Sensational THRILL RIDES Invented for N.Y. World Fair (Apr, 1939)

“one smart inventor has devised a ship that takes passengers to Venus, which is part of the way to the moon”
Wow, I had no idea Venus was so close!

And don’t forget: “These are no sissy rides, and if it’s a thrill you want, you’ll get it at the New York World’s Fair!”

Sensational THRILL RIDES Invented for N.Y. World Fair

HOW would you like to experience the thrill of a parachute jump— without the accompanying dangers of the ‘chute failing to open, of being blown out to sea or of landing in a tree? Well, that thrill will be yours if you are one of the lucky 60,000,000 expected to visit the New York World’s Fair after it opens on April 30. As a matter of fact, a safe parachute jump will be only one of the many sensations ingenious engineers have invented for the Fair visitor’s amusement. If the ‘chute jump seems tame, try the aerial ship which the rider can pilot himself. It’s safe, of course, because a cable keeps the ship anchored to a revolving pole, but you can turn or stall in a steep climb or experience the sensation of a power dive, if you are up to it.

Artist Engraves Pictures on Fungus as Novel Hobby (May, 1938)

Artist Engraves Pictures on Fungus as Novel Hobby

ENGRAVING on large fungus plants of the kind commonly found on forest trees is the unusual hobby devised by William H. Foster, Andover, Mass., artist. Delicately cutting the soft surface of his novel medium with the sharp point of a jackknife, he obtains striking effects in contrasting shades of light and dark, as in the remarkable hunting scenes reproduced here. Some of his finished works of art are hung flat on the wall like pictures,
while others are mounted on blocks of field stone for mantel display. The unusual carvings are said to retain their freshness indefinitely. Whenever he needs a fresh supply of material, a trip through the woods with a chisel provides it.

High-Tech Snack Shop (Jun, 1958)

A long but very entertaining article detailing all of the latest in kitchen gadgetry. Among the marvels: infrared heat lamps, the microwave oven, a magnetically driven chocolate mixer, french fry and burger makers and a polisher that pummels your silverware with 1/8″ shot. The author also goes into all of the ways restaurants can increase their sales including allowing people to order through a microphone and speaker (because people like to hear themselves talk), good lighting and perfect consistency from day to day.

Overall it kind of sounds like a modern day McDonalds…


By James Joseph

AN OLD-HAND CHEF, venturing out of retirement, recently spent but an hour in a restaurant’s chromed and push-buttoned kitchen before turning in his white hat and apron for good.

“You don’t need a cook,” he snorted. “What you need is an electronics engineer!”

Like that old-timer, you have only to look behind (and under) the counter of your favorite hamburger place to eyewitness a revolution that’s both gastronomic and electronic:

$500.00 Cigar Boxcraft Contest (Jun, 1932)

These guys made some pretty impressive projects out of cigar boxes. My favorite is the third place winner who made a cigarette stand by gluing boxes together and then turning them on a lathe to make a round pole. Pretty crafty.

$500.00 Cigar Boxcraft Contest

THE BOXCRAFT CONTEST, originated by the publishers of this magazine, has taken the country by storm. So adept are the contestants in this contest becoming, that they think nothing of bending cigar-box wood, and working the bent pieces into the designs of their construction.

We might add a word of caution at this point. Some of the many models which we receive are not properly packed, and arrive in a broken condition. Great care should be taken in securing the model within the package, so that it will not be damaged in transit.

Asbestos Clad Inventor Defies Flames (Sep, 1935)

Asbestos Clad Inventor Defies Flames

DEFYING searing Harries that would have meant death in a moment under normal circumstances, an English inventor calmly remained seated in the cockpit of a burning plane to test his asbestos suit.

In outward appearance the suit resembles conventional winter flying togs with abnormally large helmet and visor. A special apparatus suspended over the breast cools the air for breathing purposes.

The burning airplane test was conducted as a demonstration for the Royal Aeronautical Society of England. When the flames had reached their peak, the inventor stepped from the plane unharmed, another successful invention to his credit.

The Secrets of Making Marionettes Part II (Sep, 1934)

You can view the first part of this series here.

The Secrets of Making Marionettes


ARTISTS’ oil paints, obtainable in tubes, offer the best medium for painting marionettes. Flat white paint is used as a ground color to cover all exposed parts. When dry, white enamel is used to get a gloss on the teeth and eyeballs, using a small camel’s-hair brush as in Fig. 30. To get flesh color, mix burnt sienna with flat white paint, sometimes adding small quantities of red, yellow or blue to bring out various skin shades. Apply a spot of vermilion in the center of each cheek and blend it into the flesh color of the face. The lips are painted with a suitable mixture of vermilion and burnt sienna. Shades of blue or brown, or a mixture of both, are used to make eye shadows and lines to imitate wrinkles in the face and hands.

Houses that Hang from Poles (Sep, 1932)

Houses that Hang from Poles

A house which hangs suspended from a central mast, in whose bath room you bathe in a pint of water, where clothes are laundered in fog and where power is supplied
from garbage —this is the revolutionary type of home science okays for the future.

Dance Fees Set According to the Chemical Value of Coeds (Feb, 1935)

Only geeks from MIT could come up with a scheme where every girl going to a dance gets publicly weighed on entrance. Perhaps they could also charge by body fat percentage or cup size.

Dance Fees Set According to the Chemical Value of Coeds
THE true chemical value of the coed ranges between fifty cents and a dollar. This strange fact was revealed recently when students of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were required to pay the chemical value of their co-partners as an entrance fee to an annual dance.

This strange method of payment is not at all unusual for Massachusetts Institute students. In the past, on this occasion, girls have been paid for according to both weight and intelligence.

The girls, upon entering, are asked to step upon the scale. This scale determines their weight, and it is shown upon a breakdown calculator in terms of chemical elements.

The variation of chemicals per pound in different bodies is not great enough to cause an error in this large scale method of determination. The reason for the low value is that the body is composed almost entirely of water.

How Lasers Are Going to Work for You (Jul, 1970)

How Lasers Are Going to Work for You

The light fantastic is no longer a scientific curiosity: It’s now being used for just about everything from moon measuring to tire checking

By C. P. GILMORE / PS Consulting Editor, Science

At RCA’s David Sarnoff Laboratory in Princeton, N.J., Dr. Henry Kressel handed to me what appeared to be an odd-looking gold-colored bolt about three quarters of an inch long. The threaded part was ordinary enough. But a small block perhaps a quarter of an inch long and half that thick was built onto one side of its flat head. A wire from the head arched up and connected to the side of the block.

“That’s the laser,” he said, pointing to where the wire joined the block. “This metal block?” I asked.

He took the device, walked into a laboratory next door, put it under a powerful binocular microscope, and peered into the instrument as he adjusted it.

The Scenic WONDERS of the WORLD (Sep, 1934)

Burton Holmes was apparently quite the Extraordinary Traveler.

The Senic WONDERS of the WORLD

THE nine most interesting places in the world? I should not dare to try to name them. But I can give you a list of those which to me have seemed to offer more of interest than any other nine that I have known. First—The Grand Canyon of Arizona. Why? Because I love beauty and it is the biggest beautiful thing in the world. It is unique because the earth can show nothing to equal it in beauty, gorgeous-ness of color, grandeur, impressive weirdness and immensity.