Englishman Wins Fame for Quaint Wood Carvings (May, 1929)

What is going on with these images? It looks like some of the sculptures and some of the arms are just drawn in, or at least outlined. It’s kind of disconcerting.

Englishman Wins Fame for Quaint Wood Carvings

Tom Charman of Godshill, England, “made a better mousetrap” than his neighbors and consequently the whole world is beating a path to his door. His quaint wood carvings have attracted so much attention from European artists that an exhibition of his statuettes is soon to be held in London. He lives in an unpretentious hut and secures the materials for his carvings by picking up tree branches and odd pieces of wood from a forest near his home.

Street Signs Will Aid Tourists (Aug, 1929)

I live in Portland, on Morrison St. actually, but I’ve never seen one of these.

Street Signs Will Aid Tourists

MOTORISTS need no longer crane their necks or flash on their spotlights at night attempting to discern a street’s name tacked high on a lamp post. At least motorists in Portland, Oregon, will not have to, for that city has adopted a means of showing tlie name of a street at the bottom of the posts where a person in a car may easily see it.

Not only is it placed in a favorable position, but the name of the street is flashed on and off automatically by small electric lights in the metal case. It is clamped firmly to the sidewalk and connection is made with the lamp post. These lighted street signs will be of great value to tourists.


This is only tangentially related, but if you have a few minutes check out this video about this insane machine used to bore and create tunnels for subways. It’s kind of mind blowing.


THE Pipemobile moves pipes—really big pipes—like the 67-ton, 13-foot diameter jobs on these pages. The American Pipe and Construction Co. of South Gate, Calif., devised this $200,000, one-of-a-kind machine. When the Pipe-mobile is ready to go to work, its large front wheel “steps up” into the pipe.

This wheel then supports the rig from inside the pipe while the two wheels behind are raised for entry. At the other end of the pipe, the wheels “step down” to the ground and the Pipemobile is ready to raise the pipe, move it and join it to other sections. Now if you have a big pipe…

Miscellaneous Cool Stuff (Jul, 1930)

I can’t decide which picture I like better, the two guys fighting with sand blasters or the gas masks.

Miscellaneous Cool Stuff

A scene suggesting a fantastic stage setting is enacted daily in a remote room of the General Electric Company’s plant at Schenectady, N.Y. There, under the glare of powerful lights, gnomelike workmen scour large steel castings to prepare them for a coat of paint. Hoses in their hands discharge a continuous, clattering volley of fine steel shot upon the part being cleaned. In this dusty atmosphere, the men must wear headgear like divers’ helmets, with fresh washed air supplied to them continuously through tubes from outside the room.




WHEELBARROW BRAKE prevents loaded vehicle from running away with load and loader on a downgrade. Fine for parking. K. Weirich. Hart, Mich.


PLATE CLAMP keeps party-goers’ hands free for feeding, holds potato salad in reaching distance. A “good deal” for free-loaders. Ruth Essick, Chicago.

Eye-Stoppers VIII (May, 1956)


“STILTS” Lewandowski has bus directed between his 34-ft. high legs by a midget to draw attention to Ascot. England, circus.

MODERN VERSION of sawing a woman in half uses power-operated blade. Hindu Houdini and calm assistant performed in Paris.

MITEY DICTIONARY owned by Mrs. Friedman. Vancouver. Wash., has 3,300 words. Magnifying glass is used for tiny type.

TONSIL PEERING kitty takes one last look before 13-1/2 lb. black bass is mounted by Floridian Wyatt Duncan, who caught it.

BOTANICAL THIMBLE holds miniature garden for plant lover Harry Graus of New York City. Thimble holds eight different plants.



PERHAPS Charlie Beal made mud pies when he was a kid. At any rate, the erstwhile Glacier National park cowboy amuses himself and many tourists with his clay models of objects and people in the park.

The photo below shows him with his latest creation, “A Stage Coach En Route.” Every characteristic of both the coach and animals is modeled in minute detail. The team of six horses straining to get the heavy stage over the crest of a hill is one of his best.

It provides a striking contrast to the huge trains of busses which now travel through the park. “Oldtimers” who have viewed the cowboy’s stage, declare that he has reproduced a famous old coach.

NEW for the HOME (Nov, 1954)

NEW for the HOME

SPIN-CLEAN is a device for cleaning Venetian blinds without taking them down. The jaws of the alligator-like nozzle electrically brush each slat of the blinds clean. Pionair Prods., Inc.. Chic.

NUMBERLITE provides address plate easily seen at night. Electric light silhouettes the numbers. Want folks to remember your address? This is one way to do it Numberlite. East Hart., Conn.

NEW in SCIENCE (Nov, 1954)


Two Dutch girls inject preservative chemicals into flowers in a Dusseldorf, Germany, flower shop. Chemicals keep flowers fresh for months.

These sight and hearing glasses, available in various colors and shapes, have a built-in hearing aid complete with batteries and microphone.



A CATAPULT device for airmail pickup is one for the coming air age, designed by Louis P. Wulf.

Present methods employ a heavy shock-absorbing mechanism in the pickup plane which relieves stress on the cable when the mail is jerked from its resting position on the ground. This new wrinkle, however, obviates the necessity for such an arrangement, the mail being hurled forward in the direction of the plane’s motion by an explosive charge when the cable engages the hook. In tests, an ordinary 10-gauge shotgun shell, set in a specially designed and reinforced gun barrel, has been sufficient to catapult a 15-lb. mail bag at speeds over 100 m.p.h.