Baby Goes for Car Rides in Homemade Armchair (Aug, 1939)

This thing terrifies me, but at least he’s got a seat belt. It’s better than this one, or this one.

Baby Goes for Car Rides in Homemade Armchair
No conventional sling-type infant’s chair for automobile use would satisfy the baby-son of Lester Bresson, of Torrington, Conn., so Father constructed the armchair shown at the left. Made from odd bits of wood, strap iron, and discarded upholstery fabric, the chair rests on a column extending to the floor between the car’s two front seats.

Uncle Sam Fights a New Drug Menace…Marijuana (May, 1936)

These 1930’s era articles about pot always make it sound like they’re talking about PCP or something. I have never seen anyone who smoked pot go into a “delirious rage” causing them to commit murder. According to this article whenever anyone got killed, the police would go looking for pot-heads to blame it on. Of everything in the article that’s what would scare me. Smoke pot and the cops will frame you for murder.

I also think it’s odd that in all of these articles the authors never mention that pot gives you the munchies. I bet that if you asked a hundred people to name an effect of marijuana at least half would say it makes them hungry. Granted “Local teen empties fridge on pot fueled rampage, will cupboards be next? ” doesn’t make the scariest headline.

Uncle Sam Fights a New Drug Menace…Marijuana

How an Innocent-Looking Plant, a Roadside Weed In Many States, Presents A Grave Narcotic Problem

By William Wolf

ONE DAY last summer, a squad of men suddenly descended upon a vacant lot in a large eastern city. Attacking a patch of innocent-looking weeds, they first burned the stalks down to the ground and then spread chemicals to make sure that every vestige of life in the roots was destroyed.

The weed was marijuana—better known as Indian hemp—and within that one vacant lot there was enough, if converted into cigarettes or “reefers” and peddled through underground channels, to be the potential cause of half a dozen murders and other brutal crimes.

Electric Bath Fights Disease (Jun, 1932)

This looks like a brilliant idea.

Electric Bath Fights Disease
SOME London hospitals are now equipped with the latest in scientific methods of combatting disease, the electro-therapeutic bath.

The diseased patient sits comfortably, as the photo below shows, with his hands and feet in small tubs. The artificial fever is produced in the body by the passage of an electric current which combats the disease germs and hastens recovery.

The electric current is run into the solution in the tubs through electrodes. The intensity of the current can be altered by rheostats on the control board shown in lower left corner of the photo.

Taxidermist Gives Eternal Life To Birds (Feb, 1936)

There is something very disturbing about a person who kills and stuffs thousands of animals while proclaiming that he is granting them “Eternal Life”. It sort of reminds me of a fanatically religious serial killer who thinks he’s actually helping his victims when he kills them.

Taxidermist Gives Eternal Life To Birds

ARMED only with a forked stick, a hunter walked warily through the squat bushes of the San Fernando valley in Southern California the other day. Suddenly he froze in his tracks, warned by a series of rattles that hidden danger lay waiting.

He advanced slowly, saw a Pacific rattle snake lying coiled and ready to strike. With the skill acquired from many such hunts, he pressed the stick down over the snake’s neck, stuffed the reptile into a box, and hastened back to his Hollywood studio.

There John Schleisser, famed naturalist-taxidermist—for it was he who captured the deadly reptile—chloroformed the rattler. A few minutes later he could be seen taking exact measurements by making a plaster cast of the body. Then he skinned the rattler, made a mannikin of papier mache duplicating the late deceased, and a few days later fitted the skin, perfectly tanned, back over the artificial body.

Ever Had Your Colon “House Cleaned?” (Nov, 1934)

Once, by my Roomba, but we both promised never to speak of it again.

Ever Had Your Colon “House Cleaned?”

Large Per Cent, of All Ills and Ailments Have Their Source in the Neglected “Cellar” of the Human Body

IT’S only natural to neglect the cellar of the house, the part you don’t see. Yet, as a matter of fact it’s more important to keep the cellar clean and airy than any other part of the house.

The colon, or large intestine, may be called the cellar of the human body. It’s there the rubbish or waste matter from digested food collects for passage out of the body—only the body waste is no mere rubbish, but highly toxic or poisonous waste.


This scares me. Besides just being a generally bad idea, am I the only one who immediately thinks of the holocaust when I see this?
It’s not quite as scary as this one though.

Ills of dogs are being treated by baking in Germany. For this purpose, and to aid in scientific research, gas ovens have been installed in the Berlin veterinary university’s clinic. The application of heat to animals is said to act in the same way that a steam bath does to the human body.

Portable Tire X-Rayer Shows Nails and Cuts (May, 1939)

Portable Tire X-Rayer Shows Nails and Cuts

AUTOMOBILE tires are X-rayed for hidden nails, bruises, and similar dangers by the novel portable apparatus pictured at the left. Introduced by Firestone engineers, the X-ray unit is rolled under a jacked-up wheel, and the tire is viewed section by section, just as a physician examines the body of a patient with a fluoroscope. In an experimental test of 2,000 automobile tires with the apparatus, experts discovered 2,049 nails and tacks, 2,099 pieces of glass, and 2,197 rocks and pebbles lodged in the tread or body.

Atoms for Peace (Sep, 1958)

Atoms for Peace

Lockheed, always in the forefront of aeronautic and scientific achievement, now extends its leadership into a significant new field—Nuclear Energy for the World’s Work.

For eight years, Lockheed’s nuclear scientists, physicists and engineers have been working on the development of a nuclear-powered airplane. Now, these scientists are also ready to put the atom to work for industry—with research and process heat reactors, food irradiation facilities and the applications of radioisotopes.

Engineering Better Meat (Feb, 1949)

Yum! Nothing makes food sound more appealing than auto industry terminology. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of that new-model 1950 beef. My mouth is watering just thinknig about it’s square streamlining and shorter wheel base!

Engineering Better Meat

Nature needs help as a hungry world calls for food. “Blueprints” drawn up by animal engineers promise to give us more meals from each animal

PLANS for the 1950-model beef critter already are on the drawing boards of the nation’s animal engineers—and never did you see such a streamlined creation!

Built with square lines, low to the ground and with shorter “wheelbase,” this advanced model will carry more T-bones and tenderloins for its weight than any animal yet to appear on American ranges.

$100 SUBMARINE (Jun, 1959)

ADMIRAL Ray Bass achieved his rank in – the Texas Navy the hard way. He built his own submarine to explore the 20-ft. depths of the town lake of Corsicana when the city fathers forbade skin diving. The $100 sub took three months to build with volunteer help. A six-volt motor and six-volt car battery power Turtle II for 45 minutes running time submerged. A 7-1/2 hp outboard motor is used on the surface.

The conning tower is a scrounged 20-in. section of steel pipe; the $17.60 hull is a 750-gallon Army surplus hot water tank; portholes are sealed by old inner tubes.

This one-man navy runs on sheer nerve!