Just Weird
Mechanical Cues DIRECT Animals in the “BARKIES” (Jun, 1932)

Odd article explaining all of the tricks and techniques used by trainers to get their animals to perform in movies without using vocal commands.

Mechanical Cues DIRECT Animals in the “BARKIES”


When the talkies came in, directors of animal pictures faced a new problem. Before the super-sensitive mike, vocal commands were impossible, so other means of giving “stars” their cues had to be devised. In this unusual article you are taken behind the scenes and shown how directors utilize ingenious mechanical gadgets to make animals perform with keen intelligence before the camera.

Mouth Harpist Goes to Extremes (Jun, 1932)

Mouth Harpist Goes to Extremes

JUST because he “slides over” a lot of notes going from low “G” to high “C” gives Fred Leslie, London musician, the right to claim the title of world’s champion mouth harpist. His mammoth instrument measures 36 inches from tip to tip. He also plays the one-inch organ shown perched on “Big Bertha” in the photo below.

CRYSTALS are not all the same! (Jun, 1967)

Given the appearance of that guy in the ad, I’d say he was much more interested in a different kind of crystal.

Also, given the name “TEXAS CRYSTALS”, it seems rather odd that they have addresses in Florida and California, but none in Texas…

CRYSTALS are not all the same!

If your dealer is temporarily out of stock or does not carry Texas Crystals, send us his name along with your request for catalog to our plant nearest you.

800-lb. Magnet Treats Eye Injury (Jun, 1932)

800-lb. Magnet Treats Eye Injury

AN EYE magnet so powerful that it will pull a flatiron across a room has recently been installed in a Minneapolis, Minn., hospital to remove steel cinders from patients’ eyes. It is the largest eye magnet in the world and weighs over 800 pounds. One and one-half miles of copper wire are wound in the apparatus, which uses a 220-voIt current.

Glove Ends Thumb-Sucking (May, 1938)

This is pretty bizarre. How long does your child have to wear this thing before they stop sucking their thumb? If they use this as a surrogate why wouldn’t they start again once they took it off? What if they switch thumbs? Why is this better than sucking your thumb?

Of course if they replaced those rubber thingies with Twizzlers, then they’d have something.

Glove Ends Thumb-Sucking
By adding imitation fingers of rubber to fingerless mittens, an inventor has produced gloves that not only prevent a baby from sucking his thumb, but also provide an agreeable substitute. The flexible tips are declared to satisfy the child without any harmful effects.



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“Woman in Shoe” Has Restaurant (Feb, 1936)

“Woman in Shoe” Has Restaurant
THERE was a young lady who lived in a shoe; Its use as a restaurant made her well-to-do.”

Fashioned after the famous Mother Goose rhyme, a giant boot has been converted into a restaurant by Mrs. Anne Fleming of Ogden, Utah. Its unusual shape attracts many visitors, few of whom can resist stopping for a lunch or dinner.


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Bathers Sail While Floating (Nov, 1937)

Bathers Sail While Floating
A NOVEL contrivance utilizing a slab of cork of a size capable of supporting an average man’s weight in water and a small sail to provide propulsion has been devised by Lieut.-Commander W. P. Hastie, of the British Royal Naval Reserve.

The sail is attached to a small metal mast inserted in the cork. Strapping the cork to his stomach, a non-swimmer can float, using his hands as rudders to guide his passage through the water. By twisting his body, the floater can take advantage of wind changes. The sail is movable, being controlled by a cord held by the bather.

Feminine “Human Projectile” Is Caught By Team Mates (Oct, 1935)

Feminine “Human Projectile” Is Caught By Team Mates
GOING the male ”human cannon balls” just one better, petite Lillian Glantz uses no net, but is shot from the mouth of the cannon directly into the arms of her waiting team mates.

Not only does she work without a net, but in place of the heavy anti-friction suits worn by the male projectiles, she uses a modern bathing suit.

In her flight through the air she reaches an altitude of thirty feet. Her two catchers, George Andre and Rudy Mason break her fall with an arm and body hold.

The trio are members of the Jack Eddy troupe, and they devised the breath taking stunt while showing in Chicago this summer. They are taking their act to the Pacific coast for the San Diego Exposition.