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Candy Turtle Party Favors Utilize Walnut Shells (Aug, 1950)

I’m not sure if this is a sign of progress, or a sign that we have lower expectations for our children, but nowadays embedding a toothpick in the middle of candy is considered a big no-no. After all, how could any child resist a clove-raisin-gumdrop-walnut shell turtle?

Candy Turtle Party Favors Utilize Walnut Shells

For something unusual in the way of favors for a children’s party, make these candy turtles from gumdrops, raisins and walnut shells. Press a gumdrop into half of a walnut shell and then stick a toothpick through the exposed portion of the gum-drop along the length of the shell. Allow the point of the toothpick to project slightly so it looks like a tail and impale a raisin on the blunt end of the toothpick to serve as a head. Then press four cloves into the gum-drop to simulate the feet. A number of the turtles can be made up in just a few minutes.—William Swallow, Brooklyn, N. Y.

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Ash Tray Fits Cigarette (Jun, 1950)

Ash Tray Fits Cigarette

Smokers can attach a new ash tray directly to their cigarettes. The ash tray is a tube of stainless-steel screen with a hinged cap on one end. The smoker opens the metal cap, pushes the cigarette through the tube, lights it, then pulls it back until the end is in the tube. When he closes the cap the screen catches all the ashes. As the cigarette becomes shorter it is pushed farther into the tube. The cigarette also can be placed upright on the cap without danger of marring any surface.

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Ad: Hair Growing Hat (Jun, 1924)

I think you could make your own miracle hair growing hat with a light fixture and half a dunce cap. Or perhaps a fez.

New Kind of Hat Worn 10 Minutes a Day Grows Hair in 30 days – or No Cost

No matter how thin your hair may be, this remarkable new scientific invention is absolutely guaranteed to give you a brand new growth of hair in 30 days—or it costs you nothing. Don’t send a cent. Just mail coupon below.

By ALOIS MERKE Founder of Famous Merke Institute, Fifth Ave., N, Y.

I HAVE perfected a new invention that I absolutely guarantee will give you a new head of hair in only 30 days—or the trial costs you nothing.

This new invention—the result of an experience gained in treating thousands of cases of baldness—is in the form of a new kind of hat. It is worn on the head just 10 minutes a day. No unnecessary fuss of any kind. Just put the hat on your head. Wear it 10 minutes. And that’s all there is to it.

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“Boat Tunnel” for Harbor Crossing (Aug, 1932)

Well that certainly is an interesting way to cross a harbor. I can’t imagine why the Golden Gate beat out this design. Wouldn’t you feel completely safe driving through a “boat tunnel”?

“Boat Tunnel” for Harbor Crossing

PROPOSED as a substitute for the suggested Golden Gate suspension bridge at San Francisco is an ingenious boat tunnel of unique design which, it is claimed, can be built for one-third the estimated $35,000,000 cost of a suspension bridge. This and other advantages of the design have led authorities to consider seriously the erection of the boat tunnel bridge, which would be the only one of its kind in the world. It was conceived by Cleve F. Shaffer of San Francisco.

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WOULD ADD TO ALPHABET (Jul, 1936)

And you thought switching to the metric system was hard…

WOULD ADD TO ALPHABET
An alphabet of forty-one letters would be an improvement over our present one of twenty-six, according to a Portland, Ore., educator. In the English language the letter “a” alone is pronounced eight different ways. He would add a new letter for each sound. With such an alphabet, he declares, a person unacquainted with the language would require only two weeks’ time to learn it.

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LIFE PRESERVER FITS NECK (Jul, 1936)

I’m sure that a panicked drowning person is going to be A-OK with someone tying a big life preserver around their neck. I know that when I’m afraid of suffocating the first thing I want to do is constrict my airflow.

LIFE PRESERVER FITS NECK
A LIFE PRESERVER of new design, carried on the back of a life guard, aids in rough-water rescues. When tied around the neck of a swimmer in distress, it buoys him up while being towed, or keeps him afloat until additional aid arrives. The device is effective in saving a bather who handicaps his rescuer by struggling. The illustrations show the preserver in use, and the manner in which it is conveniently worn by a beach guard while on duty.

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Big Dam to Water Sahara (Jul, 1933)

Ambitious seems to be a bit of an understatement.

Big Dam to Water Sahara
Turning the Sahara Desert into blossoming farm land, with water drained from the Mediterranean Sea, is the ambitious project for which, Hermann Sorgel, German engineer, seeks international support. He proposes to dam the Strait of Gibraltar, and then cut a canal to flood portions of the Sahara below sea level. Evaporation from the inland lake thus formed would produce rain clouds and water a vast area, he maintains. By-products of the scheme would be hydroelectric power and new land reclaimed from the Mediterranean.

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CAMOUFLAGE CONCEALS UNSIGHTLY WATER TANK (Jun, 1936)

Wow, if I hadn’t read the headline I would never have known it was there!

CAMOUFLAGE CONCEALS UNSIGHTLY WATER TANK
Members of the famous art colony at Provincetown on Cape Cod, Mass., recently redecorated a local water standpipe so that it no longer constituted an eyesore to the community. Following a carefully planned camouflage scheme, the black water tank was repainted a light blue and then skillfully covered with a patchwork of other colors.

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EXERCISE EARS TO RESTORE HEARING (May, 1933)

EXERCISE EARS TO RESTORE HEARING

An ear gymnasium, devised by a Michigan inventor, is said to aid those of defective hearing by exercising the nerve centers of the ear. Special earphones are slipped over the patient’s head and at the tone frequencies at which hearing is defective, a series of tone exercises is given at a volume great enough to be heard by the patient. Over a period of time, this is said to improve the hearing.

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MOVING “SIDEWALK” OF SEATS FOR NEW YORKERS (Jan, 1924)

MOVING “SIDEWALK” OF SEATS FOR NEW YORKERS

Fitted with seats, a moving “sidewalk” similar to that demonstrated at the Chicago World’s Fair, was recently offered the city of New York as a means of taking the place of subway trains that now connect the east and west-side lines. Three parallel platforms, running at 3, 6, and 9 miles an hour, respectively, would be arranged in an endless chain if the suggestion of the inventors was followed. A continuous walk inside the low-speed carrier would permit passengers to board or leave at any designated point along the route. At present, persons wishing to change from one to the other of the subway lines, must at certain stations walk several blocks. The sidewalk is also offered to do away with this inconvenience.

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