Sign of the Times
Is Man Doomed by The Machine Age? (Mar, 1931)

Is Man Doomed by The Machine Age?

With thousands of men unemployed, many of them because machines have forced them out of their jobs, the old cry that man has created a Machine Age which will destroy him has been taken up again. Which is the true picture—is the Machine a destructive monster, or a means to leisure and wealth? Is our civilization doomed to destruction because of our dependence on machines? Read the opinions of eminent scientists and industrial leaders in this article.



In an Interview by M. K. WISEHART Author of “Marvels of Science”

Those who assume that we have reached the true industrial age are doubtless in line for a big surprise, says Henry Ford in this remarkable interview in which he declares the real industrial age is just dawning, and advances valuable information on needed inventions of today and tomorrow, such as a revolutionary airplane engine; a powerful motor fuel; and a method of converting coal to power underground.

“Jungle” Is a Breadboard (Mar, 1962)

“Jungle” Is a Breadboard

THE electronic jungle in the foreground is the breadboard, or first working model, of the new miniature four-binary module held by a Bulova Research and Development Labs engineer at Woodside, N.Y. All the elements of resistance and capacitance to the prototype jungle are contained in the tiny device to be used as a timer in space vehicle controls.

How Much Is $4,880,000,000? (Aug, 1935)

4.8 Billion dollars used to be real money.

How Much Is $4,880,000,000?
TO complete the work of national recovery, Congress a few days ago appropriated this stupendous sum, to be spent under presidential direction or supervision; and experts at once went to work with pencil and paper to appraise its magnitude.

It Reknits Hosiery (Nov, 1928)

It Reknits Hosiery

Run-Repairer Is Worth Millions

GASP of dismay bursts from the lips of the wife. The husband looks up startled. Only-some extraordinary catastrophe could call forth such a devastating outburst from the little woman who usually is so placid, refined and self-possessed. She continues.

“Look at that stocking! Hopelessly ruined! Just bought today.



There’s something wrong with aviation. Suddenly, after making an amazing war record, the airlines have found themselves deluged with criticism. Air travelers, weary of delays and irritated by uncertain arrivals of planes, have begun to object. And their objections have been frequently and vociferously expressed. To date, the airlines have not been able to do much to help themselves. Keeping passengers sitting in airplanes for an hour, or two, or more, waiting to take off, has not made friends for the lines; nor has the business of “stacking” planes for long periods above congested terminals.

Everybody a Builder! (Jan, 1929)

Everybody a Builder!

ONE OF THE fundamental urges in the soul of every man is the urge for self expression.

In some men it is music which touches a responsive chord, and these men find satisfaction in playing a musical instrument. In others, sports afford an outlet for self expression. Still others turn to mechanics and science as a means for satisfying the urge to create.

The Shocking Tragedy of Negroes Who Pass As White (Jan, 1960)

This article manages to be incredibly condescending, naive, and wrong all at the same time.

The Shocking Tragedy of Negroes Who Pass As White


Back in the days when recognition was just coming to him, Sammy Davis, Jr., looked like the ideal choice to fill an important serio-dramatic part in a new movie. When the expected bid failed to materialize, a friend tried to console Sammy. “Don’t worry about it, kid,” the friend said, “You know you’re better than the guy they picked.

Most Scientific Fiction Can’t Come True (Jun, 1931)

Most Scientific Fiction Can’t Come True


You’ve probably read scores of so-called scientific fiction stories, but the chances are you don’t know why most of these tales can’t possibly come true. Mr. Harris sets forth here the scientific objections to fantastic projects such as transporting a human being by radio and rocketing to Mars.

More Leisure for Man in the Automatic Age (Jun, 1931)

Windows? Bah, who needs windows when I’ve got sunlamps?

More Leisure for Man in the Automatic Age

by L. Warrington Chubb

Director of Research, Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Co.
As told to J. EARLE MILLER

Mr. Chubb describes in this remarkable article a number of the amazing inventions recently developed which promise to free man from toil at machines, to better health, and to add greatly to the comforts of home life.

IN A ROOM down the hall an electric eye is busy at a task that human eyes and hands have always performed. Nearby an electric organ fills the building with the deep, soft notes of a cathedral instrument. Across the way a facsimile machine receives and dispatches exact copies of written or printed pages, a cathode tube flickers with the moving picture of electricity in transit, and a beam of polarized light passing through a piece of celluloid is telling its master that railroad rails are being made with too much steel near their base and not enough just beneath the flange on which the car wheels glide.