Radio’s Second Childhood (Jan, 1954)

Radio’s Second Childhood

Although nobody wants to return to the horse-and-carriage days, radio’s very first baby, the crystal set, is making a comeback.

By Henry M. Lewis, Jr.

UNLESS you’re an avid collector of antiques—a forgivable exception—you’d probably never think of entertaining your guests with that squeaky old Gramophone that’s gathering dust in the attic.

IT’S NEW! (May, 1956)

Wow, Ken Garritt must have some pretty strong wrists to hold up a 160 pound bike that way. Maybe one of the dynamos powers an anti-grav unit.


SNAZZY RUNABOUT, by sports car designer Brooks Stevens, mounts a 30-hp Evinrude Lark motor, has bucket seats and costs a mere $11,000.

FISSION FASHION. Suit designed to protect wearer from atomic fallout gets a big yak in Chicago. Fifteen-oz. silk garment is meant to be earned as emergency armor.

HOME-BUILT BIKE owned by Briton Ken Garritt weighs 160 lbs., has 24 gear ratios, three dynamos that power 17 lamps, lour direction finders and real cool twin horns.

Bicycle Radio is Easy and Cheap to Build (Apr, 1940)

Bicycle Radio is Easy and Cheap to Build


FANS who would like to install a radio on their bicycles so they can enjoy their favorite programs while riding around town or on short trips will find the inexpensive set described on these pages just what they have been looking for. Fitting in a basket mounted on the handlebars, the battery-operated, four-tube receiver contains its own loudspeaker. It gives excellent results on local broadcast stations, and if iron-core coils instead of the air-space type specified are used this range will be increased.



Bombardment Of America From The Air Is Going On All The Time! But It’s A Propaganda Raid, And Uncle Sam Is Now Beating It Off.

by Charles J. Vests

“U.S. DEFENDERS repel foreign air attack!”

You’d jump, wouldn’t you, if you found that headline in your morning paper. Yet it’s true, today and every day.

A constant bombardment rains down on our shores, a bombardment just as real and dangerous as though it were one of bombs dropped from planes. It is the airborne bombardment of radio propaganda, one of the deadliest weapons of modem war, accompanied by the sinister crackle of messages and instructions to saboteurs and spies.

Signals from the Stars (Jul, 1952)

Things have come a very, very long way since then. Check out the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), currently being built in Chile. When it’s complete it will have 66 separate dishes, each over 12 meters in diameter and be powered by one of the worlds fastest supercomputers.

Signals from the Stars

EVER since it was first indicated that the static present in the output of radio receivers was due in part to physical disturbances on the sun a new field of research has attracted popular scientific interest. It is radio astronomy, whose equipment and observers listen not to man made responses, but instead to continuous “static” from the stars. That cosmic radio noise exists was realized as far back as 1931. Early records proved it to be most intense when receivers probed toward the Milky Way, or lengthwise through our enormous watch-shaped galaxy.

New Devices Supplant Organs (Mar, 1930)

New Devices Supplant Organs

IN SOME of the churches of Europe new forms of musical apparatus are being installed. These instruments supplant to a large degree the organ, or in some instances supplement the church organs. The radio and phonograph records are now made available for church use through the development of special apparatus.

Make your home the center of the world! (Oct, 1932)

Make your home the center of the world!

$36.50 to $295 – Tax Paid

Though you may live on an isolated farm … or in an apartment in the heart of a teeming city… PHILCO makes your home the center of the world . . . the great world of music, entertainment, and current events.

Through the magic of PHILCO, famous orchestras will move into your living-room to lavish their greatest talents on your entertainment.

Catching Crooks by Radio (May, 1929)

The actress in question with Wellington Belford was the late Ruth Renick.  The “poison tongue” gentry refers to gossip columnists.

Catching Crooks by Radio

No longer can a crook in a strange town go unrecognized. Finger print photos, broadcast by radio, identify him across the continent in half hour!


THESE cryptic signs, sent together with a fingerprint photo by the telephotographic process through 2,500 miles of space over mountains and desert in a few minutes’ time, constituted a challenge from the New York police to the San Francisco police to answer one question—'”Who is the man? Who is the owner of the fingerprint?”

Mars Refuses to Answer Radio Messages (May, 1929)

“Doctor” Hugh Mansfield Robinson was an LLD or Dr of Law in England.  The rest of the story may be found here.

Mars Refuses to Answer Radio Messages

DESPITE numerous efforts to communicate with them, the inhabitants of the planet Mars have thus far been consistent in their refusal to have anything to do with the earth-folks at the other end of the telephone line. The latest evidence of the unsocial nature of the Martians came recently when Dr. H. Mansfield Robinson, shown in the picture at the left, attempted to send a message to a woman on Mars who, he reported, had been in communication with him. Although listeners all over the world were on the alert for her response, it failed to come through.

The instruments employed by Dr. Robinson were an ordinary wireless set and a device which he calls a psycho-telepathic motor-meter. Apparently the science of interplanetary communication is as yet a great deal short of perfection.

Buttons Tune Low-Cost Car Radio (May, 1938)

I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone put a car radio in that location.

Buttons Tune Low-Cost Car Radio

Push-button tuning, the modern safety feature that enables car drivers to adjust their radios without taking their eyes from the road, has now been built into an inexpensive, easily installed set. Pushing any one of five buttons on an instrument-board panel instantaneously tunes the self-contained receiver to a corresponding station.