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.
Of course Mr. Roe writes the fishing articles…
Harvesting Fish from the Ocean
By A.W. ROE
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…
BALLOON TO TAKE GLIDER ALOFT FOR STRATOSPHERE FLIGHT
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
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!
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.
The Hollywood High Tower elevator is still there and still in use.
To that let me add this aerial view from Google Maps.
Outdoor Community Elevator Serves Dwellers on Lofty Hillside
Rising like the tower of a Spanish mission from a hillside in Hollywood, Calif., is a unique community elevator which residents have built to solve the problem of getting to their homes. The tower, surmounted by an artistic cupola, rises from a practically level street to a height of about 100 feet. About one-third of it is located in a concrete shaft within the hill. The elevator itself is reached through a fifty-foot tunnel cut in the solid rock, is electrically operated and controlled with a push button by the user.
Warning the Driver Behind with a Red Hand
A NEW traffic signal embodies a glass tube containing neon at a pressure much below the atmosphere. When it is subjected to static electric pressure, it glows a deep orange red. The upraised red hand of warning does exactly what it should do—attracts the attention of the man behind you.
YEARS ago, O.R. Courtney of Pontiac, Mich., built a fully-enclosed motorcycle that proved so successful he decided to come up with another. His new version, shown here, is totally enclosed and has a padded leather 2-passenger seat which lifts up to expose the main mechanical innards of the machine below. It is powered with an army surplus 45 cu. in. Indian V-twin air-cooled engine. Wheels are sprung on coil springs with adjustable dampeners, and the gasoline tank is enclosed beneath the cycle’s front wheel hood.