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130 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass.

Friends: Here’s my dollar ($1). You bet I want to grab this offer! Rush my steam engine to me and put me down for a year for the OPEN ROAD for BOYS.

  1. Stephen Edwards says: December 21, 20121:54 pm

    I really wish more magazine subscriptions came with free steam engines. LCD world clocks just don’t have the same torque.

  2. Toronto says: December 21, 20125:27 pm

    That’s one highly collectable subscription premium!

    Too late for Christmas this year, unfortunately.

  3. experiment 626 says: December 21, 20126:01 pm

    Neato! I think it would have be cool to make a steam powered iPad and micro USB charger using that!

  4. Toronto says: December 21, 20126:31 pm

    Well, there’s a camp stove that burns twigs and has a USB port available – see Biolite.com for details. No moving parts, but you can make tea.

  5. georgiahoosier says: December 22, 20128:53 am

    Number 239 looks a lot like this “Hercules” model


    Love to see one in person

  6. experiment 626 says: December 22, 20128:59 pm

    @Toronto I thought you were just kidding! You had the link wrong though and here is the right one


    that is very very cool! one thing I noticed is that it does not seem to have the ummph to charge an iPad which is what I mostley use but I still like the steam powered iPad charger idea.

  7. Toronto says: December 23, 20126:55 pm

    @experiment 626: Thanks for the correct link. As to charging an iPad – NOTHING charges iProducts very well unless there’s a steady current source, so most people who use solar/bike/etc chargers use them to fill up a battery, then charge the iThing off that. The Biolite has an internal battery, but I think it’s fairly puny, as its main function is to power the forced-draft fan.

  8. Toronto says: December 23, 20127:04 pm

    Here’s an interesting seasonal tie-in: In the modern classic movie “A Christmas Story”, the Red Ryder BB Gun ad that Ralphie hides in his mother’s magazine is supposed to be the back cover of “The Open Road For Boys” magazine, the publication offering the steam engine here.

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