NEW IN SCIENCE (May, 1950)


High Soarer: the Switchette in the right hand of Mrs. Dolores Mohlmann reached an altitude of 250 miles—higher than any other man-made article. It was attached to a two-stage rocket (model in left hand) and was used to discharge a smaller rocket at an altitude of 20 miles. Portion of tail section with this gadget was found at White Sands.


That flash light is a great idea if you want to blind your companions. As to the square thread spools… Why don’t they do that? It makes sense. Then again so do square cans and people refuse to buy food in them.


TURNTABLE built into garage floor so that the motorist never has to back car into street E. Thompson, Warwickshire, England.

SWIVEL STEP that swings under sink when not in use. enables Junior to wash himself with ease. Arthur Routh. New Haven. Conn.

“V” in Transformer Winder Symbolizes Victory (Dec, 1942)

That’s a bit of a stretch…

“V” in Transformer Winder Symbolizes Victory
As though symbolizing the remote but essential part it plays in the Allied Nations’ drive for victory, the letter “V” is formed by a machine winding coils for electric transformers made by a Westinghouse plant. The two slanting arms of the “V” serve to support several spools of copper wire, which can be wound onto as many as nine coils at a time under the guidance of one operator. Transformers in which the coils will go are used to “step up” or “step down” the voltage as required by electric power tools in defense industries.

FASHIONS for the ATOMIC AGE (Nov, 1954)


Hermaticaily sealed plastic suits developed by General Electric for men who work in their atomic plants, protect them against deadly effects of radiation in contaminated areas.

Man crawls through tunnel which is connected to tail of suit and serves as an entrance and exit Tunnel also brings in clean air from the outside.

He Makes Big Profits on a Small Scale (May, 1956)

He Makes Big Profits on a Small Scale

This unusual business makes fish scales into artificial flowers and costume jewelry that will dazzle the eye and not offend the nose!

By Rudy Arnold

THERE’S something new in the costume accessories business—a $50,000-a-year idea for turning fish scales into fancy flowers, costume jewelry and stylish hats.

Raymond Pier, a retired 48-year-old auto dealer of Ocean Grove, N. J., got bored with the idle life in Florida. When his eight-year-old daughter came back from the beach one day with a handful of seashells, he wondered if a few novelties couldn’t be created out of the sea’s beautiful but wasted bounty.

ATOMIC ART (Nov, 1954)

Dr Wheeler passed away in 1999.  Obituary may be found here (PDF)


By Gene Bylinsky

WHILE trying to “tag” microscopic fungi with the use of radioactive isotopes in 1951 for the Atomic Energy Commission, Dr. Harry Wheeler, Associate Professor of Botany at Louisiana State University, discovered that when the tiny fungi were given radioactive food and placed upon photographic paper they would take pictures of themselves. Working with his wife Naomi and Mrs. Caroline Durieux, under whom his wife was studying print-making methods, they tried using isotopes for prints—with great success.


Jewelry sales soared when Juno Products Co. of Cleveland began sell-service mart

Wholesale buyers put selected baubles in baskets, pay for them at check-out counter.

Bronx Bronco-Buster (Nov, 1954)

Hopalong Abramowitz: best cowboy name ever.

Bronx Bronco-Buster

Hopalong Abramowitz has been doing business at the same old stable for the past 50 years. Now he’s the last of the horse-breeders left in the Bronx.

A half-century ago, when New York City’s now-teeming Bronx was one big cow pasture, a young horse-fancier named Harry Abramowitz arrived from Minsk, Russia, with yearnings to raise bangtails in his adopted land. Today, Harry—now known as Hopalong Abramowitz—is still breeding horses right in the heart of a Bronx that has become one of the world’s most heavily-populated boroughs.

NEW in SCIENCE (May, 1950)


Static Garter protects you from static electricity explosions in textile mills, and chemical and munition plants. The device consists of a garter connected by chain to a contact pin clipped to the sole. Thus static charges are grounded to a conductive floor. Walter G. Legge, N. Y.

Window Salesman makes customers out of window shoppers. It’s a tape recording device which takes orders from outside by means of a mike inserted in the window. Practical jokers will find it expensive because it will cost them a quarter a shot. Gimbels, Philadelphia.

World’s Wackiest Wits (Jan, 1954)

Being “syruped and feathered” looks absolutely horrible.

The Russian uniform hoax happened in October 1948.

World’s Wackiest Wits

Gagsters have been kicking us around for centuries. Some of their pranks are funny—some not so funny.

By I. B. Neer

THE hour was a few minutes past eleven on a fine Spring evening on the Cornell University campus. Most of the students were lounging in dormitories and fraternity houses when suddenly an urgent voice broke into a broadcast of radio music: “Stand by for a news bulletin.” A pause, then: “Russian planes have bombed London and Marseille. A flight has been sighted over Newfoundland.”

Listeners all over the campus were shocked into silence. Music continued to play and, in a moment, the crisp voice interrupted again: “Enemy planes are now flying over the U.S. Prepare for bombing attack!”