Rubber Bands Run This Flivver (Jan, 1932)

Rubber Bands Run This Flivver


Using strips cut from old inner tubes as motive power, the Flivver-car described in this article by Mr. Cole can easily be built by any boy and will be an endless source of fun.

HERE is something which will gladden the heart of any boy—a car which goes by itself. The motive power is a rubber band motor. Just as twisted strands of rubber are used to whirl the propeller of a model aeroplane, so heavier strands can be used in a similar, manner to provide mechanical locomotion.

THRILLS and CHILLS for Your HALLOWE’EN Party (Nov, 1934)


Whizzing on Fizz (Feb, 1947)

Whizzing on Fizz
Douglas Aircraft engineers enliven noon hour by racing tiny cars jet-driven by CO2

Make Hallowe’en Whoopee with Mechanical Tricks (Nov, 1932)

These tricks are really dorky but anyone who uses the phrase “nocturnal orgy of nonsensical abandon” is OK in my book.

Make Hallowe’en Whoopee with Mechanical Tricks


A Hallowe’en party might be defined as a nocturnal orgy of nonsensical abandon. In other words, an affair when any goofy trick is in order. If you want to show your guests some real fun perform the stunts described here and then won’t be a single moment of boredom

ON HALLOWE’EN Eve you can stage all the goofy stunts you have been wanting to exploit for a long time. Nothing is too low-brow for the occasion. It is the one time of the whole year, not even excepting New Year’s, when you can forget worldly cares and the weight of adult responsibilities, and have a thoroughly good time.

Electrically Operated Robot Card Dealer (Nov, 1931)

Electrically Operated Robot Card Dealer Speeds up Bridge 30 Per Cent

SAID to be capable of speeding up bridge playing almost 30 per cent, an automatic card dealer invented by C. B. Ripley of Portland, Ore., is being put on the market. The device holds two packs of cards-to be dealt as desired, and deals them into a revolving receptacle of four sides for the four respective hands, as shown in the accompanying photo. Cards are placed in it and left to be dealt by the robot, while the players proceed with the game. The novel device is electrically operated, and can be plugged into a wall or light socket.

The “Telecolor” Translates Music Into Light (Nov, 1931)

Music visualizations that beat WinAmp by about 70 years.

The “Telecolor” Translates Music Into Light

COLOR has long been a favorite word to describe the quality and the mood of music; perhaps because some individuals inevitably associate a certain chord with a certain color. This is doubtless only an individual peculiarity; because all people do not match the same music with the same colors. However, a scientific means has been found to turn music into light; and thus make a radio program appeal to the eye (even without television), as well as the ear. The new invention, the “tele-color” shown here, differs from earlier color organs, such as the “clavilux,” in being automatic in its actions.

Action Titles Pep Up Your Movies (Dec, 1940)

This stuff looks like it was a hell of a lot harder before iMovie.

Action Titles Pep Up Your Movies


TITLES containing or implying action do much to improve home movies, and making them can be just as much fun as shooting regular scenes. You can easily devise many ingenious titles your audience will be certain to appreciate.

Taking a picture of a title upside down, then turning the piece of film around and splicing it so the action is reversed is an old trick, but one for which new variations are constantly being contrived by 16-mm. movie makers. Charles H. Taylor, of Chicago, suggests two such variations.

Plastic Toys Learn to Crawl Wiggle and Pop (Dec, 1947)

Plastic Toys Learn to Crawl Wiggle and Pop
ALTHOUGH metals for toys are more plentiful now, the war-born use of plastic substitutes is still enjoying a well-earned popularity with the toy makers— and the youngsters. Here are three new recruits to the growing ranks of plastic toys.

Toy firemen Make Lawn Sprinkling Play (Nov, 1933)

Toy firemen Make Lawn Sprinkling Play

JACKIE gets a shower and keeps the lawn sprinkled with a miniature pumping fire cart his father, B. A. Clark, of Minneapolis, built for him.

Two firemen that actually work a pump on the sprinkler keep Jackie amused while taking care of his father’s lawn. The fire department sprinkler was built on an ordinary coaster wagon. It pulls the garden hose along wherever Jackie takes it.

The stream of water operates a device that moves the two miniature figures working the pump. A fire chief stands before them, watching their work. Mr. Clark reports he did not have to bother about watering the lawn or keeping Jackie cool after he built the toy fire cart.


Make blog had a post with a pair of stilts that look exactly like these yesterday. They also have instructions on how to build them so you can save your self a quarter.

Two lengths of Reynolds Do-It-Yourself Aluminum tubing and one piece of bar stock are the necessary materials. You can turn it out in very little time by following simplified directions outlined in Easi-Bild Pattern No. 552.- 25c with coupon