Sign of the Times
Teaching Young AMERICA to Shoot Safely (Feb, 1941)

Teaching Young AMERICA to Shoot Safely

Teaching young Americans how to shoot safely is objective of an organization established by police department of Alhambra, Calif. Weekly classes are held at a special range. Members bring their own guns, or if they have none, guns are furnished. Age limit is ten to eighteen. Working in cooperation with National Rifle Association, the group conducts matches and awards medals. Top, left, youngster sighting at Alhambra range. Below, .22-caliber bullet is shown to have penetrated four inches of wood.

Left, center, the pupils are taught NOT to look down a rifle barrel to see whether itps clean. Bottom, shows WRONG way to cross a fence. Never climb over one while carrying rifle. Instead, lay rifle between lower rails, one post from where you intend to climb over. After you’re over, pull rifle through
fence, butt first.

Above, typical group of boys and girls shooting at Alhambra range. They fire only one shot, never attempting to operate automatic rifles. Telescopic device shown at right in photo is used for checking hits on targets. Circle (at right), correct way to examine inside of rifle barrel is to place a piece of mirror in firing chamber. Muzzle is then pointed toward the sun and inside of barrel is inspected easily in the mirror. At the range the breech of every rifle must be kept open except when actually on the firing line.

Below, rifle is fastened on box; bull’s-eye is held in front of white paper twenty feet away. As novice sights, bull’s-eye is moved until lined up with sights. Then pencil mark is made through its center on the paper, left. Process is repeated. Usually a novice’s dots are far apart. To pass test, three dots must be within one-eighth inch of each other.

Why Universities Need This Nuclear Research Reactor Now! (Mar, 1956)

Why Universities Need This Nuclear Research Reactor Now!


We have split the atom and made a bomb, but where we go from here depends largely on the strange structure in the photo and others like it. It is a nuclear research type reactor. Right now scientists have literally thousands of ideas for putting the atom to work in medicine, biology, chemistry, metallurgy. But they need this reactor to hatch the eggs—are handcuffed without it.

Weird Anti-Racism PSA (Aug, 1949)

I’m not sure I get the analogy here. I mean I appreciate the message they are trying to get across. However it seems that if he really didn’t want to plow that acre he could just use ddt or something and kill all those dang weeds. Which I guess represent black people, or jews. Or does the soil represent a minority and the weeds represent um… bad minorities? That want to infect the pristine, weed free majority?!?

Well at least the message in the second part is clear: Speak out whenever you hear someone say they are not going to plow a field. And don’t spread rumors about dirt that is different than what you are used to.

Weeds or Crops America?

The farmer looked at his untilled acre.
“Nope,” he said, “Won’t stick a plow in there. Don’t care if it is fertile—I just don’t like the color of the soil.”

So the weeds grew rank and spread their seeds to his other acres, fouling his cotton and stunting his corn. And his harvest was poor.
There are some who would do the same for America. They would neglect the cultivation of the minds of young growing Americans. They would set them apart, deny them equal advantages …

BRAND NAMES (Jan, 1958)

Just ask the guy who does the work…
Niagara Falls Machinist says:
“I’m right there! I see how much research, skill and plain hard work goes into today’s top products…
I’m always satisfied most with a BRAND that’s made a NAME for itself!”

Highways of the Future (May, 1938)

Highways of the Future


PICTURE a 15,000-mile network of twelve-lane motor speedways spanning the nation—three of them linking the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, six more crisscrossing the country north and south —and you will have an idea of the vastness of a spectacular highway plan proposed by Senator Robert J. Bulkley of Ohio. Requiring twenty-five years for completion, the mammoth gridiron of superhighways would change long-distance driving from a motorist’s nightmare of snarled traffic into a reality of fast, safe transportation. It would represent an impressive start toward an era of scientifically constructed speedways, and crashproof cars of radical new design to run upon them, foreseen by leading experts for the not-too-distant future.

Juke Box Gets New Look (Feb, 1948)

Juke Box Gets New Look

A nickel in the slot will buy you one televised prize-fight round if the neighborhood tavern is hep to the latest thing in juke boxes. This is a chrome-and-mirror-bedecked coin phonograph, made by the Videograph Corp., of New York, with a 12-inch television screen added. You can choose your own records in the usual way, but the manager decides whether your five cents will buy a three-minute glimpse of television. And since he operates the controls, he also picks the program. If jive, wrestling, and boxing fans are gathered in one place, he’d better be a Solomon.



Is this the ship that will take us to earth’s first manned satellite?

By G. Harry Stine, Viking-Aerobee Operations Engineer, White Sands Proving Grounds

ON May 24, 1954, a Navy Viking rocket thundered 158 miles into space.

As recently as February 1949, a V-2/ WAC-Corporal “Bumper” rocket soared 250 miles into the sky over New Mexico’s White Sands Proving Grounds.

Just last year, an Air Force pilot flew the Bell X-1A rocket plane “above 80,000 feet” and at more than twice the speed of sound.

We have built rockets which have gone beyond the earth’s atmosphere and returned; they have reached altitudes where the remnants of the atmosphere around them were a better vacuum than that in a radio tube. We have sent men to altitudes where their blood would boil if they were not protected by a pressure suit and a pressurized cabin.

Kansas Girl Genius Operates Television-Radio Station (Jun, 1936)

Yeah, well, she’s pretty smart, for a girl.

Kansas Girl Genius Operates Television-Radio Station
CONQUERING fields in which very few men have ventured eighteen-year-old Eleanor Thomas of Kansas City, Mo., is assistant engineer of Television station W9XBY. Finding the life on a college campus too prosaic Miss Thomas, a mathematical genius for a girl, decided to leave and enter an engineering school.

Throughout the course the young woman excelled in her studies and upon her graduation she was appointed to the position she now holds. She is the youngest member of her sex ever to pass the difficult examinations for a first class operator’s license from the Federal Communications Commission.

Get Your New Flag, With All 49 Stars (Jun, 1959)

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by John E. Pfeiffer

This is the first of a series of articles on the romance of synthetic chemistry in which science has solved the mystery for turning waste into wealth.

“Don’t throw that away!” This is the battle cry of the great synthetic chemical industry which makes everything from hair-brush handles to T.N.T. from stuff that was once just waste. If you want to buy some perfume, the odds are that the bottle will contain odors extracted from coal tar, once a nightmare to factories who paid people to get rid of it.

But today, whether it’s waste gas, tar, or peanut shells, the chemists want it to sell back to you again in the form of motor fuel, photographic film, or pipe stems. What men do with rubbish would turn the most efficient housewife green with envy and the whole thing only started late last century.