House and Home


Built among the sawed-off branches at the top of a tree, but equipped with a roof garden and other luxuries, such as are found in modern homes, the abode of a Civil War veteran is one of the sights of a soldiers’ home in California. Preferring the airy dwelling to one on the ground, he rented the structure and fitted up comfortable quarters. Two large rooms, a kitchenette, and a veranda reached by an outer stairway, compose the building.

The Inventor’s Congress Presents— (Oct, 1935)

The Inventor’s Congress Presents—

A comfortable seat which can be folded up pocket size is demonstrated here by Miss Jane Kinney as she visited the National Inventors Trade Fair and Congress in Chicago. Above—Cigarette smokers who constitute a fire hazard when smoking in bed inspired the invention illustrated above. The cigarette holder has its own ash tray and a long tube makes smoking in bed a luxury.

Latest Inventions Modernize the Old Fashioned Home (Oct, 1933)

I love the dial on the weather making machine with settings for Fall, Winter, Summer and Spring. Do you think you use that to tell it what season it is? Or what season you want it to be?

Latest Inventions Modernize the Old Fashioned Home

Maximum heat is extracted from coal by this new pulverizing mill which blows powdered coal into furnace like jet of gas. From the hopper, holding week’s supply, slack coal is conveyed to grinding mill, and thence, powdered, to blower. Thermostat and pres-surestat control operation, saving many dollars in fuel.

Coffee available in compressed tablet form eliminates messiness. Each cake is divided into four segments, each of which is the proper size for a cup of coffee. Corn syrup cements the coffee grounds together.

Household Inventions Lighten the Tasks of the Homemaker (Nov, 1935)

Yay! It’s a spork.

Household Inventions Lighten the Tasks of the Homemaker

This new-type floor lamp has a shade which can be tilted up toward the ceiling for indirect illumination or down for close work. A mercury-capsule switch automatically turns on a 150-watt bulb when the shade is turned up; an ordinary switch controls the smaller bulb for close work

The new piece of cutlery illustrated at the left is a cross between a spoon and a fork. It is recommended for eating gravies, stews, peas, desserts, and many other foods. It can be used with a knife, like any fork

All-Purpose Soap Aids Our GI Joes (Oct, 1944)

All-Purpose Soap Aids Our GI Joes

MAKING life a lot easier for our soldiers is a soap mild enough for shaving, powerful enough for the i greasiest pots and pans, and capable of producing a foamy lather in water hard or soft, fresh or salt, hot or cold. Secret of the soap lies in a synthetic sulpho-nated product developed from petroleum by Du Pont and known merely as MP 646. It is being sold by the hundreds of thousands of pounds to soap manufacturers who add it to their products in the ratio of one to two. Wide civilian use is expected in postwar years.

THEY’RE PLANNING Your Home in the Sun (Sep, 1955)

THEY’RE PLANNING Your Home in the Sun

ARCHITECTS at Princeton University have come up with a three-step system for designing your home of the future. They see such a house properly oriented to the sun, and plan it with the sun constantly in mind.

• The first step is to position the house on the site. In the architectural lab, a basic model of the home is placed on a movable board. A powerful light bathes the board in “sunlight.” The model then is moved to positions corresponding to the angles of the sun at the house site. Through such experiments the architects determine the best position of the house on the lot.

New Kitchen Built to Fit Your Wife (Sep, 1953)

New Kitchen Built to Fit Your Wife

Tall, short or medium-sized, she’s bound to save energy in this kitchen.

By Gardner Soule

BUILD the cabinets to fit the woman. Build the shelves to fit the supplies.

Build the kitchen to fit the family.

Starting with these three principles, Cornell University has re-engineered the most-used room in the house.

A HOUSE OF MAGIC (Sep, 1954)

That is one ugly house of the future. What were they thinking with those slab doors on the third page? “How can I make my house look like a prison?”


By Thomas E. Stimson, Jr.

IN JACK FLETCHER’S new home, the windows close themselves whenever the wind blows hard for more than 15 seconds. They close automatically, too, when a rainstorm starts or when the outside temperature drops too low for comfort.

Guests never trip over the wires to a floor lamp in Fletcher’s living room. The floor lamps in this “House of the 21st Century” have no electric cords. Their fluorescent tubes, in fact, could be burned out and still operate perfectly when placed over certain spots on the living-room floor.

How to Choose a Washer (Jul, 1947)

Adjusted for inflation an automatic washing machine in 1947 cost $2000-$3000.

How to Choose a Washer

IF YOU wanted to buy a washing machine last year, a clerk put your name on a waiting list; if you were among the 2,023,981 lucky ones, you took the first make he offered you. This year, you may find yourself in a quandary, forced to choose which of several new washers you want.

Like the 1947 cars, most of the washers resemble the prewar models. Several makes with a variety of features are available, but there are still only two “major types: the conventional, or nonautomatic washer, with either a wringer or spinner for drying clothes, and the automatic washer that washes, rinses and damp-dries clothes at the flick of a switch.

Refrigerator Uses Solar Energy (Aug, 1935)

Refrigerator Uses Solar Energy

A REFRIGERATOR which requires no energy other than exposure to sunlight for two hours a day has been developed by Otto H. Mohr, California consulting engineer. Larger solar power units requiring up to four hours exposure can be used for heating or cooling entire homes, according to the inventor. A spherical lens catches the sun’s rays at all hours of the day.

This lens gathers the rays, and changes the light into heat which is transferred to the refrigerating liquid, usually ammonia. The cooling operation is similar to that of ordinary gas refrigerators.