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Electronic-Music Maestro (May, 1954)

Electronic-Music Maestro

YOU’RE a radio repair man, why don’t you build me an electric organ?” If Burton Minshall heard that suggestion once, he must have heard it a thousand times from his wife, Madalene. As a matter of fact, Madalene nagged her husband so often about an electric organ that Burton decided to do something about it and end her nagging.

He began by saving odd parts like vacuum tubes, sockets, chokes and assorted pieces of wire and cable. He found an old reed organ in a junk shop which he bought for a song. Then he chopped it up and salvaged its physical movement. When he found another old, worn-out reed organ, he saved the five octave keyboard.

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Giant Masks for Mardi Gras or a Party (Feb, 1938)

Giant Masks for Mardi Gras or a Party

ANYBODY has enough of the sculptor in him to mold giant masks like those worn in the photograph by beach beauties posing for inspection at the annual Mardi Gras held at Venice, California. True, the result of your first attempt at papier-mache sculpturing may not be a thing of beauty, but so much the better, since the exaggeration of features to the point of grotesqueness is usually the sculptor’s objective. You will bear me out in this statement, I think, when you have run your eye along the row of faces supported by the nine young ladies in the picture. These masks, by the way, are good models to shoot at in shaping something similar.

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How a Cash Register Works (Feb, 1948)

How a Cash Register Works

CASH registers have come a long way since James Ritty built the first one in 1879. His invention was simply a register and nothing else—the keys moved hands on a clocklike dial to indicate the amount of a sale. Now the modern machines do practically everything but tie up the package.

Some of the bigger models used in department stores have six cash drawers, a separate one for each of six clerks. Dials tell the manager how much each clerk has sold and how many sales he has made. Other dials keep track of payments made on credit accounts and petty cash paid out.

The National Cash Register Co.’s model shown in the photographs, a standard one used in many kinds of businesses, has one cash drawer and dials that count sales and total amounts. It prints a sales record, gives a receipt, and stamps the sales slip.

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Einstein Blurb (Jun, 1953)

How cool would it be to have a cover blurb on your book written by Einstein?

READ THE END OF THE WORLD
A Scientific Inquiry By KENNETH HEUER
Illustrated by CHESLEY BONESTELL
Can our world be totally destroyed? How? When? Can we do anything about it?
THE END OF THE WORLD explores the scientific possibilities among the ways the world actually can end:
• comet collisions
• moon, asteroid and star collisions
• the death of the sun
• the explosion of the sun
• atomic war

ALBERT EINSTEIN says: “Very good . . . rich in ideas and offers much solid knowledge in an easily digestible and very attractive form.”

KENNETH HEUER is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, former lecturer at the Hayden Planetarium, author of Men of Other Planets.

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“Tourist” Trailer for Youngsters Is Towed by a Tricycle (Oct, 1938)

For some reason this reminds me of a David Lynch film…

“Tourist” Trailer for Youngsters Is Towed by a Tricycle
Touring the seashore at Venice, Calif., is a streamline trailer towed by a streamline tricycle. Tiny as it is, the miniature trailer is big enough for two little girls to “keep house” in as they play on the beach. Their grandfather built the two-wheel trailer.

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$7,000,000,000 for Door-to-Door Salesmen (Apr, 1952)

According to this article in 1952 fully 2% of the American workforce were door-to-door salesmen. I wonder what it is now? I love how they speak approvingly of one organization’s “pyramiding partnership”.

$7,000,000,000 for Door-to-Door Salesmen

By Harry Kursh

AMERICA’S fastest growing small-business opportunity is also America’s most underestimated! Few people know that a group made up of two per cent of the American working population managed to make over $7 billion last year in door-to-door selling. This fabulous figure was more than double the previous peak year. If you’re not afraid to knock on doors, you can claim your share, too.

The door-to-door selling boom—for which an even bigger year is predicted in 1952—is opening the door for thousands to become independent, self-employed salesmen, selling practically anything a family can use. Already more than 3,000 firms have men and women going from door to door for them to sell everything from nylon stockings to fire extinguishers.

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X-Ray Tells if You’re Grand Opera Star (Sep, 1932)

X-Ray Tells if You’re Grand Opera Star

IS THE time drawing near when science will be able to devise an almost mathematical formula for making great singers out of any aspirant to musical fame? Is there any way to determine the precise physiological differences in vocal organs and other parts of the body which might account for good, bad and indifferent singing voices?

An attempt at answering the questions is being made by scientists, who have made X-ray exposures, during the actual act of singing, of the throats and heads of such famous opera stars as Lawrence Tibbet, Benjamin Gigli, Reinold Werrenrath, and others of vocal fame.

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Senate Subway Is Safest In U. S. (May, 1936)

Senate Subway Is Safest In U. S.

CLAIMED to be the safest subway system in the world, the Senate subway, connecting the Senate office building with the Capitol, has been operating without a single accident for the past 24 years. Only two cars are used on the line which operates on an overhead rail system with the current being supplied by a conductor in the floor. The motormen ride in the center of the cars since they cannot be turned around at the end of the run.

Each car has a normal seating capacity of 24 and travels at a maximum speed of 5 miles per hour. When installed in 1912 the complete system cost the government only $9,500 and in its years of operation has cost very little for upkeep. While only United States Senators may call the cars anyone may ride them upon invitation. Yearly thousands of visitors are offered a “lift” by the lawmakers.

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Are You The Man? (Feb, 1948)

Are You The Man?

If you are dependable, honest and willing to work to own a large-profit, lifetime business and become financially independent, we invite you to mail the above coupon for full details. We are now enlarging this 17-year-old, nation-wide chain of individually-owned CERTIFIED Service businesses. We’ll establish you in YOUR OWN business and help finance you. You use successful methods of established Duraclean dealers. This is a sound, steady, lifetime business. Dealer gross profits (above materials and labor) are up to $20 for a day’s service on EACH of his service men. Easy to learn . . quickly established.

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Salmon Become Prey of Archers (Sep, 1935)

Salmon Become Prey of Archers

BOW and arrow salmon fishing is a sport rapidly coming into its own in Calfornia. Salmon headed upstream travel fast but close to the surface, and an alert bowman has plenty of opportunity to exercise his skill. Steel barbed arrows attached to fishing lines are used, and the fish is played by hand.

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