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Cargo Canoe
Cargo Canoe can be detached from the bottom of the fuselage in less than two minutes and towed to the terminal by tractor. Used on Eastern Air Lines’ 60-passenger Constellations, it accommodates 8,000 pounds of baggage and greatly facilitates handling. This photo shows “skycaps” removing bags from the detachable compartment at Newark, N. J., airport […]
IN CROWDED metropolitan centers across the country the thin trickle of new automobiles is helping one problem —transportation—but heightening another. Parking lots are bursting with automobiles of commuters, curbs are lined and every city has a parking problem which no plan has solved. Increased costs pose another serious problem for the average family. Car prices have risen beyond comfortable reach. One-car families which ordinarily might be two-car families can't afford the extra outlay of $2,000 or more, even if auto deliveries could be made next week.
Light Pipes
Light Pipes GLASS tubing—eight hundred miles of it each month—flows from the nose of the 100-ton mandrel furnace at right. Cut into five-foot lengths for 100-watt fluorescent lamps, the tubes are first thoroughly cleaned inside and out with the combination brush and suction cleaner shown above. Then each one is filled to the top with […]
Plastic Bathtub
Plastic Bathtub is a great time saver, says Dolly Down, nightclub singer, above. You can sun-bathe and water-bathe at the same time. She’s shown here atop a Miami hotel.
Ash Tray Breathes
Ash Tray Breathes and inhales the smoke that usually drifts over into a non-smoker’s eye. It draws all smoke down into the stand and keeps the room free of fumes, too. Penny Martin, of Los Angeles, is shown using this new and welcome invention. It operates electrically, uses house current.
Black Spray
Black Spray of carbon is blown into the face of this industrial worker to test the efficiency of a respirator incorporating a revolutionary new dust filter. The mask was developed by the American Optical Company to protect laborers exposed to microscopic poisonous and disease-producing dusts smaller in diameter than 24 millionths of an inch.
Chinese Typewriter
Chinese Typewriter has 72 keys and 576 characters. You press two keys at the same time, one for the top part of a character and one for the bottom. This puts eight words into printing position. You select and print the word you want by pressing one of the eight white keys.
Three Wheel Race Car
Three Wheel race car can lean on curves. Built by Ernst Neumann Neander, pictured here, of Rolsdorf, Germany, the car has springs that tip with driver’s weight. To stop, you pull up on the steering wheel.
By Everett H. Clark When the water calls you cruising... when the road beckons you go rolling... always snug inside your traveling home. THE millions of ex-GI's who watched wartime amphibious craft climb dripping up the beachheads will recognize the substance of dreams of their own in the "Vacationer," an amphibious luxury cruiser proposed by industrial designer Robert Zeidman for practical peacetime use. The new civilian amphibian is a descendant of some of the Navy's experimental vehicles, not the Army's familiar DUCK. It promises a sustained highway speed of 55 mph and a respectable 10 to 12 knots afloat. Efficient land speed was the first consideration in specifying power; the excellent showing on water is due to improved lines and to the twin screws in tunnels, driven by the twin motors in the stern. Twin rudders give maximum maneuverability.
MOUSE MILK $10,000 a quart
BY LESTER DAVID THE Columbia University medical school has given M. D. degrees to 3,000 assorted black and white mice. The M. D. stands for Mouse Dairy. Elsie the Borden cow would probably look down the side of her dainty nose at Juniper the Columbia Mouse because of the latter's scanty milk output. Juniper yields a mere cubic centimeter every few months and the entire kit and kaboodle of 3,000 is good for only two quarts a year. Elsie can sniff but Juniper, in her academic robe and rakish mortarboard, can snub right back because Elsie just isn't in her social class.
Tips From Santa
Santa says there's no real Joy like making things with your hands. Let's start with Christmas decorations. WE HEARTILY agree with Santa. Making things with our own hands is one of those fundamental satisfactions in life— and it is one that our mass-production age has almost eliminated. This Christmas, if you want to add some real cheer to an event that has become far too commercial, try making your own yuletide decorations.
How Will You Talk to the Martians?
How can thought be exchanged? Maybe they haven't got mouths! BY WILLY LEY BEFORE long Earthmen are going to Mars. On Mars they may find civilized beings of one form or another. These beings will have a language utterly different from those of earth. How can there be talk? How can there be understanding? How can communication be begun? Here lies a special problem. The first suggestion of how we might communicate with other worlds was made just one century ago. It was not made by some wild-eyed crackpot, but by one of the very great men in the history of science. He was the top mathematician of his time and possibly of all time—Karl Friedrich Gauss.