Doesn’t this still bruise the hell out of you? Who were these “young women” who let people shoot at them?


To demonstrate the effectiveness of a bullet-proof vest he invented, a New York man donned the garment, posed as the target and allowed three policemen to shoot at him at close range. Repeated fire of thirty-eight and forty-five caliber bullets failed to penetrate the vest. The missiles were flattened against the sides of the protector and fell harmless to the ground. Following this demonstration, young women put on the vests and also served as targets.

Rumble Seat on Handle Bar for Cyclist’s Baby (Nov, 1938)

That looks safe.

Rumble Seat on Handle Bar for Cyclist’s Baby

When one proud father in Switzerland wants to take the baby for an airing, he fits a special rumble seat on the handle bar of his bicycle and away they go. The seat is equipped with a top to protect baby from sun or shower, but the top can be folded when desired.

Machinery to Eliminate Humans (Dec, 1930)

The headline makes it sound like they are designing a gas chamber.

Machinery to Eliminate Humans
THE last word in the elimination of the human factor in the manufacture of machinery is represented in the erection of the new A. C. Smith research engineering plant in Milwaukee which will house the laboratories of a staff of highly trained research engineers whose efforts will be directed along the lines of creating a 100% automatic frame plant, that is, a machine-perfect factory.


I thought about putting this in the Origins category since it is clearly the progenitor of Skeletor.


GHOSTLY, sheeted figures, seen as one runs past a dark cemetery, are not merely figments of the imagination. They are actually seen as real ghosts looming out of the night.

This is the conclusion arrived at by psychologists who now claim that people really see with their own eyes the apparitions that form the bases of “true” ghost stories.

According to these psychologists you can, at will, see synthetic specters, in the following manner:

Elkhorn Artist (Jun, 1953)

Elkhorn Artist
THE world’s largest elk herd located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, supports an odd and lucrative business for Walt Floerke, a retired Chicago CPA. He gathers the massive antlers which are shed annually and turns them into interesting curios such as those shown here and sells them to tourists.

Reducing Suits (Feb, 1950)

Do they mean that the Jockeys lose that weight? Or the horses? Because I think the only way a jockey is going to loose five pounds in an hour is if you cut their leg off.

Reducing Suits
Horses, as well as overweight humans, can trim off pounds by sunning in a plastic “silhouette” suit. Jockeys say it helps them reduce as much as five pounds in an hour.

Radioactive Safety-Control System (Feb, 1954)

This man was later diagnosed with the only known case of wrist cancer.

Radioactive Safety-Control System
Radioactive crystals and Geiger tubes make a punch press at a United Air Lines maintenance base accident proof. Operators of the press wear wristbands containing the “hot” crystals. Three Geiger tubes enclose the punching area. If hands stray into danger, the tubes pick up radiation from the wristbands and instantly halt the machine —even in midstroke. The machine will not run unless the operator wears the bands.

“Thinking” Brain Removed (Aug, 1935)

And you thought the Stepford Wives was a work of fiction. In Dr. Spurling’s wonderful fantasy world all women will have the “thinking portion” of their brain removed, and he might actually get a date.

“Thinking” Brain Removed

LIKE a fairy tale of medicine is the description of an operation which removed nearly the entire “thinking” portion of a woman’s brain, changing her entire personality. For the first year after the operation the woman was almost childishly gay and happy. Later came more mature changes, which improved her power of concentration, memory, and endurance. The right prefrontal lobe and most of the left lobe of the brain were removed by Dr. Glen Spurling of Louisville University’s School of Medicine.

Glass Case Protects Baby from Poison Gas (Aug, 1938)

Sucks to be the other baby in the open crib.

Glass Case Protects Baby from Poison Gas
Masked nurses clad in gasproof rubber garments are testing out the latest invention of war-fearing Europe. It is a portable glass case in which babies can be thrust at the alarm of a gas attack and carried to a zone of safety.

Electric Meter Tests Skin to Gauge Emotion (Aug, 1938)

The caption below the image says: “Emotions shown on faces in background are recorded by instrument sensitive to electric resistance of skin”. I’m a little confused by the pictures. Clowns are scary, so I suppose you could say that the clown face represents fear, but what about the bull? What does that represent? How about the fish, bird, dog, monkey and whatever the hell that is in the upper right corner?

Electric Meter Tests Skin to Gauge Emotion

Call it an emotion meter, lie detector or what you will, an electric device contrived by Dr. D. Urich Greenwald at the University of Iowa draws a curve of your emotions as they run the gamut of joy, horror, fear, surprise, love. As you react to some stimulus that “gets under your skin,” the electric needle reacts to emotional changes in resistance in your skin. Used by Dr. Christian A. Ruckmick in studies of emotion, this instrument is called a dermohmograph; derm for skin, ohm for electrical resistance, graph for its record on photographic paper.