Haunted By His Ingenuity! (Jun, 1941)

Haunted By His Ingenuity!

by Kip Blair

EVER spend a night in a haunted house?

Well I did!

While cold chills ran up my spine and the hair on my scalp seemed to rise and curl, I saw and heard things which only a ghost could explain. I saw doors open and close without a touch from human hands. I stood frozen in my tracks as a cut-glass humming bird raised its voice in macabre song. My hat and coat were hung on a hall rack which vanished into nothing the moment I turned my back. And, as I stood alone before a statue in the gloomy drawing room, I heard and saw that statue play, on a zither, any tune I chose to name!

Digging a Pirate’s Cave (Dec, 1929)

Digging a Pirate’s Cave


WHILE excavating for a new house in the weed-grown lot next door, workmen unearthed a surprising maze of caves and trenches. Evidently they had been dug many seasons before because bushes and weeds were growing luxuriantly from the soil spread over the roofs. Considerable grading and no end of fancy language were required before the lot was in shape to build on. But it proved that a well-made cave is about as substantial a clubhouse as a boy can make.


The “little reel schoolhouse” of the future, according to Joseph Duke Harrison, New York City architect, may resemble a wedding cake on a platter. Recently he exhibited a design for a large circular structure with walls and most of its roof of glass.

Next – 100-Story Buildings (Apr, 1931)

Next – 100-Story Buildings


Buildings rising two hundred stories into the air are now within the realm of possibility, but with the present limitations they would be mere towers housing elevator shafts. Ingenious methods of vertical transportation, such as placing two elevators in one shaft as described below, may make the sky the limit.

HUNDRED story buildings, dwarfing the 88 story Empire State building, now rising on the site of the old Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, are visioned as a reality in the near future by business men of New York.

Atlantic City Successfully Stages Indoor Football Game (Apr, 1931)

Atlantic City Successfully Stages Indoor Football Game

ELECTRICAL engineers made possible the playing of the first indoor football game in the vast Atlantic City auditorium. The 20,000 thrilled spectators had no difficulty in enjoying the night game, thanks to the use of a white football and the powerful lighting system which assured the best visibility. A battery of more than 600 floodlight projectors, spaced 14 feet apart in the trusses arching across the curved ceiling, poured artificial light down on the large field.

Engineers transported 48 cars of dirt from the interior of New Jersey to provide an earthen playing field.

The Skyscraper Marathon (Mar, 1930)

The Skyscraper Marathon

MODERN MECHANICS would nearly be required to issue hourly editions like a metropolitan newspaper if it were to present the newest bulletins on the skyscraper marathon championship constantly in progress in New York City. Before construction can be completed on the latest highest office building or hotel, plans will be announced for a building to eclipse the one under way and soon the championship belt will change hands again.

English Tea Room in Historic Old Tree Attracts Diners (Sep, 1930)

English Tea Room in Historic Old Tree Attracts Diners
IN THE days of highwaymen the old tree at Cobham on the London-Portsmouth road in England, was probably often used as a hiding place. Nowadays, however, the tree serves a more useful and pacific purpose, and is used as a tea room by many tourists every year, as shown in the photo at the right. The tea-table, which stands in the hollowed out trunk of the oak, is approached by means of a stairway which is built into the side of the tree. During the summer there is often lively competition among customers to be allowed to use this original tea room.

Prop and Tiller CLUB HOUSE (Aug, 1929)

This is a pretty sweet clubhouse.

Prop and Tiller CLUB HOUSE


HAVING selected the site for this novel clubhouse, preferably in a more or less open space in backyard or vacant lot, stake off the floor plan and locate the tower foundation.

Dig a pit about 5 ft. square and 18 in. deep and raise the four upright timbers, 4 by 4 in. by 17 ft. 6 in., one at a time by means of poles and ropes. When the first is up, guy it with four wires and by means of a plumbline see that it is absolutely vertical. When the second is up, secure this to the first temporarily by means of boards nailed diagonally, and so on with the other two.



Earthquake-proof because of its massive and low-hung design, an impressive memorial is to be erected on the island of Santo Domingo in the Caribbean Sea to commemorate the arrival of Columbus on his historic voyage. It will be floodlit and surmounted by a powerful beacon, to serve as a lighthouse for mariners and airmen. An airport is to be built nearby. The design for the Columbus memorial, a tapering cross in form, was conceived by a twenty-four-year-old British architect, and recently was selected as the best of 450 submitted from architects of forty countries in an international competition.

The HOUSE that RUNS ITSELF (Jun, 1935)


WITH a mechanical “heart” that runs everything necessary for comfortable living, the “packaged home” no longer is a dream. Right now, a limited number can be delivered to owners in a giant truck, unwrapped from their Cellophane covers, set up and anchored to foundations in about two weeks—real homes, solidly built and fireproofed.