IT’S NEW! (Jul, 1956)


EMERGENCY FLOATS being tried here by Sikorsky S-55 helicopter can be inflated by pilot for any unscheduled landings on water.

TV COMBAT CAMERA developed by Army enables scout to send up-to-the-minute battle pictures to command post.

VACUUM CLEANER built by U. S. Hoffman Machinery Corp. weighs 15 tons, cleans runways of rubble to protect jet intakes.

SHOPPER’S MAILBOX, newly designed for people carrying a week’s provisions from the supermarket, was tried out recently in Washington, D. C. Foot pedal should be useful during Christmas rush.

Television Picture Attachment Uses Any A.C. Set for Sound (Aug, 1939)

Television Picture Attachment Uses Any A.C. Set for Sound

Utilizing the chassis and loud speaker of any a.c.-operated radio for accompanying sound, this table-model attachment reproduces television images for direct viewing. It plugs into your regular receiver in the same manner that you would connect a record player. The picture is 3-3/8 in. by 4-3/8 in. Five television receiving channels are provided.

TV’s Sheet-Metal Heroes (Dec, 1961)

TV’s Sheet-Metal Heroes

Here’s how Grandpa’s Pierce-Arrow might end up on television, co-starring with Bob Stack


“I’M a co-star with a bunch of old cars,” moans Bob Stack, I relaxing between takes on the studio set of The Untouch- ables. “And if you don’t believe it, take a look at the fan mail. I wouldn’t be surprised if they get more mail than the rest of us put together.”

The Untouchables, ABC-TV’s tale of gangsters and government men in the ’30s, quickly skyrocketed to high popularity in the United States soon after its first appearance on the TV screen. And cars on the program share fan appeal with the human cast.

Pioneer Inventor Is Conducting a Radio Movie Station (Feb, 1930)

M0re information on the good Dr and his inventions may be found here.

Pioneer Inventor Is Conducting a Radio Movie Station

DR. C. FRANCIS JENKINS, noted Washington scientist and pioneer in the field of radio vision, is now conducting a new high powered transmitting station near Washington, for the broadcasting of motion pictures by radio. Opening of his station was preceded by broadcasts from his laboratory for several months. The station was originally assigned to operate on a frequency of 2850 kilocycles with a power of 1.5 kilowatts. Dr. Jenkins has developed an instrument which changes the lights and shadows of the motion picture film into electrical impulses which operate the radio transmitter. The broadcasting equipment which is decidedly intricate includes a photo electric cell and a series of lenses for focussing.

It’s just part of a fascinating learn-at-home program in electronics from Bell & Howell Schools! (Aug, 1974)

It’s just part of a fascinating learn-at-home program in electronics from Bell & Howell Schools!

If you’re handy with a set of tools, you may already have some of the skills you’ll need to build Bell & Howell’s color TV … the TV with digital features! This program is the perfect way to discover the exciting field of digital electronics … and best of all, you can do it all at home, in your spare time. Get free information now about this first-of-a-kind learn-at-home program prepared for you by skilled instructors at Bell & Howell Schools.

Jerrold’s New Universal TV Remote Control (Dec, 1974)

This isn’t so much a remote control as it is a TV tuner. It even looks a bit like the first cable box we had when I was a kid (also made by Jerrold).

Jerrold’s New Universal TV Remote Control

The Hottest New Product Since The Calculator…

* Makes every set on your floor a remote control model.

* Universal— Attaches to any set in minutes.

* Changes channel instantly and fine tunes.

* Turns set on/off.

MlDEAS Come True (May, 1954)

Well this one certainly did come true.

MlDEAS Come True

When these ideas were only on the drawing board. Ml predicted great futures for them. We were right.

BACK in January 1952 Mechanix Illustrated ran a story called Why Don’t We Have Battlevision? In it we suggested that the generals of the future might be able to see the progress of battles on television screens from the relative safety of their headquarters. The series of photographs on this page show the U.S. Army using this very system to observe cadets during battle maneuvers at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Mobile Signal Corps camera units at the front relay the complete television coverage of the sham battle back to commanding officers four miles away.

Receiver Dressed in Glass Shows Secrets of Television (Aug, 1939)

Receiver Dressed in Glass Shows Secrets of Television

Some of the secrets of television reception are disclosed to the public by a glass-encased receiver exhibited by RCA at the New York World’s Fair. Although it is not in operation, those who see the set gain an impression of the genius out of which grew such an involved and intricate piece of magic in this newer field of radio.

COMSAT: Communication in the Space Age (May, 1967)

“Seriously, though, the establishment of information grids, connected by relay satellite, has already been proposed. Some authorities think that in less than 10 years a student will be able to dial a local computer on his home telephone and program problems into it.”

That was actually a pretty good guess.

COMSAT: Communication in the Space Age

Not experimental, but commercial, instant worldwide information transmission by satellite

In the 17th century, it took about 4 months for news of the New World to reach Europe. Now, with satellite communication, news whips around the globe in seconds. In less than 3 years, instant global communication will be a reality. Advanced communications equipment and the space-age vehicle, the Communications Satellite Corp. and its international partner, Intelsat, are all together responsible for that.

Wanted: Young Men to Earn BIG MONEY in Television (Oct, 1931)

Wanted: Young Men to Earn BIG MONEY in Television


The growing industry of television is sounding its call for young men. Here is an article which tells how you can earn $5,000 to $20,000 a year in this new field.

HORACE GREELEY was a wise and sanguine man. Long before the golden West was anything but a riot of natural beauty and a buried treasure of national wealth, he said, “Young man, go west and grow up with the country.” Those young men who heeded his words lived to learn the value of his advice.