Certainly looks like a space ship to me.


Would you say that this queer-looking contraption was a jet-propelled life raft, a plane fuselage flying without wings, or some other super-secret, odd invention just released for public view? Perhaps, if you turn the picture upside down and think of reflections on water as you reexamine it, you will be able to tell. It’s the conning tower of a German submarine sunk alongside its dock at Hamburg. Note the radar antenna. Lt. Arthur L. Schoeni, of the Navy Department, sent the photo in.

Carrier Pigeons Turn Cameramen (May, 1936) (May, 1936)

We’ve seen these pigeons before. This article also has examples of the pictures they took.

Carrier Pigeons Turn Cameramen

SOMETHING entirely new in aerial photography has been developed in Munich, Germany. In place of trained photographers carried aloft in airplanes or observation balloons, camera equipped pigeons are released to fly over the object to be photographed.

The pigeons do not fly at random. Months of training and selection are required before a few birds are chosen for camera work. Then their flights in each direction are timed so that the trainer knows exactly at what time the bird will be over a certain point. It is then a simple matter to time the camera to expose the film at the point desired.

Kitchen Utensils Make Professional Photo Enlarger (May, 1936)

Kitchen Utensils Make Professional Photo Enlarger

THIS practical and very novel photo en-larger was constructed from readily obtainable parts yet has the appearance and does the work of a professional type instrument.

The base is made of wood, 15″x13″xl5″. The focusing shaft is mounted along one of the long sides using a pulley to support it. The 1/2″ shafting is bent from a 2 foot length into the shape shown.

Science Takes the Measure of Man (Jul, 1961)

Science Takes the Measure of Man

Strange instruments are pointing the way to the shapes of tomorrow from hats to space cabins

By S. David Pursglove

FURNITURE for your future house, seats for next year’s cars, desks for new schools all are being designed by scientists who specialize in studying man’s past. The Air Force is leading the way and business and industry are following close behind—in using anthropology to make clothing fit better, seats more comfortable and working conditions safer and more efficient. The Air Force started using anthropology, the science that led to reconstruction of Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon man, to design pressure suits and other space-age clothing and equipment.

Makes Big Candid Camera (Jun, 1939)

Makes Big Candid Camera
USING the back of an old view camera, the front of an old reflex camera, the finder from a Speed Graphic and the range finder from a Leica, Fred R. Jolly, of Peoria, Ill., has assembled what is believed to be the largest candid camera in existence, taking an 8×10 negative. The novel camera is equipped with a synchronized flash and the synchronizer is used to trip the shutter at all times, whether the flash is used or not.

How Photographic Film Is Made (Oct, 1940)

How Photographic Film Is Made

“Mustard” plants and chemical “noodles” contain the elements that must be put into film base and emulsion before your camera can do its work.

PHOTOGRAPHY has wedged its way into our daily lives so securely that we do not view it with the alarm and mysicism people did when Daguerre announced the first successful photographic process one hundred years ago, in 1839. We have come to expect and accept the seemingly impossible with little exhibition of surprise or enthusiasm. This is, in many ways, unfortunate, for the real joy of science comes from knowing her intimately—knowing how she can make so few characters play so many parts, disguised outwardly but working inwardly to the same objective.


By making eight successive rows of pictures upon a single strip of standard film, a pocket movie camera designed by a British actor approaches the ultimate in economy. As many as 144 of its midget views are packed in the space that five full-size frames would occupy. Mechanism within the camera automatically shifts the exposures from one row to the next without interrupting the picture-taking, and a similar mechanism is used in projection. The illustrations show the new camera and a sample of developed film.

Repeating Flash Systems (Feb, 1947)

Repeating Flash Systems

Time-savers for photographers are the two lamps above, in which manually operated cranks replace spent bulbs with new ones, moving the reflectors out of the way as they do so. Once the fresh bulbs are in place, the reflectors return to position. The top lamp was invented by E. B. Nobel and A. W. Seitz, the lower one by John J. Malloy. Both devices use a series of bulbs with bayonet-type bases, and their discharge switches can be operated either by hand or by synchronizing apparatus.


Talk about lack of imagination. If you could print any photo on any object would you decide to make a headscarf with your husband’s face on it? Or maybe that’s not her husband… Maybe it’s the milk man. That would be much cooler.



Magic liquid takes only 2 minutes to reproduce any snapshot on to stationery, handkerchiefs, ties, scarfs, etc. Use same picture over and over again if you wish. Won’t wash off. Won’t harm negative or fabric it’s used on. Personalize your belongings!

Synchronizing Photo Flash Lamp With a Camera Shutter (Aug, 1932)

Synchronizing Photo Flash Lamp With a Camera Shutter

THE difficulty of synchronizing the flare of a photo flash lamp with the click of the shutter is frequently encountered by enthusiasts of the camera art. There’s a way to overcome this difficulty, however, and that is by constructing the little gadget shown in the accompanying photo.

The contrivance consists of a flat type pocket flashlight battery mounted between two pieces of wood, on the top of which is affixed a common porcelain socket to hold the photo flash lamp.