Albert Bigelow Paine’s “Life of Mark Twain” the story goes that Mark Twain was given, in moments of strong feeling, to the use of English more vigorous and picturesque than anything to be found in the dictionary. It wasn’t Sunday School English, in fact. All this grieved his wife very much, and she sought by every means to break her distinguished husband of his habit of latitudinarian speech.

U.S. Navy Blimps Learn New Role for Sea Rescues (Mar, 1940)

Seems like that would be a pretty slow rescue…

U.S. Navy Blimps Learn New Role for Sea Rescues
With the aid of new airship inventions, U. S. Navy blimps can now “anchor” ” 100 feet above the sea, and pick up ill sailors or victims of shipwreck. A circular disk called a “drogue,” dropped into the sea at the end of a cable, keeps the craft’s nose pointed steadily into the wind.

Whole library in a nutshell (Feb, 1965)

Whole library in a nutshell
This latest space trick might work well with earthbound libraries. The magnifying viewer on the astronaut’s knee holds 12,000 pages of microfilmed manuals, maps, and navigation data for use in the Apollo lunar spacecraft. The film is coded and indexed so a flip of a switch puts any page on the screen in 15 seconds.


These look like they would be a blast. Giant tinkertoys!


Give your child countless hours of interesting, instructive, and clean play by making him this jumbo-size set of building blocks.

ANY kid who has this plank set will be . the hero of the block—and his hero will be his dad for making it for him. With the set, he is equipped to build any number of walk-in projects. Houses, forts, ships, castles, garages, locomotives—there’s no limit to the designs that healthy imagination and young hands can produce.

The planks are light and clean. They are simple enough for a three-year-old to use, yet interesting enough to keep a ten-year-old busy. No nails or fasteners are needed —the planks interlock strongly and safely. They won’t crack or warp and children can’t break them. Even the most ambitious play-plank buildings can be dismantled and stored in a few minutes.