PATENTS ~ Nutty or Novel? (Aug, 1929)

Let’s see:

  • Monowheels have actually gotten a bit popular in the last few years.
  • This company sells marine salvage airbags.
  • I don’t think many people encase their loved ones’ corpses in glass, but I did go to this exhibit which was pretty amazing.
  • Poison bottles seem to have a long history.
  • And forget about pictures, we have actual glow in the dark cats now.

    PATENTS ~ Nutty or Novel?

    Believe it or not, every device illustrated on these pages has been granted a patent by the government. Nutty or Novel — which?

    Air-Filled Balloons Salvage Sunken Ships

    SEEKERS after sunken Spanish galleons loaded with pieces of eight will have to equip themselves with balloons in addition to horse pistols, cutlasses, and other piratical impedimenta if they are to be strictly up-to-date in the matter of ship salvaging.

THIS BOAT IS A CAR! (Jul, 1960)


IT’S a boat! It’s a car! It does everything but fly! In fact, it’s Amphicar, a West German import that looks like a jazzy convertible and, when driven off the road into a lake or river, becomes an efficient motorboat.

The car’s water-tight body is 15-1/2 ft. long, has a wheelbase of 80 in. and weighs 1,738 lbs. Fuel consumption is said to be 32 mpg on land and two gallons per hour on the water. The Austin four-cylinder engine is water-cooled.

For on-water drive, a switch lever operates two stern propellers at forward or reverse speed.

Recommended for fishermen and outdoor sportsmen, the Amphicar will sell in the U. S. for under $3,000. •

Under the Pole in a Submarine (Aug, 1929)

What do you do when your sub gets stuck under the icepack? Get out and pull of course!

Actually that picture kind of reminds me of the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride at Disney Land.

Under the Pole in a Submarine


famous Polar Explorer “The greatest adventure in the world”—no milder sentence than this can adequately describe the daring plan of penetrating beneath arctic waters in a submarine, as set forth in these pages by Capt. Sir Hubert Wilkins, the famous Polar explorer who conceived the idea. Perilous and fantastic as the scheme sounds, the odds against the daring adventurers are not so formidable as the layman supposes.

Large Robot Diving Bell to Explore for Lost Treasure (Oct, 1930)

Large Robot Diving Bell to Explore for Lost Treasure

AFTER fifteen years of patience and industry, Harry L. Bowdoin, marine engineer and inventor of Saybrook, Connecticut, has finally perfected diving equipment which will permit him to descend to depths of over 600 feet in search of lost treasure and new scientific data.

Millions in Gold FREE for the TAKING! (Sep, 1931)

Millions in Gold FREE for the TAKING!

The author of this article tells you exactly where you can find $125,000,000 in gold—and it’s all yours the moment you lay hands on it. The difficulty is that the gold is buried in the hulks of wrecked ships several hundred feet beneath the sea. Inventors of diving contrivances are staging a frantic race to see who will be first to retrieve the golden fortunes.


STORIES of buried treasure, hidden by Lafitte or Kidd or concealed somewhere about the old homestead by the wealthy farmer who was afraid of banks, usually have this one feature in common: although the existence of the treasure is well-authenticated and widely credited, nobody knows exactly where the hidden doubloons have been laid to rest.

Hoover’s Decision Terminates Career of Presidential Yacht, Mayflower (Aug, 1929)

Hoover’s Decision Terminates Career of Presidential Yacht, Mayflower

WHEN President Hoover recently decided to forego the use of the yacht, Mayflower, shown in the photo below, to reduce national expenses $300,000 yearly, he again changed the status of a vessel that has known nothing but change in its 33 years of existence.
Designed as a private yacht, it spent only a short time in that capacity. It was active as a dispatch boat of the “mosquito fleet” in the Spanish-American war, and serving as the presidential yacht since 1905, has been subject to the whims, habits and fancies of five different government heads.

Airwheel Plane, Paddle Wheel Boat (Jan, 1934)

“Airwheel” Flies by its Revolution

MANY attempts have been made, both before and after the invention of the airplane, to develop a craft which should really fly. The ornithopter, or bird-wing craft, has not been successful in its motion, any more than mechanical devices which simulate walking. The bird, like the man, has a great many controls in its muscular equipment, which are difficult to imitate in a machine. However, during the past few years, the idea of a revolving wing has been attracting more and more inventive effort.

This Amphibian Row-Mobile Travels Equally Well on Land or Water (Jul, 1929)

This Amphibian Row-Mobile Travels Equally Well on Land or Water

Land or water—it makes no difference to the passengers of this combination boat and automobile. The “amphibile” is propelled by the rowing motion of the occupants. The front wheels are used to steer both on land and in water.

Floating Airports of the Sea (Aug, 1929)

Floating Airports of the Sea

Ocean stepping-stones in the form of floating seadromes bid fair to cut down the hazards of trans-Atlantic flights.

Regular airplane service across the Atlantic is brought a step nearer reality by the projection of plans for a series of floating landing fields which can be anchored at intervals of a thousand miles between America and Europe, affording a safe place for passenger carrying planes to come down for refueling and mechanical attention.

Shackleton the Pioneer (Jan, 1929)

Shackleton the Pioneer

Technical Editor Encyclopedia Brittanica

TWENTY years ago Shackleton set out for Antarctica with a shipload of equipment. Today a million dollar expedition with four ships and four airplanes is exploring the same ground—but in what a different way! Old and new methods of exploration are graphically contrasted in this authoritative article.