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Silk-Screen Stenciling… A Profitable Hobby (May, 1945)

Silk-Screen Stenciling… A Profitable Hobby


By J. I. Biegeleisen.

YOU can hardly go through an ordinary day without coming across many articles printed by silk screen. Tablecloths, glasses, trays, book jackets, posters—these are but a few examples of the variety of decorative materials made possible with the silk-screen process.



Opportunities are unlimited for those willing to take the plunge.

By Lester David

WHEN young Louis Potomac said goodbye to the Navy in 1945 and headed for his native California, he and his wife set up housekeeping in a reconverted chicken coop. That’s how short of folding money was ex-sailor Potomac. But within a short time, he latched onto an idea which ultimately provided him with two big homes, two big Cadillacs and one great, big bank balance.

How Pregnancy Tests Work (Mar, 1964)

This is a whole hell of a lot less convenient than “pee on a stick, see if it changes color”. Living in Portland, my first thought was: “But what will the vegan girls do?”. Also, while he is a gynecologist, I’m not really sure I’d trust medical advice from someone who is President of the Metropolitan New York Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

How Pregnancy Tests Work

How doctors decide if a woman is — or is not — pregnant.

by Dr. Leo Wollman, M.D.

The first thing a woman thinks of when her menstrual period is late is: Am I pregnant? Usually there is no way for her to know for certain at this time until her doctor has her take a pregnancy test.

What is a pregnancy test?

Most of them are based on the presence during pregnancy of an increased amount of a substance which stimulates the sex glands— called gonadotropin—in the woman’s blood or urine. The sample is injected in a small animal (usually a rabbit, a mouse, or a frog), and if the animal shows certain changes in its reproductive organs, it means that the woman is pregnant.

learn to be a QUICK THINKER (Nov, 1954)

For scenario 1, wouldn’t it have been better to just bust the aerial again rather than potentially suffocate his family? And scenario 2 must have taken a pretty long time to do unless they had a very long rope.

learn to be a QUICK THINKER

Ability to think fast really counts when a sudden emergency develops—in any situation from train wreck to trapped tot.

By Harry Kursh

THE train loaded with passengers from Boston had had an uneventful trip—until it began its approach to the terminal tracks of famous Union Station in Washington, D. C. Then a strange thing happened. Instead of gradually slowing down for a stop, the train, swaying violently, began to pick up speed. Passengers glanced around, puzzled. What was going on? They didn’t have much time to wonder. Four minutes later the runaway train hit the crowded station concourse like a cyclonic piledriver, ripping through brick and steel barriers.

Model Monsters (Aug, 1945)

Model Monsters

Copied live or more times lifeline. ordinary insects are earful, fantastic creatures.


Senior Technician, Department of Insects and Spiders, American Museum of Natural History AMONG the most startling exhibits in a museum of natural history are enlarged models of small or microscopic creatures which, though always with us, commonly pass unnoticed or unseen. A housefly as big as a house-cat is a terrifying object, with a weird blank face like the mask of a Martian monster, and an uncouth coat of spines. A flea, made large enough to serve six at dinner, stands revealed as most admirably streamlined, and thus enabled to slip unimpeded between hairs.

Extra Cigarettes (Aug, 1945)

Alas this wouldn’t work nearly as well with filter cigarettes.

Extra Cigarettes

INSTEAD of discarding those butts save them. You can make one extra cigarette out of every three, or nine from a whole pack! After cleaning ashtray (1) trim off burned ends of butts (2) and place three in a single sheet of cigarette paper (3). Roll as you would a roll-your-own (4). Photo No. 5 shows the saving from one pack—almost 50% extra smokes plus one final butt left over. It’s all right to throw this one away if you want to. This system doesn’t require the skill needed for conventional hand rolling.

Shoot it in COLOR… indoors (Sep, 1947)

Shoot it in COLOR… indoors

INDOOR color photography is somewhat more critical than the black-and-white version of this fascinating pastime. But it shouldn’t discourage anyone who can produce evenly-exposed black-and-white negatives with flash or flood lighting.

If you are an old hand at black-and-white, you’ll find that color technique differs from the approach you are used to in four basic respects. You must allow for:

1. Slow film speed— Weston ratings of available color films range between 8 and 12 only.

Inside A Parking Meter (Nov, 1954)

Inside A Parking Meter
PARKING meters are singing a $$ tune these days as more and more communities resort to this method of eliminating traffic congestion—and filling the city treasury. Each meter has two doors—one for the mechanism, which is opened by the repair company, and the other to the money, this one being opened by the city. Where no parking meters stand sentinel, cars snuggle bumper to bumper, fenders scrape fenders, and the poor pedestrian is compelled to squirm between Cadillacs. •\

Smoke The Pipe Of Peace (Dec, 1941)

Smoke The Pipe Of Peace

Your Pipe Can Be Your Best Friend Or Your Worst Foe-Here’s The Way To Select It, Break It In, And Care For It.

by Rory O’Shane

THE saddest men I know are those who have tried everything in the way of pipes and have yet to find something that is sweet, cool, and dry. Most of their complaints about sour pipes and rank tobacco could have been avoided by exercising a little discrimination in the selection and care of a pipe.

The rules for choosing a pipe are on the same par with picking a wife. You look for graceful lines, a sweet disposition, and the ability to improve with age. Three types of pipe embody these characteristics in more or less varying degrees.

Millions for a Scent (Sep, 1947)

Millions for a Scent

Take one last deep sniff, fellows, ’cause the perfume scientists are hell-bent on smelling up the world.

By Lester David

SCIENCE is smelling up the world, but sweetly.

Sniff cautiously at your beat-up spare tire. It might smell like a garden bed in springtime. Uncork the pot of glue on your workbench. The pungent aroma of a northwoods pine grove may seep out. Put your nostrils close to a can of paint, a bottle of furniture polish, a container of fly spray. They’re fragrant jasmin, mysterious roseau and sharp-scented saffron!