Mechanical Contraptions to Keep You Entertained
by JAY EARLE MILLER
When the season opens for amusement parks this spring, you’ll find a number of new mechanical fun-makers ready for your entertainment. Mr. Miller attended an exposition of carnival men recently, and he tells here of the ingenious contraptions which were on display there.
HOW are you going to spend your money when you go to the amusement park next summer? What will they offer to entice your nickels, dimes and quarters?
If you want the answer drop in with me at the winter exposition when the outdoor showmen of America—circus men, carnival men, and state and county fair executives—meet to transact business. Here are all the new things thought up to give you a thrill or a laugh.
Last year a group of high school students in Girona Spain launched a camera carrying balloon to over 19 miles in altitude, and got much better pictures.
Armored Camera Survives V-2 Flight, Photographs Earth at 65-Mile Height
A motion-picture record of the 65-mile flight of a V-2 rocket launched in New Mexico, was produced by a standard American-made DeVry 35-mm camera. The camera was mounted in the midsection of the V-2 and aimed at an angle of 16-1/2 degrees to the axis of the rocket.
MUSCULAR MOLARS: pity the poor dentist who has to yank a tooth of Andre Le Gall, 53-year-old farmer of St. Malo. France, who shows how firmly anchored they are by pulling plough with same.
SNAKY CRANE shown at the GE Appliance Park near Buechel, Ky.. can lift two men 50 feet in air to repair wiring, lights, etc. Called Hi-Ranger. $13,000 piece is hydraulically operated.
Spice Your Prints with “Shadowgraphs”
by Roger Clay
PHOTOGRAMS are lots of fun by themselves. But working them in at the margins of real photographs will dramatize the story-telling aspects of the latter.
For example, you shoot a picture of your friend at his morning shave routine, using a lens of normal acceptance angle and focal length. There’s plenty of room at the top of the resulting picture and some at the bottom, too, into which you can “imprint” related designs. So you raid your own medicine chest for a few blades, a razor, and a shaving brush.
California Introduces Candid Camera “Cops”
Adopting the slogan “Pictures Don’t Lie,” the Police Department of Beverly Hills, Calif., has equipped its motorcycle and radio car officers with candid cameras, as shown at right. It is pointed out that the policemen will collect pictorial records of traffic violations to refresh the memories of careless drivers when they are hailed into court. The cameras will also be used by the officers to take pictures at the scene of a crime for use with court testimony.
GIRLS WADING, with sunlight playing on leaves and water, was posed by Photographer Yvonne Gregory at a private lake in Norfolk, England, and was shown in September in the 39th Annual Exhibition of the London Salon of Photography.
The Amateur Cameraman
Edited by WALTER D. KERST
AS AN associate member of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers, Mr. Kerst is nationally known as an expert on the technical aspects of movie making. This month he discusses in this department several interesting ways in which the amateur movie maker can secure novel effects with his camera.
Electric CAMERA Works Without Film
SELENIUM, that wonderful metal that changes its electrical resistance upon exposure to light, has recently been used in a most revolutionary camera developed by Mr. K. Wilcke, German scientist. In the ordinary sense of the term, this experimenter uses no film, and entirely dispenses with the use of silver compounds.
Sculptor Gets Pose in Half-Minute
THOSE who wish to have their classic profiles excavated from the ruins a thousand years from now, may now secure a sculptured portrait of themselves without posing for hours on end. Only thirty seconds of sitting are now necessary to enable Artist William Fred Engleman to turn out a portrait bust in clay, marble or bronze.
Engleman, who combines science with his art, has invented a special camera which takes five hundred pictures of the model in thirty seconds. The photos are taken from such angles that every detail of the contour of the face and head are revealed.
Photographing Byrd’s Adventures in Little America
by TED MAGEE
Exciting and comic events of daily life in the frozen, blizzard swept Antarctic were preserved in pictures by two daring photographers. Here is their pictorial story of a South Pole expedition.
FROM Antarctica, the bottom of the world, the Robinson Crusoes of Science have returned with Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd with tons of data on the greatest expanse of unexplored land on this earth.