Alrighty then…. moving on.


Amazing electrical invention starts car, truck or tractor motor without choke. Saves plenty gas, oil. More speed. HOT SHOT sparks BLUE if ignition O. K.—RED if faulty. Draws big crowds. Sells on sight. 30,000,000 prospects. 100% profit at $1.50. Gold mine for agents. “$25 a day easy,” says Akeman. “Rush 500 HOT SHOTS,” says Klint. “Send 200 more,” say Berg-Williams. “We want exclusive.” “Never saw anything to beat it.” “My first winner.” Selling like wildfire. Your best bet part time – full time.

FREE Sample Offer. Act QUICK. Reardon Mfg. Co., Dept.V-ll, Peoria, Ill.

Steamer Carries a Mile of Cars (May, 1929)

This seemed to me like an early, less efficient predecessor to modern containerized shipping. The obvious disadvantages are that you have to carry the whole train cars, they don’t stack well and you can’t put them on a truck. It turns out that if you look at the origins section of the Wikipedia page for containerization, they mention this company, Seatrain Lines (which went bankrupt in 1981).

These ships could carry 95 train cars. For comparison a modern Ultra Large Container Vessel can carry 15,000 containers with a capacity similar to a train car.

Steamer Carries a Mile of Cars

Loaded Freight Train, Hoisted Aboard by a Mammoth Crane, Is Swallowed by Ocean Ferryboat

A LOADED train almost a mile long disappears into the hold of a monster ocean ferryboat, two thirds the size of the liner Mauretania, which recently began operating between New Orleans, La., and Havana, Cuba. The freight cars, hauled to the dock alongside the Seatrain, as the vessel is called, are picked up in cradles by a giant crane and lowered into the hold.

Great Sport, Fording a River by Auto (Oct, 1921)

Great Sport, Fording a River by Auto

WHILE the beautiful Cook County forest preserves that lie about Chicago are to be kept, in the main, in their natural condition, certain improvements are added yearly for the comfort and pleasure of the many thousands of city-weary guests who motor or “hike” to them every hot holiday. Among these recreation engineering features are two underwater bridges across the Des Plaines River above the town of the same name.

MARMON 34 (Apr, 1918)

I’d never heard of the Marmon Car Company before seeing this ad. I really hope their catalog was called “The Book of Marmon”.


Advanced Engineering

The new 4-Door Sedan is a practical family car for all seasons. In pleasant weather the lowered windows give the effect of an open car; when raised on stormy days, they shut out all discomforts. This serviceable model is in full accord with the utilitarian spirit of today.

136-inch wheelbase—
1100 pounds lighter

Established 1851

“Mention the Geographic—It identifies you.”

Cars Use Trackless Bridge (Jan, 1937)

I’m not really sure what the deal here was, but I doubt that the engineers “overlooked” the street car rails. That’s generally the kind of thing one thinks about when building a new bridge. The Wikipedia entry mentions rails for “tram service” but I’m not sure if that’s the same thing.

Cars Use Trackless Bridge

AFTER designing and building of the famous harbor bridge at Sidney, Australia, had been completed engineers realized that they had overlooked the installation of street car rails. As a result one of the city’s important lines was severed and to lay tracks over the completed bridge would have been next to the impossible. An English engineering firm in Liverpool was called on to solve the problem and as a result service has been restored through the use of motorized “trolley trailers.”

LUGGAGE RACK for Volkswagen (Feb, 1957)

LUGGAGE RACK for Volkswagen was recently exhibited at a Fall Fair in Frankfurt Germany. Easily attached to car in a few minutes, trunk costs about $65, is 110 lbs.

FLIPPED sideways, rack allows VW owner easy access to engine. Device is made by Kurt Maruitz firm in Duesseldorf to fill long-felt need on little autos.

Harvesting Fish from the Ocean (Oct, 1921)

Of course Mr. Roe writes the fishing articles…

Harvesting Fish from the Ocean


A SHIP equipped with machinery for harvesting fish from the ocean has been launched at Lybeck, on the St. Johns River, Florida.

The boat is built upon long pontoons. It now remains to finish the installing of the electrical machinery ami the boat will be able to sally forth down the St. Johns River to the open ocean, there to prove or disprove the theory and dreams of the inventor of perfecting a craft that will catch, clean, cure and make ready for the market, fish in a wholesale fashion.


I think there might be just a few technical problems with this idea…

Oh, I don’t know.  In Project Excelsior  then-Captain Joe Kittinger bailed out of a balloon gondola over 19 miles high. These guys would have had an aircraft around them.

Plans for the first glider flight in the stratosphere are under way in Russia, where a motorless plane will be carried aloft by a huge balloon to a height of about twelve and a half miles and then cut loose. Enclosed in a hermetically sealed cabin, the copilots of the glider will guide its initial plunge toward the earth at an estimated speed of more than 250 miles an hour, made possible by the rarefied air of the upper levels of the atmosphere, and level it off for a gradual glide to a landing.

Unclaimed Fortunes Under The Sea (Jan, 1950)

Unclaimed Fortunes Under The Sea

Off our own shores, within tantalizing reach of you or any other would-be-millionaire, lie fabulous treasures—finders-keepers!

By West Peterson

LOOKING for money? Gold is where you I find it—and there’s plenty of that precious stuff down at the bottom of the ocean. On page 62 Mechanix Illustrated shows you just where you can drop anchor on $150,000,000 in sunken treasure, right along our coasts. But there’s billions more, scattered almost everywhere under the seven seas—all yours for the taking!

Two Decades Ago in Popular Mechanics (Jan, 1924)

I’m pretty sure there are better ways to generate electricity on a train than using a windmill, maybe even ones that work when it’s not moving.

Two Decades Ago in Popular Mechanics

WHEN Popular Mechanics Magazine surveyed the field of invention a score of years ago, 1904 was just dawning, full of promise for the world in general. The past twelve months had seen the growth of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition at St. Louis, that was to memorialize a century of progress.