BY Don Romero

Impossible? The man does it immediately and perfectly.

THEODORE ENGBERT modestly calls himself a cabinet maker. Actually he is an “Aladdin’s Lamp” for clients who require the impossible almost immediately. Short of a Brooklyn Bridge or a Holland Tunnel, Engbert can build anything—and produce it with the speed of a genie. And if he can’t build the actual object, he can so realistically duplicate it in wood that for all visual purposes his “mock-up” will be indistinguishable from the real thing.



Margaret Newman, a well-known New York sculptress, has turned her talents to a new and original field. Using a vegetable garden as a source of color and supply, she has ventured into the field of women’s fashions with amusing mannekins made wholly of fruits and vegetables.

With the help of celery, radishes, grapes, lemons, orange peelings, red and green peppers and carrots, she has created numerous vegetable fashion styles, four of which are shown on this page.

Rancher Sculptures Roots as Hobby (Aug, 1938)

These are actually really cool.

Rancher Sculptures Roots as Hobby

USING the gnarled and twisted roots of juniper shrubs as his medium, W.G. Hodgson, a rancher in Alberta, Canada, has attracted the attention of the artistic world by his ability to sculpture figurines which, by their perfection, express the countless moods of different human types. Strangely enough, the beautiful figurines are sculptured with carving implements made from salvaged parts of old automobile magnetos.

Billiards and Miniature Golf Combined in Table Game (Mar, 1931)

Billiards and Miniature Golf Combined in Table Game

BILLIARDS and miniature golf are combined in a new table game recently introduced. Regular golf balls are used, but billiard cues are used instead of clubs. To enjoy the game the player need not be expert at billiards nor proficient at golf, although the atmosphere of both diversions is present.

The game is planned so that by doubling back over the course nine holes can be played, with a complete change of shots as the bunkers present a different angle on the return. Par for the nine holes is thirty-two shots. If so desired, the tees, bunkers and hazards may be arranged in position on the floor, and the game played with a golf putter instead of a billiard cue, thus affording excellent putting practice.

Smooth Soap Powder Is Found To Be Highly Explosive (Feb, 1930)

Smooth Soap Powder Is Found To Be Highly Explosive
SOAP dust in suspension is violently explosive. It is a well known fact that many dusts are highly explosive. Accumulations of dry coal dust are capable of blowing up a coal mine; rubber dust, aluminum dust and other industrial dusts are explosive but it comes as a surprise that soap dust when suspended in air is highly explosive, capable under certain conditions of causing explosions that might destroy life and property. This discovery has been made at the Pittsburgh experiment station of the U. S. bureau of mines. The hazard arises only in case of suspension of considerable amounts of the dust in air as might occur in process of manufacture. Ordinary household use of soap, however, carries no hazard whatever.

They Lassoed a Fortune (Dec, 1952)

They Lassoed a Fortune

When Messrs. Knox and Reese came to the end of their rope they looked ahead and saw a quarter-million dollar annual sale for their trick lariats.

By H. W. Kellick

THERE’S an old saying, “Give a man enough rope and he’ll hang himself.” But when Dave Knox and Bill Reese got enough rope they didn’t hang themselves; they hung onto a business idea which now grosses $235,000 a year.

DREAMS of the FUTURE (Oct, 1936)

Why is his dream of the future that men will be fully mature at 10 years of age? Does he not like children? Or like them too much?


A Guest Editorial

THREE centuries ago, Francis Bacon tried the world’s first experiment in the popularization of science. He spun a yarn, “The New Atlantis,” an account of the inventions some shipwrecked sailors found on an imaginary island.

Bacon thought it would be a grand novelty to have folks travel in carriages without horses, sail without sails, and go under water; fly somewhat like birds, be cured by salt baths, and drink sea water from which the salt had been filtered. Most of these ” dreams have since come true.

IT’S NEW! (Nov, 1956)

Wow, those glasses are basically a reflecting telescope.


HIGH GRADE GRAVEL, freshly hand-sifted from Colombian emerald mine. Gems will bring as much as $11,500,000 per pound.

REAL COOL, say Transit Authority men Joseph O’Grady and Charles Patterson as they dig New York subway air-conditioning.

PERFECT IRON CRYSTAL with tensile strength of 1,900,000 pounds per sq. in. has been grown in General Electric lab.

ON THE HOT SEAT (Nov, 1956)

That really depends on what part of the sun they are talking about

SEATED on a fiery wicker chair in the 1200°F heat in the furnace of Seaporcel Metals, Inc. plant at Long Island City, N. Y., ceramic engineer

D. J. Bennett wears new aluminum-coated fireproof suit. Makers claim suit will withstand temperatures one-eighth as hot as the sun.



by Harold S. Kahm

Invent a new amusement for the thrill-hungry public and make a fortune.

WOULD you like to make $100,000.00? .You can do it by inventing a new and successful amusement riding device. The average amusement park or carnival patron, swooping madly through the air in the whirling car of a Flying Scooter, or plunging down the breathtaking curves of a mammoth roller coaster, has one supreme thought in the back of his mind: “This is wonderful! Now let’s have something new!”