Inventors Improve Household Gadgets (Feb, 1936)

I’ve never even considered sharpening my forks. What on earth were these people eating?

Inventors Improve Household Gadgets

A FOUR BLADED SCISSORS that may be adjusted to cut ribbons in widths ranging from a quarter inch to two inches is supplying the need of dressmakers for such an article. It is shown in action in upper right.

SHARP FORK TINES soon become dull. As a result a sharpener has been invented to maintain kitchen forks in perfect shape. As shown in upper left, the sharpener contains a cone of file edge ribs.

AN ADJUSTABLE THIMBLE is the answer to the tailor or seamstress whose fingers often vary in size from day to day. A tiny set screw, turned with the needle, adjusts a thin metal lining in the thimble to fit the finger.

SANDPAPER SHOE SOLES, applied as shown at right, are now on the market to aid pedestrians in overcoming the hazards of slippery walks.

THE FIST HAMMER is being greeted with sighs of relief by housewives who dread the thought of injured fingers when hammering.

A SECRET NECKTIE POCKET has been designed to fool the pickpocket. The little pocket, as shown at right, is hidden in the lower part of the tie where it is concealed by folds of the fabric on both sides.

THE METAL FINGERS shown below are another aid for the novice carpenter who doubts his ability to hit the nail accurately. The fingers are light and not easily dented.

HANDLES FOR SAUCERS give that popular dish a dual role in the home. It no longer need serve only as a container for coffee and tea cups, but can be used as a relish or jelly dish as well. It is shown at right.

6 comments
  1. Nick Moffitt says: January 8, 20081:23 am

    Yet another peculiar appearance of the number-mismatch phrase “a scissors”. Do these people also say “a pants” and “a dogs”?

  2. tomichka says: January 8, 20087:57 am

    of all these “inventions” only the sticky soles persist, and i’ve used them in theatre costuming for ages – very useful for actors’ not falling down…

  3. Myles says: January 8, 200812:07 pm

    The secret necktie pocket is the funniest. What valuable information do we think is written on the small piece of paper tiny enough to fit in the pocket? Don’t pickpockets usually prefer money which would be pretty lumpy to hide in a necktie?

  4. Julie says: January 8, 20081:26 pm

    I wonder if that goofy fist hammer and set of metal fingers cost less than a pair of needle-nose pliers.

  5. Red says: January 8, 20083:16 pm

    A scissors is a pair of scissors, so you can say “he used a scissors to cut something”.

    I figure these folk only had one set of forks, silver or otherwise, and had to make them last!

  6. Stannous says: January 8, 20085:33 pm

    Little know fact:
    In the olden days pasta was much tougher. People in Italy would go through forks every 4-5 days and itinerant fork-sharpeners would travel the Appenines restoring people’s dulled utensils.

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