LATEST BOATING SPORT… Sailing Midget Ships (May, 1938)

These are really cool. I love the idea of making scale models that you can actually sail around in.

LATEST BOATING SPORT… Sailing Midget Ships


AMATEUR boat builders in many parts of the world are going down to the sea in midget ships. They are putting off in men-of-war, square-rigged traders, ocean liners, and superdreadnoughts barely larger than rowboats, yet reproducing in every detail ships that are famous in nautical history.

Electric Scoreboard Is Set by Remote Control (Feb, 1941)

Electric Scoreboard Is Set by Remote Control

Remotely operated from the timekeeper’s desk, an electric scoreboard for basketball and other gymnasium games shows the score, time left to play in minutes and seconds, and the quarter being played. The clock can be set from the control desk to time the game, or readjusted for overtime periods or errors in starting. Illuminated numbers are automatically displayed when the score is recorded at the control desk. There is also a built-in signaling horn.



TAKE a generous helping of polo, a little soccer and a dash of pushball, shake them vigorously with stripped-down automobiles and you’ve got Moto Polo—the newest California sports craze.

Protected by a heavy steel bumper that completely encircles the car and a sturdy framework of steel piping, each driver tries to butt the five-foot rubber ball through the opponent’s goal, using his mechanical “steed” as a mallet. Drivers often roll their cars over at high speeds without damage or injury. They are strapped in the seats with airplane-type web belts and wear crash helmets, just in case.

When smacked by a speeding car, the 200-pound rubber ball sometimes bounces 100 feet or more down the field. It often pops 50 feet straight upward when hit by two cars.

The game is played on a regulation football field or in the infield of an automobile race track. There are only three players on each team and one of them serves as goalie. Four 20-minute quarters are played. The cars are Fords, vintage 1935 and 1936, stripped down to the chassis.

The referee rides around in a Jeep (also equipped with steel hoops) dodging in and out as he watches for fouls. He calls decisions with colored lights during night games. In daytime games, he fires blank cartridges.

Two Bakersfield, Calif., brothers, Bill and B. J. Goodman, invented the new sport. They build Moto Polo cars in the garage where they run a trucking business.

Moto Polo drivers have to be skillful judges of timing and distances. The cars, although old and worn, must be kept in first-class condition as the outcome of the game depends on quick starting and stopping.

Fishermen Match Technique With Golfers in “Golf Casting” (Jan, 1936)

Fishermen Match Technique With Golfers in “Golf Casting”
GOLF casting” a game originating on the Pacific coast, has developed a keen spirit of competition among fishermen who pride themselves on the accuracy of their bait casting. The game, played on a regulation golf course, consists of casting a tournament plug down the fairway and into the cup, the number of casts required being scored as in golf. Casting “drives” of 300 feet or more are not unusual when tournament rod and reel are used. So successful are the fishermen at placing their plugs that in many instances a 100-foot cast has landed the plug within a foot of the cup. Scores compare favorably with those made in golf in spite of the greater distance the golfer can drive his ball. Accuracy is the scoring factor for the plug caster.



FLEETFOOTED deer are being trained for the hurdles and obstacles of the steeplechase course in California’s newest racing sport. They have been taught to circle a race track and leap hurdles with greater ease and grace than the best horses.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Timm, of Kelsey, Calif., started the new sport. More than a year ago they caught five young deer in Oregon. When the animals were three months old, the first step in training began. Each deer was taught to wear a collar with a leash.

The leash was attached to a wire fastened between two trees to permit the deer to run back and forth. Because of the danger of the animal injuring itself in its efforts to get free, the trainer was with it night and day.

When the deer became accustomed to the collar and leash, he was taught to lead. For two days the animal was led about without stopping. Worn out, the animal finally gave in and followed the trainer willingly.

The hurdles were next, the deer following the trainer over each hurdle. Because a deer will not run fast unless pursued, a horse and rider urged him to racing speed.

After many races the deer got the idea of racing and vied for the lead. The horse, however, always follows them.

Speedboat Balloon Spearing Is the Latest Water Sport (Sep, 1934)

Speedboat Balloon Spearing Is the Latest Water Sport

Spearing rubber balloons from a racing speedboat is a new water sport which has proved as popular with spectators as with the participants.

Two-men racing runabouts compete in this sport, going five times around a one-mile course. Across the starting line a wire is stretched and to it cords with sinkers tied to the ends are fastened. The inflated balloons are suspended from the lead-tipped cords just over the heads of the racing crews. The boats start in the manner of a regular race. Each time around the course each boat crew must spear one balloon. If the spearman misses, the boat must come about and he tries again, the craft not being allowed to proceed until the balloon is punctured. The first boat to complete the five laps, breaking a balloon on each lap, wins the race, the balloons serving to make the contest an obstacle race.

Rollerblades (Jun, 1959)

RUBBER rollers instead of blades on German practice ice skates can be used at home. They are noiseless, will not scratch floor.

25,000 Bowlers Participate In National Contest (Jun, 1938)

Apparently bowling used to be a lot more popular.

25,000 Bowlers Participate In National Contest
CLOSE to 25,000 bowlers, members of 5,000 five-man teams, recently gathered in Chicago, 111., to attend the mammoth competition sponsored by the American Bowling Congress. The competition lasted for one and a half months and the prizes totaled $290,000. Because of the large number of contestants, the competition was declared to be the nation’s most extravagant sports event. More than forty alleys were constructed at the contest site to accommodate the bowlers.

OUTDOOR FUN (How to maim your friends) (Apr, 1944)

What, no lawn darts?

THIS half-bow device is something different in the line of archery equipment. Its name is derived from the fact that its arrow is propelled by a whipping motion of the arm and bow. Arrows are made from dowels and may vary in length from 12″ to 18″. Bow string is twisted and waxed shoemaker’s thread or strong twine. Wrap cord on handle.

HERE is a play version of the weapon used by the South American Gauchos. Two types of targets may be used for this rubber-ball Bolas; either bowling pins or six small, colored sticks placed in the ground 3″ apart. The object of the game is to see how many pins or sticks can be knocked down. To throw the Bolas, grasp it by the knot and whirl it rapidly over your head, releasing it toward the target. Your first throws may be wild but practice will make perfect.