The Stay-Putnik (Mar, 1963)

After Telstar, what?

The Stay-Putnik

It’s our new Syncom, a satellite that promises a better bounce for world-wide TV and telephone

THE newest U.S. communications satellite—scheduled for launch this month or sooner, in an attempt to top Telstar— can’t be expected to streak across the sky at regular intervals. To the operators of a tracking station, it won’t even seem to be in orbit. Instead, the unnatural instrument package will hang around over the Atlantic, tracing a lazy north-south figure-8 every 24 hours.

Household Tools to Speed Home Work (Feb, 1932)

I think that the telephone on the second page is one of the earliest I’ve seen that has a modern handset.

Household Tools to Speed Home Work

VERSATILE TONGS. Useful in the kitchen are these tongs which serve many purposes from grasping hot potatoes to lifting eggs out of boiling water. Also at one end there is a handy bottle opener

DRIES HAIR QUICKLY. This new hair drier can be used with an ordinary gas plate. When the curved housing of sheet metal is set upon the burner, it directs outward a stream of hot air which, striking the hair, quickly dries it

THEY SAVE YOUR HANDS. Especially designed to aid in washing clothes are the tongs shown below. Their grip will not harm fragile fabrics, it is said


I’m not sure it would be possible to design a worse set of earphones…

Persons hard of hearing, who have difficulty in carrying on a telephone conversation, are said to be aided by the new set illustrated above. When answering a call, the user places a receiver of conventional design (at right of photo) upon the base of an instrument resembling a physicians’s stethoscope. Tubes lead to a pair of earpieces that help to make every word audible. In speaking, the special transmitter, seen in background, is used.

Weird Radio Pictorial (Oct, 1924)

The old issues of Popular Mechanics are organized rather badly. In this case there was a section called “Radio News” with two or three pages of articles and then this pictorial with no preface or explaination. The pictures are pretty great though so I hope you enjoy them.

Top, Girls in a High School Have Set Out to Prove That Building Radio Sets Is Not an Art for Boys Alone, and They Show Surprising Aptitude at the Job; Center, a Prisoner on Governor’s Island, New York, Building a Radio Set in the Shops Where Earnest Endeavor Is Made to Turn Wayward Energies into Useful Channels; Below, Even the Smallest and Most Remote Country School Can Now Have Its Own Drill Orchestra

A New Type of Loud Speaker Entertains New York Fans Gathered on the Street Below. The Inventor Is Paul De Kilduchevsky

A Candidate in the French Elections “Stumps” His District by Radio Auto

Phonograph Carried as Vanity Case Plays Standard-Size Records (Oct, 1924)

Phonograph Carried as Vanity Case Plays Standard-Size Records

Carried like a vanity case and about the same size, a collapsible phonograph that plays standard records has been invented.
The motor is wound by a detachable crank and the horn opens and closes like a telescope so that it can be folded into small space. The entire instrument weighs but little and is said to reproduce tones as satisfactorily as many larger and more expensive machines.


This is a chapter about information from a really cool text book called The World of Science, published by Golden Books in 1954.
Also check out another chapter I posted called “COMPUTERS THE ELECTRONIC BRAINS”



In the sound studio a singer is performing a popular number. The microphone suspended from overhead wires picks up the sound. If a whole group of musicians were being used, more microphones would be spaced about. In the control room at the back stands the sound engineer listening through earphones and turning dials on the crowded panels before him.

Soon, as a result of this recording session, tens or hundreds of thousands of people will be able to flick on a phonograph and, wherever they are, hear this same singer with her guitar performing this same popular tune, as often as the hearer chooses to repeat it.

Bell Labs: A MODERN SYLLOGISM (Mar, 1945)

Translation: At Bell Labs even our marketing drones are total geeks.


Bell Telephone System serves the American Public.

Bell Telephone Laboratories develop the facilities of the Bell System.

Therefore, Bell Laboratories serve the American Public.

SPORTS RADIO is Combination Cane and Seat (Mar, 1940)

SPORTS RADIO is Combination Cane and Seat


CONSISTING of a compact yet powerful battery receiver mounted on a conventional cane-seat which can be purchased for a dollar or two, the radio illustrated forms a handy set for hikers, sports spectators, and campers. The circuit, designed around three of the new American-made midget tubes, consists of a pentode regenerative detector, resistance coupled to a pentode amplifier which in turn is resistance coupled to a second audio-amplifier stage. Regeneration is controlled by a 25,000-ohm potentiometer. Since the commercial type of antenna coil shown in the diagram has no tickler winding it will be necessary to provide one by winding approximately thirty-five turns of No. 38 double-silk-covered wire around the lower end of the long, flat grid coil.

“Mail Box” for Telegrams Transmits Messages (Jun, 1939)

“Mail Box” for Telegrams Transmits Messages
Telegrams are transmitted automatically by a photo-electric facsimile machine housed within a compact wall box, as shown above. Messages are written on special blanks, which are deposited in the telegraphic “mail box” through a slot. Here the blank is automatically wrapped around a transmitting cylinder and the message sent like a wire photograph.

Wireless Box Runs Radio by Remote Control (Aug, 1938)

Wireless Box Runs Radio by Remote Control

A radio receiver in the living room may be operated from the kitchen, a bedroom or any other part of the home with the aid of a small remote-control cabinet which has no wires leading to the receiver or any other physical connection with it. Since it is unnecessary to “plug in” the portable control unit or to attach it to the receiver, it is as easy to play the radio while sitting on the front porch as when in the living room beside it. With the aid of the wireless box, a Philco receiver designed for this form of remote control can be operated from a distance or tuned with controls built in the cabinet, whichever is handier. With the remote-control unit, any one of several stations can be selected, a change can be made from one station to another, volume can be adjusted or the set can be turned off, simply by operating a dial in the top of the wireless box. The makers claim each unit will operate only the set for which it is designed.