LOCOMOBILE (Apr, 1918)




New Propellerless Plane Flies Forward or Backward and Goes Straight Up (Mar, 1933)

New Propellerless Plane Flies Forward or Backward and Goes Straight Up

ANEW type of plane which can rise vertically and fly forward or backward, or hover in the air was successfully tested the other day in New York. It is the invention of William Rahn, right, in photo below, who constructed the craft with the collaboration of Gus Miller, left, formerly with the Zeppelin works in Germany.

The strange looking sky hopper is powered with a Wright Whirlwind motor and is said to be capable of a speed of 135 miles per hour.

While this is a news flash and no further details are at this time available, the principle seems to be sort of an “autogyro on the flat.” The wings are disposed about a central axis and apparently change their incidence so as to produce both lift and negative drag which hops the ship along. Possibly the tests were not successful, for nothing further seems to have startled the world from this source, although a plane of these characteristics would certainly set the world on its ear, so to speak.

NEW TRICKS for FIDO (Dec, 1946)

FIDO stands for (Fog Investigation and Dispersal Operations) and seems to consist of using giant flame throwers to burn away the fog…


Gliding out of a fog and into fair visibility, a C-47 prepares to land at the Navy’s Landing Aids Experiment Station, Areata, Calif. The flames burning off the mist are part of a new fog-dispersion system called ELMER—a refinement of Britain’s wartime FIDO.

At a central control board, an operator turns on lights and fog-chasing burners at Areata. ELMER has cut the costs of landing a plane in a fog to $150 as compared with the $4,000 average expense of using FIDO.

ELMER, in full glory below, is a line of tri-nozzle heads that atomize Diesel oil under high pressure and shoot curtains of flame into the air on both sides of the runway to vaporize the fog. A hot-wire setup provides instantaneous ignition of the oil.

Baby Bounces Through Window in “Safety” Chair (Apr, 1935)

This seems like a REALLY bad idea. Put your baby on the end of a spring, right in front of the windshield… bright.

Baby Bounces in Safety Chair

A SAFETY chair which combines the enjoyment of a spring ride for the baby with assurance to the mother that he will not get hurt provides a solution to the problem of baby tending for the busy housewife.

The chair is built high to support the baby’s back and is set on a strong steel spring leaf fastened to a slot in the floor. The baby’s legs straddle a hobby-horse head which prevent him from falling out of the front. Stirrups provide a natural rest for the child’s feet.

The spring of the safety chair may also be slipped into a slot in the auto floor, and it will eliminate all heavy shocks to provide baby with a smooth, comfortable ride in spite of rough and rutty roads.

Auto Seat Gives Infant Comfort – AKA “Kiddie Catapult”

Happy Days are Here Again (Apr, 1936)

Happy Days are Here Again

SPRINGTIME is get-together-time — out of doors! You enjoy old friends more — make new friends — and pack every outdoor hour with pleasure — when you own a 1936 Harley-Davidson. . . It’s some motorcycle! You’ll marvel at its wind-piercing lines and perfect balance — its airplane-like speed and snap — and above all, the amazing performance of its up-to-the-minute motor with new and exclusive features. Many sparkling color combinations— every one a beauty. Streamlined sidecar or chummy “Buddy Seat” for get-together rides—available on the 45’s, 74’s and the new 80 cubic inch Twin.
See your nearest Harley-Davidson dealer—PRONTO! Ask him
for a FREE RIDE—about his EASY PAY PLANS
— and send in the coupon.

Ride a Harley-Davidson

Novel Auto Windshield Predicted For 1945 (Apr, 1939)

Novel Auto Windshield Predicted For 1945
DEMONSTRATED at a recent convention of the Society of Automotive Engineers held in Detroit, Mich., the huge streamlined curved windshield shown at left was presented as a possible feature of the roadster of 1945. Made of a special flexible “glass,” the windshield is a type that is used principally on airplanes and speedboats at present.

SKOOT-MOBILE (Feb, 1938)

America’s Smart New Fad
Everyone gets a big thrill out of Skoot-Mobile . . . youngsters and oldsters use it for pleasure and profit. Small merchants now have motorized delivery service at 1/10 of a cent per mile with the Economy Car. . . side car with 500 lb. pay load. Skoot-Mobile, designed and built like an automobile, averages 120 M.P.G. with speeds up to 30 M.P.H. . . . provides comfort with knee action shock absorbers on front wheel . . . has 2 speed transmission—low gear for power and hill climbing—high gear for speed and economy . . . Simple . . . fool-proof. . . economical . . . durable. FREE literature, write today.

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You Drive a MILLION DOLLAR Automobile (Apr, 1936)

You Drive a MILLION DOLLAR Automobile


THAT shiny, streamlined 1936 motor car that you bought for a few hundred dollars cost its manufacturer one million dollars!

In all the story of modern industry there is no more arresting miracle than this. The million dollar car differs in only one respect from its moderate-priced brothers on the highways—it is completely hand built. Into it goes genius of the highest order. It is the master model of skilled designers which serves as a pattern for mass production.

Heavily Armored Police Car Is Immune To Bandit Bullets (May, 1935)

Heavily Armored Police Car Is Immune To Bandit Bullets

IT WOULD take the most daring bandit in the world to put a bullet through the new armored car built by an American manufacturer for police work in a foreign country— for in doing so, he would have to let the auto run over him and shoot up through the floorboards. In other words, the automobile is entirely bullet-proof.

The whole body is covered with a sheet of bullet-proof steel; the windows are of inch-thick, shatter-proof glass with rubber lined gun ports on the front, sides and rear.

The “NOSE-TEST” will tell you the plain truth about ANTI-FREEZE (Dec, 1934)

The “NOSE-TEST” will tell you the plain truth about ANTI-FREEZE

From the standpoint of evaporation there are two kinds of anti-freeze—the kind that boils away and the kind that does not boil away. There is no middle ground. Some boil-away antifreezes, however, have been “treated” to “decrease evaporation,” and many car owners may get the impression that such products are all-Winter, one-shot, non-evaporating anti-freeze. Such an impression would be wrong. For such anti-freezes boil off rapidly when the engine is operating at high speed. An easy way to make sure that you get an all-Winter, one-shot product is by the lack of odor. Eveready Prestone is absolutely odorless—all boil-away anti-freezes, on the other hand, have a noticeable odor.