Cannibal Figure Forms an Amusing Desk Novelty (Oct, 1939)

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Cannibal Figure Forms an Amusing Desk Novelty

Rubber bands and paper clips never had a more novel holder than this cannibal figure, who stands guard so patiently over an ink bottle, spear in hand. His spear is, in reality, a penholder, and there is a little tray in front of him for holding thumb tacks or pins.


If you want to see one of these in action, just head over to London.


Generating over 1500° of heat, this sun-powered kiln will produce new and unusual fusing effects.

By D. S. Halacy

ONE of many unusual tasks the sun did at the recent Solar Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona, was the firing of enameled jewelry in a “solar kiln.” Far from being a mere stunt, the kiln turned out three hundred blue and gold enameled pins for the officials, and dozens of earrings, cuff-links, necklaces and other jewelry. Designed and made by the Phoenix Fine Arts Association, the jewelry, called “Solar Wrought,” brought fancy prices as something unique in jewelry. Yet the idea is simple enough that anyone can easily build his own kiln and fire similar items.

Simple Devices You Will Find Useful (May, 1929)

Simple Devices You Will Find Useful


WHEN a new sidewalk is surveyed through growing sections of a city, it is sometimes necessary to cut away a section of the concrete to permit a fine shade tree to project through the sidewalk.

More Pleasure at the Seashore (Oct, 1937)

More Pleasure at the Seashore

SHOWN in the upper right corner is a simple and practical “non-skid” surf board with which you can bank and make turns. Two barrel staves are fastened at approximately a 25 degree angle to two substantial irons, which in turn are fastened to a heavy plank cut as shown in the illustration. The use of this surf board can easily be mastered in fifteen or twenty minutes.

MIdge-Mobile (Jan, 1952)


Rig this roadster to an automatic reel that permits continuous rotary action.

By Wesley Pickard

WATCHING Junior spin around in his own motor-driven speedster is a thrill you won’t want to pass up. Powered by a 1/3-hp motor, the car is perfectly-safe in operation, and may be wired for driving in one of several ways. The simplest, of course, is merely to attach a long cord (about 60 ft.) to the motor, connecting it to the outlet nearest to your lawn.

Building Play Lot Equipment For The Kiddies Enjoyment (Jun, 1937)

Building Play Lot Equipment For The Kiddies Enjoyment

These playground projects solve the problem of keeping small children away from dangers of busy streets.

by Hi Sibley

KEEPING children off dangerous streets during the summer vacation months is a difficult task unless some means can be devised whereby their attentions are centered on the home or its surroundings. One way to accomplish this is through the construction of a backyard play lot, but even then you cannot expect to hold the children’s interest with merely a sandbox and a few toys. Slides and swings are part of the equipment necessary and need no explanation as to their construction.

Enlarger for Your Candid Camera Made From Globe (Oct, 1937)

Enlarger for Your Candid Camera

By Wayne Daniel Clegg

How many times have you looked into the window of a photo store, admired the expensive miniature enlargers and longed to be the proud possessor of one? But your pocket reveals your total financial resources—three precious dollars. With that money and a little time and energy, there is no reason why you cannot have a miniature enlarger just as attractive and efficient as a factory-made model.

Making A Power Loom (Sep, 1936)

Making A Power Loom

This automatic device will weave cloth. Its size may be changed to suit the individual builder.


WEAVING, as an industry or art, is so old that its origin is unknown. The most ancient example of weaving of which we know is a flax-like cloth found in the ruins of the Swiss lake dwellings, supposedly of the Stone Age.

Printing Photos on Any Material (Mar, 1940)

Printing Photos on Any Material


IN A NEW YORK store window a demonstrator recently attracted crowds by making photographic prints before their eyes on a variety of materials. He daubed a little solution on the surface where the picture was to be placed and, as soon as it had dried, placed a negative over it, clamped it in position with a piece of glass and a rubber band or two, and exposed the picture to the light of a photoflood bulb for a short time.

Phonograph-Aquarium (Oct, 1954)


Favorite tunes and tropical fish can be enjoyed at the same time when you build this novel combination unit.

By Colin J. Creitz

YOU’LL hear many pleasing comments from friends and neighbors when you invite them over to see this unusual looking phonograph-aquarium with its rattan trim, Formica paneled doors, and cabinet covered with lauhala cloth.