Mystifying With Chemical Magic (Sep, 1936)

I like how it states that all of the stunts are harmless then proceeds to explain all the ways the ingredients are not.

Mystifying With Chemical Magic

WHILE all stunts described above are harmless, care should be exercised in the handling of the phosphorous and sulphuric acid (H2S04). Phosphorous when exposed to open air for periods longer than two minutes will burst into flame, therefore submerge it in kerosene when not in use. To protect your fingers from its effects powder them with chalk or talcum. A pair of small forceps may be also used, if available, in handling small pieces of the chemical. In handling the sulphuric acid be sure that none drops on clothing as it rots material.

A Water-Driven Ferris Wheel for the Camp (Jun, 1924)

I’m not sure that this would work very well… Not to mention building it the middle of a river with a decent current would be less than easy.

A Water-Driven Ferris Wheel for the Camp


THE chief merit of the amusement device shown in the drawing is the fact that it will give the users alternate sun and water baths as long as they wish and without effort on their part. Because of this wholesome fun and the simplicity of design the wheel is a desirable addition to any summer camp situated on a stream with sufficient current to operate it.

Old Hats Make New Rugs (Oct, 1952)

Old Hats Make New Rugs


Photos by Wally Kunkle

THERE are many kinds of felt rugs, but we will discuss only 3 in this article: the tongue or petal rug (Figs. 1, 4 and 6)—sometimes called the scalloped doormat—the appliqued felt rug (Fig. 10) and the embroidered felt rug. These needlework floor coverings require no special frames, hooks, or gadgets. All you need is a long, stout needle (somewhat slimmer than a darning needle so that it slips through the felt easily), heavy waxed linen or cotton thread, and wool yarns taken from old sweaters and socks, knitting silks, or crochet cottons for decorative effects.

OK Skinnay! Lookut Our Rolley Coaster (Oct, 1921)

Oh Skinnay! (The Days of Real Sport)” was a 1913 graphic novel about a child’s antics. Current uses of the word “Skinnay” are distinctly less savory.

OK Skinnay! Lookut Our Rolley Coaster

IT’S a far cry from the Bronx to Coney Island. Besides, Coney Island costs money. The children in the neighborhood of Crotona Park, New York City, therefore, have made a scenic railway all their own. It is better, they think, than all the Coney Island rides put together, and they have had the fun of making it as well as riding on it.

New Water Sports (Aug, 1938)

New Water Sports

NO ONE in your beach party will be bored for want of something to do if you have several of these fun-making gadgets at hand. For example, there’s, racing with the circular craft shown above, called a “Coracle” after ancient European fishing boats. This tricky craft will provide no end of sport because of the difficulty in making it follow a straight course.

This Horn Fish “Swallows” Your Cigarette Ashes (Sep, 1948)

This Horn Fish “Swallows” Your Cigarette Ashes

Appropriately dubbed a horn fish, this novel desk ornament is made almost entirely from a cow’s horn. Its gaping mouth can be used as an ash tray or to hold paper clips. The mouth is formed by sawing the end of the horn as indicated and the waste piece is saved for the dorsal fin and the tail.

Housewife Builds FM Stereo (Jun, 1967)

Housewife Builds FM Stereo

Busy mother of two builds her first electronic kit


SOMEBODY SAID, “ANYONE CAN BUILD A kit nowadays.” I don’t even remember who said it. I had stopped by the neighborhood firehouse to check a monitor, and one of the firemen had built a shortwave receiver in his spare time. He thought it was pretty great; but one of the others figured it was no big deal, and said so.

Plastic Baby Grand (Jun, 1946)

Plastic Baby Grand

A smart looking cigarette or jewelry box anyone can make.


THOSE tiny plastic baby grand cigarette and jewelry boxes displayed in jewelry shop windows are not difficult for the inexperienced craftsman to make and the total cost will be only the price of a square foot of Lucite or Plexiglas plus a small tube of model airplane cement.

Silk-Screen Stenciling… A Profitable Hobby (May, 1945)

Silk-Screen Stenciling… A Profitable Hobby


By J. I. Biegeleisen.

YOU can hardly go through an ordinary day without coming across many articles printed by silk screen. Tablecloths, glasses, trays, book jackets, posters—these are but a few examples of the variety of decorative materials made possible with the silk-screen process.

Two Beds Built in the Space of One (Apr, 1939)

Two Beds Built in the Space of One


FOR the summer cottage or cabin, or even a small city apartment, a pair of beds can be constructed so that one slides under the other as shown. The bed in the living room is therefore kept entirely out of sight until required, when it is pulled out like a huge drawer.