Atomic Golf Ball (Mar, 1951)

Atomic Golf Ball

IT may not be world-shattering news, but golfers will welcome one of the newest atomic developments once it emerges from the experimental stage. It’s a golf ball that can’t get lost. Minute quantities of radioactive materials are embedded under the cover of the ball so that if you carry a portable Geiger counter, you can locate it even in dense woods. When you’re getting close to the correct location, you’ll know by the signals on your headphones.

Below, Dr. William L. Davidson the inventor lets Lawson Little, famous golf pro, left, hear the tell-tale clicks. At the right, he gives the fairer sex a chance to marvel at modern science.

Largest Golf Club Weighs 100 Lbs. (Jun, 1934)

Largest Golf Club Weighs 100 Lbs.

THE world’s largest golf club, with a head 36 inches long, and other dimensions in proportion, is being used at opening ceremonies for various golf tournaments in California.

Three players perched on a step ladder are needed to drive off the 13 inch diameter golf ball atop its gigantic tee.

Office Putting Course Is a Rug in Its Spare Time (Jul, 1961)

Office Putting Course Is a Rug in Its Spare Time

Golfing executives who practice putting in the office can really go first class with the new “Cocktail Golf” rug.

The miniature three-hole golf course is a textured rug made of nylon with a putting course laid out in different colors and pile depths. The holes are three soft rubber practice cups. There’s a built-up rough around the edge, a smooth, flat fairway, depressed sand traps and even a water hazard in the center.

With the cups removed, it’s an attractive rug in an abstract pattern. At-home golfers could use it as well in a den or living room. It’s made by Carter Bros. Rug Co., Chattanooga 5, Tenn.



Drop a coin in the slot and this machine will automatically clean and paint your golf balls. Electric mechanism dips the ball in a mixture of lacquer, then holds it in a strong current of warm air and when dry delivers it to the player ready for use. One of the machines is now in use on a Los Angeles, Calif., golf course.

The device is appropriately shaped like a huge golf ball on a tee.

Third Skate Lets You Coast Sitting Down (Sep, 1939)

Third Skate Lets You Coast Sitting Down

A third skate designed for use with a hockey stick has a long, handlelike extension provided with an adjustable saddle which permits the roller-skater to coast sitting down, as pictured in the photograph at the left. A built-in brake, operated by means of a convenient hand lever, enables the coaster to slow down or stop easily. The hockey stick can be removed for use.

How Science Has Aided National Game (May, 1924)

How Science Has Aided National Game

Much of Improvement in Baseball Is Attributed to Evolution and Steady Progress of Mechanics and Invention WHEN Babe Ruth hits three home runs in one game or the home team cracks out a barrage of base hits to score seven or eight times in one inning, it does not necessarily mean that long-distance hitting in modern baseball comes from superiority of today’s players over those of years past.

14-Foot Ball Gives Swimmers Thrill (Nov, 1928)

14-Foot Ball Gives Swimmers Thrill

A FOURTEEN foot ball with over 100 handholes is providing much sport for bathers at southern California beaches.

The ball is made of sheet iron laid over a network framing of angle iron. It is, of course, hollow and very buoyant. The object is for one group of players to submerge the colors of their opponents. For this reason, the two halves of the ball are painted brilliantly in contrasting colors.

Coaster Sled Rides Like Bike (Apr, 1932)

Coaster Sled Rides Like Bike

WHAT amounts to a cross between a bicycle and a coaster sled was recently introduced for the delectation of winter sports enthusiasts. Designed for rapid travel down an incline or on either ice or snow, the device has a single runner with handle bars and foot-brake, as shown in the photo at right. The sturdy frame will easily support a 200-lb. man.

Electric Eyes Gauge Speed of Baseball (Sep, 1939)


Electric Eyes Gauge Speed of Baseball

How fast can a baseball player throw a ball? A portable machine that answers this question was tried out recently at Cleveland, Ohio. Hurled into a tunnel, the ball cuts across two light beams aimed at photo-electric cells, and a mechanism registers the speed by a light flashed onto a vertical scale. Bob Feller, Cleveland pitcher, threw a ball at the rate of about seventy-five miles an hour in a test with the machine.

Swimmer Eats While Floating (Dec, 1938)

Swimmer Eats While Floating
In training for a projected long-distance swim from Atlantic City, N. J., to the water-front site of the World’s Fair in New York City, Norris Kellam, 381-pound endurance swimmer, is shown at the right practicing the technique of eating while floating on his back. During his swim, Kellam plans to lunch once every two hours.