Sign of the Times
BUT IS IT PROPER? (May, 1963)

“but if you’re a smart shemale you’ll concentrate on your partner.”

This word, I do no think it means what you think it means.


GUYS AND GALS will always have gripes about each other, still the delicate art of dating survives. Singer Mike Clifford and dancer Ginny Shepard agreed to help illustrate some of the more common gripes, ones with which they’re familiar. Ginny is 19, a ballet student since she was five, a native of Connecticut who shares a Manhattan apartment with another dancer and dreams of doing her first Broadway show. Mike’s 19, a native of Los Angeles; he’s 5’11” tall, has light brown hair and hazel eyes, is a bug on cars (drives a yellow Lark convertible) and records for Columbia.

My IDEA Paid Me a Million as told by TEN FAMOUS INVENTORS (Jul, 1929)

My IDEA Paid Me a Million as told by TEN FAMOUS INVENTORS

Money and fame await the man who invents some new device which the world needs. These inspiring personal stories of great inventions give a fascinating glimpse into the successes which have come to men who have patiently developed an idea.

These Ten Inventions Are Making Millions for Their Owners: 1. Westinghouse automatic iron, invented by J. A. Spencer, former night watchman; 2. Disk record talking machine, of Emile Berliner, dry goods clerk; 3. Motion picture projector, developed by C. Francis Jenkins, stenographer; 4. Hoover vacuum cleaner, invented by Murray Spangler, janitor; 5. The outboard motor of Ole Evinrude, former handy man; 6. Rayon, the artificial silk, developed by scores of research experts; 7. Rice Flakes breakfast food, the idea of Howard Heinz, corporation president; 8. Pyrex glass baking dish, perfected by the Corning Glass Works; 9. Kodacolor colored movies, worked out by John G. Capstaff, former ship-building engineer; 10. Stenotype shorthand machine, the idea of Ward S. Ireland, stenographer.

THE LANGUAGE OF THE Homosexual (Oct, 1965)

It’s interesting that he defines “Coming out” as essentially discovering that one is gay instead of becoming public about it. I guess that this makes sense since being publicly gay in the 60’s wasn’t really an option.


Homosexual slang, says this expert, is becoming an important part of our language and literature.

by Donald Webster Cory

America is a mixture of many types of speech reflecting the cultures and backgrounds of its teeming millions. One type that is widely used, though not given recognition, serves a very important function in the lives of many people. This is the language of the homosexual.

There are 2 ways in which homosexual slang is used. The first is when it is employed by the outsider or “straight” individual to describe or refer to homosexuals ar.d their activities. In this way the slang mirrors society’s disapproval and permits a person to talk of homosexuals without incurring any guilt by association.

What Three-letter Word Chills Beverages Without Killing the Taste? (Jan, 1951)

When was the last time you saw an ad for ice? Not an ice machine, or an ice cold beverage, just ice.

What Three-letter Word Chills Beverages Without Killing the Taste?


If you’ve ever been served a beverage filled with cloudy, fast-melting ice cubes and tasting faintly of yesterday’s broccoli, you know why really smart hosts and hostesses use nothing but genuine ice.

For genuine ice—the kind made only by your Ice Company—is not only hard-frozen and crystal-clear but as completely taste-free as the purest water. It is inexpensive to buy—convenient and wonderful to use.

Shackleton the Pioneer (Jan, 1929)

Shackleton the Pioneer

Technical Editor Encyclopedia Brittanica

TWENTY years ago Shackleton set out for Antarctica with a shipload of equipment. Today a million dollar expedition with four ships and four airplanes is exploring the same ground—but in what a different way! Old and new methods of exploration are graphically contrasted in this authoritative article.



The Beatles and their admirers have aroused widespread interest and attention. Fifty million dollars worth of goods bear their name as this article is written. These include wild Beatle wigs, Beatle sweaters, Beatle shirts, Beatle hats, Beatle buttons, etc., etc.

To most adults, the ear-piercing sounds, the jungle screams, and the strange body movements of teen-age Beatle fans are the hardest part of the Beatle-mania burden.

Booze Foe Image Opens Bottles (Sep, 1930)

Booze Foe Image Opens Bottles

THE inventor of the combination bottle opener and cork screw, “Old Snifty,” shown in the photo at the left, must have had a strong sense of humor, for he puts the image of the advocates of prohibition to work at setting the much-hated joy-water to flowing. The nutcracker chin and nose form the bottle opener, while the cork puller projects from the rear. The whole device is made of metal.

Give Her a Hoover (Dec, 1937)

Nothing says “I love you” more than a vacuum. Well except maybe a festive plunger or toilet brush.

Though, holy crap those are expensive! In 2010 dollars the middle one would cost about $1,200. Nowadays that would get you a Dyson that rides on top of a herd of Roombas.

Give Her a Hoover
and you give her the best

Nearly 700,000 husbands have given the Hoover for Christmas

It’s the all ’round gift for all the year ’round, to make cleaning easier for every woman who owns it.

This Christmas there’s a Hoover Cleaning Ensemble for every house and house wife. It’s the new idea—rug and furniture cleaner in one ensemble. Saves her strength —easier to use —made with magnesium, one-third lighter than aluminum. Saves her time—converts instantly from rug to furniture cleaner.

SCIENCE LOOKS AHEAD TO 2000 A.D. (Mar, 1958)

The fastest speed a human being has ever traveled is roughly 25,000 mph (Apollo astronauts). Speed of light in a vacuum is 670,616,629 mph so they were only off by a factor of 27,000 or so.


When a development engineer like myself looks into the future and tries to explain what he sees, he begins to sound more like a science-fiction writer than a development engineer.

By the year 2000, for instance, it is entirely possible that we may have spaceships which can travel at a speed approaching the speed of light. This would put us in a position to examine some of the fantastic implications of Einstein’s theories.


It’s true that science has no nationality, however I’m pretty sure that scientists do. It wasn’t just Nazi scientists the US gave safe harbor to. There were much worse people as well.


German and Austrian scientists will soon be serving American schools, labs, and business At Wright field, Ohio, 30-year-old Fritz Doblhoff test-flies his jet-propelled helicopter for the Army Air Forces. Not so long ago he was dodging American bombs at Wiener-Neustadt. At White Sands, New Mexico, Wernher von Braun, Dr. Ernest Steinhoff, and Dr. Martin Schilling take a leading part in getting the giant V-2 rockets off into the air. Up to May, 1945, these three scientists were working in Germany on long-range, transatlantic missiles.