SLICING BREAD by Machinery (Nov, 1929)

SLICING BREAD by Machinery

New Machine Delivers Fresh Bread Loaves Ready Sliced.

Housewives can now buy fresh bread all sliced and ready to serve. Slicing machine is capable of turning out more than 1,200 loaves hourly to be packed in shallow carton and wrapped in waxed paper. Inventor overcame many difficulties in perfecting device.

ONE of the newest conveniences for the housewife and dining place operators, and one of the most far reaching, is the recently introduced automatic bread slicer invented by O. F. Rohwedder of Davenport, Iowa.

Phone Holder Has Bell in Base (Feb, 1935)

Phone Holder Has Bell in Base

A NEW telephone holder, designed to eliminate unsightly bell boxes from walls and desks, contains both bell and wiring connections in its base.

It is constructed entirely of bakelite, is 5-3/4 inches wide and 7-3/4 inches deep. Due to its compact arrangement, it can accommodate all the standard equipment in this small space.

The holder is designed to work either with or without the dial arrangement.

New Radio Pen Reproduces Pictures Put on the Air (Jul, 1934)

New Radio Pen Reproduces Pictures Put on the Air

BROADCAST listeners may soon receive comic strips, bridge problems, and road maps over the air through a new device known as a radio pen, now under experimental development by John V. L. Hogan, New York radio inventor. The machine is a simplified adaptation, for home use, of commercial high-speed facsimile apparatus, and is housed in a metal cabinet no larger than a typewriter. An electrical pen traces ink pictures, broadcast from the transmitting studio, upon a moving paper strip four inches wide, requiring about two and a half minutes to complete a sketch.

LINOLEUM- Another Industrial “Accident” (May, 1936)

LINOLEUM- Another Industrial “Accident”

An inventive mind and a can of paint left open by accident were the co-founders of the great linoleum industry. Its manufacture is as strange as its origin.

THROUGH all the centuries man’s progress is reflected in the homes he has kept, and is readily traceable in the floors of those homes. Prehistoric men paid little attention to floors, but when the long arm of the Caesars reached out into the Orient, they found floors of inlaid ebony, teakwood, mosaic and pearl, but only in the homes of the rich.

Machine Bottles Milk in Paper (May, 1933)

Those look exactly like modern milk cartons, I wonder why it took so long for them to catch on.

Machine Bottles Milk in Paper

Wrapping milk or cream in paper is the unusual feat performed by a new machine for dairies. In one continuous operation, the device forms a container from paper, dips it in molten paraffin, cools it, fills it with milk, and seals it. A consumer receives a boxful of milk untouched by human hands in the packaging process. The paper containers are easily handled and occupy little space in a refrigerator. They are thrown away when empty. The new containers are a substitute for present-day milk bottles of glass, which must be washed and sterilized for re-use, and which are often lost or broken.

Cutting wood with a beam of light (Mar, 1963)

Cutting wood with a beam of light

A new technique in woodworking may be on the way. The University of Michigan has developed a tool that cuts through maple and other hardwoods with bursts of light that act like the science-fiction writers’ disintegrating-ray gun. The experimental drill operates with a laser (light amplification by stimulated electron radiation) head that contains a coiled xenon flash tube and a ruby rod. It builds up intensely hot light pulses, focuses them through a lens to vaporize a hole in a block of wood instantly without leaving char. It’s not ready yet for the home workshop.

Lock-Picker Device Resembles Revolver (Jun, 1939)

Lock-Picker Device Resembles Revolver

SHAPED in the form of a revolver, the automatic device shown at left is said to be so efficient in picking locks that a famous lock inventor has requested the police commissioners of many cities to regulate their sale and use. In place of a barrel, the revolver-type device has a steel needle which is inserted in the keyway of a lock. A pull of the trigger actuates the needle, manipulating the pins in the lock and causing it to open as easily as though a key has been used.

New Automatic Device Answers Phone, Records Message (Aug, 1934)

New Automatic Device Answers Phone, Records Message

PAUL H. ROWE, a Los Angeles sound engineer, has perfected a nearly human robot that answers his telephone perfectly when he is out.

The ringing of the telephone bell starts this ingenious machine operating, and whatever the caller says is received by a microphone and recorded. When Rowe returns, he is able to listen to whatever messages have come in.

Letter Chopper (Aug, 1935)

Unless you want someone to reconstruct your letter a few decades later, you’re still probably better burning your documents. Just ask the Stasi.

Letter Chopper

DON’T burn old papers now, but turn them into fine shreds, which nobody-can put together and read. That is now the German way of disposing of documents past their usefulness; a large manufacturer has produced the motor-driven machine above.

Mechanical Novelties (Mar, 1936)

This is the earliest electric hand drier I’ve seen. It’s even got a photocell to start it when you put your hands in. Though I must say the cigarette lighter is pretty offensive in our time.

Mechanical Novelties

• HERE is a model fire truck—at least, it looks like one. As a matter of fact, the English fireman pictured is on top of a full-sized water tower, and the picture taken from 50 feet above.

Ice Flows from Tap Like Water
• WITH ice a necessity, for so many comfortable beverages, a good deal of time is spent cracking and dishing it. The machine below for bars and fountains, is very handy. It grinds down ice with a 1/4-H.P. motor; and a glass held under the faucet is at once filled with a flow of ice.