Construction of Storm Caves Is a Profitable Profession (Sep, 1930)

While they are great for tornadoes, storm cellars are about the worst place you can hide during a hurricane like the one that’s hitting now since they fill up with water and you’ll drown. Unless you’ve built your own diving gear that is.

Construction of Storm Caves Is a Profitable Profession

LOOKING around for a standardized construction job on which he could specialize, a Nebraska mason hit upon the idea of building underground storm caves for the protection of school children in his section of the Mid-West, where tornadoes are frequent.



A house in which steel hoops take the place of joists, rafters and studding, has just been completed at Dusseldorf, Germany. According to the architect who originated the odd design, it provides strength and stability at reduced cost by eliminating the need for thick outer walls.

Mobile Home With a Fold-Out Living Room (Jul, 1961)

Mobile Home With a Fold-Out Living Room

Ten feet wide so it can travel on highways, a new mobile home has hinged walls that swing out to form a 14 by 14-foot living room. In addition, it has two bedrooms, a bath, and a kitchen.

The unique design gives the living room a door facing forward in the middle of the trailer and allows more wall space in the room for furniture and more floor space.

The Frontier 200 is legal wherever 10-foot-wides are legal, according to Frontier Homes Corp., 102 S. 32nd Ave., Omaha, Neb.

Houses While You Wait (Jun, 1946)

Houses While You Wait are the product of this giant house-building machine, which erects a two-bedroom concrete home in 24 hours. After the giant machine is wheeled into the desired location, its great box-like mold is lowered into position over a previously constructed framework.

“Backyard” Kitchen, Bath Units Speed Housing Program (Dec, 1942)

“Backyard” Kitchen, Bath Units Speed Housing Program

Packaged rooms designed by a Californian to speed the construction of homes for war workers provide complete kitchen and bathroom units. They contain all the necessary features such as stove, cupboards, bathroom fixtures and hot water heater. Also included are plumbing, wiring, master switch, lead-in wires and circuit outlet box.



Hollywood bowl, where thousands of Californians enjoy outdoor entertainments, is one of the largest arenas of this type in the world.

Nine pianos were used at one time in a recent concert, filling the air with entrancing melody. Loud speakers relay the music.

Glimpses of of Men in the Public Eye (May, 1929)

Glimpses of of Men in the Public Eye

WHEN, a little more than ten years ago, Edward R. Armstrong first propounded his idea of building a series of great floating airdromes and anchoring them at intervals across the Atlantic to provide way stations for a regular flying service between America and Europe, the public regarded it as a fantastic dream. Aviation experts took the idea more seriously. Armstrong’s words, as consulting engineer in charge of mechanical and chemical experimental development for the Du Pont company, carried authority. Still, realization of the project was considered a thing of the dim future.

Sightseeing Restaurant for Chicago World’s Fair in 1933 (Aug, 1930)

It’s a pity this building was never made, it would have been pretty awesome. It kind of looks like part of a giant crankshaft. Norman bel Geddes went on to design wildly popular General Motors Futurama exhibit at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York.

Sightseeing Restaurant for Chicago World’s Fair in 1933

MANY unusual buildings are now being planned for the Chicago World’s Fair to be held in 1933. The most modernistic of these odd structures will be this huge sightseeing restaurant atop a gigantic column which is being designed by Norman bel Geddes.

Fold-Up Homes Travel With You (Oct, 1952)

Fold-Up Homes Travel With You


TODAY’S home designers have reached into the seven seas, borrowed an old habit from the turtle, and come up with houses you can carry with you. The result is compact, demountable, low-cost portable homes which come neatly packaged, ready to be hauled down the nation’s highways—perhaps even behind the family car.

“Mother Goose” Bungalow Shelters Nesting Ducks (Nov, 1938)

I love the mix of items on this page.

“Mother Goose” Bungalow Shelters Nesting Ducks

Looking as if it had been plucked right from the pages of a “Mother Goose” book, a bungalow for ducks stands on the shore of an artificial lake in Alexandria, Minn. This fairy tale cottage with sloping Walls

and crooked chimney has shuttered windows and flower boxes, and the glassed windows are indirectly illuminated at night with electric lights hidden in shallow boxes inside the window frames. It appears, at night, to be a busy little hotel, but the hundred or more residents of “Duck Inn” sleep inside in complete darkness.