I’d like to see them make (Feb, 1947)

I’d like to see them make

Cartoons by SYD LAND

Catsup Tamer. Not too much, not too little, with this catsup regulator, says Bill Hopewell, of Cincinnati.

Back-seat Ejector. The automotive device above is the interesting brain child of David E. Mann, Jr., of Needham, Mass.

Helium Once Worth $5,000 Costs under Two Cents (Dec, 1936)

It looks like Helium will remain cheap, at least for a few more years. (BTW, every single publication I saw felt the need to make a Helium pun in the headline)

Helium Once Worth $5,000 Costs under Two Cents
Twenty years ago it would have cost you $5,000 to buy enough helium gas to inflate a small balloon about two and one-half feet in diameter. Today the same amount of gas can be had for one and one-half cents. The drastic reduction in the price of helium since 1916 is due to the discovery by the U. S. Bureau of Mines of a method of recovering helium from natural gas instead of from the air.

Blowing Distortion Out of Palomar’s Eye (Jun, 1950)

Preventing distortion in modern telescopes is a bit more complicated.

Blowing Distortion Out of Palomar’s Eye

ORDINARY electric fans—a dozen of them—plus an “overcoat” of insulating foil are helping the Big Eye of the Palomar Observatory to see clearer and farther into the vastness of the universe.

Reeling to Safety (Mar, 1947)

Reeling to Safety. Fire threaten? Strap on the belt, climb out the hotel window, and—as Detroit inventor Irving Bassett shows—a steel tape reels out automatically to drop you safely to the ground.

Berlin Maintains Clock Of Lives (Nov, 1936)

This thing must have gotten really annoying during WWII.

Berlin Maintains Clock Of Lives
A CLOCK of Lives operated by the Statistical Office in Berlin, Germany, informs spectators that the German population is constantly increasing. To insure being seen by many people, the clock was placed in Doenhoff-Place, a busy Berlin thoroughfare.

Lecturer Controls All Demonstrations (Sep, 1936)

Lecturer Controls All Demonstrations

WHAT is called the most novel and original control system is now in operation in the Skinner Hall of Music at Vassar College. Conceived by Professor George B. Dickinson, of the Department of Music, this unique system permits the professor to go through the whole routine without moving a step away from his lecture table, but cutting in the big organ, radio or phonograph, stereopticon, piano, etc., by merely pressing a button or closing a switch.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: 1879-1955 (Jun, 1955)


Tributes by Niels Bohr and I. I. Rabi

With the death of Albert Einstein, a life in the service of science and humanity which was as rich and fruitful as any in the whole history of our culture has come to an end. Mankind will always be indebted to Einstein for the removal of the obstacles to our outlook which were involved in the primitive notions of absolute space and time. He gave us a world picture with a unity and harmony surpassing the boldest dreams of the past.

ECOLOGY a cause becomes a mass movement ()

Well, the timeline was a bit off, but I think there can be little doubt that SSTs are responsible for the autism “epidemic”.

Disregarding the timeline, if you polled people in 1970, I wonder which of these they would have thought would be the biggest issue today.

ECOLOGY: a cause becomes a mass movement

Demonstrators organize to defend vanishing trees, wetlands and unpolluted air.

Unless something is done to reverse environmental deterioration, say many qualified experts, horrors lie in wait. Others disagree, but scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support each of the following predictions:

In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution.

In the early 1980s air pollution combined with a temperature inversion will kill thousands in some U.S. city.

WHAT TO INVENT (Sep, 1936)


The author will be glad to answer questions relating to these and to other types of inventions. However, no letter will be answered unless a properly stamped and self-addressed envelope is enclosed.

SINCE the new awakening of business, hundreds of “gadgeteers” working in their attics and cellar shops have developed new inventions and have discovered that manufacturers, hungry for new ideas,

“Transparent Woman” Shows How Glands Work (May, 1939)

“Transparent Woman” Shows How Glands Work

GIVING spectators an animated view of human glands in action, a “transparent woman” designed by Dr. Frank H. Netter of New York City for exhibition at the San Francisco World’s Fair is declared the first of its kind ever made.