No Arms (Apr, 1947)

No Arms yet he enjoys the sport of bowling and even hung up a score of 96 at duckpins on his very first try in a Washington, D. C, bowling alley. The ingenious device is the invention of Harold A. Carlson, 45, who lost both arms as a youth in a railroad accident. He is shown above all set to swing a duck ball down the lane for a strike. A rubber suction cup, attached to his arm prothesis, holds the ball. At the proper part of the swing, a trip device lets the ball go. Carlson says that all parts for the invention were bought at variety and bicycle stores.

Swimming Strokes Taught From Outboard Powered Raft (Aug, 1931)

Swimming Strokes Taught From Outboard Powered Raft

AN OUTBOARD powered swimming raft was the unique means employed by Johnny Weismuller at Miami Beach, Florida, during the past season to teach beginners the theory and practice of the new swimming strokes. The pupil is swung between the U-shaped opening of the raft in a canvas belt, and as the craft moves about under power of the motor the novice goes through the proper strokes as demonstrated to him by Weismuller.

Two outstanding advantages of the scheme are that the swimmer is always held at the right level in the water and that he easily learns the forward motion—the hardest of all to learn in swimming. The raft is also used as a marker or turning buoy in swimming races.



Here is MI’s hold plan to fight juvenile delinquency and get kids off the street.

THE scene is your city on a sticky, sweltering twilight in midsummer. Lights are beginning to wink on and kids are starting to gather in the streets after the evening meal.

A few years ago this was the danger hour in your city. You remember it well—the nightly muggings would begin about now and young girls would be afraid to venture out alone. Beatings were commonplace and gang wars, fiercely fought with knives and zip-guns, were a frequent occurrence. But things are different now.

The Mechanics of Baseball (Jul, 1930)

The Mechanics of Baseball

By Babe Ruth

The Sultan of Swat! The Bustin’ Babe! The most colorful player the game has ever seen! In these terms we habitually think of Babe Ruth. In this article he reveals many of the secrets that have made him the game’s most valuable player.

IT SEEMS strange to talk or write of baseball mechanics. Yet the term is a good one, for we who play baseball are as much mechanicians as the engineers who develop airplanes, the men who operate engines or the mechanic who tinkers with an automobile in a garage. The only difference is in the engine.


For some reason when I first saw this I thought that the guy skiing in the robe was the pope.


ONE of the latest innovations for skiing, exhibited at the Winter Resorts during the past season, is the robe shown here. This serves a dual purpose. With the wind behind the sports enthusiast, his progress across the snow is speeded up greatly. When it becomes necessary to negotiate jumps, the robe serves partially as a parachute. The reader should not think that this robe decreases, to any appreciable extent, the speed of “flight” through the air. The robe merely serves as a means for maintaining balance.

In Paris, indoor ski tracks have coconut matting sprinkled with hypo making an effective snow substitute.


SMASH! Into the sturdy, collapsible plywood backstop goes the tough little polyethylene ball. How it returns is anybody’s guess until you’ve learned how to play the angles against an opponent’s weaknesses. Big thing about this new paddle game is that it’s fun from the beginning, can develop great skill and condition in the player and uses a space only 9 by 12 feet in your garage, cellar, porch or driveway. Schools, Y’s and youth clubs are using it and Aussie tennis stars showed it off at Olympic Village, Melbourne.

Los Angeles Kids Build Their Own Tom Thumb Course (Dec, 1930)

Los Angeles Kids Build Their Own Tom Thumb Course

ADDICTION to miniature golf is not being confined to grown ups; the infection has spread to the younger generation, who, following in the footsteps of the older generation, are building miniature courses of their own.

One of the most distinctive is the “Dinky” course, as they call it, which was built by several enterprising youngsters in Los Angeles. In preparing the course, they first got permission to use a vacant lot, then cut weeds, dug, and graded, laid out hazards, and constructed traps, and when the work was finished, held a grand opening, charging ten cents per round. The course, shown at right, is a model of neatness, and attracts kids from the entire neighborhood.

All Ready, Lift! Brains only Need for STRENGTH Feats (Jun, 1930)

All Ready, Lift! Brains only Need for STRENGTH Feats

“FEATS of strong men all remind us—”

no, that’s wrong as far as quoting poetry is concerned! What we do want to say is that brains — not strength — is the prime need for all these stunts we see performed almost every day.

Take the case of a small 100-pound girl. She can resist the efforts of the strongest man who strives to lift her from the floor by getting him to place both his hands on her waist.

Get Some NEW THRILLS from WINTER SPORTS (Jan, 1933)


You’ll never know the last word in winter sport thrills till you’ve tried out the ingenious stunts set forth here. Apply them to the nearest hill or lake and winter will have a new meaning to you and your gang.


WHAT’S more fun on a nippy night than a hearty skating party, or a sojourn to the neighborhood coasting track? Speak up; what is?

There’s glamour about a winter night and there’s plenty of fun awaiting you. Steep, snow-surfaced hills call for sleds and toboggans; smooth ice on lake and pond coax and beg for skates to line their smooth expanses with hair lines and ice shavings.

Here are enough stunts for snow and ice activities to keep you entertained for quite some time. They’ve all been tried and found quite thrilling. Most of them you will revamp to your own inclinations and local limitations.

Water Golf Is Played From Rafts (Jul, 1934)

Water Golf Is Played From Rafts
THERE are no water hazards on a certain golf course in Pasadena, California—the entire course is laid out on the water. Caddies paddle the golfers about the course on tiny rafts. The holes are floating cups, anchored in position.