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NEW in SCIENCE
Hydrofoil Bus is claimed by its German inventor to be the fastest passenger boat in the world. In a demonstration on Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, it carried 32 people 50 mph. Motor is 350 hp. Hydraulic wings lift it high in the water. Mail Pushcart replaces the usual mailbag for Irving Wonnacott of Oak Park, Ill. Local post office tested several models to ease delivery of magazine and periodicals, decided on this one. It holds more than bag, saves wear and tear on postmen.
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1934 Duesenberg / 195? Chrysler
THE most fabulous American stock car ever manufactured was the incomparable Duesenberg Model J, a magnificent 265-horsepower job that could do 89 mph in second gear and 116 in high. Built strictly for the carriage trade that wanted and could pay for the very finest (the chassis cost $8,500; custom bodies ranged from $2,500 to $16,500), less than 500 of these great cars were made at the Indianapolis factory during the company's short (1929-37) productive span.
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PARLOR PRESTIDIGITATION
If you've always had a secret urge to be a houseparty Houdini, here are some simple tricks to try on the unsuspecting guests. Make a burning candle float upright in a glass of water? Sure, it can be done. Weight the bottom of the candle beforehand with a nail or screw and then conceal with melted wax. Plop it all into a glass of water and the balanced candle floats perfectly upright.
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They Lassoed a Fortune
When Messrs. Knox and Reese came to the end of their rope they looked ahead and saw a quarter-million dollar annual sale for their trick lariats. By H. W. Kellick THERE'S an old saying, "Give a man enough rope and he'll hang himself." But when Dave Knox and Bill Reese got enough rope they didn't hang themselves; they hung onto a business idea which now grosses $235,000 a year.
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They Never Come Back
... say the scientists who claim no one has ever returned from the spirit world. Still there are things even they can't explain ... By Lester David THE tanker Watertown, owned by the Cities Service Oil Co., was chugging slowly through the blue Pacific when gas fumes from a cargo tank touched off a double tragedy and a mystery deeper than the ocean itself. Two seamen, overcome by the gas, died despite all attempts to resuscitate them and were buried at sea.
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Intergalactic Space Control Panel
A fascinating, safe, electrical toy for junior space travelers. By Robert Brightman "GEE, Bob, when are you ever going to finish that control panel for me?" When your youngster starts off on a tack like this and keeps it up for a few weeks there is only one way to keep peace in the family. And that is to finish the job. The control panel as it is called by my son and all his friends is one of the most fascinating toys a father can make for his boy. Essentially it consists of a six-volt transformer, a series of toggle switches and miscellaneous lights, bells, buzzers and meters.
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Why Don't We Build... FLOATING AIRPORTS
Then when the inevitable crash occurs, it will be on open water and not a crowded city such as Elizabeth, N. J. By Frank Tinsley THE modern four-motored air transport is a flying fire bomb. It takes off with about 5,000 gallons of high test gasoline with the explosion potential of T.N.T. In 90 per cent of all crashes, this liquid dynamite either goes off with disintegrating force or is showered over a wide area in a flaming rain that sets fire to everything it touches. That this can be a deadly menace to people living around air- ports is shown in recent statistics. The Greater New York area alone has suffered five such crack-ups in a period of four months.
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Santa Clauses, Salami-Tyers and Soap-Tasters
Like to join the Brotherhood of Odd-Jobholders? Maybe some of these weird occupations aren't difficult, but they're certainly unique. By E. I. Grinda EVERY year during two weeks of October and November, men from all aver the United States gather at the most unusual school in the world—Santa Claus College. In Albion, N. Y., they study to be genial St. Nicks, sent there by department store managers who have found that their most acute problem near the end of each year is where to get a good reliable Santa Claus.
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Slap-Happy Homes
YOU don't need a house to have a home! This is a fact which many ingenious Americans have discovered in the past few years of housing shortages, and they've come up with some of the weirdest substitutes for the conventional love nest. It seems as though just about anything can be used for a place to hang up your hat when the situation is really rough. If you're having house trouble, don't be discouraged. Maybe these pictures will suggest a solution to you. And if your unusual home costs little and keeps you warm and dry, it might not be so slap-happy after all.
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HOLLYWOOD'S MISSING LINK
HOLLYWOOD’S MISSING LINK NEED a blind date for your mother-in-law? Steve Calvert, Hollywood’s gorilla man, is your answer because he’s really handsome when he’s all dressed up in his $1,500 hirsute suit. Actually he makes a nice living using it in horror and jungle movies. And it’s a work of art. Each hair, human and […]
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Save time - Shop here for the photo fans on your Christmas list
These two pages give you some idea of the many useful and inexpensive gift ideas at your photo dealer's. Visit him soon. He'll be glad to help you choose just the right gift for every photo fan on your shopping list. Easy-to-use materials for printing pictures —ideally suited for beginners. Kodacraft Printing Kit, $4.95. Basic essentials for developing and printing pictures, including roll-film tank. Kodacraft Photo-Lab Outfit, $8.75.
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Butt-Snuffer
It’s almost impossible not to read that headline wrong… Butt-Snuffer Bob GILL of Portland, Oregon, ran afoul of the law a few years ago. A cop picked him up for throwing a lighted cigarette butt out of his car window, a deed which is criminal in that forest-fire ridden state. “What do you usually do […]
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NEW for CHRISTMAS
FOR THE HOME PLASTIC SHADES of Vinylite adhere directly to glass without adhesive, can be peeled oil easily. Transeal, North Ave., Plainfield, N. J. REFRIGARRANGERS are light, durable easy-to-clean containers of Bakelite styrene for leftover foods. Valley Forge Creations. Malvern. Pa. PANCAKE TURNER-GREASER carries a replaceable absorbent pad to grease the pan. Without pad, holes drain grease. Paul Laux. Shavertown. Pa. STORM WINDOWS of plastic can be used on homes, farmbuildings. withstand all weather. Easy to install. Central States Bag Co., St. Louis, Mo.
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