They Roll Dough Into Dollars (Sep, 1954)

They Roll Dough Into Dollars

Will Golant and Sam Dolinko were just ordinary bakers until they made a $2,000,000 “mistake.”

By H. W. Kellick

WHEN Sam Dolinko hauled 55 pounds of coffee cake, flat as a flapjack, out of the oven one day in 1949, it looked as though a major disaster had overtaken the little neighborhood bakery in Los Angeles run by him and his brother-in-law, William Golant.

He was deeply upset over what had happened to his cake. Golant was furious. Newcomers from Chicago, they were barely eking out a living and the loss of a day’s production was a serious setback.

Newest Thing in Beach Umbrellas (Mar, 1932)

Newest Thing in Beach Umbrellas

A BEACH umbrella which admits the sun’s healthful ultra-violet rays and turns back the chilly winds has made its appearance on the beach at Venice, California.

The central portion of the umbrella, shown in the photo below, is made of a tough transparent substance such as is used in keeping cigars and cigarets fresh. A framework similar to that of any other umbrella holds the umbrella rigid, so that a strong gust of wind leaves it as intact as ever.

Transparency is very decidedly no aid to privacy—but who wants privacy at the beach?

Arenaceous Chronoscopes (Jul, 1956)

Arenaceous Chronoscopes

Meet Greenhill and Rogers; they brought back the clock with the Mae West figure.

Arenaceous chronoscopes (that’s a fancy way of saying sand clocks) first occurred to antique clock dealers Samuel Greenhill and Joseph Rogers as a nifty display idea for their New York shop window. Passersby would stop, look, and fall under the spell of the fast-falling grains, the slow-growing hill of sand. They began hunting for an hourglass—a real 60-minute job. And what do you know? Not a dealer in the U. S. could get it for them. So they decided to make one.



Tractors replace horses in the big lumbering camps.

The modern method of handling big logs in the lumbering camps is graphically shown by the above photo,, in which three huge logs are being dragged to the mill by a tractor and a “high wheeler.” Another view of a “high wheeler” of less sturdy dimensions is shown at the left. Logs are easily suspended under the high axles of the wheels and dragged through the woods by a tractor which does the work of a dozen horses.


The original Tree Tops Hotel pictured here was burned down by Mau Mau terrorists 27 May 1954.  It has since been rebuilt.


PERCHED 60 feet above the ground in the fork of a giant fig tree that overlooks a pool and a salt lick near Nyeri, Africa, is one of the most unique “hotels” in the world. Guests remain only one night and chances are that few of them will sleep for they usually stay awake to watch from their observation platform the wild animals—elephants, rhinoceros, buffalo, leopards, giant hogs, monkeys, etc., that come daily to lick the salt and quench their thirst in the pool.

NEW in SCIENCE (Mar, 1950)


Cosmic Lab is 2250 feet under the shores of Lake Cayuga near Ithaca, N.Y. Here, Lowell M. Bollinger, Cornell University scientist, checks a geiger counter he has installed to study cosmic ray particles which smash deep into the earth from outer space. The laboratory is located in an abandoned salt mine which was tunneled Far under the lake’s surface.

New York City Estate Includes a Tiny Triangle of Land (Mar, 1930)

The triangle is still there by the way, visible at the entrance to the Cigar Store.  From New York Daily Photo: “This tiny piece of land is the result of a dispute between a former owner, the David Hess estate, of Philadelphia and NYC. Hess owned the Voorhis apartment building at that corner which had been condemned to build a subway line. The estate refused to surrender a remaining triangle, 500 square inches, the smallest piece of private property in the city. In 1938 they sold the plot to Village Cigars for $1,000.”

New York City Estate Includes a Tiny Triangle of Land
THE smallest piece of real estate upon which taxes are paid in New York City is the Greenwich village curiosity left in a sidewalk and pictured at the right. Compare the size of this bit of property to the hand pointing it out. Property of the Hess estate on Sheridan square, this little triangle remained after the Seventh Avenue improvements and subway extension work was done. The estate hasn’t sold the plot to the chain cigar store which owns the property adjoining the sidewalk in which the Hess property is retained.

NEW in SCIENCE (Aug, 1951)


Uranium Test Kit designed to fit in your pocket, will make a positive identification in five minutes. Chemical bead is formed on wire, fused with crushed ore, then examined for lemon-yellow fluorescence under Ultra-Violet light. Menlo Lab., Menlo Park, Calif.

Dust Collector made from four tank-type vacuum cleaners measures soil erosion in conservation research at Kansas State College. The portable wind tunnel, rear, starts the dust flying. Samples are taken at four different heights in tunnel.

Let’s Give Inventors a Break (Mar, 1950)

Let’s Give Inventors a Break

Here’s the exclusive story of the newest organization for gadgeteers—the National Society for Inventors—told by group’s executive secretary.

By Col. Paul E. Holbrook

TWENTY years ago I thought of a bright idea for a direction-signaling device for trucks.

The first thing I did was write to the chief engineer of one of the largest auto manufacturers. His reply was fast and to the point. “No, thanks,” he wrote, “we aren’t planning to add any automobile accessories this year.”

So, I wrote to another industrial executive—an official of a speedometer corporation. He said it was a swell idea all right but it had no commercial value unless such a device were required by law.

It’s A Stick-Up For Flies (Nov, 1941)

It’s A Stick-Up For Flies

ELSIE HOSKINS, shown above, isn’t a gun moll or a female bank dick—she’s demonstrating a new type of fly swatter just invented. The gun gives off a spray that is alleged to dispatch Mr. Fly with the speed of a blitzkrieg. We’re wondering if the fly cares how he’s killed.