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Bring “Ghosts” to your Home for Winter Parties (Feb, 1933)

Bring “Ghosts” to your Home for Winter Parties


The author’s adventures as a “ghost detective,” ferreting out the secrets of fraudulent mediums, led him to the discovery of the ingenious methods of creating phantoms which he describes in this article. Using these simple stunts, much fun can be had at house parties, and you can easily convince your guests that you are in private communication with the supernatural.

WHEN Eddie called me up from the “Times” office, and asked me to come along to Madame Y’s “Wednesday night circle,” of course I accepted the invitation. For over fifteen years I’ve been spook hunting, but with no material success. When spooks have rattled tin cans in a cabinet in imitation of a “Model T,” I’ve always found that the spooks had bone and muscle. When nebulous images have appeared on photographic plates, I have always found the foggy patches due to exposure to X-rays, radio-active salts, or maybe to a tiny pin-hole in the bellows of the camera.

How Carnival Games Cheat Customers (Jun, 1930)

If you liked this (minus all the games with racist titles) be sure to check out these articles:
How Carnival Racketeers Fleece the Public
Why You Can’t Ring Bell of “High Striker”
STRANGE INVENTIONS used by Crooked Gamblers
Machines that Pick Your Pocket – AND MAKE YOU LIKE IT!

How Carnival Games Cheat Customers


Did you ever wonder why you came home from the carnival empty handed? Remember how you tried to ring the bell by hammering the catapult or how you tossed ring after ring trying to win a cane? Swindled? Well, maybe! Read how the operators “gimmick” their games so that you can’t win. It may save you money or help you win.

Ice-Cream Bars Are Made Easily with Dipping Outfit (Jun, 1935)

Ice-Cream Bars Are Made Easily with Dipping Outfit

Less expensive than some other equipment on the market, a new ice-cream bar maker has several desirable features. One is a spreader that holds the bars, with the flat, wooden sticks inserted, in position for dipping in chocolate or similar coating mixture. After dipping, the bars are hung on a rack to dry, the spreader and dipping apparatus being arranged for this purpose.

Modern Wonders of an Ancient Art (Jun, 1936)

Modern Wonders of an Ancient Art


Part I PORCELAIN enamel is older than history and yet—in its modern applications—it is as new as tomorrow. Fifteen centuries or more before the dawn of the Christian era, someone heated a batch of minerals and produced a glasslike substance which he found could be fused to metal with the aid of heat. In the next two thousand years or so man utilized this knowledge mainly to produce beautiful cloisonne vases, medallions, jewelry and other ornaments.

SLEEPY-TIME GAL! (Aug, 1941)


Been having trouble getting your shut-eye lately? Meet Martha Alden, of Pequot Mills, whose job is to find out exactly what it is that keeps you awake.

by Kip Blair

EVERY year hundreds of eye shades, thousands of ear plugs, and countless numbers of other sleep-producing gadgets—from weak tea to strong drink—are sold to insomniacs all over the country. Yet sheep are still counted over fences, dull books still are used to induce slumber, and Mrs. Jones still leans over the back hedge to tell Mrs. Smith that, so help her, she didn’t shut an eye all last night.

For sleep—a natural and normal process for babies and savages—has become a highly involved and complicated science for most of our adult civilization, so complicated, in fact.

Exposing Houdini’s Tricks of Magic (Nov, 1929)

Exposing Houdini’s Tricks of Magic


The mechanic who made Houdini’s Trick Magic Apparatus

Harry Houdini, Prince of Magicians, carried with him to the grave the secrets of his extraordinary feats of illusion. Only one man, the artisan who made his magic apparatus, knows the working secrets of Houdini’s most mystifying stunts. That man, Mr. R. D. Adams, continues here his fascinating expose of the master magician’s methods.

HOUDINI was a master at the art of obtaining free publicity. No performer ever put on as many free shows for the purpose of breaking into print, and for that matter, few if any, were ever as liberal as he in the matter of entertaining lodges and other groups without charge. Many times he risked death in his publicity seeking stunts.

Master These Strength Tests – OUTDO Mightier Opponents (Feb, 1933)

Master These Strength Tests – OUTDO Mightier Opponents

DO YOU want to compare your strength with that of your friends? If you do, here are eight different methods, all simply executed, that will bring into play every muscle of the body. Master these feats and you can hold your own with men of much greater bulk, because they will have failed to develop the distinct muscles brought into use in each of eight separate tests.

BEWARE The Gasoline DOPE Racket (Nov, 1936)

BEWARE The Gasoline DOPE Racket

“FIVE More Miles per Gallon!” “Removes Carbon!” “Stops Oil Pumping!” “More Power with Pep Tablets!”

When you see signs like these, stop, look and beware! Magic fuel elixirs and cure-all compounds that are sold in tablet, powder, pill or capsule form to motorists comprise a wide-spread highway racket. There are hundreds of such preparations on the market that you can buy for a dime or a dollar, but few of them are any good. Some are actually harmful to motors.

Watering the World’s Crops (May, 1929)

Watering the World’s Crops

HOW the world has advanced in machinery for drawing water for farms and gardens is told here in pictures from many lands.

It’s a far cry from the electric pumping machines on modern farms to this primitive pump worked by a revolving camel at a desert water hole in Egypt. Note the crude gearing. Projecting wooden- pins in one wheel engage rods in the other.

Your Credit at a Glance (Mar, 1922)

Looking at an operation like this you can really understand why people were so afraid of computers stealing everyone’s job. Most of those women could be replaced by one computer and a few terminals.

Your Credit at a Glance

Do you know just what happens when you “charge” a purchase in a large department store? You see the sales clerk write your name and address, with the amount of the purchase, on a charge slip, then pack the slip into a cylindrical box and start it on its way through a pneumatic tube to some unknown destination. A minute later the slip returns by the same route, approved or otherwise, to the sales clerk.