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SKY RIDES (Jan, 1934)

SKY RIDES

The Outstanding Electric Toy of the Year Our monorail railways are fascinating and educational. Your wishes can be satisfied in everyway as we make all parts standard so that you can purchase a complete set as low as $8.85 and add equipment to it as you desire.

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The everything set (Jun, 1979)

The everything set

It’s a carry-along entertainment and information center—AM, FM, CB, public service, aircraft, and weather bands, three-inch TV, cassette tape—along with a built-in mike and sleep switch. Six D cells power it. It’s $249.95, from Sampo, 1050 Arthur Ave., Elk Grove Village, III. 60007.

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MIdge-Mobile (Jan, 1952)

MIdge-Mobile

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.

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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.

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DOUBLE CHESS BASED ON MODERN WAR (Dec, 1933)

Here are the rules of the game, although it’s called Chess-Battle. There was already an existing chess variant called Double Chess (exactly what it sounds like) that had been invented in 1916.

DOUBLE CHESS BASED ON MODERN WAR

“Airplanes” replace queens and “general staffs” play the part of kings in a new pastime known as “double chess.” Devised by a Russian inventor, A. C. Yurgelevich, the game is gaining popularity in that country. It is derived from chess, but the rules and strategy have been modified.

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Phono-Film Reel (Sep, 1936)

Phono-Film Reel

A very efficient and cheap new method of sound reproduction

by W. E. SCHRAGE

AS shown by the great number of electrically transcribed programs on the radio, which gave such a setback to the phonograph industry, broadcasting even today relies to a considerable extent on mechanical sound recording.

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FEMALE MENACE (Feb, 1951)

Because using an actress who was actually Chinese would be ridiculous.

FEMALE MENACE

A South Carolina girl of French-Indian descent is a Chinese temptress on TV

GLORIA SAUNDERS, one of the most talked-about girls in Hollywood, is the dramatic star of “Mysteries of Chinatown,” a television show on the ABC network. Playing the part of a beautiful Chinese girl, Ah Toy, she gets involved in a constant mess of crime and murder each week to the delight of her fans.

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THESE FOREIGN FILMS… (Feb, 1951)

THESE FOREIGN FILMS…

ASKED TO GUESS the name of the movie which has enjoyed the longest run on Broadway in modern times, it’s probable that most Americans would come up with a Betty Grable flicker, or one of the Bing Crosby-Bolt Hope Road films, or perhaps an Abbott and Costello comedy.

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Smiling Dan The High-Diving Man (Apr, 1940)

Smiling Dan The High-Diving Man

CAN you manipulate Diving Dan so that he will hit directly in the center of the tub when he does his spectacular high dive? There is fun for youngsters and amusement even for oldsters in this novel toy, which requires skill to operate with the greatest degree of success.

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TV PULLS IN ITS ANTENNAS (Sep, 1954)

Williamsport Penn had the first commercial cable system in the U.S. We had Jerrold cable boxes like this one as a kid, although I distinctly remember that our first cable box was a Hamlin. I loved the sound it made if you slid the channel selector back and forth really fast. It sounded like running something over the teeth of a comb.

TV PULLS IN ITS ANTENNAS

Single, community-type aerials are not only clearing off our roof tops, but are making reception possible for the TV-less.

By William Sheppard

DRIVE through Montpelier, Vt. or Williamsport, Penna. and you’ll get the feeling that something is missing. Then suddenly you’ll realize that neither Montpelier nor Williamsport bristles with an array of television aerials as do most of our country’s cities and towns.

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