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Champ Cuts Cigarette in Two to Show His Skill With Fly (Oct, 1930)

Champ Cuts Cigarette in Two to Show His Skill With Fly
BILL VOGT, world’s champion fly fisherman, is so skillful at casting flies that he can cut the tip from a cigarette with a number 10 trout fly and fly rod at a distance of 75 feet.

He performs this amazing stunt with the same ease and skill with which
he extinguishes the flame of a match held in a man’s hand, cuts bananas in two, or lifts the cork from a bottle. In a recent test he performed the feat of hooking a 28 pound test line into the belt of a swimmer 100 feet off shore.

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Scientific Sport – Six-Man Football (Nov, 1938)

Scientific Sport – Six-Man Football

Here are the directions for playing a thrilling new game, as explained —
by Ken Strong
In collaboration with Cecil Carries

MECHANICAL perfection in play execution, with added thrills in spectacular open-style running formations, safety and economy are the themes of America’s newest sports craze—-six-man, or stream-lined football.

And every gain the game makes up the side-lines of the nation’s popularity is deserved. The main idea in sports is to develop the players and to thrill the spectators. Six-man football will do both in a manner to supplement its big brother, the full-sized game, but it will do more; it will bring a new universality to football.

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Atlantic City Successfully Stages Indoor Football Game (Apr, 1931)

Atlantic City Successfully Stages Indoor Football Game

ELECTRICAL engineers made possible the playing of the first indoor football game in the vast Atlantic City auditorium. The 20,000 thrilled spectators had no difficulty in enjoying the night game, thanks to the use of a white football and the powerful lighting system which assured the best visibility. A battery of more than 600 floodlight projectors, spaced 14 feet apart in the trusses arching across the curved ceiling, poured artificial light down on the large field.

Engineers transported 48 cars of dirt from the interior of New Jersey to provide an earthen playing field.

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Grass Coil With Spiral Trough Measures Golf Drive (Apr, 1931)

Grass Coil With Spiral Trough Measures Golf Drive
GOLFERS can practice driving to their hearts’ content, and win the additional satisfaction of knowing just how far the ball would have gone on an outdoor course if they use the target recently invented by an Englishman. It is shown at the right. The ball is driven through a funnellike opening leading to coiled runways which hold it until it has lost its momentum. There are nine circuits arranged spirally, as shown in the photo. If the ball completes the nine circuits, it represents a drive of 300 yards. Strength of the drive is automatically indicated.

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SELF-PROPELLED SKI-DOG (Oct, 1967)

And thus a meme was born.

SELF-PROPELLED SKI-DOG

Form is everything in this most exhilarating of water sports. Back straight. Limbs tucked tight. Tail leveled out. Now a quick blast of power and away you go in a foamy streak. Once the basics are mastered, any old dog can turn the trick. In fact Peanuts, the enthusiastic Miami water buff introduced here, eschews the usual requirements of skis, tow line and high-speed towboat. When the urge strikes, he simply sprints to the water’s edge, splashes through the shallows, hurls himself into the air and puts on a show of skiing that would earn applause even at Cypress Gardens.

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BOOMERANG throwers Show Amazing Skill (Dec, 1929)

BOOMERANG throwers Show Amazing Skill

Deadly primitive weapon, a flat crooked stick, is still thrown by native tribesmen with remarkable accuracy and properly hurled the weapon will fly back almost to the feet of the thrower. Bushmen make more than 20 forms of boomerangs and the home shop worker can with little difficulty construct his own weapon.

by SAM BROWN

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WORLD’S BEST TOP-SPINNERS (Oct, 1958)

WORLD’S BEST TOP-SPINNERS

Malayan top makers and spinners are heroes. As they wind up their 12-pound tops on spinning ropes people watch their gestures and expressions with reverence. A crowd of Malayan gamblers waiting for a top to wobble—something that may not happen for 20 minutesis a-quiver with excitement. A famous top, tipped with a diamond, once spun an hour and five minutes on plate glass. Experts show their skill by transferring tops from one precarious perch to another as the minutes spin away.

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Lifeguards Use Enormous Surfboards (Dec, 1937)

Actually, this is just a P.R. photo of all of the little people who starred in the Wizard of Oz. The boards are normal size.

Lifeguards Use Surfboards

LIFEGUARDS at Los Angeles, Calif., have been equipped with new surfboards and new inhalator machines to facilitate their task of patroling five miles of beach. The surfboards are constructed like airplane wings, being of hollow construction, and are said to be much faster than the old type lifeboats.

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Toboggans on Pine Needles (Sep, 1931)

Toboggans on Pine Needles

THOSE who have wandered in the woods know how difficult it is to walk up a slope covered with pine-needles. Some have even slid down such slopes, when young, on a barrel stave, which was lots of fun. Just such an idea is embodied in this “Pine Needle” toboggan slide. It makes use of a smooth bottomed sled, an artificial slide covered with pine-needles and a good slope of land.

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Take Long Swimming Cruise in New “Body Sailing Yacht” (Jan, 1933)

Take Long Swimming Cruise in New “Body Sailing Yacht”

WANT to take a nice long swim without exerting any muscle power? Then hook yourself up to this new “Body Sailing Yacht” which has just been introduced in Germany. A special bucket board that straps around your body holds the mast upright, your carcass acting as the hull of this unique windjammer.

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