Sign of the Times
Amazing Skill with Unseen Strings gives life to Most Famous Puppets (Jun, 1933)

Amazing Skill with Unseen Strings gives life to Most Famous Puppets

Thirty Operators Working Eighteen Miles of Wire and String Are Needed to Give a Performance with the 800 Animated Actors that Are Cleverly Molded of Wood

By Robert E. Martin

EIGHT hundred performers, moved by miles of wires and string, are now touring the country presenting the most elaborate puppet show of history. Known as the Teatro dei Piccoli, “The Theater of the Little Ones,” the organization has spent eighteen years in Italy building up its cast. Tap dancers and opera singers, witches and clowns, , bull fighters and pianists, acrobats and jubilee singers, and even a Mickey Mouse give animated performances, amazingly lifelike.

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.

Inventor, Incorporated (May, 1939)

Inventor, Incorporated

by Stanley Gerstin

This is the story of a unique inventor who licked his money problems by incorporating himself to win financial backing until the money starts rolling in.

WHAT should the inventor do until the money starts coming in? This is a serious question that has stumped many inventors. But here is the story of one who licked the problem. He is Kenneth P. Hogan, of Philadelphia, an ingenious inventor who got himself incorporated. Three men put up dough for the corporation and sent the inventor into a huddle with himself to invent something.

Rubber Fortresses for A-Bomb Defense (Apr, 1950)

This looks like it’s ripped straight from a Bond movie. Well, either that or GI Joe. I love the inflatable camouflage rocks.

Rubber Fortresses for A-Bomb Defense

Here’s how the Air Force’s new air-building can hide the radar sentries guarding America against attack.

By Frank Tinsley

CAN we avert an atomic Pearl Harbor? Yes, we can—with rubber bubbles!

For a string of giant rubber bubbles, housing radar sentries, hidden in the icy peaks of America’s northernmost mountains, could be our first line of defense against any A-bomb attack. The secret of these amazing rubber fortresses is the new Radome, a revolutionary shelter of rubber and glass textile, developed by the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory Inc. for the Air Force research center at Red Bank, N. J.

Horseback Riding on Ocean Liners (Dec, 1924)

Here is a really cute pictorial about all of the fun activities you can participate in while taking a voyage across the Atlantic. It’s interesting to note that for all of the supposed competition between liners to entertain their passengers, all of the activities and facilities seem like afterthoughts. They obviously designed and built the ship, then decided where to put the shuffle board court or where to string up the canvas tank to make an ad hoc pool. It’s an interesting contrast to the enormous floating entertainment factories that prowl the oceans today.

Horseback Riding on Ocean Liners

Bicycle Races, Steeplechases, Golf, Tennis and Other Amusements Are Invented for Passengers on Steamers

PARALLELING the race for speed and size in the palatial ocean liners, there is a constant search for new amusements to keep passengers interested and contented during the voyage. The old-fashioned turn about the promenade deck, with a band concert in the evening and, possibly, amateur theatricals on the last night at sea, along with the captain’s dinner and the grand ball, have been supplemented with elaborately equipped gymnasiums, swimming pools, golf, tennis and a host of other deck games.

Kinsey’s Study of Female Sex Behavior (Sep, 1953)

I love the phrase “petted to climax”. “Yeah, Sally and I went behind old Mr. Millers barn and we… well.. we petted to climax. It was hot!”

This is a pretty fair and thorough review of the Kinsey Study published just before the actual book became available.

A Social Scientist’s Evaluation of Kinsey’s Study of Female Sex Behavior

Amram Scheinfeld takes issue with the startling conclusions in the most widely heralded sex study of modern times

Well. the Kinsey report on female sex life—the most feverishly awaited, most wildly speculated on, most sensationally publicized book in history—is open for inspection at long last. And we can all breathe easier.

True, it makes many interesting disclosures—and some disturbing and surprising ones—about the girls and women interviewed by the Kinsey team. Also, it boldly attacks many of our existing sex standards with blistering arguments plainly slanted against chastity and in favor of what used to be called free love. But for the most part, it is a technical treatise offering little that is startlingly new and much that is doubtful. It definitely does not measure up to the expectations of a shattering blast that was to upset all our sex thinking and change the whole pattern of our lives.

What every family wants to know about Television (Jan, 1949)

Interesting and fairly comprehensive article about the state of television in 1948. A time when there were less than 60 stations covering about a million viewers.

What every family wants to know about Television

by Miles Ginsberg

The frontier days are back in one. sector of the American economy. The television industry, only a shadowy outline a year ago, is galloping toward giantism with much of the driving, mercurial spirit of an earlier time in this country. All a television executive needs to be completely in character is a six-shooter and a pair of spurs.

In the wild and wooly television industry, every company releasing information has an axe to grind and a hatchet to throw at the next company’s facts. Nevertheless, by balancing claim against claim, a reporter can compile an amazingly optimistic set of fairly solid facts about television. For example:


Seems kind of like cheating when you send ahead the trucks full of gasoline.


FIVE motor cars, all equipped with special endless-tread drives of rubber to plow through the deep sand, and some mounted with machine guns to repel anticipated attacks from desert robber bands, recently completed a journey across the Sahara Desert of approximately 2,000 miles, from Tug-gurt, in Algeria, to Timbuktu, in French West Africa.

The caravan left Tuggurt on December 18, last year, but first, in order to insure a proper supply of fuel, water, and food, other cars were sent ahead as far as Insala to establish depots, while a similar outfit left Dakar in the south and approached north to a military station at Kidal. The expedition proper then set forth, arriving at Timbuktu on January 7. just 20 days later, the time being several months faster than average camel time for the same distance.



Mecca and Lhasa, the sacred cities of the Moslems and the Buddhists, may soon break through the isolation of centuries, a native syndicate having been formed to finance a railway between Medina, the burial place of the prophet, Mohammed, and Mecca, the city of his birth. There are, of course, other so-called sacred cities, such as Kerbela in Mesopotamia, and Meshed, in Persia. While it was possible for a Christian to enter the last named, and even to penetrate into Kerbela, provided he was accompanied by a Moslem guide, until comparatively recently on no consideration were they allowed to approach Mecca or Medina, while, up to the present, Lhasa has also been, in reality, a closed city.


Sounds great, what could possibly go wrong?

Crossing the Tigris, Jordan, and Euphrates rivers and winding for 1,180 miles across the birthplace of Christian civilization, a new pipe line will soon begin transporting oil from the rich fields of Iraq to the Mediterranean sea coast. At some points, the line descends into valleys more than 800 feet below sea level and at others has to rise over mountains. It is estimated that the twin ten-inch pipes of the line will transport 30,000,000 barrels of oil a year. In spite of dust storms, heat, and the rugged nature of the country, gangs of welders have been laying as much as four miles of pipe in an eight-hour shift. Many American methods are in use. Iraq, formerly Mesopotamia, is the site of some of the world’s richest oil fields and the new pipe line will cut the cost of getting this oil to outside markets.