Toys and Games
Spring Tricycle Frame Gives Smoother Ride (Oct, 1937)

Spring Tricycle Frame Gives Smoother Ride
BUILT into a new velocipede for children, a resilient backbone of spring steel replaces the conventional rigid frame. The shock-absorbing member is said to minimize jolts and jars, giving a more comfortable and healthful ride.

Miniature Racer Zips Track at 124 Miles an Hour (Sep, 1948)

Miniature Racer Zips Track at 124 Miles an Hour

Flashing around a miniature track, a tiny racing car recently set a world speed record of 123.98 miles an hour. The car is a new model, manufactured and sold complete except for the engine. The bottom pan is a one-piece aluminum casting and the racer has an over-all length of almost 16 inches, a wheelbase of 10-1/2 inches and a tread of 6-1/8 inches. The top, which is detachable to expose the engine, is made of plastic.

Child-Size Bulldozer Looks and Works Like the Real Thing (Aug, 1950)

Child-Size Bulldozer Looks and Works Like the Real Thing

Scaled down to child-size, a pedal-operated bulldozer is a realistic model of a Caterpillar diesel tractor, complete with everything except the engine noise. The endless track rolls over four rubber-tired wheels and the tractor is steered by clutch levers just like the real thing. When one of the steering levers is pulled, the track on that side is raised, allowing the other track to swing the toy around. Another lever raises and lowers the blade. Energetic youngsters will use it to clear snow off sidewalks this winter.

Three WATER WHEELS For The Beach (Aug, 1935)

I don’t know if I’d really want to be swimming a foot from an outboard motor. Perhaps I’m just a coward.

Three WATER WHEELS For The Beach

For new thrills at the beach this summer, build one or all of these novel fun wheels— the head-over-heels Aqua-roller, the Outboard Swim Spinner, or the Barrel-boat that rolls over sea or sand.

FROM far-off Holland comes the design for the first of MM’s water wheels—an Aqua-roller originated by P. C. van Petegem. A wheel of tubular floats mounted on a frame of two steel hoops rolls along the water as the bather shifts his weight from side to side inside the wheel.



Children provide their own power to take an exciting spin on a merry-go-round produced by a Dallas, Texas, inventor. Occupying seats at the ends of a long board, the two children push hand levers back and forth. Wires leading from these handles actuate a ratchet wheel which causes the board to spin rapidly about. The board is mounted on ball bearings on a single support set in concrete. Adjustable steel stirrups are fitted to the board.



Designed as an educational toy, an electric xylophone introduced by Barr. Inc., of Rockford, Ill., produces a tune when a pointer is inserted in holes constituting the notes of special music sheets. Each contact closes a low-voltage circuit, energizing a solenoid and causing a glass tube to be struck. The instrument has nine notes, and operates on A.C. only. Six music sheets are available.

Santa Goes Electronic (Dec, 1946)

I was very disappointed to learn that the rifle on the second page is not actually a toy.

Santa Goes Electronic


An atomic-age Santa naturally has to bring electronic toys.

WILLIAM L. GARSTANG has created a $l,000,000-a-year business by giving old man Santa Claus an electronic shot in the arm.

Little more than a year ago, as president of Electronic Laboratories, Inc., of Indianapolis, tall, slim, 36-year-old Garstang was up to his ears turning out war supplies for the armed forces. As the inventor, designer, and manufacturer of some of our most vital electronic equipment, Garstang did a capital “E” job. But when reconversion began to loom, he began to wonder what he’d do with the huge defense plant that would soon be sitting idle on his hands. He found the answer in the very devices he was manufacturing. In place of working for Uncle Sam, he decided he’d work for Santa Claus—by reconverting war devices into electronic toys.

Washing-Machine Motor Drives Midget Racing Auto (Aug, 1938)

We’ve seen something like this before but I’m always amazed by the fact that at one point washing-machines had gasoline powered motors. I wonder if you had to pull start them like a lawn mower.

Washing-Machine Motor Drives Midget Racing Auto
Built on racing lines, a midget automobile constructed by Grover Revelle of Fredericktown, Mo., for his younger brother is powered by a one-cylinder washing-machine motor. Its “radiator” is copied after the latest style die-cast grilles. The tiny car will travel fifteen miles an hour on the level, and runs fifty to sixty miles on a gallon of gasoline.

Advertising Novelty Blows Smoke Rings (Jul, 1939)

Advertising Novelty Blows Smoke Rings
Smoke rings are easy to produce with a small cardboard pyramid introduced as an advertising novelty. Through a hole in the side, smoke may be blown into the interior. Then a series of quick taps ejects slender smoke rings that float lazily through the air, as shown in the illustration at the right. Pressing slowly on a side releases a fat ring. For best results, a spot free from drafts must be chosen, otherwise the air currents will quickly destroy the rings.


Between two photographic plates, held in a wooden frame, a New Hampshire naturalist placed dirt and thus constructed an anthouse with transparent walls. By this means the activity of an insect city is easily studied. The tunnels and subterranean chambers made by the ants are clearly visible and their work can be seen from each side of the glass home. The transparent cages offer more varied activity than a goldfish bowl, and the ants require much less attention than goldfish. The case is provided with a handle.