We Shoot Newborn Babies (Mar, 1950)

Well, the headline certainly does grab your attention. This is a gimmick MI has used before.

We Shoot Newborn Babies

by Robert Clark

WHEN I wound up my war service in the Navy five years ago, I thought all my “shooting” days were over. But now Bob Danielson and I are scrambling about like second louies on a recruiting tour rounding up a corps of expert marksmen to patrol hospitals all across America— and shoot newborn babies!

Who’s this talking—Public Enemy No. 1? No—not even No. 101. Strangely enough everyone likes having us around—doctors, nurses, parents by the thousands—even the cute little tykes themselves. And our shooting is done not with a bang-bang but with the click-click of cameras formerly installed in the wings of Navy Hellcat fighters to record split-second combat maneuvers.

Movies of Combustion Process (Mar, 1932)

High-speed photography has come a long way. Check out this explanation and videos of a trillion fps camera.

Movies of Combustion Process

WITH a view to improving automobile engines, two German scientists have invented a camera which records on a film the procedure of combustion in auto and other motors under varying conditions.

The fuel at various pressures is injected into a steel chamber provided with glass walls by means of a valve which distributes the finely reduced fuel particles. The light of a 30,000 volt electric spark, formed between two electrodes, is then projected into the injection chamber for the photograph; The time of each exposure is one-millionth of a second.

THE STEREO Realist (Oct, 1952)


(the camera that puts 3rd dimension on film)

is preferred by people Who know picture taking and picture making

John Wayne and Nancy Olson say.

“Take it easy . . . with Stereo-REALIST. It is amazing how simple this camera is to operate. And it takes the most beautiful, true-to-life pictures we’ve ever seen.”

Portable Photo Copier Folds Like a Trunk When Carried (Aug, 1939)

Portable Photo Copier Folds Like a Trunk When Carried

Entirely self-contained, a portable photo copying machine now on the market is complete with camera having an adjustable focus, spool of sensitized paper, built-in severing device that cuts paper to proper size, and all the developing chemicals. When folded for carrying it closes up like a trunk. It is not necessary to drain the liquids. The camera has a self-timer synchronized with the lights to turn them off when proper exposure has been given. Material to be copied is held by the front of the case which drops down and can be adjusted vertically. Made in two sizes, the larger unit weighs sixty-eight pounds and the smaller thirty-eight.

Photo Lab Flies to Front (Jun, 1949)

Photo Lab Flies to Front

THIS “flying darkroom” can turn out 20,000 photo prints a day. A complete photographic processor, it is designed to fit inside the detachable fuselage of the Fairchild C-120, latest version of the Flying Boxcar. Developed by the Air Materiel Command, the photo-multiprocessor will make photographic intelligence immediately available in front-line military areas.

Salesmen Beware! (Nov, 1952)

Salesmen Beware!

This photo of the model Winchester (p. 146, Feb. ’52 S&M) was taken with an antique box camera and I couldn’t get as close as I’d like to. I used a powdered graphite method for the blued steel effect on the wooden model and it sure made the breech shine in the fading sun. I am now ambitiously looking forward to the Colt .44 as the next wooden gun project. That sign at the entrance of the driveway really works—no more bother with insurance, magazine, or other salesmen.

Guernsey Farm – Charles A. Wegner
Pittsville, Wisconsin

You shouldn’t have tipped your hand, Charlie. Next thing you know you’ll have some salesman trying to sell you powdered graphite . . .

Railroads Run Special Cars For Amateur Photographers (Sep, 1938)

Railroads Run Special Cars For Amateur Photographers

IN ADDITION to their special trains for hikers, bicyclers and other hobby enthusiasts, railroads are now running special observation trains for the accommodation of amateur photographers. Many unusual photos are obtained as the amateurs “shoot” passing trains, entrances and exits from tunnels, sharp curves, etc.



MODERN total war has the bewildering effect of changing our values, eliminating many of the things which seemed essential in peacetime and giving a terrific boost to the importance of others.

Microfilm is in the latter class.

Strangely, these little films have now attained gigantic value because of their small size. They are suddenly mighty for the very reason that they are midgets. Even the larger type is only as wide as a man’s thumb from tip to first joint. The smaller microfilm might be compared roughly to the size of the nail on that section of the thumb. Yet, they are doing a Herculean task.

View-Master 3D Camera Ad (Oct, 1952)



NOW…FOR THE FIRST TIME, you can take personal pictures of family scenes, children, friends, travels in the thrilling “come to life” realism of full color and THREE DIMENSIONS… at actually less than the cost of ordinary black and white snapshots! The amazing new View-Master Personal Stereo Camera brings three dimension picture taking, formerly a rich man’s hobby, within the means of the average family.

A Repeating “Flashbulb” (Nov, 1941)

That’s quite a portable power unit there. Then again it’s also a pretty big camera. I think it’s funny that they always use female models for these things. While I get the “it’s so easy a woman can do it!” angle, it tends to make big things look more unwieldy.

A Repeating “Flashbulb”

THE dream of photographers for years, here at last is a repeating “flashbulb”— and it is an extremely high-speed flashbulb, too. Whereas ordinary flashes take photos at from 1/20th to 1/200th of a second, this shoots at 1/20,000th! Made by Edgerton, it uses a portable power unit.