House and Home
WHAT’S NEW FOR Your Home (Jul, 1961)


TRANSPARENT FIREPLACE is a freestanding unit with quarter-inch heat-resistant glass on three sides. The raised hearth is made of ceramic-coated steel. A star-shaped sloping hood covers the firebox area and rises to join a 10-inch flue housing. Venting attachments and extensions are available to accommodate most room heights. The fireplace, which can be painted to match room, is made by Majestic Co., Huntington, Ind.

St. Louis’ two-legged tower: Tallest U.S. Monument (Apr, 1964)

St. Louis’ two-legged tower: Tallest U.S. Monument

By Charles Remsberg
Illustrated by Ray Pioch

A SOARING arch 630 feet high, and of equal span, will soon be the tallest monument in the U.S. Its gleaming skin will be made of 886 tons of stainless steel, biggest single order on record. Trains with ingenious drum-shaped cars will run up and down inside it. Called the Gateway Arch, it forms the spectacular centerpiece of St. Louis’ new $30 million Jefferson National Ex- pansion Memorial Park. It symbolizes the city’s role as the gateway to the West after the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.



They’re assembled from factory-built units, but they don’t look alike

What Henry J. Kaiser is already doing to meet the housing shortage in the Los Angeles area he regards as a sample of what he will be doing shortly near Detroit, Portland (Oregon), and other of our cities. Teamed up with Fritz B. Burns, veteran Los Angeles land developer, Kaiser is completing 1,700 homes near the California city, and before the year is over he expects to put up 10,000 more, there and elsewhere.

Germany Is Going Modernistic in Designing Unique Eating Places (Mar, 1931)

Germany Is Going Modernistic in Designing Unique Eating Places

GERMANY, one of the homes of modernism, is setting a rapid pace for architects and designers everywhere, this odd, mushroom shaped building being but one example of their efforts to attain the novel and unique in architecture.

This building, which houses a restaurant overlooking the Rhine River, is three stories high. Administrative offices, checking rooms, washrooms and the kitchens occupy the two lower floors. The upper floor contains private dining rooms, bar room and public dining balcony that hangs out over the river.

Machine Cooks Flapjacks, Turns, Delivers Them to Plate Automatically (May, 1931)

Machine Cooks Flapjacks, Turns, Delivers Them to Plate Automatically

GRIDDLE cakes are baked automatically in a new machine which functions either upon the mere pressing of a button or the placing of a coin in a slot. It feeds the batter to plates which are electrically heated and kept at a uniform temperature by means of a thermostatic control. The cakes are cooked without grease, turned automatically, and finally deposited on a waiting plate, by means of automatic mechanism driven by a motor.

Flowing Space That’s Sprayed on Burlap (Mar, 1970)

Flowing Space That’s Sprayed on Burlap

This grotto-like edifice near Minneapolis is a monument to modern-day spray-can culture. It is a house—made of sprayed-on polyurethane foam—with 10 rooms and 4,000 unsquare feet of floor space. Its builder-owner, James Littlejohn of Maple Plain, Minn., got the idea for it when he and his wife Letabeth went to ask Minneapolis Architect Winslow Wedin to modernize their kitchen. “While we were waiting, we noticed some weird pictures of what looked like a small plastic summerhouse,” says Letabeth. “We were curious, asked about it and forgot the kitchen.

These Flower BEDS ARE Novel (May, 1931)

These Flower BEDS ARE Novel

YOU would hunt far and perhaps in vain, to find more novel flower beds than W. F. Wilke, of Omaha, has made for the vacant corner lot beside his home. At the first glance, the area seems to be actually cluttered up with odd and elaborate designs—which on second glance appear to be flower beds. Mr. Wilke naturally disliked to estimate the time he has spent on them. One knows the hours have been many. Yet the completed task is one of permanence and distinction.

Robot Manicurist Among New Home Aids (May, 1934)

Robot Manicurist Among New Home Aids

MANICURING machine shaves fingernails, polishes (hem, and speeds up milady’s manicure in many other ways. Flexible drive shaft is connected to small electric motor in cabinet.

PITCHER with inner glass container for ice cubes cools beverages quickly, holds five pints.

WASHER, wringer, and ironer combined in one unit takes up no more space than ordinary washer. Only one motor is necessary.

PEELER resembling hand power lathe pares potatoes, apples, and other vegetables uniformly, shaving off very thin layer. Potato is peeled quickly by turning handle.

INITIALS which can be ironed onto any cloth material, and will withstand laundering, are now available.

Smashing Down Skyscrapers for Progress (May, 1931)

Smashing Down Skyscrapers for Progress


Every day, wreckers in New York and other big cities crash down millions of dollars worth of skyscrapers which are still sound in construction and capable of many years of service. Why this seeming waste? Factors which pronounce death sentences on buildings are set forth in this article.

Give a Saucy Pirate Party (Oct, 1955)

Give a Saucy Pirate Party

Treasure-Map Invitations

There’s hardly a lad whose heart doesn’t beat fast at the very thought of pirates and buried treasure. So for the invitation to this party, for boys of 7 years or more, cut a 12″ x 4″ piece of yellow construction or wrapping paper. Fold it in half.

On the outside of the invitation, write the young host’s name and address, etc.: “Captain Bob Foster’s Birthday Party, 120 Valley Avenue, Blue Mountain, California, Friday, October 14th, 1955.”