Mechanical Hobbyhorses Race on Boardwalk (Oct, 1937)

Mechanical Hobbyhorses Race on Boardwalk

Racing hobbyhorses have made their appearance in competitions upon the boardwalk at the seashore resort of Atlantic City, N. J. Propelled by foot pedals, the three-wheeled mechanical mounts not only attain a lively pace but also imitate the motion of a galloping horse.

Human-Fly WHIRLIGIG (Dec, 1950)


LITERALLY stuck to the wall are patrons of a new amusement-park ride in Frankfurt, Germany. Fun-seekers climb into a giant drum, about 15 feet in diameter, which is open at the top. The drum begins to revolve, building up speed. When whirling at top speed the floor drops away, leaving the patrons stuck against the wall with a centrifugal force double their own weight. Tables, chairs, clothing or anything else can be suspended against the wall. Above the drum the amusement park has constructed several tiers of balconies from which the spectators can watch the fun. The antics of the riders are plainly visible because at top speed the drum rotates only 15 miles an hour. About 30 persons can climb into the drum and be “glued” to the wall at the same time, frozen into any position they may choose.

Build an Air-Rifle Shooting Gallery (Dec, 1953)

Air-Rifle Shooting Gallery

Do you have a budding marksman in your home? You’ll rate high with him if you help him build this Lilliput shooting gallery.

By Kenneth Murray

IF YOUR invitation to the next A-bomb test hasn’t arrived yet, you can still get your bangs at the nearest shooting gallery. Or, if you feel like tinkering, you can have a shooting gallery (junior grade) for your very own. It’s fun to construct and exciting to use, so it makes a perfect dad-and-lad undertaking. It works just like the big ones at summer carnivals, but an air rifle or air pistol with BB ammunition is used. That puts the shooting expense way down. Also, there’s no danger—you can set the target up either inside the house or, when the weather permits, outdoors on the lawn. It fits comfortably on an ordinary card table. The project is simply made. It has a wooden base and a front row of moving characters, such as Bugs Rabbit, who run on an endless belt. They can be knocked over, but come to life again the next trip around the circuit. At the rear are some more targets. One revolves slowly and, theoretically, you get a prize if you put a BB slug through the right hole at the right time and ring the bell. Then there are some “clay” pipes that look like the real thing. Instead of breaking, however, they merely spin merrily each time they are hit. Lastly, for timid shooters, there’s a round target that doesn’t go anywhere but has a large hole through which it’s easy to ring the gong.

Early Automatic Release Ski Bindings (Mar, 1947)


A ski binding that spring-cushions minor shocks and automatically releases the boot under abnormal strain is said to be an answer to the most common skiing hazards. In a bad spill the foot instantly snaps free. Tavi Products Inc., of New York, makes it to sell for about $10. It may be attached to any ski.

Pro Football From Abacus To Computer (Oct, 1968)

Pro Football From Abacus To Computer

By Gene Ward

When it came schedule-making time in the National Football League, Commissioner Bert Bell used to lock himself in a suite of rooms at the Racquet Club in Philadelphia, sharpen a gross of pencils and stop all incoming calls.

He was a gregarious soul, this man who guided the pro game through its growing-pains era and he dreaded the self-imposed seclusion as a skipper of an ocean liner dreads being beached.

“But there is just no other way to do it,” he once told me. “Every owner has his pet ideas as to the schedule he wants his team to play, so the only solution is to do it myself and present it as fait accompli.”

100mph Bowling with Electricity (Mar, 1947)

Bowling with Electricity

The electric-powered Whittle Rotobowler, below, flings an 18-lb. aluminum ball down a 94-foot carpeted court at speeds up to 100 m.p.h, in the latest variation of an old sport. The court (inset), with lighted hazard pins, resembles a giant pinball game.

ARRO-PING (Dec, 1955)

Try as I might, I just can’t think of any possible way that a kid could hurt himself with one of these…


Guided-flight accuracy—bullet-like power for target and small game! Quiet—fun in rumpus room or patio, on picnics, in areas closed to firearms! Safe to carry in car. Economical—use arrows over and over!

Improved model $1.25 postpaid with 5 arrows.
Extra arrows.
10 for 75c
20 for $1.25 ppd.
P.O. Box 779-H,Colorado Springs 12, Colo.

Aquaplane Towed by Auto Outrigger in New Water Sport (Jan, 1932)

Aquaplane Towed by Auto Outrigger in New Water Sport

WATER enthusiasts are now able to skip along Pacific waves without actually going to sea. A 20-foot pole attached by a swivel to the rear end of an automoible does the trick. The aquaplane rider skims over water two feet deep as the car speeds 20 miles along the beach. The pole is fastened by a bolt attached to a rear bumper and can be swung over when the car is turned around.

One brace rope swung from the top of the spare tire or the handle of the door fitting over the rumble seat holds the pole horizontal while a forward brace rope, swinging back from the radiator cap, holds the pole against the backward pull. The weight of the entire additional equipment, including pole and rope, is only 34 pounds.

Learn to Dive Like an Expert (Jul, 1940)

Learn to Dive Like an Expert



GLIDING along the springboard in easy strides, you bounce down onto the tip and feel the springy plank catapult you skyward. High over the water, your body under perfect control, you suddenly whirl in mid-air and knife down into the blue water below. Knowing you’ve made a perfect dive, you bob to the surface, your ears ringing to the applause of the crowd. That’s the thrill of diving.

But if your experience is limited to occasional bellyflops from the rim of a pool or swimming hole, you probably feel that springboard diving is a difficult sport to learn. Well, it is— and it isn’t. I’ve been at the game for sixteen years, and I know I still have plenty to learn. But picking up the fundamentals of basic dives such as the swan or the graceful back dive, is far from an impossible task even for a rank beginner. And once you’ve mastered the simpler dives, the more complicated ones are only a matter of determination and practice.

Surfboards of Cloth (Apr, 1940)

Surfboards of Cloth
RIDING the ocean breakers on surfboards made of cloth is a novel sport that is becoming popular at a California beach resort. Looking like a giant’s pillowcase, the “boards” are made from four yards of good-quality muslin, which becomes air-tight when wet. The cloth is doubled lengthwise and sewed along both sides with a triple row of fine stitches. Around the open end a strong hem is stitched. In use, the bag is first thoroughly soaked, and then filled with air by holding it open to the breeze or running a few paces with it. With a quick downward motion, the open end is pushed under water to trap the air and twisted shut like a paper bag. The rider then grasps the twisted end and takes off into the swells.