A New Way of Keeping the Wolf from the Door
IN THE drought-stricken section of North Dakota, Ed M. Canfield, of Williston, and his wife, Dorotha, keep the wolf away from the door by dragging him in and making him pay the family’s winter expenses. Canfield is one of the West’s best coyote hunters. But, unlike other hunters, he uses an airplane to track down the coyote, or, to be more correct, his wife flies the plane while Dad Canfield handles the shotgun.
“Covered Bicycle” Guards from Wind and Rain
Many ingenious adaptations of the bicycle have been evolved by Europeans since shortage of gasoline, due to the war, has limited the use of automobiles. One Frenchman in occupied Paris, faced with the necessity of using his bike through the winter, constructed a shelter that covers him from head to foot.
MI Tests the ’54 Cadillac
Uncle Tom takes a gander at America’s favorite prestige automobile and discovers that for real economy, believe it or not, Cadillac is tops.
By Tom McCahill
“Gee Dad, look at the new Wurlitzer console organ, de luxe style!”
“No, Son, that’s one of them sightseeing trains.”
Obviously they are both wrong: the object they are looking at is a new Cadillac. For though the 1954 Caddie was not designed to look like a B-36 in flight, that long tail makes it possible to back over a guy for twenty minutes before the wheels touch him.
Tiny ‘Goliath’, Three-Wheel Vest Pocket Car, Makes Hit
DAY by day, in every way, small motor cars seem to be getting smaller and smaller. The latest in the way of diminutive autos comes from Germany, and is a vest-pocket machine so small that the German government exempts it from a motor vehicle tax.
Selling for $355, the new auto is a three-wheeled affair, and is large enough to carry two large or three small passengers without uncomfortable crowding. Passengers alight directly on the curb, unassisted by the customary running board.
Or you could just sweep the streets…
Electro Magnets Clear Tacks Off Universal City Streets
ELECTRO magnets on a bar mounted on wheels and trailed after a car make the streets of Universal City, California, safe for motorists. The magnets pick up nails, tacks, pieces of wire, lost bolts and nuts and a wide variety of other metal objects which if left in the streets would cause punctures and other tire trouble. Frank Graves, electrical chief of the city, invented the puncture fighter.
British Build Largest Land Plane
THE Handley-Page Company of England, which is building a fleet of gigantic ail-liners for the Imperial Airways, recently completed the first of these mammoth ships, which made a successful trial flight.
Seven other of these planes are now under construction.
Old-Time Railroad is His Backyard Hobby
By John Edwin Hogg
ON Ardendale Road, north of San Gabriel, California, passing motorists are treated to a sight which makes them stare, blink their eyes, and then stare again.
Puffing through the orange groves they see a ghost of the past. It is the locomotive, “Sidney Dillon,” gaudily painted and guilded relic of one of the most romantic eras in railroading’s history.
The fastest conventional trains in service today manage around 200 MPH. The fastest speed ever achieved by a railed vehicle was set in 2003 by a four-stage rocket sled tested at Holloman Air Force Base which clocked in at 6,481 mph.
Speed in Transportation
By HUGO GERNSBACK
DURING the next few years, we are to witness a series of strenuous competitions between our railroads and the airplanes. Only too late have the railroads awakened to the fact that airplanes are cutting in seriously into their business. Because of the superior speed of the airplane, the railroads which, during the last decade, lost much business to the automobile, are now beset by a new worry.