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INDOOR-OUTDOOR DINING TABLE
This modern table and bench set is easy to construct and goes equally well in the garden or breakfast room. By John Harter IF you're the type of person who appreciates the clean, trim lines of today's functional design, this table and bench set is for you.
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PUSHBUTTON BEACH CLIMBER
These Long Islanders live only 200 feet from the beach—by their own funicular railroad. SLIDING down and climbing up a 200-foot, 45-degree sand bluff is fun for the kiddies but poor sport for the whole family—especially if it's required activity. Anyway, that's the way engineer Zvi Gezari felt about the only approach to the Long Island Sound beach near his home.
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Floating Cottages
Floating Cottages These beautiful new houseboats offer water lovers who can’t afford the luxury of a yacht all the advantages for lazy living. Custom made Steel King is 46-footer sleeping four or more. Built by Grafton Boat Works. This 24-foot job by the River Queen Boat Works has five-inch draft, costs $2,695. Twin-hulled Spartan Mariner […]
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Discover the Mysteries of the Heavens
A simple, straightforward book about the wonders of astronomy for the beginning stargazer. A KEY TO THE HEAVENS By Leo Mattersdorf, with a deep debt of gratitude to Professor Albert Einstein
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INVENTIONS WANTED!
ELECTRIC cheese grater for spaghetti lovers who don't like to exert themselves before lunch. Louise Zolezzi, Jamaica. N. Y. SKATING SHOES equipped to take bolt-on ice skates or wheels for enthusiasts who like to skate year-round. John Dee, Boise. Ida. KNEEPADS with rollers on them so Mom can zip through scrubbing, chores requiring kneeling. David Mega. Follansbee. W. Va.
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PREPARE NOW AT HOME FOR A PROFITABLE CAREER IN AUTOMATION ELECTRONICS!
ATTENTION: MEN 17 to 55 Does your present job offer advancement? PRACTICAL NEW TRAINING METHOD IS THOROUGH, DOWN-TO-EARTH! In plant after plant, many machines are being designed to run themselves. This is called "Automation." The jobs of some men who used to run these machines are gradually disappearing. Every year sees more changes; more unskilled jobs being replaced. But it's making many new jobs too—good-pay, solid-future jobs in plants, offices and elsewhere—for men who are trained In Automation Electronics.
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They Turn Collars Into Dollars
Catering to filthy rich Fidos is making Bill and Ken Osborne the veritable Tiffany of Towserland. By Jack E. Kemmerer A DREAM in which he saw a pet poodle wearing a magnificent, diamond-studded dog collar launched 38-year-old breeder of pedigreed show dogs Bill Osborne and his brother Ken, 25, on a unique money-making venture which has them catering to the upper crust of dogdom.
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Satisfied with my JOB and PAY? NOT ME!!
TODAY, you are probably earning enough to get by—enough to provide your family with life's necessities, and perhaps you are depositing a few extra dollars in the bank. BUT are you content with just earning a living wage? Do you say "Someday I'll really get a break and go right on to the top." THAT'S WISHFUL THINKING!
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IMPORTER'S SACRIFICE SALE! World Famous KORIUM Hunting Knives
from Solingen, Germany REG. 3.95—NOW 1/2 PRICE: 1.98 Take Your Pick-all one low price! These unique hand forged hunting knives are made by world-renowned craftsmen of SOLINGEN, GERMANY. Sharp, rugged blades are genuine KORIUM steel. The handsome, unusual designs have won recognition in sports circles throughout Europe. American hunters and fishermen, too, have been quick in expressing their enthusiastic approval.
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Arenaceous Chronoscopes
Meet Greenhill and Rogers; they brought back the clock with the Mae West figure. Arenaceous chronoscopes (that's a fancy way of saying sand clocks) first occurred to antique clock dealers Samuel Greenhill and Joseph Rogers as a nifty display idea for their New York shop window. Passersby would stop, look, and fall under the spell of the fast-falling grains, the slow-growing hill of sand. They began hunting for an hourglass—a real 60-minute job. And what do you know? Not a dealer in the U. S. could get it for them. So they decided to make one.
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they call it "SKISH"
Life's more fun if you go fishing— and fishing's more fun if you've taken this popular college course. Photographed for MI by George Barris SKISH is a fairly new word combining "skill" and "fishing." Down at Florida Southern College in Lakeland they teach a course called Skish And Outdoor Life. Coach Jim Lease, an expert in precision casting, fly-tying, plug-making, tackle repair and hooking them, gives his boys and girls a thorough grounding in the sport of presidents. Not to mention a whale of a time out fishing.
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NEW PRODUCTS
1. New. five-sectional, rear-view mirror permits 160° view behind, including both sides. 2. Molded from tough plastic, these doorknobs snap on shaft, are held in place by a small spring lock. 3. Antique pine finishing kit consists of stain and wood sealer in pint quantities, brush. 1/2-lb. can of wax and instructions.
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Igloos for Leathernecks
Igloos for Leathernecks THE Eskimo’s igloo melts in the brief arctic summer. But the new Marine Corps igloo, or geodesic dome, is a year-round job that has been called the first basic improvement in mobile military shelters in 2,600 years. The Gyrenes have them in four sizes with diameters of 36, 42, 55 and 117 […]
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The Amateur Telescope Maker's Page
AT a cash outlay of $300, boys at a Hawaiian school built a 20-inch reflecting telescope which has been valued at $20,000. It is said to be one of the largest telescopes in the Pacific area. With the exception of the grinding of the mirror, all the work was done by the students of the Kamehameha school, a private grammar school named after Hawaii's greatest king. The f-6 mirror was donated by a government employee who ground it himself, taking six months for the job.
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IT'S NEW!
EMERGENCY FLOATS being tried here by Sikorsky S-55 helicopter can be inflated by pilot for any unscheduled landings on water. TV COMBAT CAMERA developed by Army enables scout to send up-to-the-minute battle pictures to command post. VACUUM CLEANER built by U. S. Hoffman Machinery Corp. weighs 15 tons, cleans runways of rubble to protect jet intakes. SHOPPER'S MAILBOX, newly designed for people carrying a week's provisions from the supermarket, was tried out recently in Washington, D. C. Foot pedal should be useful during Christmas rush.
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HE TAKES PEOPLE FOR A RIDE
Bill Schmidt keeps them thrilled and safe at Chicago's Riverview, world's largest amusement park. By Stan Holden EVERY year nearly 2,000,000 persons go to Chicago's Riverview Park to have fun. One individual, however—a husky six-footer named William B. Schmidt—goes there to have trouble. It's part of his job. As vice-president and superintendent of Riverview, Schmidt is ringmaster and chief trouble-shooter of the world's largest amuse- ment park. He runs 72 acres of neon-lighted, gaily-painted thrill-and-skill attractions valued at approximately $8,-000,000. That adds up to a huge cash investment for the sprawling playland.
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THE POGONOTOMIST
THE POGONOTOMIST MOST men shave their faces and are relieved to stop there. But Elbridge J. Casselman keeps going. He shaves his left arm every day and gets paid for it. As pogonotomist (comes from the Greek pogon for beard) for the Gem Safety Razor Corp., Mr. C. devotes his time to finding out how […]
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HAVE YOU LIVED BEFORE?
Have we new reason to believe—as men have believed for ages—that we have had other lives and will return again? By C. J. Talbert YOU are going back, back . . . three years old ... two ... one year old... now you are a mere infant . . . but you are still going back into time and space ... you will find other scenes of faraway lands and distant places in your memory ... now you will tell me ... what do you see? What do you see? Uh . . . scratched the paint off all my bed. And what is your name?
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SCAMPER
Using an air propeller, this model zips along at 40 mph as a car and does 20 as a ski-equipped boat. By Paul Del Gatto BUILT as a car, this model is a supercharged bundle of energy. Free-running, it surges forward as if shot from a cannon and tops 40 mph. Most people won't have the space to let it go and will have to use a tether. Even at that, it will do better than 35. Personally, our favorite version is the one featuring the hydro-ski arrangement. Though not as fast as the car, 20 mph is still very high for a boat of this size. Yet it isn't the speed that impresses us so much as the sight of this unusual water bug rising up on the skis. The air prop lends to the fascination by creating the illusion of some weird form of aircraft skimming across the water. Of course you may experience a somewhat different type of reaction, but one thing is certain: no matter which version you try, you will enjoy it every bit as much as we did.
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A Dome Grows in Brooklyn
The Dodgers' home games may soon be played under this huge plastic bubble. By Frank Tinsley Mechanix Illustrated takes pride in being the first to show what the Brooklyn Dodgers' new baseball park may look like—if the 20th century's most daring architect gets his plan accepted. Buckminster Fuller has already earned the gratitude of the armed forces and the taxpaying public with his plastic igloos that can be helicopter-toted from air base to air base to serve as hangars, barracks, warehouses, administration buildings.
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McCahill Sounds Off On Safety
Uncle Tom blasts so-called "safety features" and suggests ten ways makers can cut traffic deaths. By Tom McCahill IN THE automobile business right now the topic of safety is as hot as a naked Chinaman in a barrel of tabasco. With various professors fronting for them and spouting statistics by the yard, carmakers in newly-tailored angel suits have set out almost en masse to halt highway slaughter. Now this is a noble undertaking, the good Lord knows, and I am all in favor of anything that will save even one life on the road. But the trouble is, the safety campaign so far has not shown much evidence of being overloaded with realistic thinking.
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RAILROADS IN THE SKY
Monorails promise swift and economical transportation for congested cities. By Archie Robertson HERE'S a brand-new way of travel for American commuters—the overhead, suspended train. In a monorail coach, light and roomy as a luxurious airliner and faster than a surface train, you will skim along above the crowded downtown streets, looking with thankfulness at your escape from a misery of crawling cars, traffic fumes, honking horns, whistling cops and squealing brakes. Whether you're just going downtown to shop or commuting to work 50 miles from your home, a monorail will take you where you're going two or three times as fast as conventional surface transportation.
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THISH CAR RUNSH ON BEER
By Rudy Arnold Liquor for this auto's engine of distinction makes it run smoothly with that gurgling, surging power. VERNON G. EISEL has what you might call a lush car. It will drink anything—and often does. Pouring such barroom concoctions as beer, whisky or even soda into the fuel system of his '53 Olds makes it purr like a kitten. The secret, according to Eisel, who lives in Levittown, N. Y., is the "caveator" which lies beneath the hood and gives the car its gurgling, surging power.
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