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Musical Cake Plays a Tune (Sep, 1939)

Musical Cake Plays a Tune
If you start to cut the first slice of your birthday cake, and the cake suddenly begins to play a tune, don’t be alarmed. It’s probably a musical cake of the kind introduced recently by a Brooklyn, N. Y., bakery. A diminutive music box is embedded in the bottom of the cake, and set off when a string is cut with the knife that cuts into the cake. Eighteen separate tunes are available, ranging from “Rockabye Baby” all the way to “Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?”

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Swinging Arm Dolls Bring Extra Revenue (Jan, 1933)

Swinging Arm Dolls Bring Extra Revenue

FOR the person who desires to earn extra income in spare moments, these swinging-arm dolls will bring in some welcome revenue. The originator used three patterns, a sailor and the “Dutch Twins,” which proved very popular when put on display along a main highway.

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New PUZZLE TRICK Taxes Dexterity (Jan, 1933)

New PUZZLE TRICK Taxes Dexterity

IF YOU are an ambitious home shop fan, desirous of turning bits of time and materials into cash, this grooved puzzle will fill the bill. It consists of a disc of wood with three grooves of varying diameters, and a center compartment. Somewhere in these recesses are three 5/16″ steel balls.

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Mechanics of Magic (Feb, 1936)

Mechanics of Magic

By “DUNNINGER”

• RISING-CARD tricks are ever popular ill the program of the modern magician. The trick here described is perhaps the simplest in preparation, and the most effective of them all. Three cards are chosen (not forced) from a deck and, after being noted by the spectators, are returned individually to different parts of the pack.

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King of the Dummies (Dec, 1955)

Modern Arts-Ancient Skills – King of the Dummies

To Frank Marshall the famous McCarthy is only one of a family of hundreds of brash wooden midgets he has carved in the past 40 years.

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NOW You CAN SEE Television (Nov, 1938)

Order a film, made by a magazine, to learn about television!

NOW You CAN SEE Television

Excitingly Explained on Your Favorite Screen in the Latest of VITAPHONE’S
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED
SHORT SUBJECTS

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GIVING THE THRILLS OF AN AEROPLANE (Sep, 1915)

I’m pretty sure this thing is hanging off the side of a building in Manhattan right now.

GIVING THE THRILLS OF AN AEROPLANE

A NEW form of amusement park device that takes the thrill-seeker aloft in circling swoops has been installed on the “Zone” at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. The device consists of a steel arm, nearly 250 feet long, which is pivoted at one end, and carries a car for passengers at the other. The whole mechanism revolves on a turntable, so that as the arm rises, the car is carried around in an ascending spiral.

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Color Tele Goes Big (Jul, 1947)

Color Tele Goes Big

COLOR television that can be projected on a large screen is the latest achievement of RCA engineers. At a demonstration in a large auditorium, color images were received and shown on a 7-1/2- by 10-foot screen.

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GET THIS AMAZING ELECTRIC TOY AUTO (Mar, 1949)

GET THIS AMAZING ELECTRIC TOY AUTO

NO WINDING RUNS FOR HOURS

A Collectors Item!

A scale-model car that will bring exciting joy to any child (and grownups, too). It is packed with fun and instructive play—Just put it in gear and away it goes—in low, second, high — touch it and it goes in reverse.

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MODEL MISSILES (Feb, 1959)

MODEL MISSILES

UNCLE SAM’S missile arsenal is contained in this plastic kit made by Monogram Models, Inc., of Chicago. The display boasts 31 molded plastic missile models, covering the full range of current U.S. armament. The 3/32-in. scale models are all clearly labeled and you get a 32-page Know Your Missiles booklet with $2.98 kit.

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