March, 2007 Monthly archive
Wooden Horses Help Army Cadets Learn How to Play Polo (Oct, 1924)

Whew! It’s difficult to imagine how the army could defend us with out using Polo. I assume West Point now has some ten-million dollar, full immersion 3D polo simulator to keep our boys at peak polo readiness.

Wooden Horses Help Army Cadets Learn How to Play Polo

“Saddled” and- “bridled” a wooden horse is used by West Point cadets to practice on when they begin learning how to play polo. Tne “animal” is braced securely to the wooden floor in the center of an inclosure surrounded by wire netting. To keep the balls within striking distance at all times, the sides of the cage slope toward the center.



To test an autogiro in a motor bandit chase, a driverless car recently was sent speeding across a field near Bryn Athyn, Pa. A windmill plane took off in pursuit, carrying Chief of Police Theodore Hollowell. Using a sub-machine gun, as at left, he peppered the car until a direct hit disabled it. Tracer bullets set the car afire. The end of the chase is shown below, with the autogiro about to land.

How Modern Surgeons Conquer Fatal Germs (Jan, 1933)

How Modern Surgeons Conquer Fatal Germs

By Frederic Damrau, M.D.

A SMALL item recently appeared in the newspapers. It reported a new ruling of the American College of Surgeons. In the future, all surgical thread must be tested thirteen days instead of six to insure its freedom from germs. That tiny item was buried in the back pages of the papers. Few people read it. Yet, behind it lies one of the most thrilling chapters in the whole dramatic story of death-fighting by surgery.

Less than seventy years ago, such a simple operation as the amputation of a finger was a life and death matter. In one famous European hospital, eleven out of seventeen amputations resulted in death from blood poison. Germs of infection were unsuspected. Sterilization, as we know it today, was unknown. Antiseptics were undreamed of. Doctors knew little about infection and were helpless before it. It was not until after the Civil War, that antiseptics first appeared and revolutionized the science of surgery.

X-Rays of Criminals’ Skulls May Replace Fingerprints (May, 1934)

X-Rays of Criminals’ Skulls May Replace Fingerprints

SCIENTISTS have worked out a sure means of identification of people that may some day replace fingerprinting. Scotland Yard and the U. S. Secret Service have shown interest in the method.

Already a number of instances are known where criminals have mutilated their fingertips.

According to Dr. Thomas A. Poole of Washington, the frontal sinuses of each individual, located just above the nose, are different. X-ray plate shows up these individual peculiarities.

Electricity Frisks Mattress (Apr, 1938)

Electricity Frisks Mattress
IF PRISONERS in the Joliet and Stateville, Ill., penitentiaries should hide pistols, knives or saws in their mattresses, this machine will detect them. It is wheeled around the prison, and every mattress is subjected to its scrutiny once a day.

When Dust Explodes (Mar, 1938)

When Dust Explodes

As destructive as a racketeer’s bomb, combustible dust exacts its toll of business.

by Volta Torrey

HAUNTING America’s castles—those gigantic, concrete structures dotting the shipping terminals—is a public enemy more deadly than all the ghosts of all the medieval citadels known to man.

“Combustible dust” is the name of this insidious foe. It lurks in 28,000 elevators, mills, factories and warehouses, a constant menace to the lives of 1,325,000 Americans and $10,000,000,000 worth of property. It explodes with more destructive violence than a gangster’s bomb, haunts industry more persistently than its many victims’ ghosts, and mocks inventors’ efforts to circumvent, ensnare or confine it.



THE latest in the helicopter type of flying machine made its initial flight a short time ago when it remained in the air for 1 minute 40 seconds and reached a height of 8 feet. In several later ascensions the machine, carrying two passengers, rose 3 feet above the ground. Helicopters continue to attract considerable attention on account of their ability to rise vertically from the ground and to land in a small area. While the height attained by this helicopter may not seem very impressive, it can be argued that the first trial trip of the Wrights lasted only 59 seconds. The machine was built at McCook field under the supervision of the inventor, Dr. Geo. de Bothezat, a Russian scientist. It is equipped with four lifting propellers, each having six blades and a diameter of 10 feet, and it has provision for flying horizontally. The machine measures 60 feet from tip to tip and has a total lifting capacity of nearly 4,000 pounds.

New York Builds Big Airport for Land and Sea Plane Service (Sep, 1938)

This later became LaGuardia Airport

New York Builds Big Airport for Land and Sea Plane Service

REACHED from the heart of the metropolis by a 28-minute drive over a route which crosses the famous Triborough Bridge and leads to the site of the 1939 World’s Fair, North Beach Airport in the Queens section of New York, N. Y., is being enlarged in area from 105 acres to 429 acres and will be provided with every facility for the handling of giant transcontinental and transoceanic air liners. Exclusive of land, the construction cost of the enlarged airport will represent a cost of about 12 million dollars.

The completed airport, as shown in the artist’s sketch at left, will feature four main runways, one of which will be 4,160 feet long, to accommodate land planes while a vast seaplane basin will provide landing and takeoff facilities for flying “clippers.” Plans for the reconstruction of the airport were prepared by engineers of the Works Progress Administration in co-operation with the city’s Department of Docks. The airport’s hangars and administration buildings will represent the latest ideas in airport architecture.

Very Early Zipper (Apr, 1924)

Galoshes are being made to fasten with two rows of metal teeth that lock together as a “key” is pulled across them. It is claimed that this method permits the overshoe to be adjusted in a few seconds and leaves a smooth surface with no buttons or buckles. When the footgear is to be removed, a downward stroke of the fastener separates the two edges. Closing tighter than the ordinary galoshes, cold and moisture are said to have little chance to penetrate to the inside. The key is concealed under the folding top of the boot.

If the A-Bombs Burst (Jan, 1951)

If the A-Bombs Burst

Here is what to expect, what you can do today to prepare yourself, what you can do then to survive

By Clifford B. Hicks

8:15 a.m., August 6, 1945. A single plane flies over the city. The only warning is a blinding flash of light. A ball of fire explodes in the sky, hanging there for a moment as it grows in size and fury. Then in a crackling instant the world’s second atomic explosion races down to strike the earth at a spot called Hiroshima.

Sixty seconds later 70,000 Japanese are dead, caught above ground. The heart of the city has been blasted into rubble which still plummets down on the dead and dying.

10:15 a.m., January 2, 1950. A stenographer in Manhattan shrugs her shoulders over her mid-morning cup of coffee and says to her girl friend, “I’m tellin’ you, there’s nothing you can do to save yourself —just one bomb will wipe out New York. Me, I’m headin’ for the country if things get worse.”

At the same moment the sky above Chicago’s Loop is split by a bright flash of lightning from a sudden winter storm. A nervous executive freezes in terror for an instant, then smiles sheepishly as he returns to the morning mail. But he can’t help wondering whether the bomb would demolish his home and kill his family in a suburb 14 miles away.