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How the First Color Cartoons were Made (Jan, 1932)

At Last ~ Movie Cartoons in Color

by JAMES BOWLES

After years of a successful black-and-white career, animated cartoons are due to take on the additional appeal of color, thanks to the perfection of a process which is explained in detail in this article.

THE first of 13 one-reel animated cartoon comedies in color have just been completed in Hollywood, marking the beginning of a new era in this popular form of entertainment which has already made Mickey Mouse and his cohorts the highest paid actors in the movie world, although they draw no salaries. Ted Eshbaugh, a Boston artist, is the man who has at last succeeded in producing animateds in color.

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New Crimped Shotgun Shells (Jul, 1939)

I *think* this is how all shotgun shells are made now…

New Shotgun Shell Aids Skeet Shooters
TRAPSHOOTERS and skeet enthusiasts should improve their scores with the use of a new shotgun shell that is said to eliminate the possibility of fired shot forming a “doughnut” pattern that could encircle a clay target without breaking it. Highspeed photographs like the two at the upper right, taken by the light of a 1/1,000,000-second spark, proved that the top wad at the end of conventional shells occasionally interferes with the charge, causing the inefficient “doughnut” shot pattern. The new shells have no top wad, the open shell mouth being crimped together by a special machine to confine the shot. When fired, the shell mouth unfolds, leaving nothing to obstruct the charge.

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Japanese Rollerblades in 1938 (Jul, 1936)

Skates for Rough Surfaces Are Built Like Army Tank
Constructed with several sets of wheels along the lines of an army tank, skates introduced recently in Japan may be used on unusually rough surfaces. The multiple wheel skate tends to level out the rough spots. Braces attached to the leg help to hold the skates on the feet.

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First Staple Gun? (Jan, 1935)

Tack Hammer Has Automatic Feed
AN AUTOMATIC staple- driving hammer operating like and resembling an automatic pistol drives staples home with a single blow when the trigger is pulled. The device holds a clip of fifty tacks at one time.

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Electric Pony Bucks and Trots (Jan, 1932)

I wonder if they installed it outside the Piggly Wiggly.

Electric Pony Bucks and Trots
A NEW entertainment device which holds lots of fun for the youngsters is an electrical pony invented by Otto Hahs, a mechanic of Sikeston, Mo. The pony is operated by electricity and is set in motion by depositing a nickel in a slot in the neck of the beast. The pony lopes, trots and bucks, the rider regulating the gait with the bridle reins, to suit his tastes.

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New Inventions that Baffle Crooks (Jun, 1932)

Entertaining article that explains all of the latest law enforcement gadgets in 1932. Includes: bullet proof motorcycle and side-car, UV and IR light for investigation, the teletype, the fax machine, electric eye alarm system, security cameras, metal detectors, tear gas granades and more.

New Inventions that Baffle Crooks

by Lew Holt

Inventors working in the cause of law and order, inspired by a recent outbreak of outrageous kidnapings and other crimes, have perfected numerous devices which give the police a new advantage in the perpetual war on criminals. Crime weapons are fully discussed here.

COULD the immortal shade of Sherlock Holmes return to earth, he would find a new delight in using the latest weapons of science to wage war on criminals—criminals, incidentally, of such perverted genius and “big business” organization as to make the notorious Professor Moriarty of Holmes and Watson fame a decided back number.

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Coin-in-Slot Automat Delivers Ice (Dec, 1931)

Wow, that is a REALLY big ice machine.

Coin-in-Slot Automat Delivers Ice
MEET the new ice man — an automatic ice distributing automat which has recently made its appearance in Los Angeles. You simply drop fifteen cents in the slot and out comes a 25 lb. ready-wrapped cake of ice.

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1979 Review of the Cray-1 Supercomputer (Jun, 1979)

Cool article and review about the Cray-1 the first really high end production supercomputer.

It cost $8 million and performed at blistering 80 MFLOP/s. For comparison, a Pentium 4 2.8ghz can hit about 2.5 GFLOP/s or about 31 times faster. The current supercomputer champ can handle 280 TFLOP/s or about 350,000 times faster.

Supercomputer

Incredible Cray-1 cruises at 80 million operations a second

It’s 10 times faster than the biggest IBM, with six times more memory

By JIM SCHEFTER

“Step into the computer,” said my guide.

I did, and felt the chilling sensation of moving into the megabit maw of a machine so advanced in electronic intellect that it can only talk to other machines.

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First Electric Razor (Feb, 1932)

Electric Razor Shaves Clean Without Lathering Face

AT LAST the electrical dry shave is with us! Requiring no blades, no lather, no cleaning, the ingenious razor shown in action in the photo at the left gives a cleaner shave than any conventional type razor, it is claimed.

Plug the razor into a wall socket and it’s ready for use—no hot water or towels required. The razor cuts the hair in exactly the same way as the clippers used by barbers. It has but one moving part.

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First Spiral Notebook (Sep, 1934)

USE COIL SPRING TO BIND NEW MEMORANDUM BOOK
Coil springs form flexible bindings for a new type of memorandum books. One edge of the covers and pages of the book are perforated with more than twenty holes and the coil spring is threaded through these holes to make a permanent binding, as shown above.

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