Japanese Minicar (Dec, 1958)

Japanese Minicar
SUBARU 360 is the newest and one of the smallest Japanese auto products. The tiny 848-lb. rig is only 117 in. long. Its two-cylinder, two-cycle air-cooled engine gives it a top speed of about 50 mph. Gas consumption is approximately 62 mpg. The Japanese minicar is not yet available in the United States.

“Home, James” by Tandem Bike (Dec, 1940)

“Home, James” by Tandem Bike
With gasoline impossible to obtain for use in private automobiles in Denmark, wealthy Danes hire chauffeurs to take them to and from work on tandem bicycles. Sue h cycle-chauffeurs do the steering and most of the pedaling. Since July, the number of bicycles in Copenhagen has jumped from 1,750,000 to 3,800,000.

Bear Skin Garb Boosts Gas Sales (Dec, 1931)

Bear Skin Garb Boosts Gas Sales
TO ADD to the scenic effects of his gas emporium, a garage owner in Thurin-gia, Germany, has bedecked himself in a bear skin. Thus he is able to provide his customers with both amusement and engine juice, to say nothing of the extra remuneration which accrues to himself in the deal.

Electrocuting Whales and Machine Gunning Sea Lions (Nov, 1931)

BIRGER HOLM-HANSEN, a Norwegian engineer, has invented a device for the instantaneous electrocution of whales. It consists of a small but powerful generator which is carried in the whaleboat, and a flexible, insulated line conveying a current of high voltage to the harpoon. At the in-slant the harpoon hits the whale the current is thrown on and the electric charge shot into the monster.

Pin-Up Car: 1939 B.M.W. TYPE 328 (Mar, 1952)

Another sweet ride by German Engineers. (yes I know this is a BMW and the ad is for VW, but they have way better ads)

Mechanix Illustrated Pin-Up Car
1939 B.M.W. TYPE 328

Owner: Wm. S. Kemp, Fitchburg, Mass. Original cost: $3,500. Engine: six-cylinder, overhead valves, 120-cubic inch displacement, hemispherical combustion chambers, three carburetors. Compression ratio is 7-1/2:1 Weight: 1,700 pounds. Top speed: 100 mph. Chassis is steel tubing.

Private screens at drive-in movie (Aug, 1964)

Private screens at drive-in movie
Every seat is a good seat at this drive-in theater in Albuquerque, N. Mex. It has 260 individual three-by-five-foot screens, one for each of the cars it can accommodate in two concentric circles. A projection booth in the center uses regular movie equipment, but a single image is projected on each screen by a series of lenses and mirrors. The sound system is the conventional one for drive-ins.

Balloon Ends Discomfort in High-Altitude Flying (Dec, 1940)

Do you think you could get one of these past security now? I mean a balloon with a a nozzle could make a handy flame thrower.

Balloon Ends Discomfort in High-Altitude Flying
To make things more comfortable for passengers and pilots flying at high altitudes, Dr. Ralph Greene, Miami, Fla., physician and medical consultant to Eastern Airlines, developed the balloon device pictured at the left. Costing only a few cents, the small balloon has a nipple fitted to its neck. When high-altitude pressure becomes annoying, the passenger inserts the nipple in one nostril, closes the other with his finger, and inflates the balloon. He then squeezes the balloon slightly and swallows. In this manner, the pressure of the air within the inner ear is equalized with the outside pressure.

These Are the Planes You’ll Fly After the War (Mar, 1945)

These Are the Planes You’ll Fly After the War

We asked the private flyers of tomorrow to write their own ticket. The analysis of 3,345 contest entries shows what they are looking for.

A DRAFTSMAN in the evergreen section of the Pacific Northwest wrote Popular Science Monthly last fall that of all the things he would like to see incorporated in his postwar private airplane, a foot throttle was on the high-priority list. He wanted other items of comfort, too, did Tom Phelan of Seattle—a cigarette lighter on the instrument panel, and arm rests built into seats for his passengers.

Tom Phelan was one of the many entrants in this magazine’s “The Plane You’d Like to Own” contest, concluded September 30, who displayed a flair for merchandising. The automobile never would have sold in the millions if it had not had, first, utility; and second, comfort.

Fun Under Water (Apr, 1946)

Fun Under Water

War gear of “Frog Men” will create new sport, save lives


OUT of the wealth of atom bombs, flame throwers, booby traps, and other World War II inventions, have come some devices that promise to survive and become indispensable in peace. Among them are oxygen-charged respiratory units, perfected for the Army and Navy for underwater offensives against the enemy. Like DDT and the jeep, these breathing machines will be of service to anyone who learns to use them.

Car Made from Jet Fuel Tanks (Dec, 1958)

GOOFY CAR has cut-down Chevy hood. Ford Anglia chassis, T-33 jet trainer wing tanks.