Nagged by associate James Densmore, Sholes made many models to improve his Type-Writer machine.

By Alfred Lief

IN 1863 a Wisconsin printer named Christopher Latham Sholes was appointed collector of the Port of Milwaukee by President Lincoln. It wasn’t a strenuous job and Sholes had plenty of time on his hands. He spent it in a machine shop on the north side of town where he and some friends tinkered with inventions.

New Condiment Tastes Like Meat (Apr, 1931)

This substance is used all over the place, but is more notable for when it is not used. All you have to do is look at the menu of any Chinese restaurant from the last twenty years.

New Condiment Tastes Like Meat

A WHITE powder that tastes like the juice of red meat yet can be eaten by the strictest vegetarian, since it has no trace of meat in it but is made from the gluten of flour, is announced by A. D. Little, Inc., Boston chemical engineers, as increasing in popularity in Japan and China and as now being introduced into the United States. It is a chemical called sodium glutamate made by boiling gluten from wheat flour for hours with strong hydrochloric acid, neutralizing with soda and allowing the resulting salt to crystallize. There is obtained a fine white powder resembling baking soda which keeps well and may be used in an ordinary shaker like salt.

Food-Not To Be Eaten (Apr, 1948)

Food-Not To Be Eaten

FEAST your eyes on that gorgeous display of sharp, tongue-teasing cheese; smack your lips at the lush ripe fruit, the mellow-spiced hot ham. Melt your mouth with a long look, but don’t try a quick bite—-you’ll crack your teeth!

The beauty in this banquet is only paint- deep. It’s all art for the eye—not food for eating. But that art saves real food from waste in those elaborate dinners on stage and screen and in fancy displays.

SCIENCE on the Trail of Crime (Oct, 1930)

SCIENCE on the Trail of Crime

by Lieut. Col. Calvin Goddard

Director of Chicago’s Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory

On St. Valentine’s Day, 1929, a party of Chicago gangsters, armed with two sub-machine guns, stood seven rivals against the wall of a gang rendezvous and mowed them down. A coroner’s jury was impaneled and as a result of their labors Mr. Bert Mas see, the foreman, brought to Chicago Lieut. Col. Calvin Goddard, a famous expert on forensic ballistics, endowed a scientific crime detection laboratory, and placed Col. Goddard in charge. He tells here of the detective work of this laboratory.

Home Toaster Turns Itself Off (Oct, 1930)

Home Toaster Turns Itself Off

MAKING toast that is tastily browned requires that the busy housewife watch the toaster closely, but with the small home toaster shown at the right, recently placed on the market, the watching is unnecessary. The lever is set for the heat desired and the current turned on. When the toast is finished it is automatically ejected from the machine.

Wrestler With a Million-Dollar Gadget (Jul, 1950)

So apparently the heads-up-display was invented by a wrestler and financed by all his wrestler buddies. If this story doesn’t have the makings of a feel-good Disney movie I don’t know what does.

Who should play the Mad Greek? What role will Brendan Fraser and Cuba Gooding Jr play? Will there be talking animals?

Wrestler With a Million-Dollar Gadget

Here’s the blow by blow story of how a wrestling genius-of-all-trades nursed a bright idea into a device worth a fortune— with the help of a crew of grunt-and-groaners.

By Alfred Eris

THE Mad Greek, also known as Prince Ilaki Ibn Ali Hassan, has invented a gadget which promises to revolutionize the speedometer of every automobile on the road today! In view of this, why people call wrestler Agisilaki Mihalakis the Mad Greek is a mystery.

There’s a long story behind his Glowmeter invention but, in telling it, let’s call him Mike. Mike’s gadget is a speedometer attachment that lets you know your exact speed without looking away from the road.

Baby Broadcasting” – Original Baby Monitor (Nov, 1941)

Why don’t they just take their baby to the park with them instead? It has to be lighter than that receiver. And bringing a radio to the movies so other people can listen to your screaming baby is a swell idea.

“Baby Broadcasting”

by Louis Hochman

This Baby Broadcasts When She Wants Attention. Mother And Father Can Hear Her On Their Own Portable Radio Set LITTLE Dianne Roxas is only two months old, but already she is a radio star in her own right. From the privacy of her pink and blue beribboned bassinet, she broadcasts daily over her own private “station,” airing her troubles over the ether to an “audience” distributed within a radius of a few blocks of her home in Brooklyn, N. Y. Little Dianne is probably the youngest “ham” radio operator in the world, having been at it ever since she was ten days old.


JOYRIDING is the latest teenage craze in Sweden, and a large number of midnight cops-and-kids chases at Daytona speeds have ended in bad injuries and demolished cars. To discourage these shenanigans Swedish cops now use a strip of nails that can be laid across a road on which joyriders are careering. The hollow nails, if picked up, let air escape slowly, deflate tire within 200 yards.

Tape for Pictures (Jul, 1958)

Tape for Pictures

ONE of the most ticklish aspects of the whole video tape operation is the manufacture of the tape itself. In these photos taken at the new ORRadio plant in Opelika, Ala., we can see some of the inspection steps used to insure perfect tape—which will “play back” a signal just about indistinguishable from a live telecast.

Science News of the Month (Jan, 1932)

There is a lot of really interesting, important science on this one page. We have cosmic expansion, nuclear fission, Kaluza–Klein theory, proto-computing, the advancement of fluoroscopy, an incorrect model of planetary formation, and um… a way to identify criminals by their sinuses.

Science News of the Month

BY the use of atomic protons, or nuclei of hydrogen atoms, Drs. Ernest O. Lawrence and M. Stanley Livingston, of the University of California, expect to bombard atoms of other substances and, by breaking up their nuclei, to achieve transmutation, or conversion of one metal into another.