House and Home
Super Terminal for Trucks (Sep, 1947)

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.



The day of the grimy roller towel is fast vanishing. Hotels, restaurants and other public places where washrooms are a necessity are installing the automatic hot-air drier shown at left.

The press of a foot pedal is all that is necessary to operate the device. A steady blast of hot air is forced from the nozzle. By massaging the wet hands for several seconds, the drying process is facilitated. The hands are thus dried faster and in a more thorough manner than if a clean towel were used.

Health authorities throughout the country are advising the installation of this machine in all public wash rooms. Prevention of a great amount of disease that is now spread through the use of unsanitary towels will thus be possible.

Floating Cottages (Jul, 1956)

Floating Cottages

These beautiful new houseboats offer water lovers who can’t afford the luxury of a yacht all the advantages for lazy living.

Custom made Steel King is 46-footer sleeping four or more. Built by Grafton Boat Works.

This 24-foot job by the River Queen Boat Works has five-inch draft, costs $2,695.

Twin-hulled Spartan Mariner boasts three-room apt. Falls City Flying Service. Inc.

Floatahome is a 24-foot combination trailer-houseboat. Builders Norman Frey and Lawrence Pokallus estimate its cost at $2,500. less the motors.


I remember this building from when I lived in Minneapolis. It was built by Wilber Foshay, a utility magnate who was later convicted for running a pyramid scheme. Check out the Wikipedia entry for an interesting story about its dedication celebration. Apparently Foshay hired John Philip Sousa compose a march for the occasion but it was only played that one time because his check to Sousa bounced. It wasn’t until some investors in Minnesota paid his bill that it was heard again.

It seems like every time I read about Sousa it has something to with copyright or music piracy.


SUGAR and flour were used in building up the birthday cake model of the Foshay building pictured in the photo at the right. The Foshay tower, built in the city of Minneapolis, was recently described in the pages of Modern Mechanics. The birthday cake held the center of the table at a dinner given in San Francisco to celebrate the opening of the W. B. Foshay building in that city.



MANY families would like to have a sleeping porch on their home if the cost of remodeling wasn’t so expensive. A German architect recently designed a method of attaching a sleeping porch without the usual wall removing activities.

This design calls for two brackets which are attached to the wall below a window, . which operation does not call for any mutilation of the wall. The porch can then be built upon these brackets. The architect drew up the plans so that the porch could be assembled upon the ground and hoisted into position. The window must then be enlarged to make a door way. This is the only part of the construction that calls for remodeling. Since the window is already nearly large enough, this fact does not entail much labor.

Now They’re Putting Babies In Murphy Beds (Dec, 1941)

Now They’re Putting Babies In Murphy Beds

WELL, well! The famous Murphy Bed, which has been lauded in poem, song and movie, finally has been adapted for infant use; though we’ll admit the babe at the left seems to be old enough to know better. The idea is that this crib can be hidden away when your offspring isn’t in it—which, if you know your Murphy Beds, is the time to fold it away. When folded up, the crib looks like an ordinary closet or bookcase, and takes no extra room.

Science in Pictures (Sep, 1947)

Science in Pictures

Push-Button Telegraph center permits messages to be typed only once, on a “printer perforator,” at point of origin. When messages reach the center, a clerk pushes a button for the city of destination.

Fishy Idea dreamed up by amateur inventor Dr. Carl Omeron, right, looks like a spark of genius. This is it: Tie balloons to a live “Judas” fish (which you catch the hard way). Put Judas back in the water and he’ll lead the way to the whole school.

These Ideas May Make You $1,000,000 (May, 1929)

I’d wasn’t aware of this meaning of the word polygraph, though it actually makes more sense than the current definition.

These Ideas May Make You $1,000,000

Here are ideas, which if developed by the right man, should easily net him a fine business and a neat fortune. They have been selected for their originality and in the light of apparent demand for them by the editors of Modern Mechanics, who believe no development work has been done on the schemes other than the mere conception of the idea. It is believed by the editors the right man can make $1,000,000 using any of these ideas as a nucleus.

20-Second Sirloin (Jun, 1946)

20-Second Sirloin

is this steak, cooked on an airtronics machine, originally designed for the preheating of plastics for molding. It’s a natural for barbecues.



FIVE little buckets hang around this pump. When the handle is worked, the liquid in the well flows from the spout. The apparatus has no particular name, and its use is left entirely up to its owner.

The pump is made of plate silver and stands 16 inches high. It has a capacity of two quarts and is filled from a special opening.

One of its best features is the thermos lining on the interior. This makes it possible to keep hot or cold liquid in the pump for several hours without any change in temperature.