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Proposed $60,000,000 Bridge Over Narrows to be Longest in World (Sep, 1930)

This bridge wasn’t started until 1959 and was completed in 1964.

Proposed $60,000,000 Bridge Over Narrows to be Longest in World

A BRIDGE, which is to be the longest in the world, with a central span that will be 1000 feet longer than the Hudson river bridge, and towers that will be higher than the Woolworth building, is soon to be built over the Narrows between Staten Island and Long Island. The complete structure, shown in the architect’s drawing below, will have observation galleries, beacon lights, and a carillon of bells.

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James Liddy’s Bedsprings (Nov, 1953)

James Liddy’s Bedsprings

By Alfred Lief

ONE day in 1853 James E. Liddy, a carriage maker’s blacksmith, drove his wife into Watertown, N. Y., in their buggy. They were newlyweds. Young Liddy was rather irked, waiting in the seat so long. He fidgeted and bounced on the coil-spring cushion seat—then suddenly his expression changed.

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Jap Pilots Ride to DEATH on Flying Bombs (Apr, 1933)

I guess the kamikazes weren’t such a surprise then.

Jap Pilots Ride to DEATH on Flying Bombs

By Ray Holt

The current conflict between Japan and China has brought out an amazing revelation of the methods by which Japanese pilots assure air bombs reaching their target by putting a man inside to steer them. Why? Read the reasons in this article, and you’ll have a better understanding of Japanese psychology toward the machines of war.

IMAGINE yourself strapped within a hollow chamber inside a huge air bomb, surrounded on all sides by high explosives. In front of you is an airplane type rudder which steers the tail unit of the bomb. Windows in the nose enable you to see ahead. You’re loaded into the bomb, which is placed in its nest under the fuselage of a bombing plane. The bomber takes off, soars above a target—say, an ammunition dump of the enemy. Up above you, the pilot of the plane pulls a lever.

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No Noise From Electric Rifle (Apr, 1933)

No Noise From Electric Rifle

NEW Army recruits suffer badly from nerves after their first session or two on the rifle range; headaches also result from noise and powder fumes. So a rifle instructor has invented an electric rifle, noiseless, powderless, harmless, since it shoots a spot of light instead of a bullet. A luminous target is first projected on the target board. When the electric gun trigger is pressed, a black spot appears on the target at the point where the gun is aimed. An ingenious system of lenses within the barrel, with an electric light bulb as projector, constitutes the mechanism of the rifle.

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Thomas Foster’s School By Mail (Sep, 1953)

Thomas Foster’s School By Mail

By Alfred Lief

COAL mine accidents in the 1880′s prompted a Pennsylvania editor, Thomas Jefferson Foster, to crusade for safety laws. In his paper he ran question -and-answer columns for miners which proved so popular he later compiled them into a free handbook. But it seemed to him that the message he had to tell should be conveyed to his readers in a more systematic way.

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LIGHT THAT BENDS (Apr, 1957)

LIGHT THAT BENDS
AN AMAZING new optical instrument now being developed at the Imperial College of Science at London, England, is the Fibrescope. When completed, this device will enable doctors to search inside the human body, physicists to watch radioactive material from the other side of lead walls and engineers to examine hidden parts of complicated machinery.

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CUSTOM CARS and HOT RODS (Jan, 1951)

While it does look pretty cool, that custom “Porsche” car will never catch on.

CUSTOM CARS and HOT RODS

JUDGE a man by the company he keeps” is a proverb which has managed to survive the years. But nowadays you can substitute “the car he keeps” and still be on the right track.

For more and more motorists are getting bored with the production-line beauty and middle-class standard performance of our stock cars. And more and more of them— are actually doing something about it.

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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.

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Kiddie Car-Belt (Apr, 1953)

Kiddie Car-Belt

RICHARD G. OSTRANDER of Yonkers, N. Y. is not a man who puts things off till tomorrow!

Recently his young son narrowly escaped injury when he was thrown off an automobile seat by a sudden stop. To Ostrander this was a situation when stop meant go. He decided to do something about it and a few days later he presented to harassed parents everywhere his Wiggly Car Belt, a safety device for youngsters.

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Blind Can Now Read Printed BOOKS (May, 1932)

Blind Can Now Read Printed BOOKS

ORDINARY printed books can now be read by the blind, thanks to the genius of M. Thomas, a French inventor, whose remarkable device is illustrated on this page, photo-electric cells, which, as is well-known, are sensitive to light, hold the secret of the machine’s operation.

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