Is there a gadget yon think should be invented? If so, send its description to Inventions Wonted Editor, MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED. 67 West 44th St.. N.Y. 36. N.Y. Each one printed will be awarded $5. HANDY MITTENS for quick furniture polishing sessions. Impregnated with polish and disposable. A. W. Jackson, Wichita, Kan. PRIVATE PROGRAMMER television control sets program selections for entire evening of fun. Jack Lloyd, Hollywood, Calif.
THE first airplane to get off the ground back in 1903 was flown by a prone pilot. Originated by the Wright Brothers, the prone pilot position was soon abandoned in favor of the upright seat and was to all intents and purposes a dead issue until the mid-30's.
KING OF THE EGGHEADS THE drollest collection of painted eggs in the world probably belongs to Stan Bult, curator of a London museum. Bult’s hobby is living part-time in the world of circus clowns—a habit he got into as a boy when a troupe of friendly clowns lived next door. The faces he paints on [...]
One Man’s Castle SIMON BINDER’S home is literally his castle. The 60-year-old wood-carver spent 11 painstaking years and countless thousands of hours remodeling the main floor of his two-and-a-half story Vancouver, B. C, home in 17th century baroque style. Every stick of furniture was fashioned by Binder, as were the ornate ceiling frescoes, simulated marble [...]
SWAMI As mystifying as the Indian rope trick, this magic marvel defies the laws of gravity. PROBABLY Isaac Newton was right; but you couldn’t prove it with this gadget. It just seems to work contrary to all laws of gravity. Swami, by itself, reacts like any other object: supported at one end only—it falls. But, [...]
Turn your pet gripes and daydreams into cash for you and your boss. By Irv Leiberman NOT SO LONG ago Charles Zamiska collected $7,162 from the Cleveland Graphite Bronze Company, making a total of $12,137 the firm had paid him over a brief six-month period. Zamiska is senior furnace operator in the company's foundry and the $12,137 is considerably in excess of his wages. What's the story? The $12,137 equals 25 per cent of savings realized by his firm during the six months his plan for handling cores in Cleveland Graphite's shell casting department has been in effect. Charlie had submitted the plan through the company's employee suggestion system.
This floating dream-home will allow you to cruise the river in millionaire style. By Rudy Arnold HAVE YOU ever dreamed of cruising down the river in your own private yacht? If you have, now is the time to do it and enjoy the plushness of a modern dream-home complete with front and back yard. Wesley H. Dyer's "Dumbo" has made a low-cost family yacht a practical reality for the water-loving landlubber. Dyer, president of the Metal Products Company of Nashville, Tenn., named his original family yacht, shown on these pages, after Walt Disney's flying elephant because his novel craft was big but surprisingly agile for its size.
AUSTIN PRINCESS MARK IV features first automatic transmission in a British production car plus power steering, vacuum-servo braking, hand-built coachwork. LIGHT AUTOMATIC RIFLE built by Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corp. gets trial by Richard Boutelle, Fairchild prexy. At 6.85 lbs. it's three lbs. lighter than the Garand.
ALL GOOD THINGS must come to an end Mechanix Illustrated, with this final fanfare of eight—you count 'em, eight!—Pin-Up Cars, winds up a series which commenced in May 1951. Owners of 79 beautifully restored old-timers have won Mi's $25 award, the vintage of their cars ranging from an 1899 LeRoy to a 1939 Morgan three-wheeler, their quality of design and workmanship from fine to superb. Hail—and farewell!
It's called static electricity and it can give you a big charge—one that can kill. By Robert Hertzberg THE PREMATURE baby had been hustled off to an incubator. The obstetrician who had brought it into the world turned his attention to the mother, still groggy from a combination of labor and anesthetic. "Everything looks normal," he remarked to a nurse. Suddenly the quiet of the hospital delivery room was shattered by an explosion from the operating table. The doctor was knocked unconscious and the mother died an hour later.
CAMERA BALKS FALSE ALARMS SILENT SENTRY is trained on alarm box, shoots picture when alarm is pulled. Twelve of these installations in Oakland, Calif., have cut false alarms at protected boxes to zero—chiefly as a result of publicity given the new devices. Cameras were posted at trouble spots—a number being in high school neighborhoods.
TRICOPTER SKYHOOK It’s as simple as an ox yoke and it serves a very similar purpose. By Frank Tinsley WHEN a heavy hauling job comes up the idea has always been “Put in more horses.” Now, Raymond A. Young, an ex-Navy aeronautical engineer, has made it possible to harness helicopters in teams. His harness, as [...]
AN AMAZING new optical instrument now being developed at the Imperial College of Science at London, England, is the Fibrescope. When completed, this device will enable doctors to search inside the human body, physicists to watch radioactive material from the other side of lead walls and engineers to examine hidden parts of complicated machinery.
$10 Award ..................Bavarians By John H. Livingstone, Carmel, Calif. Rolleiflex camera. Plus X film. Ml at 1/100 sec. exposure. $10 Award....................Tea Time Taken with a 4x5 Speed Graphic; two flashbulbs with Panchro Press film, 1 /200th at f-22. Peter L. Klawson, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Turbine-powered cruiser of the future travels on either highway or waterway. SOME DAY in the near future a long, sleek car with a bubble canopy will drive down to the water's edge and then splash right in. Once afloat, its wheels will retract and the driver, shifting from gears to a jet thrust; w
Wow, this is actually the second guy I’ve seen with homemade stainless steel dentures. Here is another from 1937. I wonder how common this was. STAINLESS CHOPPERS STEELY SMILE of John Gilpin, village blacksmith of Livingston, Mont., is really friendly although strangers are sometimes awed by it. Gilpin broke a set of store teeth 16 [...]
This Car Has Everything WHEN Don Swartzwelder drives his car into a gas station the hood raises by itself, stunning the attendant and making Don moderately happy. A Fort Lauderdale, Fla., TV technician, Don has made a hobby of gooking up his ’38 Ford with gadgets until she now boasts a TV set, PA system, [...]
Here is MI's hold plan to fight juvenile delinquency and get kids off the street. THE scene is your city on a sticky, sweltering twilight in midsummer. Lights are beginning to wink on and kids are starting to gather in the streets after the evening meal. A few years ago this was the danger hour in your city. You remember it well—the nightly muggings would begin about now and young girls would be afraid to venture out alone. Beatings were commonplace and gang wars, fiercely fought with knives and zip-guns, were a frequent occurrence. But things are different now.