America’s Five Favorite Hobbies (May, 1941)

America’s Five Favorite Hobbies


AMERICA is the hobby center of the world. More money is spent annually on hobbies in the United States than in any other country on earth. From old-fashioned whittling to polarized-light microscopy, a thousand and one spare-time interests provide Americans with relaxation and amusement. Seeking relief from the strain of an uncertain future, millions of persons, in recent months, have joined the ranks of the hobby-riders.

Supplying the needs of America’s vast army of hobbyists has become big business. Factories with incomes of millions of dollars annually cater to the wants of men and women who are following specialized hobbies. Each week sees an increasing number of hobby columns in newspapers and hobby volumes on the shelves of libraries and bookstores.

Fun With Funnygraph Photos (Nov, 1929)

Fun With Funnygraph Photos


Distorted photographs giving the bizarre effect one obtains on looking into a curved mirror provide a novel form of fun-making. The methods of producing such photos described below can be used by any amateur photographer.

DID you ever see a funnygraph? Or perhaps you would prefer to call it a “phoneygraph.” Anyway, a funnygraph is an ideal means of proving, photographically, how your friends do not look. It is simply a photographic enlargement that has been purposely distorted by any of a dozen or more methods so that the normal features are no longer normal.

GOTHAM’S CANYONS Up-To-Date (Nov, 1929)

Anybody want to find the current equivalent photos? I’m guessing that almost all of these buildings will be obscured. Plus I think Manhattan is a little bigger now.


Remarkable Aerial Photos of Manhattan’s Ever – Changing Skyline.
Photos by Ewing Galloway

Mountains of Brick and Glass! That is what O. Henry might have called these man-made skyscrapers. Here is an air shot looking directly down Fifth Avenue. New buildings are pointed out.

Here’s how the famous Battery looks to an airman. The new financial district, the winding 6th Avenue Elevated line and the Staten Island ferry piers can be seen. A symphony in architecture!

Making Photographs In Color (Jan, 1938)

Making Photographs In Color

by Keith Henney

Easy to “shoot”, color films open new opportunities for camera fans.

ALTHOUGH color photography for the amateur has been possible for many years, it is only recently that advantage has been taken of the several processes available. Advertisers have been conscious of the attention-getting value of color for some time; magazine editors have lately begun to use full-color photographs as cover illustrations and have been paying enormous sums of money ($500 to $1,000) for good “shots.” Perhaps this increasing use of color photography in the graphic arts is what has focused the attention of the amateur on the fact that he, too, may take pictures in color.

Compact Copying Machine Is Portable (Oct, 1939)

Compact Copying Machine Is Portable

A portable photographic copying machine recently introduced is so completely contained within its own cabinet that even its developing chemicals do not have to be drained off while the unit is in transit. Simple to operate, the apparatus has an adjustable focus, a cartridge containing 200 feet of sensitized paper, a severing device for cutting paper to a desired size, built-in lights, and an automatic developer into which the exposed, sensitized paper is fed. It employs an automatic timing mechanism synchronized with its lights so that the latter are turned off the instant that the proper exposure of an original has been made. The front of the apparatus drops down to form a copy holder that can be adjusted vertically as required.

Tricks of Advertising Photographs (Aug, 1931)

Tricks of Advertising Photographs

Striking action photos of ships at sea or of vacationists riding the surf at Waikiki, used in illustrating advertisements in national magazines, are made in New York studios with the use of models and ingenious mechanical aids. Mr. McGinnis tells you how one big studio produces these remarkable photographs.

by Paul McGinnis

AN ADVERTISER can now get a picture of nearly anything on earth made in a few hours in the studios of Underwood & Underwood in New York City with the aid of mechanical devices. He can order his bathing suits photographed on the beach at Waikiki and have a picture in a day or two which can not be distinguished from one really taken at the famous tropical beach. Some of these pictures cost as much as $1,000. apiece, but they have been so successful that more than half the advertisements in twenty-six leading magazines are now illustrated by photographs rather than drawings.

Camera Trap Catches Unusual Poses of Smaller Forms of Wild Life (Jan, 1933)

Camera Trap Catches Unusual Poses of Smaller Forms of Wild Life

AN ORDINARY mouse trap and a few feet of 1/2″ x 1-1/4″ stock are all the parts required to make this automatic shutter release for your box camera. The device, which should be painted green, is unique in catching unusual poses of small forms of wild life.

At one end of the 51-in. base, construct a mount for the camera. The rear of the mount is 5-3/4″ and the front is 5-1/2″ to allow the lens to point down into the camera field. Screw the trap to the base of the device directly below the lens. A short length of wire connects the camera lever to the trap spring. Another length runs from the trigger through wire screw-eyes in the base to the opposite end where a nut or morsel of food is fastened as bait.

British Invent Midget Camera (Jul, 1934)

British Invent Midget Camera

ANSWERING the demands of photographic fans for even more compact equipment, a London manufacturer has perfected a tiny camera which takes pictures the size of a postage stamp.

The midget device takes eight photographs on a roll of film and is to sell for about a dollar.



Picture Assignment Editor, the New York News.

Why wasn’t De Pinedo rescued? Why couldn’t mechanics save him if photo sleuths got close enough to take tragic shots—?

Why do news cameramen dare death, go to any length to get pictures of executions, burning munitions factories, gang wars—?

Ted Dalton, camera ace, gives the answers in this thrilling yarn about Unsung Knights of the Shutter!

THE universal clamor today is for pictures —for action photographs of thrilling drama, of death-defying adventures, and of disasters in every quarter of the globe.

Weird Futurist Designs Found by Camera in Modern Industry (Mar, 1931)

Weird Futurist Designs Found by Camera in Modern Industry

You may get lost in the dizzy maze of triangles shown above, but it is only one of the surprising modernistic designs now found in the world of machines. This shows what you would see if you looked down one of the 820-foot masts of the Rugby, England, radio station.

They look like whirling disks with concentric circles giddily revolving, but actually they are what the camera saw when it photographed rolls of paper in a printing plant.

Curiously suggestive of the long leaves of tulip plants are these slender steel chutes that spiral downward in a German post office.

Standing like an army of gnomes drawn up at attention, the rigid fingers of these rubber gloves gave the photographer a highly futuristic picture. The gloves, stretched on forms after dipping, are being sent to the vulcanizing room to receive final treatment before leaving the factory.

This is not a futurist drawing of a ballet dancer, but an unusual photo of a spiral staircase and lights.