Two-Faced Mirror for Day or Night Motoring (Nov, 1936)

The more modern prismatic version is a bit handier and doesn’t involve driving around with a mirror point out the front of your car. The current auto-dimming mirrors are even better.

Two-Faced Mirror for Day or Night Motoring

One side of a reversible rear-view mirror for automobiles has a crystal-clear face for daytime driving, and the other side is a jet black glareproof mirror that kills the blinding reflections during night driving. Either side provides clear vision of the road to the rear. The mirror is turned and locked in position either way by a simple twist of the wrist, and it can also be held in a vertical position for use as a vanity glass.

Why GAMBLE with DEATH? (Nov, 1936)


By H. W. Magee

THERE’S one law which, sooner or later, is going to stop every reckless or careless driver. That’s the law of averages. And when this law of averages is applied to traffic accidents today, the rows of cold figures scream a grim warning which every sane motorist should heed because you can’t break this law without eventually breaking your neck.



by Gilbert Paust,
Mi’s Aviation Editor

The “stamplicker” rolls out long strips of coated burlap to form the latest in synthetic airstrips, the U.S. Army’s “Hessian Mat.”

A FACTOR in Allied victories on the Western Front has been the availability of airstrips for our fighters directly behind the battle lines.

Thanks to a new type of mat which resembles tar paper, Army engineers have been able to lay these emergency fields in record- breaking time.

Plankton- Blue Plate Special (Dec, 1941)

Plankton- Blue Plate Special

Found! — A New Food From The Sea That May Mean The Difference Between Victory and Defeat For The Democracies.

by Elon Jessup

CARE for a dish of plankton?


Well, you’d better not turn up your nose at it. If this war really gets tough, the chances are great that you and I and the guy next door may soon have to eat plankton instead of steaks, chops, turkey and candied sweets. As a matter of fact, I think you’d rather like this new table delicacy.

NEW PT BOAT- Navy’s Baby Battleship (Aug, 1951)

NEW PT BOAT- Navy’s Baby Battleship

THE Navy’s PT (patrol torpedo) boats created an unexpected niche for themselves in WWII. In the Pacific, they were used almost entirely as gunboats, doing much damage to Japanese coastal supply lines. Consequently, now the Navy is thinking of them as torpedo-gunboats with torpedoes which can be replaced speedily with guns.

Tiny Airplane Folds Into Suitcase (May, 1929)

Tiny Airplane Folds Into Suitcase

DEPICTED in this month’s Modern Mechanics’ cover is the tiny bicycle type biplane which has been developed in France by M. Pischof.

The tiny biplane has a span of but 12 feet, weighs but 200 lbs., and is powered with a 4 h.p. opposed motor. This is evidently enough to give passable performance for the little ship was recently test flown by a grown man for a distance of 20 miles.

PIN-UP CAR – 1939 Bugatti 57S (Aug, 1951)

PIN-UP CAR – 1939 Bugatti 57S

Owner: Thomas Butler Folsom, Pasadena, Calif. Original cost: $25,000 (including duty). Engine: straight 8, double overhead cam with Roots direct blower, 210 hp. Body: aluminum, hand made by Ganglof, Colmar, France. Interior: Australian black kid. Finish: Bugatti red, black top. Wheelbase: 130 inches. Miles per gallon: 15. Top speed: 130 mph.

When The Army Moves Life Moves With It! (Jan, 1942)

When The Army Moves Life Moves With It!

ANY proof you might need that Uncle Sam is developing a mobile army can be found in these pictures, taken on maneuvers. When the camp moves all the conveniences move with it, including the commissary, at right, the sterilization unit, left below, the blacksmith shop, below, right, and the carpenter’s shop.

Recreation a Military Necessity (Oct, 1921)

Recreation a Military Necessity

Secretary of the Navy

WHEN a young American voluntarily enters the Naval Service of his country, by that act he lays aside for a while, and at all times when actually on duty, many of the rights and privileges which before as an independent citizen he was free to exercise.


So, it’s an article about a woman who flies planes and goes diving, but most of the article is about who she marries. Typical.

The thing I don’t understand is the last sentence: “After his third wreck, the sinking of the S. S. Delhi, he claimed his bride.”

Does that mean he was on three separate ships that sank? Did he sink them? How is this relevant to the story?


AN odd compact came to fulfillment recently when Mrs. Alys McKey Bryant, the prominent aviatrice, married Jesse W. Callow, chief engineer of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company. Years before, they had come to the agreement that if, at the expiration of ten years’ time both of them were free, they would marry.