Army engineers have contrived a twin-hulled vessel that ploughs right into harbor driftwood and carries it away. UNCLE SAM'S Army engineers have devised a floating "hyacinth machine" and a "snag remover" to eradicate persistent evils in inland waters and now, facing the increasing menace of driftwood in New York's harbor, they have contrived another marine contraption which, like a steam shovel's bucket, ploughs right into its objective and carries it away.
They spell from right to left and make words that are 15 miles long. SO YOU have a new pen that writes under water, a pen that writes for three years without a refill, and never leaks. Kid stuff! I know a bunch of guys that write with a gadget that can make letters a mile high, write a word 15 miles long that's visible for 40 miles, and can write 15 miles of letters in 20 minutes. Yes, I'm talking about "sky scribblers," the smoke writers. It all started back in 1922 on England's Derby Day at Epsom Downs. Everything was going along as dignified as usual with King George and Queen Mary there to add a bit more tone to the affair. Suddenly some chap glanced upward at the sky, clutched his ascot and yelped, "Blyme, look there now, it's bloomin' writin' in the sky!"â€”and thereby began a unique industry, Skywriting.
SAY what you will about the pesky cockroach, he really deserves our respect when we learn that he has been an inhabitant of this earth some 200 million years. (Man can be traced back only one million years.) Some scientists think the insects will inherit the earth and rule it long after the human race has passed into oblivion. If this does happen, the cockroach will quite likely be among the most numerous of creatures, as he has been since the dawn of time.
For centuries the Hammesfahr family has been blowing rods of glass info wee objects of art. BY LESTER DAVID THE place is a Brooklyn workshop, the year, 1947. George Hammesfahr blows gently into the hollow glass rod and a wine-red bubble puffs slowly outward from the middle of the hot, pliable glass. The bubble grows, the deep red mellows into a soft vermilion as it presents a larger surface to the light. Deep inside the bubble a vision starts to take shape, a mind's eye vision which only George can see. ... The place is a workshop in old Bohemia, back in the middle ages.
CONSTANCE BANNISTER is famous for her pictures of babies. You've seen them often in the magazine ads. Now, if you've ever attempted to take a photograph of a baby, you know how difficult it is to get cooperation from the darling little diapered despot. Babies have wills of their own and it's an art to get them in the mood.
Wrist Lighter is the latest novelty for the smoker. Strapped on the wrist, and outwardly resembling a watch, it lights when the cover is flicked back, as demonstrated above. It is being marketed by Samuel Jones, Ltd., London.
Peanut Persons INGENUITY, a sense of humor and a bag of peanutsâ€”that’s the new recipe for fun with color photography. Put a peanut on a peanut and you’ve got a torso. Add a few more for arms and legs. Bits of bright cloth or crepe paper make fine dresses and pants. Stick a tooth pick [...]