Amazing Computer Called MRS (Dec, 1958)

Wow! This was a stunningly advanced computer for the time. I think it would give HAL a run for his money.


A temperamental MRS computer doesn’t always follow instructions—and self-programs a surprise that only another computer could understand

By Hugh B. Brous, JR.

FIRST OFF, let me tell you that the MRS is no off-the-shelf commercial computer. MRS stands for Multipurpose Research System, and we designed and built the whole works ourselves at the Research Institute. Consequently, we can blame only ourselves for the design features that led to all the troubles. Everyone on the staff still feels that the basic concepts are sound but we unanimously agree that some changes will have to be made before MRS can be a dependable computer system.

MRS is a well-built hunk of hardware with just about everything a computerman could want. She’s got microprograming, built-in compiling routines, half a billion words of high-speed memory, a basic pulse rate of a micromicrosecond, and fantastically fast input-output scanners that work with a whole printed page at a time.

Miniature Cars are Practical (Feb, 1935)

I really wish people still drove around in these. I certainly would pay extra for a pizza delivered by a little kid wearing a cap, driving tiny car.

Miniature Cars are Practical
CHEAP and serviceable, this little car has attained much favor in England. It goes only 15 miles an hour, but can be driven by a child, and is obviously easy to maneuver and park. Weight, 200 pounds; balloon tires, 12-inch diameter. It is cheap to run —and taxes (based on power) are very low. It is even used for sales display as a miniature of larger cars, with bodies on a reduced scale. In spite of a juvenile appearance, it is quite serviceable for commercial and individual use. Control is by a single pedal.

Ad: Miscellaneous goodies and gadgets (Jan, 1933)

A cool ad for miscellaneous goodies and gadgets from the JOHNSON SMITH & CO.

Giant sized version so you can actually read the text.

Fighting Roosters

Hotel Guests DIAL for Radio Programs (Aug, 1935)

This is pretty sweet.

Hotel Guests DIAL for Radio Programs
HOMESICK foreign guests at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel can now listen to radio programs from their own country, or perhaps even from their home town. At their service is the greatest all-wave radio receiver in the world—a set which can bring to each of the 2,200 suites of rooms programs from any one of the powerful broadcasting stations in the world. These programs are oftentimes heard with the same volume and clarity as are local stations.

Some rooms have a unique dialing system, which permits guests to select any station they desire from a printed daily list of world-wide broadcasts, or even hear their favorite phonograph records. In other rooms there are controls on the modernistic loudspeaker, which give to guests a choice of six broadcasts. Amplifiers build up the strength of weak signals more than a hundred billion times.

Beerador (Apr, 1939)

Novel Beverage Refrigerator
FEATURING seven revolving shelves which accommodate 504 bottles, this novel electric beverage refrigerator display unit measures only 37 inches in diameter, saving floor space while advertising many brands.

SCIENCE SAYS… It Ain’t So (Dec, 1950)

All my life, I’ve believed that practice makes perfect and that the hand is quicker than the eye. Now stupid, meanie science has to come and shatter all of my dreams. Damn you science!!!


Before you read the story on the following pages, mark these items TRUE or FALSE, then check the answers in the text. If your score is 16 or better, you’re smarter than science thinks you are.

1. Ground glass will always kill you
2. Brain power declines rapidly with age
3. Your body is symmetrical
4. Geniuses are sickly and die young
5. Faces reveal character
6. Alcohol is a stimulant
7. Women have more intuition than men
8. Practice makes perfect
9. Ptomaine poisoning causes most food sickness
10. You’re more efficient in cold climate
11. Milk prevents tooth decay
12. Cats can kill babies by sucking their breath
13. Marriage between cousins produces morons
14. Goldenrod is the main cause of hayfever
15. Pasteurization kills all germs in milk
16. Don’t keep food in opened cans
17. Blood tests can prove paternity
18. The hand is quicker than the eye
19. Don’t drink water with meals
20. Hypnotized people won’t act against their will
21. Tuberculosis and syphilis are hereditary
22. Rust causes lockjaw
23. Sleeping on the left side is bad for the heart
24. Treat frostbite by rubbing with snow

Pimp your IMP (Jun, 1953)

I love this picture.

Owner: R. F. Clouse, Auburn, Ind. Engine: two-cylinder, air-cooled, 12 horsepower. Friction drive, four speeds forward. Sheet metal body over wood frame. Independent wheel suspension, no axles. Wheelbase 100 inches. Weight 600 pounds. Original price $375. Designed by William B. Stout.

Neon Tubes Illuminate Drinks (Mar, 1936)

Neon Tubes Illuminate Drinks
STIRRING rods of neon tube are the latest thing in restaurants. When placed in drinks the tubes, through a chemical reaction, produce unusual fluorescent rays which illuminate the liquid as soon as they are submerged.
The tubes, which measure about six inches in length, are available in various colors to match the desired color scheme. The chemical secret of the device was not revealed.

Perambulating Press Prints On Paving (Mar, 1936)

Perambulating Press Prints On Paving

THERE have been sandwich men, sound trucks, and sky-writers to carry advertising messages before, but it was left for a Spanish inventor to devise the perambulating printing press for making bill boards of the pavements.
The entire press is no larger than a baby buggy, and is no more difficult to push. Paint which dries upon contact with the pavement is used instead of printer’s ink, and the advertising message may be walked upon immediately after application without tracking. The machine made its first appearance in Barcelona, Spain.

Machine Gunner’s Job to Just Miss (Oct, 1931)

Machine Gunner’s Job to Just Miss
MACHINE guns are most commonly used nowadays to eliminate rival gangsters, but out in Hollywood there is a man, George Daly, who uses that formidable weapon for entirely legitimate purposes to entertain you in gang movies. His job, however, is to just miss, and in fifty cinema productions he has never nicked an actor, thanks to his Marine marksmanship.