Toys and Games
Intellivision: Game/teacher (Jun, 1979)


Hook Intellivision to your color TV and its preprogrammed software lets you do everything from play games to learn a language. It has 60-by-92-line graphics in 16 colors. With keyboard, it’s $499. Maker: Mattel Electronics, 5150 Rosecrans Ave., Hawthorne, Calif. 90250.


That is one hell of a present for your kid, though with that giant hood it looks like the turning radius is probably similar to a real sports car.


No youngster could ask for more than have his dad build him this rakish looking sports car.

By John Micklitsch

TO keep the cost at a minimum, about 75% of the mechanical parts used on the car were either bought at junk yards or second-hand dealers. Except for the welding of the chassis, which was a professional job, the body, transmission, steering, etc., was home-built and assembled by the designer, strictly an amateur.

IT’S NEW! (May, 1956)

Wow, Ken Garritt must have some pretty strong wrists to hold up a 160 pound bike that way. Maybe one of the dynamos powers an anti-grav unit.


SNAZZY RUNABOUT, by sports car designer Brooks Stevens, mounts a 30-hp Evinrude Lark motor, has bucket seats and costs a mere $11,000.

FISSION FASHION. Suit designed to protect wearer from atomic fallout gets a big yak in Chicago. Fifteen-oz. silk garment is meant to be earned as emergency armor.

HOME-BUILT BIKE owned by Briton Ken Garritt weighs 160 lbs., has 24 gear ratios, three dynamos that power 17 lamps, lour direction finders and real cool twin horns.

Mr. Cooper’s Miniature Steamer (May, 1956)

Mr. Cooper’s Miniature Steamer

From cab to cowcatcher this baby iron horse is all there.

Photographed for MI by Peter Gowland.

FOR W.A. COOPER of Arcadia, Calif., an ex-Canadian Pacific machinist, small steam locomotives have been a lifetime preoccupation. At 14 he built a model engine entirely of wood; the smooth little American 4-4-0 he now operates is a far cry from that.

NEW in SCIENCE (May, 1950)

Yes, nothing says “SCIENCE” like shortening half the bristles on a broom.


Brushoff? Never, says the Los Angeles Brush Manufacturing Corporation when it comes to ideas for new brushes. They claim no idea is too wacky to put into practice and the zany pictures on this page prove it. At upper left is a shoe brush for lazy (but neat) men.

Toydom’s Million-Dollar Undertakers (Jan, 1954)

Toydom’s Million-Dollar Undertakers

Past masters at turning famine into feast. Bob and Howard Lederer make their unusual fortune by rejuvenating toy flops.

By Frank Lynn

THE Lederer Brothers, Bob and Howard, do not mind being called the Undertakers of the Toy Industry, nor do they mind much that their large loft on the third floor of 39 West 19th Street, in the heart of New York City’s manufacturing area, is called a flop house. For Bob and Howard are owners of the Lederer Industries, a firm that thrives on the mistakes of others.


JUNIOR can play maestro at the organ—a little reed pipe job about two ft. long that operates via electricity and boasts 27 black and white keys which play sharps and flats, and over two full chromatic octaves with true, full-bodied organ tone. The $20 table-top instrument is made by Emenee Industries, Inc., New York, N. Y. It is made of break-resistant Styron plastic and comes complete with music book and electric cord. It is said to help Junior develop musically.

MODEL SUBMACHINE GUN Performs Realistically (Dec, 1941)

MODEL SUBMACHINE GUN Performs Realistically

Here Is A Repeating Action “Submachine Gun” That Will Delight That Boy Of Yours. While Certainly No Lethal Weapon It Will Knock Over Toy Soldiers Quite Easily, Holds Fifteen Wooden “Bullets” Firing As The Front Handle Pumps Back And Forth.

by Reginald O. Lissaman

ANY small boy will want, and be delighted • with this toy submachine gun, which’! holds fifteen shots in the magazine and fires them continuously, until empty, as the “tromboning” action is worked. Made entirely from wood, simple of construction, and employing no “hard to get” parts, this gun would make an excellent mass production product for any guild club doing such work for gift or sale.



A discarded set of toy chime wheels and an old airplane toy, if placed at opposite ends of a 3-ft. length of broomstick, will give a small boy many hours of fun playing aviator. It is best to mount the plane at such an angle to the stick that it will be approximately horizontal when the boy gets astride or “rides” the broomstick.—D. A. Butler.

Toy Actors Strut Stage in “Mystery” Theater (Apr, 1940)

That is a distinctly chunky Olive Oyl.

Checking some online auction sites there are apparently three of these sets in existence that go from collection to collection.

The figures are known as ramp walkers (or incline walkers). (Charlie’s Loyal Minions)

Toy Actors Strut Stage in “Mystery” Theater

In a “mystery” toy theater, comic figures made of wood walk either forward or backward across the stage, without the benefit | of winding or mechanism of any kind. The actors also perform as well outside the theater, on any inclined board, for the secret of their ability is that they move by gravity. Standing five and a half inches high, they are modeled and hand-painted to represent familiar comic-strip characters.