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Robot Messenger Displays Person-to-Person Notes In Public (Aug, 1935)

In the mid ’30s everything was a robot.

Robot Messenger Displays Person-to-Person Notes In Public
TO AID persons who wish to make or cancel appointments or inform friends of their whereabouts, a robot message carrier has been introduced in London, England.
Known as the “notificator,” the new machine is installed in streets, stores, railroad stations or other public places where individuals may leave messages for friends.
The user walks up on a small platform in front of the machine, writes a brief message on a continuous strip of paper and drops a coin in the slot. The inscription moves up behind a glass panel where it remains in public view for at least two hours so that the person for whom it is intended may have sufficient time to observe the note at the appointed place. The machine is similar in appearance to a candy-vending device.

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H. G. Wells: “THINGS to COME” (May, 1936)

H. G. Wells Photographs the FUTURE in His Motion Picture “THINGS to COME”

SUBTERRANEAN cities flourishing under the scientific miracle of weather manufactured by machines—

Light-ray traps which recapture the very incidents of long vanished centuries so that you may watch Columbus discover America if you wish—

Flowers and vegetables grown without soil or sunlight—

Personal radio telephones carried on the clothing in a space no larger than a coat button—

An electric Space Gun powerful enough to rocket human beings around the Moon—

Boring machines which carry joy-riding passengers to Aladdin’s caves ten miles beneath the earth—

These are some of the amazing achievements predicted for the world of tomorrow by H. G. Wells, world-famous British novelist who is hailed as the greatest prophetic genius of our day. With other miracles of the year 2054, they will soon be seen in Mr. Wells’ startling motion picture, prophetically entitled “Things to Come.”

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Toy Train Delivers Rural Mail (Apr, 1935)

Toy Train Delivers Rural Mail

“NECESSITY is the mother of invention.” An Oregon rancher, living a mile from the highway, proved the truth of this old maxim when he put the world’s smallest mail train in operation over a spur line between his home and the road to save his wife the trip.
The train, powered with small dry-cell batteries, makes the trip to the road every morning, pulling a tiny mail box. Upon arrival, it is stopped by a lever laid along the track.

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I Psychoanalyze Ghosts (Sep, 1949)

I Psychoanalyze Ghosts

By Nandor Fodor, LL.D.

author of The Search For The Beloved

“You may be a ghost yourself,” says this former Director of Research, International Institute for Psychical Research. Here’s his own story of weird probing into the unbelievable realm of some supernatural disturbances.

LESSONS were going smoothly at the I Wild Plum (N.D.) schoolhouse when suddenly the pail of coal near the stove began to stir restlessly all by itself!

Mrs. Pauline Rebel, the teacher, and her eight pupils were even more amazed when lumps of coal started popping out of the pail, striking the walls and bounding back into the room. Window shades started smouldering and a dictionary began to move by itself.

“Ghosts!” one of the children screamed and they all rushed madly for the door.

Later, after a careful investigation, the state fire marshal admitted he could not solve the mystery. He analyzed the coal, examined the pail and studied the dictionary. Nothing was wrong with them. People at Wild Plum still wonder and whisper about the schoolhouse ghosts.

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Two Turntables and a Microphone (Jun, 1936)

Wow, where do you think the DJ’s got the idea?

Mechanical Reporter Substitutes for Human Stenographer
A MECHANICAL reporter, used for the first time at a Federal Communications hearing in Washington, threatens to replace the human stenographer.
Two large phonograph-type records are employed. When the first record is consumed, the machine automatically shifts to the other record.
The recorder operates with 100 per cent accuracy. It can take dictation at any speed and occupies only the space of any ordinary desk. It is said to be especially adaptable to courtroom use. Special devices render the machine practically noiseless.

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OIL – Modern WAR GOD Threatens the World (Feb, 1936)

Gee, things sure have changed a whole lot since then.

OIL – Modern WAR GOD Threatens the World

Black gold, precious underground liquid, is food for the modern war machine. Deprived of it, a nation’s military campaign is threatened with failure. Will oil become an instrument to enforce peace or to cause war?

WITHIN the last few decades, oil has changed from an almost unknown and unnecessary commodity to one of the world’s most vitally needed materials. Oil, unlike nitroglycerin, has always been an innocent, viscous fluid used for lubrication and fuel. But harmless petroleum, like Dr. Jekyll, has undergone a startling transformation. Oil may yet be the means whereby the flaming torch of war is carried across the world.

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“Lunch Wagon” For White House (Apr, 1936)

My god. I think the technology here is just too advanced for me to understand. It keeps food hot? And has wheels? Impossible! That president is one lucky fella!

“Lunch Wagon” For White House
A LUNCH wagon de luxe, encased in glittering metal and rolled upon balloon tired wheels, has been placed at the disposal of President Roosevelt. When the Chief Executive finds himself too busy to take time off for lunch, the lunch wagon is pushed in, and he is served a piping hot meal.

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Harness Prevents Running Escape (Apr, 1935)

Harness Prevents Running Escape
A HANDCUFF harness which prevents a prisoner from running away has been devised by Guy E. Lombard, Portland, Maine jailer. The harness consists of a steel ring held to the prisoners’ waist by a stout leather belt. The handcuffs are fastened to the belt, holding the prisoner’s hands so close to his body that he cannot gain balance to run.

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New Plastic Masks Replace Sculpturing (May, 1935)

New Plastic Masks Replace Sculpturing
AS FAST as photography and almost as simple is a new process for making more accurate reproductions of head and bust than a sculptor can. Casts of heads can be made at low cost in 35 minutes.

A new type of plastic material, invented by Miss Harriet Meyer, is the secret of the process. This plastic substance, with which she covers the entire head of the subject, accurately reproduces every strand of hair and minute line. Yet the material does not stick to the subject. No oil is put on the face. The subject can assume any expression he may wish to have reproduced. The plastic material is applied with a brush and a brass cage pressed in place. The mask is then dried with an electric blower. After drying, the mask, still flexible, is removed. It is then used to produce the finished head in plaster of Paris or bronze.

It is claimed the plastic material does not cause discomfort to the subject and no tubes are necessary to permit the subject to breathe easily.

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Edison’s Insomnia Squad (Apr, 1934)

With Edison’s Insomnia Squad
by Richard G. Berger

IT WAS during the summer of 1916 just after my graduation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, that I read an article in Munsey’s Magazine concerning Thomas A. Edison and his “Insomnia Squad.” I immediately wrote to Mr. Edison requesting employment in his laboratory.

He was away on one of his annual Firestone-Burroughs vacation trips. Upon his return I received a letter stating that Mr. Edison offered me two weeks’ trial employment in his laboratory at fifteen dollars per week. I accepted—in fact I would have taken the position without salary—and reported to the laboratory at West Orange, fully expecting to be back home at the end of the two weeks.

The sight of Mr. Edison with several days growth of beard and dressed in baggy clothes, vigorously chewing tobacco, set me at ease. He assigned me to work on various problems of phonograph record composition and the manufacture of phenol (carbolic acid) which was then much in demand for both records and explosives.

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