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CROSSING THE DESERT BY GASOLINE CAMEL (Jun, 1917)

CROSSING THE DESERT BY GASOLINE CAMEL

By DAVID WILLIAMS

IN the great State of California, Mother Nature exhibits many of her caprices. Here are cloud capped mountains so high that snow never leaves them. Valleys so deep that their floors are below the sea level and which have temperatures which would have furnished old-time terrorist preachers with a wealth of lurid metaphors.

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SINGSTAD -The Man From Down Under! (Jun, 1941)

SINGSTAD -The Man From Down Under!

by Richard H. Parke

ONE June night two years ago a fire was raging 85 feet beneath the surface of New York’s East River. The blaze was near the head of the boring of the then partially -completed $58,000,000 Queens Midtown Tunnel. Twenty-eight pounds of air pressure plus double the normal amount of oxygen had whipped the flames into a white heat.

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The Powder Blue Dragon -Kurt Vonnegut, Jr (Nov, 1954)

This is one of Vonnegut’s earlier published stories. Interestingly a few years after the story was published he opened a short-lived Saab dealership in a town that sounds a lot like this one.

The Powder Blue Dragon

She was romance, beauty, a dream for a lifetime. He had to have her, no matter what the cost.

BY KURT VONNEGUT, JR.

A thin young man, with big, grimy hands, crossed the sun-softened asphalt of the village street, from the automobile showroom to the drugstore, his self-consciousness thinly disguised by his pretense of being on important business.

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Amphibious Motorcyclists Explore Salton Sea (Oct, 1921)

Amphibious Motorcyclists Explore Salton Sea

By BURTON C. MEDFORD

THE Salton Sea, of Southern California, two hundred and sixty feet below sea level—a vast inland sea in the midst of a burned-out desert—was recently the scene of a weird and extraordinary motorcycle tour, which was a combination land and water journey with vehicles never intended for anything other than human locomotion on land.

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Youth Invents Gondola Shoes to Walk English Channel (Sep, 1931)

If he ever attempted this I’m pretty sure you can visit both Mr. Terry and his gondola shoes a few meters down just off the coast of Dover.

Youth Invents Gondola Shoes to Walk English Channel

THE ancient Biblical feat of walking on water is soon to be duplicated by a Washington youth, George Terry, who has invented an odd pair of gondola shoes to achieve the stunt. The scene of the re-enactment of the feat will be the English Channel, between Dover and Calais.

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THE WONDERFUL RAT (Jan, 1959)

Well, that certainly looks… er. Rugged? Actually it seems like something you’d see at DisneyLand.

THE WONDERFUL RAT
THE Rat is an amazingly versatile Canadian vehicle developed and built by Canadair Ltd., Montreal. Only 1,500 lbs. in weight, the aluminum buggy can tote 600 lbs. of cargo while towing another 1,000 lbs. on sleds or toboggans. The unique tandem vehicle has a small gas engine in the front section with a takeoff to power the cargo section. It runs in water, over snow and has climbed a 50 per cent grade. It is for use with troops in northern Canada.

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This Roller Safety Device Sweeps Away Fallen Pedestrian (Mar, 1931)

I just can’t understand why this isn’t standard on all vehicles…

This Roller Safety Device Sweeps Away Fallen Pedestrian

TRUCKS equipped with the new safety device shown in the photo at the left will literally sweep a fallen pedestrian before it and thus save him from being crushed to almost certain death beneath the heavy wheels.

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Rocket Sleds and Snow Gliders Develop High Speeds (Dec, 1929)

Rocket Sleds and Snow Gliders Develop High Speeds

FOREMOST among the foreign sportsmen who are developing new inventions for speedy winter travel are Max Valier, a German inventor who has a rocket sledge, and Jacob Camille who has developed a speedy snow glider.

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Adventuring with the Most Famous Aerial Photographer (Mar, 1930)

Adventuring with the Most Famous Aerial Photographer

Captain Albert W. Stevens of the U. S. Army has won the description of “the world’s greatest aerial photographer” through his remarkable photos taken from high altitudes. His is a thrilling business with a great deal more excitement in it than usually falls to the lot of a photographer. Several of his more thrilling adventures are recounted here.

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MI PIN-UP CAR – 1906 AUTOCAR (Feb, 1957)

MI PIN-UP CAR – 1906 AUTOCAR

Owner: Herbert Royston, W. Los Angeles, Calif. Engine: 2-cylinders, opposed, 12hp. Progressive transmission, three speeds forward, reverse. Wheelbase: 70 in. Hickory frame, wood body. Cost $1,000 new.

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