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ANNOUNCING NOVA (Jul, 1978)

ANNOUNCING NOVA

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Comb on Tube Cap Applies Mascara (Jul, 1939)

Comb on Tube Cap Applies Mascara

FOR applying mascara to eyelashes, an ingenious inventor has combined a miniature comb with the cap of the container. Saturated with cosmetic when withdrawn, the novel applicator is used as shown and then replaced, avoiding waste.

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When this dust mop pad gets dirty.. .you just throw it away! (Apr, 1967)

I guess the Swiffer wasn’t all that original.

When this dust mop pad gets dirty.. .you just throw it away!

The new Bissell Disposable Dust Mop

The secret? … a spun cellulose pad which picks up even elusive threads and hair. Picks up dirt, doesn’t just push it around, like old-fashioned dust mops. And when one side of the pad gets dirty, you just turn it over, use it again… then, throw it away.

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U.S. Tries Alaskan Crabbing To Prove It Economical (May, 1941)

And thus “Deadliest Catch” was born.

U.S. Tries Alaskan Crabbing To Prove It Economical

TO PROVE that the Japanese are not the only fishermen who can catch crabs, the Fisheries Division of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service last summer dispatched an expedition to Alaskan waters. The United States imports annually almost $4,000,000 worth of canned crab meat, much of it king crab caught near Alaska.

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French Begin Development of Supersonic Airliner (Jul, 1962)

At this point in development the French aircraft was a separate project from the British one. They merged the two programs later in year. I have to say, Concorde is certainly a better name than Super Caravelle.

French Begin Development of Supersonic Airliner

Funds have been appropriated by the French government to develop a Mach 2.2 (1600 miles per hour) airliner to be called the Super Caravelle, capable of carrying 100 passengers up to 2800 miles at altitudes above 50,000 feet. A unique feature of the supersonic passenger plane is its curved delta wing which will contain fuel tanks and the four jet-engine pods. The plane is expected to enter passenger service by 1968.

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V.R. Goggles: 3-D trip inside a drawing, via computer graphics (Apr, 1971)

3-D trip inside a drawing, via computer graphics

Slip this display device on your head and you see a computer-generated 3-D image of a room before your eyes. Move your head and your perspective changes, just as though you were actually inside the room. Architects could use the device to draw buildings in three dimensions; realtors could use it to show buyers the interiors of homes without even leaving the office. Dr. Ivan Sutherland, University of Utah, invented the device, essentially a computer-graphics version of the old stereoscope.

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World’s First Jet Air Liner Makes Flight Debut (Oct, 1949)

World’s First Jet Air Liner Makes Flight Debut

Britain jumped the global gun in the race for commercial air supremacy with a recent announcement that its giant de Haviland Comet, first all-jet air liner, had made successful flights. After nearly three years under construction in secrecy, the sleek, sweptback-wing craft has been unveiled.

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Introducing Audi. (Mar, 1970)

Did 800 numbers not work in Iowa?

Introducing Audi.

The revolutionary new car from Germany that moves, stops, turns, etc., differently from every car on the opposite page.

Almost every car in the world moves by means of the rear wheels pushing it.

The Audi moves by means of the front wheels pulling it.

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Announcing Sesame Street (Mar, 1970)

I have so much love for this show. I was even in an episode! When I was in third grade they came to my school and filmed my class doing a spelling bee. I came in second because I was unable to spell “screeching”. I put an ‘a’ in there somewhere.

There has never been a television series that actually helped preschool children get ready for school.

Now there is.

On SESAME STREET, he’ll learn the alphabet, for instance. How to count—and how many is 2 or 3 or 4. What words like up & down, over & around mean. How to begin to reason. And how he is different from a lizard or bear or the child next door—and how like them too.

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The Little Network That Might (Mar, 1988)

The Little Network That Might

Fox is still around after a year, stumbling but scrappy

Well, no one ever said starting a fourth network would be easy. The Fox Broadcasting Co., Rupert Murdoch’s ambitious effort to compete with abc, cbs and nbc, has weathered enough tin-pot tragedies in its brief life to fill a month on Another World. Joan Rivers’ much publicized attempt to challenge Johnny Carson with her own talk show ended in ignominious cancellation after seven months on the air.

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