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Camera Tests Eye Appeal of New Packaging Designs (Jun, 1956)

Am I the only one who thinks this looks like something out of A Clockwork Orange?

Taking a cue from photographers who used to clamp your head in a vise to keep it still, modern package designers made this harness to help them test the eye appeal of new packages. A camera (left foreground) is focused on the subject’s eyes to record their movements and thus rate her interest in packages on the shelves within her view. It’s a research project conducted by the Folding Paper Box Association.

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“Glamour Bonnet” Provides Vacuum to Aid Complexion (Mar, 1941)

Wow, that sure is glamorous.
Actually, I’m not quite sure how that works. The mask doesn’t look like it’s rigid, so shouldn’t it just shrink-wrap her head?

“Glamour Bonnet” Provides Vacuum to Aid Complexion
Some persons believe a mud pack is the answer to the search for a beautiful complexion, others think massage will do the trick, but Mrs. D. M. Ackerman, of Hollywood, Calif., has decided that reduced air pressure is a good treatment. So she has devised a “glamour bonnet” like a diver’s helmet with which the atmospheric pressure around the beauty seeker’s head can be lowered. The effect is similar to what a person feels who climbs a high mountain or flies high in a plane, and Mrs. Ackerman claims that the reduced pressure stimulates blood circulation and thus aids the complexion to attain its natural beauty. A window has been installed so the customers can read during treatments.

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Where’s the man who doesn’t THRILL to railroading? (Mar, 1939)

I know I do.

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Turn your kitchen mixer into a power tool (Mar, 1950)

Is it a mixer? a buffer? a sander? No, it’s TOOLZON and it’s all of the above!

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Nonskid roll grips wandering weenie (Mar, 1939)

“AT LAST America has it – the nonskid roll for hot dogs! A clever inventor has devised the metal mold shown at left to turn out rolls imprinted with a series of ridges. They take a masterful grip upon the delectable but elusive weenie and prevent it from slipping from it’s rightful place to fall to the floor or one’s lap.”

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Mechanical Willie (Aug, 1934)

Great strides have been made in reducing the size of Mechanical “Willies” in the last 70 years.

Mechanical “Willie” Combines Crooning With Housework
CROONING in mellow baritone on command and manipulating a vacuum cleaner with almost human skill, “Mechanical Willie,” laboratory robot, may prove a novel servant.

The product of Westinghouse engineers, Willie salutes, raises flags, smokes, sits, stands and bows at the operator’s orders. Words spoken via a receiver are transformed by a photo electric cell into light beams which transmit impulses to his operating mechanism.

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