Cleveland Club Helps New Inventors (Nov, 1950)

Cleveland Club Helps New Inventors

Fledgling gadgeteers won’t be at the mercy of dishonest promoters when Bill Korth’s New Inventors Club is battling for their rights.

By Alfred Eris

NO one ever has worried much about the troubles of inventors.

More than one inventive soul will shame-facedly confess to having been fleeced out of his idea and the time, effort and money it involved. Countless others will admit that they just never did anything about their inventions, and perhaps threw away a chance to make big money, for the simple reason that they didn’t know how or where to begin.

Which Sex is the Smarter? (Jun, 1954)

“All other factors being equal”? So they controlled for the widespread gender bias that was present at the time? Because if girls even think that boys will do better than them on a test (or vice versa, or any particular group) it can have a negative impact on their test scores. It’s called the Stereotype Threat.

Which Sex is the Smarter?

Other factors being equal, men are as much as 50 percent better than women at solving complicated problems, according to Edward J. Sweeney, Stanford University research psychologist. It took Dr. Sweeney two years and multitudes of tests given to male and female students to arrive at this conclusion.

Intelligence is a combination of many special abilities, says Dr. Sweeney, and problem-solving is only one of them. As for general intelligence, he adds, there has never been any demonstrable superiority of either sex at any age.

IT’S NEW! (Feb, 1959)


ENGLISHMAN’S DOME is a glass castle; architect Hugh Pope and wife relax under glass. Modest Crystal Palace went up in two weeks for cost of $1,400.

CITROEN station wagon, one of the French firm’s new line of utility autos, holds lots of cargo for a smallish vehicle. The rear seats face inwards, fold into floor very cleverly. Below: true French chic.

White Elephant Party (Nov, 1955)

White Elephant Party

There is only one drawback to this kind of affair: you may get back a worse eyesore than one you gave.

GETTING rid of unwanted household articles and having a good time to boot, was the purpose of a recent White Elephant Party celebrated by a group of Camden, S. C., Du Pont plant employes and their wives. The reason for such an affair is diabolically simple: find that awful gift your great-aunt Zenobia gave you a few years ago, gaily wrap it and bring it to a party where some unsuspecting soul will win it. There is only one drawback to this plan: what you win may prove to be more of a white elephant than what you gave!

Patents ~ Nutty or Novel (Dec, 1929)

Patents ~ Nutty or Novel

Maybe you don’t believe that the inventors of the devices shown on these pages went to the trouble of securing patents on them, but they did, every one of them.

Hurricane Cable Anchors Houses to Ground to Resist Storms.

WHAT couldn’t have been done for the leaning tower of Pisa with the anchoring cable shown in the drawing above! Too bad the idea was patented about 400 years too late to do the leaning tower any good— and in the meantime it went right on leaning and got itself famous, being the originator of that now famous stunt.

Speed Indicator to Aid Typist (Jan, 1930)

Speed Indicator to Aid Typist

A WORD tabulator has been devised for attachment to typewriters to assist operators in watching the speed with which they are typing. Ella Freer, school novice typing champion of New York state, is shown below using a wood tabulator attached to her machine as she practiced for the international typewriting contest at Toronto.



No larger than a woman’s lipstick, a new mystery cigarette lighter works without flame or electricity. The smoker simply holds his cigarette against the porous top and inhales several times and this lights the smoke. The secret is that a blended fuel containing methyl alcohol is thus drawn through a porous pill containing platinum. Catalytic action, similar to that of platinum gas-stove lighters, causes the pill to glow and light the cigarette. Wind cannot interfere with the use of the lighter, which works if a cotton pad is kept saturated with fuel.



By William E. Warne

Ass’t Secretary of the Interior Warne presents a first-hand story of Alaskan opportunities and introduces some pioneers of 1948

ALASKA, which used to be thought of as a land of perpetual ice and snow, has suddenly assumed great importance to the United States because it is the crossroads of the air age.

Intercontinental routes, via the Great Circle and over the top of the Pole, are already using Alaska as the hub of their wheel. This giant “hub” covers 586,400 square miles which makes it considerably bigger than Texas which has a total area of 267,339 square miles.

With eyes focused sharply on Alaska for the first time since the Gold Rush of 1897, the American people have suddenly discovered that their former appraisals of this vast, beautiful, empty land were wrong.

Triple Magnifier for Jewelers (Apr, 1933)

Triple Magnifier for Jewelers

HERALDED as the first improvement in the familiar jeweler’s magnifying eyeglass in 50 years, this triple lens magnifier has been developed by a Hollywood inventor. The lenses are hinged on top, can be used independently or in combination. Result: choice of magnifying powers of two, five, and eight times respectively.

Entire outfit fits over ordinary spectacles.

Machines Help Map Makers (Mar, 1938)

Machines Help Map Makers

Topographical maps, many of which are sold to the public for as little as ten cents each, are made on specially designed machines costing $30,000 each. There are only three of the machines, which are known as aerocartographs, in the country and they are operated by the U. S. Geological Survey Bureau in Washington, D. C.