IT’S NEW! (Oct, 1956)

That swamp wagon is pretty damn bad-ass.


SWAMP WAGON’S nine-ft. tall rear wheels have hickory treads steel-clamped to 28 in. rims weighing 700 lbs. Vehicle is designed to clamber over Florida’s soft muck bogs.

TOTCYCLIST Brad Bradley drives cut-down 125 cc Harley Davidson like a pro. Five-year-old was taught to ride 50-mph machine by his Dad. Brad began career at 18 months.

MANY-LENSED Italian Summa camera has revolving turret housing regular lens, wide angle lens and two for direct sighting. It also has hand grips and flash attachments.

NO FANCY PANTS, Solly Davis holds Geiger counter inside Goodyear’s new one-piece vinyl film anti-radiation suit Inflated by compressed air, suit is air-conditioned.

Rescuer Walks to Victim With New Life-Saving Device (Mar, 1932)

Rescuer Walks to Victim With New Life-Saving Device

REDUCING danger and increasing speed of movement through the water arc the features of a new German life-saving device which permits the rescuer to walk to the drowning person.

Giving the wearer the aspect of a winged mercury, the device consists of a waterproof suit with a life belt around the middle, as illustrated in the accompanying photo.

On the feet are worn a pair of hinged fins which automatically lock when the foot is moved backward for propulsion and fold up when the foot moves forward for a new stroke. Arm paddles also aid propulsion.

Bazooka Bomb: Newest Sub-Killer (Nov, 1950)

You would need to drop an absurd number of these to have any chance at all of actually hitting a sub.

Bazooka Bomb: Newest Sub-Killer

IN World War II the German commanders of the Panzer divisions were mystified by a new American weapon which effectively was knocking out their tanks. At first they thought it might be a new kind of mortar. Actually they were being introduced to our bazooka and its shaped-charge shell. In the Korean war this same weapon proved to be a potent threat to the Communists’ heavy armor.

IT’S NEW! (Nov, 1955)

That flight-suit on the second page is one of the most steam-punky looking things I’ve ever seen that wasn’t actually designed to look that way. I also love the habit of just throwing a woman in the frame when they show pictures of weird stuff. Balance?


HYDROFOILS in kit form are easily installed on almost all outboard craft from 12 to 16 feet Safe, smooth, they literally make boat fly. Atlantic Hydrofin, Miami. Fla.

GROWING UP LAMP’S base has yardstick with spaces for marking date, weight, height of little Oscar, who likes to see how much he “growed.” Device was exhibited in Chicago.

SLIT SPECS, originated by the Eskimos, are considered the most on Canadian ski slopes these days. Glassless, slits guard against sun’s glare. This pair costs $20.

Threat To America… THE RED FLEET! (Feb, 1959)

Threat To America… THE RED FLEET!

By Arthur Kranish

While we raise massive defenses against the Red air menace, the Russians are building an atomic navy designed and trained for global domination.

HUGE atomic submarines for round-the-world espionage or attack missions. . . Fantastic new missiles ready to flatten almost any city in the U.S. from under-sea hiding. . . . Hundreds of new, missile-carrying cruisers and destroyers. . .

This is the new Russian Navy, a fleet that may soon be powerful enough to isolate and destroy this nation in a single sneak attack.

Life Guard Speeds to Drowning Swimmer on Motorized Surfboard (Jul, 1932)

Life Guard Speeds to Drowning Swimmer on Motorized Surfboard
SURFBOARD riders won’t have to depend on outboard motors or speed boats to pull them over the water in the future. Below is shown a motorized surfboard scooter recently invented in Australia. The small motor in the rear furnishes the power and also sets the board at the proper angle in the water. A good machine for life guards.

Little Liberty (Oct, 1951)

Little Liberty

NOBODY ever launched the Andrew A. Nelson, but this Liberty ship is certainly doing its bit for the U. S. Merchant Marine. It’s a cutaway scale model which is used by our Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N. Y., to teach embryo officers the essentials of cargo handling.

Scottish Engineer Builds Auto That Speeds Over Lake at 7 m.p.h. Clip (Aug, 1931)

It looks like it’s under the water, not floating on it.

Scottish Engineer Builds Auto That Speeds Over Lake at 7 m.p.h. Clip
A COMBINATION motor boat and automobile, capable of a speed of 40 miles per hour on land and 7 miles per hour in the water, has been invented by a well known Scottish engineer after a long period of experimentation to produce a practical and serviceable vehicle.

A Whole Mess of Stuff I Couldn’t Easily Separate (Dec, 1929)

Graphic Section

All the characteristics of a mammoth ocean liner are reproduced in the “Columbus,” the miniature ship shown above. It is 25 feet long and was constructed by a German engineer at a cost of #4000. Top photo shows the model coming into dock under its own power after a practice spin; below it appears a close-up of the ship. It is driven by an electric motor.

Neil Hamilton, movie actor, demonstrates a revolving camera for taking “dizzy” shots in which rooms and people tumble all over the screen.

Novel Automobile Is Driven By a Single Wheel at Rear.

Silent Sea Engine for Nuclear Subs (Jan, 1966)

This reminds me of the Caterpillar drive from The Hunt For Red October.

Silent Sea Engine for Nuclear Subs

A magnetic pump with no moving parts, this simple device may propel our submarines silently along the ocean floor


In the silent world of underwater warfare, the slightest noise can bring sudden death to a submarine. The electronic ears of the enemy can detect conventional engines and screw propellers as far as 100 miles away. A computer interprets the sounds and directs a deadly homing torpedo to their source in minutes. How do you go about maneuvering a 3,260-ton nuclear submarine without making a sound? Two medical researchers at St. Louis University’s School of Medicine may have found the answer—a revolutionary undersea propulsion unit dubbed the “sea engine.”