Musical Instrument Made of Two Cans and a String
The illustration shows a very novel and curious “fiddle” made of simple materials and yet a practical instrument to play. This “violin” is simply a long stick to which have been attached two tin cans. Stretched between two holes in the cans is a violin string, it being fastened on one end to a screw so that it will be adjustable to various pitches.
The key is not to mix up a, b and c when you hold a screening for the family.
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SEEING MUSIC IN COLORS
By CHARLES W. PERSON
MAJESTIC harmonies overwhelm the fashionable audience gathered to hear the great composition; the musicians are thrilled by the power of their concerted work; the conductor has forgotten himself in the ecstasy of power he holds over the minds and hearts of those present in the hall. It is a musical triumph.
Over the heads of the musicians stretches a gauze screen, and across this screen play many-colored lights, blending, sweeping onward in overpowering beauty.
YOUTH, the SPIRIT of the MOVIES
By David Wark Griffith
IT is youth that wins war. And it is youth that wins audiences. Often, people inquire why movie stars are small in stature and youthful in appearance. Not all of those that are successful are so little—Constance Talmadge, for instance, is not—yet most of the movie heroines are.
Usually, they are little, and they are young. But why?
“Climax when he spreads dough on chest and cuts biscuits.”
This sounds like something dirty that I don’t quite understand.
Get This Home Movie Feature – “BISCUIT BEN”
Ben prepares dinner when wife attends evening bridge club. Gets into hilarious trouble. Climax when he spreads dough on chest and cuts biscuits. Packed with laughs.
Another feature comedy in which Ben pulls series of insane “hi-jinks” as professional pickpocket.
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IT’S a far cry from the Bronx to Coney Island. Besides, Coney Island costs money. The children in the neighborhood of Crotona Park, New York City, therefore, have made a scenic railway all their own. It is better, they think, than all the Coney Island rides put together, and they have had the fun of making it as well as riding on it.
See Your Home Movies on TV
Does the idea of seeing your home movies on television sound appealing? You’ll be able to soon, when the Vidicord, a new British invention that is part projector, part TV camera, becomes available.
You just plug the output of the Vidicord into your TV antenna connection, switch on the set, and sit back. There’s no need to draw the curtains or turn out the lights. If there’s sound on your film you’ll get that, too. And you can hold any frame at the flip of a switch for an instant still.
“MAKE-UP” IN THE MOVIES
Oxen to Order
This was a sudden call on the property man, and for the life of him he couldn’t produce a yoke of oxen for the emergency. Very simple though! All he did was to attach two pairs of horns to as many heifers. These added dignities actually seemed to subdue their skittishness.
Sounds a bit like a proto-kickstarter:
“Farmer then frankly announced that the inventors needed funds and that he believed their invention was really an important one—just the thing for barber shops, bowling alleys, hotels and cigar stores. He asked the audience to raise $5000 for a percentage of the business. His words were hardly on the air when the station’s phones started jingling up cash for the Van Doren boys. Eight of these callers wanted to put up the entire sum—thus offering a total of $40,000 to get the gadget on the market.”
Some variation of invention TV idea has been tried a number of times. There was a similar show in Chicago around the same time, one on the BBC a few years later, a terrible show called American Inventor a few years ago, and a current show called Stars of Science filmed in Qatar that was recently featured in Wired.
Television’s Million-Dollar Jackpot for Inventors
Best break many unknown inventors ever had is an inspiring Minneapolis TV show where gadgets star and gadgeteers win fame—and funds for their ideas.
By Alfred Eris
TWO brothers, Fred and George Van Doren, labored long and ardently to build a better shoeshine machine. At last, just when it looked as if all their inventive efforts would pay off, they found themselves completely stymied. Like so many other inventors, they had run out of funds —right on the brink of success.