Spherical Drive Wheel Propels Odd Vehicle (Nov, 1937)

Spherical Drive Wheel Propels Odd Vehicle
Propelled by a spinning, motor-driven half globe at its rear, a strange three-wheeled vehicle recently made its appearance on the streets of Paris, France. The fantastic machine serves as an experimental model to test the inventor’s idea of a new gearless transmission, the speed of the vehicle being varied by tilting the hemisphere.



To provide comfortable waiting rooms for patrons, and furnish employes with proper quarters, an automobile transport company in the west has built a depot with accommodations that rival those found in modern hotels.


So, apparently in 1931, tuning a car radio was even more dangerous than texting is today. Also, Google Chrome, even with enhanced Google suggestion based spell checking, does not understand the word “texting“.


A radio set that can be carried about like a suit case is designed for the convenience of fans who do not want to miss favorite programs while motoring.

Ten Miles High in an AIR-TIGHT BALL (Aug, 1931)

If it began to leak then the ball wasn’t exactly air-tight…
Also, with its tethers attached the capsule looks a lot like one of the tripods from War of the Worlds.

Ten Miles High in an AIR-TIGHT BALL

A HUGE yellow balloon soared skyward, a few weeks ago, from Augsberg, -Germany. Instead of a basket, it trailed an air-tight black-and-silver aluminum ball. Within Prof. Auguste Piccard, physicist, and Charles Kipfer aimed to explore the air 50,000 feet up.

21 foot, 12-Passenger Station Wagon (Mar, 1954)

While it makes a certain sense for the president of a company that makes hearses to drive a station wagon I really wish he’d drove a tricked out hearse.

There’s Lots of Station Wagon in this 21-foot, 12-passenger job in which rear-seat occupants ride sitting backwards. Seats and walls are covered with two-tone leather. The carpeting is inch-thick, turquoise wool chenille. The car is air-conditioned, and recessed in one wall is a completely fitted beverage cabinet.

A Boardwalk Train (Oct, 1937)

A Boardwalk Train

A TRACKLESS train, run by storage batteries, now appears in Atlantic City.

The train was one of the exhibits of the Convention of the Association of American Railroads, and is the first of a group to take the place of wheel chairs.

NEW on the ROAD (Mar, 1950)

NEW on the ROAD

De-icing Fluid clears sleet and frost from your windshield. You just squeeze the flexible Bakelite atomizer and the liquid is forced out in a fine spray. It turns frost into slush which your windshield wiper can quickly clear away. Birma Mfg. Company, Buffalo 14, New York.

Electric Tractors (Sep, 1936)

The key to a good electric tractor is to sup-supply the current.

Electric Tractors

THE Soviet Union increasingly widens the application of electric power to agriculture. The large network of electric power stations has made it possible to use electricity in running tractors, and other agricultural machines.

The photo shows an electric caterpillar tractor. Above the tractor cabin is mounted a drum for the cable that sup-supplies the current.

Air-powered Tricycle (Oct, 1937)

Air-powered Tricycle

UP IN Fairbanks, Alaska, a youth who likes to tinker has converted a discarded airplane dolly, an old bicycle wheel, and wrecked airplane parts, into an air-powered tricycle which attains a speed of 15 m.p.h.

Airplane Field for Tall City Buildings (Oct, 1937)

This is one of those incredibly bad ideas that everyone seemed to have at the same time. Maybe it had to do with the coincidence of a fad for aviation and one for skyscrapers. Whatever the reason, they never really address the catastrophic consequences of a crash, nor the problems of traffic management.

Airplane Field for Tall City Buildings

New invention is expected to solve the problem of providing aviation facilities for large cities. Platforms are designed to operate on the roofs of large buildings and permit happy landings and easy take-offs.

AN invention of J. Herbert Jones of Brooklyn, N.Y., is expected to revolutionize the problem of airplane landings and take-offs in restricted areas, such as on the tops of large buildings, decks of ships, water fronts along the coast, or small land areas.