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Jan, 1953
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Jun, 1953
PLASTIC ARMOR, light and inexpensive, soon will be marketed by a Denver firm. It is laminated, can be cut, molded, bent or sawed, will stop bullets from the most powerful hand-guns at 25 yards. Material, yet unnamed, was invented to meet need for lighter armor for banking cars, but preliminary tests indicate possible military use. Plastic, above right, show dents from rifle bullets. Above left, new plastic-armored truck.
Nash Airliner Reclining Seats
1. At lever touch either front seat back adjusts to any of five comfortable positions. Right-hand seat, fully reclined, makes a wonderful "couch" for children's or passenger's naps. 2. No longer need the driver sit rigidly in one position. Just touch a lever and change the angle of the seat back. Tall men say it's the greatest idea yet for comfort on long drives.
Animate Your Photographs
A pull on a string and this photo comes to life. To make this toy choose or make a photograph of your child (or even yourself) in a pose which shows the arms and legs suitably extended. Make two identical enlargements and glue these on thin Masonite or plywood. Now you have two mounted prints; on one you will want to use only the torso, so mark off the legs and arms.
Kinescope Photos
TV pictures ore easy to take, but look what happens if you use a focal plane shutter. IF you own a television set and camera, you can start a photographic collection of your favorite TV stars right in your own living room. No lights are necessary, in fact the best results are obtained by having all the lights in the room out when you take your shots. The only extra piece of equipment that you will need is a tripod.
Kiddie Car-Belt
RICHARD G. OSTRANDER of Yonkers, N. Y. is not a man who puts things off till tomorrow! Recently his young son narrowly escaped injury when he was thrown off an automobile seat by a sudden stop. To Ostrander this was a situation when stop meant go. He decided to do something about it and a few days later he presented to harassed parents everywhere his Wiggly Car Belt, a safety device for youngsters.
Personology—Science of Success
Bob Whiteside, Personologisf, is startling the scientific world with an amazing new system for determining a person's aptitudes by his physical appearance. By Lee Edson THE man and woman standing in front of the studio audience at a recent San Francisco radio show were plainly skeptical. And so was the audience itself. They stared at ex-newspaperman Bob Whiteside with a show-me attitude that for a lesser person might have been disconcerting. But Whiteside, who was on the program to demonstrate what he could reveal about a person merely by looking at him, was used to skepticism. He looked his subjects over carefully. He had never seen them before and there was little about them that could distinguish them from thousands of others.
William Gray's Pay Telephone
By Alfred Lief THE young wife of a machinist in Hartford, Conn., fell critically ill. The year was 1888. There were few telephones in town and William Gray had to call a doctor. He ran to a nearby factory and asked permission to use their phone. The manager said no; it was not for public use. But his pleading won consent, the doctor arrived in time and Mrs. Gray survived.
McCahill Drives the '53 Volkswagen
It's no raving beauty and it will only do 66 mph wide open—but this little German bucket really puts out when the going gets rough, says Tom. NOT since Ben Hur whipped his chariot into a broad slide with a hopped-up horse has a more surprising vehicle been developed in Europe than the 1953 Volkswagen. Now, before you start accusing your Uncle Tom of blowing his bald stack, let me qualify the statement. The Volkswagen, which hits a top speed of around 66 only after you've held it wide open for several complete turns of a stop watch, is no sports car by the weirdest definition. But gamboling around in two snow storms during my long test, I had more sport with this paperweight than you could have with a Cunningham.
Basement Penthouse
Basement Penthouse A veritable dean of home craftsmen, Norman Brokenshire practices what he preaches on his TV show in which he offers advice to all homeowners who get fed up with the expense of calling outside help for home renovations. Deciding to put the basement of his home to practical use, Brokenshire tore out the […]
Trash or Treasure
Take your heirloom to Rothschild. He'll know if it's worth dollars—or peanuts. By Lester David SOMETIMES, Sigmund Rothschild is a good man to know. Sometimes, he's as welcome as a bill collector. It's because the stolid Mr. Rothschild who has uncovered more hidden treasure than Black-beard, Jean Lafitte and the rest of the pirate mob combined, can make you a lot richer than you think you were. Or a lot poorer.