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MACHINE MEASURES BEAUTY OF FACE (Feb, 1933)

I’ll forgo the Hellraiser jokes and just say ouch.

MACHINE MEASURES BEAUTY OF FACE
Even beauty may now be reduced to cold, hard figures, according to the inventors of a device that is said to record the contours of a face with thousandth-of-an-inch accuracy. Beauty shops might use the device, the inventors say, to learn how to change their customers’ features. In the inventors’ opinion, the following measurements are ideal: nose, same length as the height of forehead; eyes, separated by a space the width of one eye.

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Your Child’s Portrait in a Doll (Jan, 1938)

Your Child’s Portrait in a Doll

PORTRAIT DOLLS, modeled after children or adults by Dewees Cochran, New York painter and sculptress, reproduce all the details of features, hair, and complexion found in the original. Supplementing conventional sculptor’s tools with dental instruments for fine work, Miss Cochran models the amazingly lifelike figures from real life, or from written descriptions and photographs, one full face and one profile. The doll head is first shaped in a claylike material. From this a plaster mold is made in which the head is cast in a virtually unbreakable substance that simulates actual skin texture.

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Strange Scenes from Life Caught with X-Ray Camera (Aug, 1933)

Tune in next week, when we’ll continue our oncological explorations on the Cancer Time Theater hour.

Strange Scenes from Life Caught with X-Ray Camera

X-ray photography, widely used in medicine and industry, is familiar to almost everyone in its ordinary applications. Recently a German physician has busied himself making X-rays of everyday scenes. Pictures on this page show the result of his hobby. Above, the hand of a sculptress modelling the clay figure of a llama. Note that the wire framework on which figure is built up is seen as white lines

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Death Chamber for Dogs Is Built into Truck (Nov, 1937)

Yes, every little girl should have the character building experience of watching her dog’s execution. She seems to be taking it well.

Death Chamber for Dogs Is Built into Truck
A death chamber for dogs is a feature of a truck operated by the Animal Protective Association of Washington, D. C. Incurably sick or injured animals are placed in the compartment and destroyed by carbon monoxide gas.

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BEARD IS REMOVED WITH MUD AND USE OF X-RAYS (Apr, 1924) (Apr, 1924)

So basically this is just a facial waxing followed by lots of x-rays. Actually, I’ll bet this works. Most people who have been exposed to large doses of radiation do not have to worry about shaving, or combing their hair, or brushing their teeth.

BEARD IS REMOVED WITH MUD AND USE OF X-RAYS

Shaving beards from men’s faces, has been accomplished by a special mudlike paste that is undergoing experiments at the hands of a New York doctor. After the mass has been applied, it hardens and is torn off. To finish the operation, X-rays are then directed against the skin. The originator of the method claims that it is beneficial and if used regularly will remove scars and similar marks of long standing. It is also said that the sticky treatment does not leave any ill effects on tender skins.

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Grotesque Motorcycle Masks (Dec, 1933)

CYCLISTS’ MOLDED MASKS

For races on cinder tracks, daredevil New York motorcyclists wear grotesque masks to protect their faces against flying particles from the wheels of each other’s machines. The racers dip the masks in water to soften them and then press them against their faces. When dry, the masks take on the contours of the cyclists’ features. Goggles are worn over the eyeholes. In addition, the racers wear football helmets to guard their heads.

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CRUCIFIX IN THROAT TEN DAYS REMOVED WITHOUT KNIFE (Apr, 1924)

CRUCIFIX IN THROAT TEN DAYS REMOVED WITHOUT KNIFE

After lying for ten days, imbedded in the throat of a patient in a Boston hospital, a crucifix, two inches long, was extracted without surgery. X-rays located the obstruction and, although the victim was at the point of strangulation, no knife was used, despite the fact that the prongs had become lodged in the sides of the windpipe.

Fastened in an upright position, the cross arms are believed to have prevented the piece from penetrating further.

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ABANDONED LEAD MINE TURNED INTO MUSHROOM FARM (May, 1933)

This seems like a really, really bad idea, though in a pinch you can use your mushroom as a writing implement.

ABANDONED LEAD MINE TURNED INTO MUSHROOM FARM
On a piece of ground 200 feet beneath the earth’s surface, Dick Wills of Miami, Okla., is growing regular crops of mushrooms. His unusual farm is the passageway of an abandoned lead and zinc mine, where he found a suitable temperature practically constant the year around. The farm hands wear regulation miners’ costumes, even to the small carbide lamps on their heads, for the mushrooms thrive best in darkness. Fifty pounds are harvested daily. A royalty is paid to the owner of the land, an Indian, who is delighted at the resumption of his income since the mine itself petered out.

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NEW CIGARETTE PUT UP IN WATERPROOF PAPER (Nov, 1933)

My first reaction to this was “Wow, I’ll bet you that waterproof coating is really bad for you when you smoke it.”, as if smoking the cigarette without the coating were good for you. Although it would be cool to see just how deadly they could make it. Perhaps if they used an asbestos filter, made the little silver band of mercury and managed to coat the tobacco in lead.

NEW CIGARETTE PUT UP IN WATERPROOF PAPER
Accidental wetting does not harm cigarettes of a type just placed on the market, for the paper with which they are made is waterproof. In the test illustrated above, an experimenter held one of the new cigarettes in running water for three minutes. He then removed it and promptly smoked it as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened. Cigarettes made by the new process are said not to break apart at the tips from the moisture of the lips, a feature designed to appeal to smokers generally. Their waterproof characteristic, however, is expected to be especially popular among bathers and campers and in general they are designed to appeal to all who, for sport or work, are likely to be outdoors during inclement weather. The treatment to which the paper is subjected is said not to affect the aroma of the cigarette.

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130 DENTAL DRILLS BUZZ IN ONE ROOM (Aug, 1933)

I think that for many people this would be their idea of hell.

130 DENTAL DRILLS BUZZ IN ONE ROOM
If the sound of a dentist’s drill gives you a slightly weak sensation, imagine a hundred and thirty of them going at once! This is the number of dental chairs, complete with every modern piece of equipment, that line the monster hall at the University of Pennsylvania where students of dentistry learn their profession. Since the embryo dentists have already acquired a high degree of skill before being allowed to treat actual cases, volunteer patients are not hard to find.

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