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Odd Figures You Can Form with Your Hands (May, 1933)

Odd Figures You Can Form with Your Hands

AMUSING figures, grotesquely resembling human beings, may be made with the fingers and a few simple accessories such as a tuft of cotton, eyes from a discarded doll, and a streak or two of paint. The six poses illustrated here were created by Otto Croy, German artist. With a little ingenuity, almost unlimited variations may easily be devised.

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Tiny Electric Car Runs 12 m.p.h. on Track (Feb, 1934)

Tiny Electric Car Runs 12 m.p.h. on Track

THIS tiny electric car constructed by Woodrow McCrate of Black, Texas, spins merrily around on its 65 foot concrete race track at speeds of up to twelve miles per hour. It has made a decided hit with the little tots of this Texas town.

Power from the regular house lighting circuit is used to run the car. An ordinary 1/4- h.p., 110 volt a.c. motor is mounted in the rear of the toy automobile, and connected to the rear axle through speed-reducing gears.

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Learn to Fly—Right on Ground (Apr, 1934)

Learn to Fly—Right on Ground

A RECENTLY developed machine gives actual flying instruction to beginning aviators when a coin is placed in the slot.

A small plane is fixed within a glass cage, which is also a miniature wind tunnel. The plane is controlled by regulation joystick, rudder pedals and throttle handled by the embryo pilot seated just in front of the apparatus.

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Kiddies’ “Whirl Swing” Combines Clothes Drier (Aug, 1937)

Kiddies’ “Whirl Swing” Combines Clothes Drier

A LAWN clothes drier that combines a thrilling “Whirl Swing” for children can be built from odds and ends at a negligible cost. The arms of the clothes drier, when not used for that purpose, are fitted with hobby horses to accommodate kiddie riders.

Make the upright post from a length of 2-1/2 or 3-inch iron pipe and anchor it in a concrete foundation below the level of the lawn. Atop the post, mount a cast iron bearing unit, made as described in the details at left or, if desired, an auto wheel from which the rim and a portion of the spokes have been removed.

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Earthbound Play Spaceship Made From Aircraft Drop Tank (Apr, 1960)

Earthbound Play Spaceship Made From Aircraft Drop Tank

This earthbound rocket for outer-space-minded youngsters was made from a surplus aircraft fuel tank of the drop type, plywood, and miscellaneous switches and instruments of no value, for fake controls.

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Laundry Service for Dolls (Jul, 1939)

Laundry Service for Dolls
Little girls in New York City who are too busy raising a family of dolls to think of washing all their dolls’ clothes can now send them out. A commercial laundry furnishes a tiny laundry bag and a special doll laundry slip for the child to list doll clothes sent out and check them when they are returned along with the family wash.

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Flashlight Used as Field Phone (May, 1934)

What, no camera?

Flashlight Used as Field Phone

A COMBINATION flashlight, telephone and telegraph device may be hooked in on telephone or fence wires to provide field communication.

Operating on a two-cell flashlight battery, the device has receiver and transmitter in one. It has a folding telegraph key for code signals and a flashlight lamp for copying messages at night.

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“Look! Real SMOKE! Real Railroad Whistle!” (Nov, 1947)

“Look! Real SMOKE! Real Railroad Whistle!”

Hey, fellows!-don’t miss the LIONEL catalog and Sound Effects Record

Sure!— you’re going to build a model pike of your own! Sure! you’re going to have LIONEL locos and rolling stock, because ONLY LIONEL gives you power plus realism! Only LIONEL locos puff real smoke with action of driving rods) Only LIONEL Locos have built-in real R.R. whistle! And to build a real pike get the LIONEL

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Boys Can Have a Carnival of Fun with This Simply Built High Striker (Sep, 1933)

Boys Can Have a Carnival of Fun with This Simply Built High Striker

By George S. Greene

THIS diminutive “high striker,” to call it by the correct carnival name, will compete with baseball in interest when boys gather on the sand lot or in the back yard. It requires but little ground space and is just the thing, along with homemade “rides” and chutes, for staging a successful children’s carnival.

In all but size the striker follows the construction of professional carnival and fair models. The similarity can be further carried out by offering big, long chocolate cigars for ringing the bell, if prizes of any kind are considered necessary.

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NEW MERRY-GO-ROUND OF MIDGET AUTOS (Nov, 1933)

NEW MERRY-GO-ROUND OF MIDGET AUTOS

A merry-go-round of toy automobiles is proving a popular amusement in Germany. A light steel frame is pivoted on a central hub holding all the midget autos an equal distance from the center. The children do their own pedaling and steering and can govern the speed at which they go. In a few installations an electric motor turns the frame, but the ones in which the children pedal their own machines are reported to be the more popular with the youngsters.

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