Sign of the Times
Student Creates Cave of Magic in Cellar (Nov, 1935)

Student Creates Cave of Magic in Cellar

IN A SUBTERRANEAN retreat that he has built in the cellar of his home, John H. Schall, Jr., twenty-three-year-old medical student of Brooklyn, N. Y., pursues his spare-time hobbies of magic and chemistry. Colored lights and ingenious theatrical effects, devised for the entertainment of his friends, provide a setting suited to represent an imaginary meeting place of alchemists and sorcerers.

Latest Fads, Fancies and Novelties to Be Found in the World of Radio (Jun, 1924)

The radio that you tune by opening and closing the fan looks awesome and the lobster claw radio is genius. I can’t believe that no one has had the brilliant idea to cram an MP3 player into one yet. It seems like in the mid twenties the fun thing to do was to stuff a radio into anything and everything you could. This reminds me of the current fascination for making crazy things that plug into a USB port.

Latest Fads, Fancies and Novelties to Be Found in the World of Radio

The Dentist’s Chair Has Lost Its Terrors for This Little Chap, Who Forgets the Ache of His Tooth When He Clamps on the Head Phones

A Real Radio Fan; the Set Is Tuned by Opening and Closing the Leaf Coils

Parisiennes May Now Enjoy Radio Programs While Strolling along the Boulevards, by Using the Umbrella Set Devised by a Paris Inventor

Unique Activities of Unusual People (Oct, 1927)

Unique Activities of Unusual People

Pygmy Castle and Telescope Made from Bottle Only Two of Many and Varied Novelties

Production of petroleum from some fields is unprofitable because of its high content of sulphur, harmful to gasoline engines. Gladys E. Woodward, Northwestern University chemist, is working on a method of removing the sulphur

The world’s youngest deep-sea diver, according to his claim, is George Knight, of Brighton, England, being congratulated here by the Brighton Harbor Master after descents in gear weighing two hundred and twelve pounds. He is fifteen years old

Selling Happiness by the Pound (Jun, 1924)

Selling Happiness by the Pound

Modern Carnivals Carry Mechanical, Joy-Making Devices to Hundreds of Towns Every Week in Steel Trains

JOY is sold by the pound throughout the summer and fall by carnivals and traveling amusement expositions in every village, town and city, the length and breadth of the United States and Canada. Happiness is dispensed by them with a consistency akin to that shown by any great business enterprise. Scores of mechanical entertaining devices, thrill- giving rides, glittering midways of “wonders, curiosities and strange people from the four corners of the earth,” and miles of bunting are by no means a matter of chance even if they do appear as though summoned by a magician’s wand. All of these things are the result of organized effort and are available at fixed prices which vary literally according to the weight of the shipment required by any community. A few years ago forty-one carnivals were touring the country.


That’s a lot of camels!

Modern military operations in the rugged mountain fastnesses of Afghanistan are battles against the forces of nature as well as clashes between men. In recent uprisings there, supplies for the British troops were convened to the historic Khyber Pass on long camel trains across pontoon bridges. At one point over a steep cliff, the way is only fifteen feet wide and is cut into the side of a limestone ledge. Through this gateway to the plains of India in the last 2,000 vears, have echoed the footsteps of the hosts of Alexander and of Persian, Greek and Mongolian conquerors who have gone down to defeat in the lofty mountain summits of the region.


Here is an amazing, huge National Geographic article/pictorial about the state of nuclear science and technology in 1958. Be sure to check out this crazy picture of mice being taped down on a model train that’s about to be driven through a particle accelerator.


Abundant energy released from the hearts of atoms promises a vastly different and better tomorrow for all mankind

Senior Editorial Staff, National Geographic Magazine

THOUGH man may reach for the moon and the planets, he has found the richest of all new worlds behind the familiar face of his everyday environment. Here, deep in the mysterious cosmos of inner space, lies that world within a world, the powerful, obedient atom.

So small are nature’s basic building blocks that you could put 36 billion billion atoms on the head of a pin. Yet these unimaginably tiny particles work like genii at man’s bidding. Their peaceful energy is gradually shaping our world into a far better place.

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.

Party PEPPER-UPPERS (Dec, 1952)

I was very disappointed when I realized this article wasn’t about Crystal Meth.

WITH the holidays just around the corner, you are probably on the lookout for some simple but lively games that will keep your party guests amused. These games should fill the bill, and the equipment required can be found in any home. Match up couples against couples, men against women, or one half of the party against the other. If you wish, award a prize to the most proficient couple or team, but the spirit of competition —and fun—is what counts.

From Stage Thrills to Radio Drama (Dec, 1924)

From Stage Thrills to Radio Drama

Behind the Scenes in Studio Where Weird Devices Give Realistic Effects for Unseen Listeners

A SHOT rang out on the still night air, as the old-time fiction writers used to begin their stories. A farmer’s family in Maine; a banker in his library in a middle-western city, and a group of cowpunchers in a bunk house in Texas listened breathlessly; for the sound was carried by wireless. Untold thousands of radio fans scattered from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico heard it, too, for all of them were tuned in on the drama “Pierre of the Plains,” broadcast from an eastern city.

The old-time thriller of the past, that reached its glory when the box office hung out the “S. R. O.” sign—standing room only—may have had as many as twelve hundred people hanging breathlessly on the actor’s lines, but nowadays when a melodrama is put on the air its invisible audience may run into the millions.

Getting More Light On the Moon (Aug, 1933)

This shows you how fast technology can change. Only 36 years after this article declared that a trip to the moon was “apparently impossible”, Neil Armstrong actually walked on it.

GETTING More LIGHT On the Moon

By Calvin Frazer

IT IS unwise to dogmatize about the future, and hence a cautious man of science “would hardly make the positive assertion that human beings will never visit the moon, though the difficulties involved in such a journey now appear insuperable. On the other hand it is quite safe to assert that, without leaving his own planet, man will learn much more about the earth’s satellite in days to come than he knows today. This expectation is based upon the remarkable progress accomplished in the study of the moon in recent years.