Sign of the Times


By George H. Dacy

ACCOMPLISHMENTS of United States Government scientists, during the past one hundred years, will be revealed by impressive exhibits at the Century of Progress exposition which opens at Chicago next month. A building of unusual design, decorated in bizarre color combinations, will house the remarkable display.

No scientific or technical exhibit ever set up exceeded in scope, variety, splendor, and magnitude the continuous performance Uncle Sam will stage in this windowless Federal Building with its trio of sky-pointing towers representing the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of our government.



Mrs. Sophie Baikusis, above, is the most inventive employee of the General Electric plant at Schenectady, N. Y. The widowed mother of two children, she has earned bonuses with 80 suggestions since she went to work in the radio department 9 years ago.

Science Never Stops (Apr, 1947)

This is an entertaining and fairly level headed “what the future will bring” piece. It covers the promise and perils of a pretty diverse set of topics: nuclear power, space travel, power transmission, aviation, food production, urban growth, race relations and even (sort-of) outsourcing.

Science Never Stops

The world has made vast strides in the last 75 years; even greater triumphs lie ahead if mankind has the courage to go on with the job.

By Harland Manchester

Illustrations by John Gaydos

MAN, standing upon the eminence of 1947 and gazing into the future, may well be dazzled and also perplexed by the promise of science to redeem his world. New discoveries and improved techniques on a hundred fronts present golden chances for a richer and fairer existence—if man has the sense, the honesty and the guts to seize and exploit them for the good of all.

Science is a blank check, and this is no time to be niggardly in filling it out. There are, of course, the doubters, like the 19th-century patent commissioner who wanted to close his office because nothing remained to be invented. If these timid souls look about them, they will see men and women who were living when there were no telephones, electric lights, automobiles, airplanes, radios, motion pictures, antitoxin serums or antiseptic surgery, to mention a few advances of the last 75 years.

ILLEGAL ABORTION … disease of society (Jan, 1959)

I’m always surprised at the quality and impartiality of Sexology’s articles. This article discusses a lot of the consequences of abortion being illegal that are just as applicable today. It’s interesting to note that nowhere in this article does does it mention the “right to life” or abortion being murder, the focal points of today’s anti-abortion movement. One issue I did have is that the author seems to assume that all illegal abortions are done by doctors as opposed to hacks and back alley shysters. Obviously this makes a big difference in the quality of care and chance of complications.

ILLEGAL ABORTION … disease of society

An international conference tackles an explosive problem involving more than 1 million women each year.

by Isadore Rubin, B.A., M.S. in Ed.

ILLEGAL abortion in the United States is a “disease of society” affecting possibly as many as 1,200,000 women a year. It presents a problem “as real and urgent as did venereal disease three decades ago.”

These major conclusions were offered by thirty-eight of the nation’s foremost experts after an international conference on abortion, sponsored by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The conference report has been published recently in book form.

Revising the Map of America to Save a Nation (Nov, 1934)

Revising the Map of America to Save a Nation

By William Dyce

DISASTER threatens the United States. Productive farm lands are becoming desolate deserts. Cleared lands, where once stood thick forests, are being ravaged by destructive floods. Uncle Sam is in danger of losing hundreds of thousands of acres that are now helping to feed his 125,000,000 citizens.

To avert the threatened calamity the government is in effect revising the geography of the country. Where waste land now exists, happy farmers are expected to till a productive soil. Where flat prairies sweep to horizons on all sides, great forests will arise. Where rivers never existed, water will flow. Shallow, sluggish streams will become principal arteries of commerce. And, in some cases, where civilization rules today, a wilderness will exist tomorrow.

Money Making Ideas That Whipped the Depression (Nov, 1932)

The title of the article is a but optimistic, but that “Fresh Water Taxi” on the first page looks awesome.

Money Making Ideas That Whipped the Depression

THAT mechanical ingenuity is a distinct and highly profitable asset in times such as this, when millions of men are out of work, is proved conclusively from four stories which have emerged from news of the past month.

These four stories each told of mechanics who capitalized on their talents, the services offered to the community varying from operating a freak “water taxi” to insulating ancient refrigerators. All the schemes to knock off extra cash, or even provide the entire family revenues, are gathered here, and we pass them along to you as money making hints.

Who and What Is the Modern Girl (Nov, 1934)

Remember girls, follow all the tips in this article or you will end up like Bonnie. And really, who wants to be an immortal legend?

Who and What Is the Modern Girl

A Clear-Thinking Person with the Courage To Be Different and the Cleverness to Avoid Extremes

By Carol Cameron, Director, Department of Beauty Hygiene

THE history of the world proves that every age has had its modern young woman who has “given the current commentators and moralists sufficient reason to lift their eyebrows. As far back as the days of Ancient Greece, Aristotle, the philosopher who thought little of women in general though he chose to marry a second time, had quite a bit to say about the bold young daughters of Athens. Yesterday we were aroused by the scant dress and impertinent manners of the “flapper,” a type which has long since grown up and settled down into that complacent and highly respectable status known as the young matron. The flapper of today is in the minority. Pertness is no longer cute nor is it regarded as especially complimentary to be slapped on one’s back and labeled a “good egg.”

For the ’80’s: a decade of wonders in home electronics (Nov, 1981)

For the ’80’s: a decade of wonders in home electronics

Look for 3-D TV, hand-held VCR-cameras, giant-screen TV, and noiseless discs


Video. That word and its companion hardware dominated three home-electronics shows I attended this year. Exhibits brimmed with new videotape and videodisc machines, computerized TV games, accessories, mammoth earth-station antennas, an umbrella-size direct-broadcast-satellite antenna, and more.

Giant-screen TV, the most dramatic video eye-catcher, was everywhere, too, as the leaders in color TV finally entered the field: RCA showed its Hitachi-built front-projection console, and Zenith unveiled its pop-up screen, rear-projection console IPS, Aug.].

Children Conduct Traffic Courts (Nov, 1937)

Something about this picture gives me the willies. Maybe it’s the serious expression on the “judges” face, but I just feel like something bad is about to happen.

Children Conduct Traffic Courts
School children conduct a dozen unique traffic courts in Hamtramck, Mich. Pupils who violate safety rules by jaywalking, hitching auto rides, or crossing streets against the lights, are given tickets and must appear before the student judges. If found guilty, they are penalized by losing some of their privileges or by being given extra work to do. As a result of the scheme, this city of 50,000 inhabitants has established a remarkable record for safety among children of school age.

Girl Is Airport Jack-of-All-Trades (Nov, 1937)

Girl Is Airport Jack-of-All-Trades

Said to be the only woman airport operator in the East, Rosa Laird, a twenty-one-year-old girl, handles several jobs at once at the Du Pont Airport at Wilmington, Del. She takes her turn at greasing planes, radio dispatching, running a refreshment stand, and recording weather forecasts.