Television’s Million-Dollar Jackpot for Inventors (May, 1950)
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.
The COLOSSAL ALL-ELECTRIC ERECTOR (Dec, 1941)
I wish I could have gone to the Gilbert Hall of Science when it was still there. The Eli Whitney Museum has a large collection of A.C. Gilbert material called The Gilbert Project if you’re interested.
The COLOSSAL ALL-ELECTRIC ERECTOR
They ‘Buzz’ with Action!
HELLO BOYS! Look at all the fun and action you get with my new Erectors
make your own BUBBLE COMPOUND (May, 1950)
Glim was a brand of dish washing soap
make your own BUBBLE COMPOUND
WITH a startling new formula worked out particularly for MI readers, you can produce rainbow-colored bubbles that last longer and are more brilliant than the old-fashioned kind made with a soap base. In addition to the natural rainbow coloring, it is practical to add luminous powder to the new formula so that the bubbles will glow when produced in the dark.
Large Images Now Obtained by Crater Tubes (Jan, 1932)
The key to “large” screen TVs of up to 6″-8″ is simple: water cooling.
Large Images Now Obtained by Crater Tubes
THE neon crater tube has practically revolutionized the television industry over night and has lifted the art from the “peep-hole” stage into the realm of real home entertainment. True, we do not have all the elaborate detail in the images received, that we might like to have, but the crater tube has gone far to brighten up and enlarge the television image. Anyone who has seen the Jenkins television demonstrations—such as those at the New York Radio show will agree, we believe, that the neon crater tube is indeed the device we have long awaited. It requires, however, a special lens-disc, and more energy than the flat-plate lamps which it succeeds.
THE TELE-PAL (Nov, 1954)
Benjamin Frankenstein sounds like the name of a character from a cartoon about zombie founding fathers.
WATCHING TV was Benjamin Frankenstein’s way of relaxing each evening after a busy day at his Tele-Matic Industries, Inc., 16 Howard Avenue, Brooklyn, N. Y. But Ben had a problem. He and his wife were still living in the same two-room apartment they had secured when first married. Now, with two youngsters and a TV set in their bedroom, it was impossible for them to watch their favorite programs without disturbing the babies in the cribs.