BUILT-IN PLASTIC UMBRELLA which could be quickly unfurled oyer outdoor clothes drier when it starts to rain. Waldemar Sanabria. Chicago, 111.

ELECTRO MAGNETIC NAIL-PULLER would make this an easy chore tor the carpenter or the Do-It-Yourself fan at home. Gene Robinson. Abilene. Kan.

VISUAL INDICATOR for shotguns, rifles, pistols, would tell sportsmen at a glance if their weapons were loaded. Herbert Fey. New Braunfels. Texas.

HELICOPTER-AUTOMOBILE from which motorist could extricate himself from a traffic jam by simply “rising above it” Patrick Moran. Appleton. N. Y.

SHOVEL with a handle that unfolds into a seat— like the sportsman’s shooting stick—for resting between digging jobs. Richard Adams. Boston. Mass.

Is there a gadget you think should be invented? If so, send Its description to Inventions Wanted Editor. MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED. 47 West 44th St.. N.Y. 36. N.Y. Each one printed will be awarded $5.

  1. Mike says: February 25, 20117:29 am

    Car-o-copter, three years earlier they were talking about this.

    Sportsman… Rule Number One: ALWAYS assume the firearm is loaded.

  2. M.S.W. says: February 25, 20118:11 am

    “ELECTRO MAGNETIC NAIL-PULLER”… can just imagine what bored kids in the ’50s would/could do with a “tool” like that. Perhaps aim it at the kid with teeth braces on to see if it would pull them out.

  3. GaryM says: February 25, 20111:43 pm

    I love that car helicopter picture. Anyone who knows the law of conservation of angular momentum can just imagine what it would do when it took off. (You might call it a “spindizzy” drive.)

  4. Nomen Nescio says: February 25, 201110:46 pm

    that loaded gun indicator keeps cropping up, decade after decade — it was already an old and used concept on some makes and models by the 1950s. it’s never done much good; people stupid enough to pull the trigger when they shouldn’t are not smart enough to check an indicator before pulling the trigger when they shouldn’t be pulling it in the first place. conversely, people smart enough to benefit from this just pull back the bolt a little and check the chamber directly.

  5. Charlene says: February 26, 20116:28 pm

    Whoever invents the shovel with a seat will become a millionaire as soon as the City of Calgary Department of Public Works hears about it.

  6. launa Palset says: March 23, 201110:18 am

    I wonder if you could help me. My husband had two invention suggestions printed in the 1940’s when he was a little kid. I’m not sure of the dates or even what the inventions were – one had to do with a paint sprayer, I think.

    I want to find those editions where his suggestions were published as a gift to him. Would you know of an archive where I could start checking or have any suggestions on how to launch a search? I only have his name (Alastair Gordon) by which to look. Once I know the editions, I might find them for sale on Ebay or somewhere else.

    I would really appreciate any help you could give me. Thank you.

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