Sign of the Times
Too Much Dancing Brings T.B. (Dec, 1932)

Wow! Who knew that Dancing and daylight savings time were responsible for tuberculosis? You learn something new everyday.
The public health posters would be fantastic:
“It’s all fun and games untill someone gets the consumption!”
“Fall back and you may never spring forward again!”

Too Much Dancing Brings T. B.
RECENT scientific investigations have proved that dancing must bear a part of the responsibility for the increase of tuberculosis among young people. Addiction to the terpsichorean diversion usually results in loss of sleep, which cannot be made up adequately on other nights. Insufficient rest and sleep lowers bodily resistance and gives the tuberculosis germs an easy conquest.
Daylight saving also has a hand in inflicting tuberculosis on young people, since it shortens the time permitted for sleeping. Children especially need all the rest they can get.

Office on Wheels Keeps Employees Close to the Job (May, 1939)

Office on Wheels Keeps Employees Close to the Job
TO SAVE time and footwork on the part of employees, officials of a German museum in Munich rigged an office on wheels that could be rolled through the corridors and exhibition rooms during an inventory of museum displays. Desks, typewriter, wastebasket, and bench were mounted on a caster-wheel hand truck, as shown in the photograph at the right. A museum attendant pushed the mobile office from one exhibit to the next.

Little Uncle Sams (Apr, 1918)

This scares me.

If You Have Not Already Enlisted in the Great Army of U. S. Savers, TODAY is the Best Time to Begin

What Your W. S. Stamps Do for Uncle Sam
A single Thrift Stamp (25 cents) will pay for a soldier’s identification tag, which may save him from an unknown grave. Two (50 cents) will buy a trench-digging tool which may save his life. One War Savings Stamp ($4.16) enables U. S. to buy a pair of shoes or a flannel shirt or a steel helmet which may save a soldier’s life. One War Savings Stamp ($4.16) will feed a soldier or sailor for a week or buy the gasoline for an hour’s flight of an airplane. Three stamps pay for an overcoat or a gas mask. One War Certificate filled with 20 stamps ($83.20) will feed the entire crew of one of our torpedo-boat destroyers on the day they catch a submarine.

Bringing Primeval Monsters to Life for Chicago Fair (Jun, 1933)

Behold! The most dreadful of Primeval Monsters, the Holstein Cow!

Bringing Primeval Monsters to Life for Chicago Fair

A remarkably life-like model of the saber tooth tiger, which ranged the primeval forests, is here seen nearing completion for display at the Chicago Century of Progress Fair, opening on the first of June.

Auto Fuel From Cow Manure (Sep, 1949)

Auto Fuel From Cow Manure

Germans are being forced to search everywhere for new sources of power—even in their own pastures.

By Heinrich Hauser

THERE’S an old European proverb which says you can measure the extent of a farmer’s prosperity by the height of his manure pile. That saying is closer to the truth today in Germany than it has ever been before.

A German inventor named Harnisch has developed a simple device which converts manure into fuel. And this fuel is used to drive autos and tractors as well as provide household power.

World’s Deadliest Weapons Will Wage Next War (Sep, 1933)

World’s Deadliest Weapons Will Wage Next War

While peace parleys convene, only to end in failure and increased hatreds, military inventors smile to themselves and go on perfecting their engines of death. This article sets forth advanced data on these new weapons and tells how they will add deadliness to combat when they appear at the Front in next war.


FROM the bow of a submarine lurking submerged in the offing shoots a torpedo bound on a mission of destruction. Leaving a streaked wake as it cleaves the water, it speeds straight for the hull of an unwary destroyer cruising across the horizon.

Pocket-Size Uranium Kit (Feb, 1952)

Pocket-Size Uranium Kit

GEOLOGISTS and prospectors can make on-the-spot identifications of radioactive ore findings with the pocket-size uranium test kit offered by Menlo Research Laboratory, Dept. RA, Menlo Park, Calif. The kit, complete with packages of testing chemicals, a 2000° F. blow-torch, solid fire tablets, special wires for forming beads and tongs for holding beads while forming and examining, sells for about $5.00. From 25 to 30 bead tests can be made from one kit. The entire test, which consists of forming a chemical bead on a wire and fusing with crushed ore particles, then examining under ultraviolet light, is said to take less than 5 minutes. Uranium fluoresces a distinctive lemon-yellow color.

$7,000,000,000 for Door-to-Door Salesmen (Apr, 1952)

According to this article in 1952 fully 2% of the American workforce were door-to-door salesmen. I wonder what it is now? I love how they speak approvingly of one organization’s “pyramiding partnership”.

$7,000,000,000 for Door-to-Door Salesmen

By Harry Kursh

AMERICA’S fastest growing small-business opportunity is also America’s most underestimated! Few people know that a group made up of two per cent of the American working population managed to make over $7 billion last year in door-to-door selling. This fabulous figure was more than double the previous peak year. If you’re not afraid to knock on doors, you can claim your share, too.

The door-to-door selling boom—for which an even bigger year is predicted in 1952—is opening the door for thousands to become independent, self-employed salesmen, selling practically anything a family can use. Already more than 3,000 firms have men and women going from door to door for them to sell everything from nylon stockings to fire extinguishers.

Umbrella Follows Modern Trend With “Safety” Window (Apr, 1935)

Umbrella Follows Modern Trend With “Safety” Window

THE old umbrella, for ages untouched by the forward moving wheels of progress, has responded to the spirit of the times with the addition of a new front window to afford better vision.

Hitherto, the umbrella user either had to carry his umbrella so high that it was of no practical use, or he pulled it down and took reckless chances of collision with oncoming pedestrians.

The new isinglass window eliminates these hazards, and affords a chance for people to use their umbrellas to shed the rain without fear of poking out the eyes of a fellow citizen.

An Inconvenient Ad (Nov, 1946)

It’s been quite a while since a company would use an image of factories spewing carbon dust into the atmosphere in a positive context for one of their ads.

Of course at the CEI they just call it life.

These furnaces are a long way from a tire maker’s plant, yet they are an important part of the rubber industry. They’re at Ville Platte, Louisiana, and they are making carbon black to add toughness and mileage to the nation’s truck and automobile tires.

But Ville Platte’s carbon black represents only a part of Cabot production. From the pine timber country of Florida, to the alfalfa fields of the Rio Grande valley and the natural gas fields of Texas, Oklahoma and West Virginia, Cabot Companies are at work providing essential raw materials for American industry.