September, 2006 Monthly archive
Compressed Air Fire Engine Shoots Real Stream of Water (Jan, 1932)

Compressed Air Fire Engine Shoots Real Stream of Water

WITH a set of coaster wagon wheels and axles, an old auto gas tank and steering wheel, two tire pumps and odds and ends of lumber, you can build this novel little fire engine which will squirt a stream of water to a considerable height. It is equipped with a powerful brake and a siren, and is propelled by two members of the crew on the push-bar behind. Painted a bright red with bronze trimming it certainly looks like business and furnishes no end of fun making runs to imaginary fires.

Is there a Sea Serpent? (Sep, 1934)

Is there a Sea Serpent?

RECENT startling events have revived the ocean’s greatest unsolved mystery—Is there a sea serpent? Startling apparitions have evoked an amazed reply of “Yes!”, which downright fakes have turned to a wisecracking “No!” But best scientific opinion refuses to deny flatly, that somewhere, in the deepest depths of the ocean, there may be such a thing, a species unknown to modern science.

This possibility appears amazingly real in the light of the sensational tales of the last nine months that have made the sea serpent come alive again, after years of quiescence. For almost all these tales are told not by one person, but by hundreds. All vow they have seen marine monsters like nothing known, and in several different places. Nearly two hundred canny Scots have seen something that undoubtedly inhabits Loch Ness, inland lake in northern Scotland. In the Pacific ocean, near Vancouver, three score testify to having seen a sea monster. High officers of the liner, “Mauretania,” wrote in the log book recently that they saw one in the Atlantic.

Rump Strap for Dairy Cow Stops Switching of Tail (Dec, 1950)

Rump Strap for Dairy Cow Stops Switching of Tail
Even though the barn is thoroughly sprayed twice daily to eliminate flies, dairy cows accustomed to switching their tails during the day in order to keep off the pests frequently continue this habit during milking. To prevent it, one dairyman attaches a loop of rope or webbing to the milking-machine strap and places the loop in the position pictured to keep “Bossy’s” switching tail under control.

Rotating Shelter Aids Sun-Bathers (May, 1938)

Rotating Shelter Aids Sun-Bathers
By turning a “steering” wheel while lying on a cot within the canvas side walls of a new tent, a sun-bather can rotate the “sun tub” to follow the movement of the sun and thus insure maximum exposure to its rays. The 150-pound sun-bathing tent can be folded compactly for easy transportation.

Movies Lure Youngsters to the Dentist (Jun, 1939)

Movies Lure Youngsters to the Dentist
Instead of staring at the wall and wondering how soon the ordeal will be over, young patients of Dr. Harry Spiro, Chicago, Ill., dentist, can concentrate their attention on moving pictures that flash in front of them, while the dentist works on their teeth. Designed to make the dentist’s office a more popular place with youngsters, the apparatus is housed in a cabinet placed directly in front of the dental chair. Film cartoons and short features are thrown onto the screen by a small electric projector.

Many Wall Plugs Fit in One Outlet (May, 1934)

This is actually a really good idea, though I think their claim of unlimited plugs in one outlet is a little optimistic. It would be really nice if powerbricks had outlets in them.

Many Wall Plugs Fit in One Outlet
DOUBLE and triple outlet electric plugs are no longer needed. A novel wall plug now available is of such a design that another plug can be inserted right on top of it. There is no limit to the number of extension cords that can be used on one outlet.

Popcorn Packing (Sep, 1951)

This would be much nicer than the standard shipping peanuts and popcorn.

Popcorn Packing is a new innovation in the shipping business. It is being used by the DeJur-Ansco Company of California to pack exposure meters and cameras at the rate of ten bushels of corn a week. Popcorn is fireproof . . . and edible.

WATER WALKER (Dec, 1958)

WATER WALKER Wayne Wilson, a York, Pa., engineer, jogs inside his plastic squirrel cage and independent paddle wheel. He says it’s unsinkable. Ventilators let in air but not water.

Pet Dog Makes Living Fur Piece (Jun, 1939)

Pet Dog Makes Living Fur Piece

SIGNS reading “No Dogs Allowed” mean nothing to Miss Jeanne Lorraine, of New York City, since she taught her twelve-year-old pet toy collie, Jiggs, to drape himself around her neck and masquerade as a fur piece. The trick first worked on a clerk at a residential hotel that barred pets, and Miss Lorraine has been using it ever since to take her dog through subways, past customs officers, on railroad coaches, and into other places where canine companions are not welcomed. To heighten the illusion, Jigg’s mistress selects costumes in shades of brown that blend with her dog’s coloring, and then attaches a “pinned” flower corsage to the dog’s fur by means of an elastic band around his belly. The animal then promptly relaxes every muscle so that he can be draped gracefully around his owner’s neck, like a fox, mink, or marten skin. For periods up to one hour at a stretch, Jiggs will hardly bat an eye, his only movement being an occasional tail wag, which his mistress covers up with a nonchalant stroke of her hand.

The Making of a “Funny” (Jun, 1940)

Making of a Funny


RESEARCH workers studying the reading habits of newspaper buyers have found out that more people look at the “funny” pages than at any other single section of a newspaper. Yet few cartoon enthusiasts realize how elaborate is the process that brings a comic from the brain and drawing board of a cartoonist through the involved stages of coloring, engraving, mat making, stereotyping, and printing to its final form as
part of a published paper.