Beds From Rubber Bubbles
EVER dreamed of sleeping on a bed of angel food cake?
Well, foam-rubber mattresses are made at U. S. Rubber Company’s Mishawaka, Ind. plant like your ole mammy used to bake that lightweight delicacy.
Just as she whipped up the ingredients, poured the batter into the pan and placed it in the oven, so the pure milk of the rubber tree is mixed with chemicals, whipped into a fluffy foam and then poured into a two-piece mold to be vulcanized into permanent form.
I don’t think there is anything particularly novel about that can opener. I do really like the clothes dryer though, because it’s so unimaginative. Rather than look for a new way to solve the problem of drying clothes, they just electrified the old method. It’s like developing an internal combustion engine and using the sound to scare your horses into running faster. (Couldn’t get my self to make an electric buggy-whip comparison).
New Devices for Home Makers
Within a handsome table that stands unobtrusively against the wall is concealed a comfortable bed—the latest in space-saving furniture. If an unexpected guest arrives it is opened in a jiffy.
This novel can opener with curved blade walks around” a can’s edge of its own accord, it is said, when the handle is gently rocked back and forth. A hook on the utensil serves as a bottle opener.
German Architects Develop Unique, Low-Cost Buildings
ECONOMIC conditions in Germany since the war have compelled German architects to develop a type of architecture that is distinctly different from any types appearing before in any country. Eliminating all frills and unnecessary ornamentation, builders are erecting business buildings, apartment houses, warehouses, etc., that have practicality as their chief feature.
The architects have compromised on structures which have a simple charm all of their own. This new type of architecture is exemplified in the building shown in the photo at the right.
NEW for the HOME
Swinging Shelf meets you more than half way. Mount it atop your present shelf, pull the handle and it swings down and out to you on its special hinges. Space Saver Industries, Detroit, Mich.
Flush Guide puts silencer on that annoying running toilet. It’s a device which guides the rubber-ball valve to the valve seat and can be installed in ten minutes. Made by Ardmore Products, Ardmore, Pa.
Wouldn’t this just spread the hot air from the light bulb around the room? It doesn’t seem like a particularly good way of cooling. Ceiling fans are similar, but they have a much wider fan blade and actually don’t draw from the middle.
Light Fixture and Vent Fan in One
A NEW low priced combination fan and lighting fixture for ceiling mounting, known as “Koolite,” which serves both to light and provide proper ventilation for a room, has recently been placed on the market by manufacturers. Designed for easy installation in homes and offices, the “Koolite” is compact, efficient and ruggedly built.
The semi-direct lighting of the device meets all modern requirements, and its ventilating arrangement provides for thorough, constant circulation of air in rooms of more than average size. The design diffuses the air over a large area after it leaves the blades of the fan.
Brought to you by Romney for America.*
* Of course poor stay at home moms are lazy freeloaders who have no pride.
THE AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE: “Proudest profession of them all”
Here’s how Jeanne Ludlow, Philadelphia mother of four, answers “marriage experts” who give advice on how to escape the “dull” duties of a housewife
BY MICHAEL DRURY
Professional bemoaners not only lambaste the American housewife, they also explain sympathetically how she deteriorated into being part drudge, part soap-opera addict—and why, when she goes to a party, she’s likely to drink too much. The housewife has been told she has been grievously wronged by civilization’s social pattern—her budding premarriage talents crushed by child care and domestic routine.
Yes, nothing says “SCIENCE” like shortening half the bristles on a broom.
NEW in SCIENCE
Brushoff? Never, says the Los Angeles Brush Manufacturing Corporation when it comes to ideas for new brushes. They claim no idea is too wacky to put into practice and the zany pictures on this page prove it. At upper left is a shoe brush for lazy (but neat) men.
NOBODY CLAIMS HOUSE IN MIDDLE OF STREET
CITY fathers of Santa Monica, California, were confronted with a perplexing problem recently when they woke up one morning to find that a full-sized residence had sprouted up overnight in the middle of one of its main streets, blocking traffic and causing much consternation on the part of neighbors.
NEW for the HOME
THREE-IN-ONE carriage is adaptable for going to market or carrying baby. Bottom folds up. can be used to carry bags and cases. Made in Germany.
RUB-A-DUB-MIT has built-in washboard of soft but tough Plastisol. Cleans nylons, silk lingerie, other light laundry. Vail Corp.. Paterson. N.J.
I grew up right near this building and it really is quite massive. It is now one of UPS’s main hubs in Manhattan.
Super Terminal for Trucks
Colossal union truck terminals like this will help reduce the paralyzing congestion of city streets.
By William Winter
IF ANYTHING bothers the people of the New York metropolitan area as much as the significance of the A-bomb, it is their diabolical traffic problem. Having tried bridges, vehicular tunnels, and express highways, the Port of New York Authority is now doing something spectacular about the 2,500 intercity buses and 5,000 trucks that daily jam the city streets.