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AUTHOR OF “Life Begins at Forty”

YOU men with sound technical training are lucky. As the world picks up speed and pulls out of its long slump, you will be among the first to find profitable employment. Wherever I go, I hear the same story. In Austin, Texas, a year ago, a man wanted eight service men for his electric refrigeration stores—and couldn’t find one anywhere. Last month, out in California, I heard another man fuming because he couldn’t find any high-grade radio service workers. In Buffalo a manufacturer told me he needed top-grade die casters for seven big contracts and was being compelled to pay double the standard wage for the few he had found. I helped him pick up a few more in Detroit and Chicago.

Mail Yourself a Fortune (Oct, 1951)

Mail Yourself a Fortune

The mail-order business is a fabulous one. Pick a product or service the public wants and the world is your oyster.

By Lester David

YOU’VE heard about the salesman who was such a slick operator that he made a fortune selling refrigerators to Eskimos. Well, Hugh Clay Paulk made his pile peddling parachutes to old ladies.

No, Paulk is not an ace confidence man, hasn’t sold municipal structures to visit- ing firemen. And neither did nice old ladies go around parachuting from airplanes after he got through with them. He simply became a shrewd operator in a fantastic game —the mail-order business. He bought up 50,000 surplus service chutes little by little and advertised them for $13.95 each.

The Story of the Match ~ a Great World Industry (Jul, 1930)

The Story of the Match ~ a Great World Industry

Modern methods and modern machinery have trans formed the making of matches from a dangerous, disease-producing business into one of the world’s great industries. Here we have the story of how science has made the present-day match possible.


HOW many matches have you used today? You should, according to America’s premier match making company, have struck seven, if you got the daily share allotted to every man, woman and child in the United States. In other words it takes 840,000,000 matches a day to supply the fire making needs of a nation of 120,000,000 people. That’s at the rate of 306 billion, 600 million for normal years of 365 days.

Here’s How to Ski (Feb, 1946)

Here’s How to Ski

Skiing is a healthy, outdoor sport which can add to your life’s pleasures—-and it’s easy.


SO YOU want to ski? Well, go to it. It’s a lusty, fine exercise and just what the doctor ordered but it, too, has its pitfalls. Better take a few words of advice from one who knows.

Don’t go in for skiing foolhardily. Don’t swell your chest and tell yourself that, because you are pretty fair at tennis or golf, you’ll find skiing a cinch right off. In other words, don’t rush in. If you do, you’ll find yourself piled up with doctor bills, perhaps, or laid up with sore spots for days.

He’s a Plastic Baker (Jan, 1951)

He’s a Plastic Baker

Somebody forgot to tell Spencer Smilie that it couldn’t be done. So he went on cooking plastics and developed a recipe for fortune.

By Louis Hochman

IF Spencer Smilie of Beverly Hills, Calif., had studied chemistry and physics, he . might still be plodding along at his job in a plastics factory. But, unhampered by sound scientific know-how and not realizing how impossible it was supposed to be to fuse incompatible combinations of plastics, Smilie solved an unsolvable problem. Today his plastics art business—the only one of its kind in the world—is worth a small fortune.

What Magicians Do When Magical Tricks Go Wrong (May, 1932)

What Magicians Do When Magical Tricks Go Wrong

Mechanical ingenuity and high-speed thinking are required by magicians when something goes haywire with their tricks. Here Fred Keating, famous magic master, tells of some of his embarrassing moments.

As told to George Bailey by FRED KEATING

AT ONE time when Robert Houdin, patron saint of modern magicians, after whom the great Houdini adopted his name, was asked by the execution of what trick he judged a conjurer, he replied, “Never by the execution of any trick, but wholly by his ability to get out of a trick that fails, and covering it up.”

What YOU should know about PATENTS (Nov, 1959)

What YOU should know about PATENTS

By Harry Kursh

WHAT is a patent? It is a “legal monopoly” authorized by the Constitution and granted to inventors by the U. S. Patent Office. It gives inventors the right to exclude others from making or selling their inventions.

How long does a patent last; can it be renewed?

A patent is good for 17 years. It can be renewed only by a special Act of Congress but no patent has ever been renewed in modern times.

What does it cost to get a patent?

You pay the Patent Office $30 when filing your application for a patent and another $30 when and if the patent is granted. An additional $1 is charged for each claim in excess of 20 claims. If you engage a patent attorney, the initial patent search may cost about $25. If your invention is patentable, and the attorney files the necessary papers, takes care of the drawings and follows through on your application until the patent is granted, average legal fees for a relatively uncomplicated patent will total $300-$500.



by Donald G. Cooley

SOME day New Yorkers are likely to be startled by the discovery that the dome of the Empire State Building has turned into a gigantic cigarette glowing more than 1,000 feet in the air.

Not an actual cigarette, of course, but an advertising colossus made up of a million white electric bulbs, a few thousand red ones to paint a burning tip against the night sky, and the name of the manufacturer blazoned in neon on all four sides of the world’s tallest building.

Making Trick PICTURES with a Home Movie Camera (May, 1932)

Making Trick PICTURES with a Home Movie Camera

by Walter E. Burton

Half the fun in making home movies lies in getting unusual shots that will mystify friends viewing your production. Taking such trick pictures is quite simple and easy, as told here.

IF YOU purchase, borrow, or receive as a present a motion picture camera, you will find the mere process of photographing everything in sight thrilling enough for the first half-dozen reels. Then you will look about for new fields to conquer. Perhaps you will undertake the making of your own dramas or comedies—movies with a plot or at least a basic theme.

Meet Hans Krause (Apr, 1956)

He kinda looks like the love child of Hugh Grant and John Kerry.

Meet Hans Krause

His pocket-size sculptures are soothing to handle, sweet-scented and habit-forming.

ONE PATH to serenity, say the Buddhists, is through contemplating certain objects: the sky, a tree, a design. Not relying on sight alone, the Chinese have long used hand stones—small objects combining form and smoothness in a way that makes them delicious to handle.