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Magic Vapor
Called Moonlight Fragrance Earns $60 Weekly for Agents Women buy this new and beautiful product on sight—nothing like it— brings the breath of spring flowers Into every room—freshens and rejuvenates.
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Cosmic Rays Only Thing Immortal
Cosmic Rays Only Thing Immortal NEITHER stars nor worlds, sunlight or heavens, can science admit to be eternal. Only one thing known to science can be called immortal—the cosmic rays investigated, among others, by the famous California physicist, Dr. R. A. Millikan. These rays may even be relics of days before there existed any universe […]
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Motor-Powered Pencil Sharpener
Motor-Powered Pencil Sharpener PENCIL sharpening is an effortless job when there is used a pencil sharpener driven by an electric motor now on the market. Furthermore, unlike most hand-operated sharpeners, the new machine has a series of different-sized openings, so that it can be used to sharpen pencils of almost any size. The device has […]
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New Type Gyro Plane Tested on Electric Rail Carriage
New Type Gyro Plane Tested on Electric Rail Carriage AS interesting as is the new type of gyro plane now undergoing exhaustive experiments in France, the method of testing is perhaps of even more interest. The trial carriage is electrically driven and attains a speed of from 60 to 80 miles an hour on rails. […]
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Pad Relieves Motorist Eye Strain
Pad Relieves Motorist Eye Strain A SPECIALLY designed eye pad, recently introduced, needs only to be moistened and worn over the eyes to give relief from eye strain due to long motor trips or sun glare. The pad comes in a convenient form for carrying in a small space and can be applied easily.
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Martian Life May Exist on Earth
Hard to argue with compelling evidence like that. Martian Life May Exist on Earth THAT kinds of life which originated elsewhere in the solar system not only have reached the earth in past ages but still are here in much the same forms as when they arrived is the opinion of a Viennese scientist. Striking […]
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Indestructible Container to Keep Records 10,000 Years
PEOPLE living 10,000 years hence will have an opportunity to know what manner of people we of this age are through a scheme devised recently by a Japanese scientist which makes use of a special indestructible container that will preserve records intact against the ravages of milleniums.
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Suicide or Murder? ~ Science Tells Which
NO LONGER can a murderer defeat justice by placing the gun in the hand of the victim to mislead the coroner's jury into returning a verdict of suicide. On the other hand, it will no longer be possible for an innocent man to be convicted of murder on circumstantial evidence if the deceased fired the shot which ended his own life, for science can now identify positively the hand that fired the gun. Whenever a firearm explodes, the generated gases expand and blow backward as well as forward. No firearm has yet been built in which some of these gases do not escape backward.
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Secret Documents Sent by Radio
Secret Documents Sent by Radio M. BELIN, a French inventor, has perfected a machine known as the “Belinogram”, which makes it possible to send by wireless with absolute safety documents of the most secret nature. The sending machine Belin has developed decomposes the message, document or photograph, while the receiver employed assembles the electrical impulses […]
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"Did Thomas Edison Die a Poor Man?
By Remsen Crawford The will of Thomas A. Edison, the world's greatest inventor, who died in mid-October, disposes of property estimated to be worth $12,000,000. It would seem impossible, then, that he could have died a comparatively poor man—yet this is the amazing conclusion of Remsen Crawford, Edison biographer and close friend of the inventor, who here presents proof in Edison's own handwriting which indicates the inventor was "property poor." AS THE last man in this world to have had a personal interview with Thomas A. Edison, I am going to set down here exclusively in Modern Mechanics and Inventions the reasons why that great wizard died a poor man.
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New V-Shaped Bed Cradles Body for More Restful Sleep
New V-Shaped Bed Cradles Body for More Restful Sleep A V-SHAPED bed recently invented supports the body perfectly at every point and thus promotes better rest. When unused the bed is straight like every other bed. However, one pull on a chain at the side of the bed immediately changes it to a V-shape. Another […]
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Subject Operates New Camera
Subject Operates New Camera A NEW camera, designed by Luther J. Simjian, of Yale University, permits photo gallery customers to pose to their heart’s content for the picture and then operate the camera when ready. A mirror close to the lens shows what the picture will look like and extension bulb clicks shutter.
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Plane Detector Like Giant Spoon
Plane Detector Like Giant Spoon WHEN Stockholm, Sweden, was recently “bombarded” from the air in a sham attack, a new and strange type of sound detector was used to pick up the planes. Three giant spoon-like ears caught the sounds in their concave surfaces, rendering the device sensitive to motor hums at a surprising distance.
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Fire Fighting Sprinklers Cover Radius of 50 to 350 Feet
These are pretty wicked looking. Fire Fighting Sprinklers Cover Radius of 50 to 350 Feet AN IMPROVEMENT in sprinkler systems for prevention of fires is represented in the invention of a wide-range revolving nozzle for checking fires in large buildings and factories. In the new scheme, a single large sprinkler delivers a whirl of water […]
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"Photo-Graver" Makes Cuts Over Wire in Ten Minutes
“Photo-Graver” Makes Cuts Over Wire in Ten Minutes WHAT is certain to be one of the most revolutionary machines introduced in the printing industry was recently exhibited in New York City. Called the “Photo-Graver”, the machine is capable of turning out a half tone engraving in approximately ten minutes, without using either chemical or photographic […]
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Human Sailboat Swims at Ease
Human Sailboat Swims at Ease A HUMAN sailboat made his appearance at the recent diving tournament in London. To take advantage of each puff of wind, this water sports enthusiast attached a small sail to his middle, as shown in the photo below, and so equipped, he swims effortlessly.
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Fire Fighters Play Poker in Flames
Fire Fighters Play Poker in Flames LOS ANGELES firemen have at last solved the problem of getting rid of kibitzers at poker who persist in looking over the player’s shoulder. Clad in their asbestos suits, and using a deck of metal cards, the two firemen in the photo above sit down to have a quiet […]
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The Real Truth About the Wilkins Polar Sub
The real story of the submarine Nautilus, which set out on a fantastic Jules Verne expedition to travel under ice to the North Pole, and which now lies abandoned in a European harbor after an amazing succession of catastrophes, is here told you for the first time by a member of the expedition. Fascinating, thrilling— an "inside" story—scientific adventure in the raw! by ALFRED ALBELLI who interviewed Arthur O. Blumburg, Chief Electrician's Mate of the Nautilus ARTHUR O. BLUMBURG Mr. Blumburg has been for 15 years in the United States Navy submarine service, and was granted a leave of absence to lend his expert services to the Wilkins Polar Submarine Expedition. That Mr. Blumburg was one of the most valued members of the crew, is testified to by the following sentences taken from a letter written to the Secretary of the Navy by Commander Sloan Danenhower of the Nautilus: "Arthur O. Blumburg had charge of recommissioning the electrical department, the installation of the storage batteries and special gyro compass, the automatic pilot, and other electrical equipment. He accomplished this work with great dispatch and efficiency, and has been a faithful, zealous, and efficient head of the electrical department throughout the entire voyage."
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Suction Cup Shoes in Plane Stunt
Suction Cup Shoes in Plane Stunt J. D. PATE, famous airplane stunt man, illustrates in the photo below his latest invention in the way of aviation thrill-makers. In performing his amazing stunt, Mr. Pate fastens a piece of plate glass on the top wing of an airplane. Then he dons a pair of special shoes […]
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Bike Side Car for Baby Passenger
Bike Side Car for Baby Passenger AT A rally of bicycling enthusiasts held recently at Hedgerly, Buckinghamshire, England, a novel bicycle side car was demonstrated which makes it possible for parents to take along their infant offspring when they go for a ride in the country. This side car, shown above, is equipped with a […]
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Hinged Fins Strapped to Legs Aid in Treading Water
Hinged Fins Strapped to Legs Aid in Treading Water ABOUT the strangest thing yet in the way of contraptions for walking on water recently appeared in Catalina Island, California. Consisting of a set of three flipper-like discs attached to the lower leg, the device gets its water treading power from the mechanical arrangement whereby the […]
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Aquaplane Towed by Auto Outrigger in New Water Sport
Aquaplane Towed by Auto Outrigger in New Water Sport WATER enthusiasts are now able to skip along Pacific waves without actually going to sea. A 20-foot pole attached by a swivel to the rear end of an automoible does the trick. The aquaplane rider skims over water two feet deep as the car speeds 20 […]
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Compressed AIR MOTOR Runs Car
Compressed AIR MOTOR Runs Car EITHER the era of “free air” is about to come to an end, or the cost of motoring is about to be reduced to practically nothing. In an amazing demonstration conducted recently in Los Angeles a standard automobile chassis, powered with a newly-developed compressed air motor, whizzed around the city […]
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Movies Entertain Dentist Patients
Movies Entertain Dentist Patients AS a means of taking the patient’s mind off the drill that is gouging down in his tooth, dentists are now providing distracting entertainment in the form of movies. In this scheme, employed by Dr. A. G. Highgate of Wauconda, Illinois, a small portable movie projector is attached to the arm […]
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Every Coo-Cool $1.75 for You!
Every Coo-Cool $1.75 for You! A “knock-out” instant selling hit! The Coo-Coo Auto Horn (Patented) sells itself at $4. Costs you $2.25. Going like wildfire in Hollywood and Los Angeles. One dealer sold 3,000 in short time. Some agents making as high as $25 an hour. One horn sells 5 others. No house to house […]
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"Mechanized" THEATER Challenges Movies
“Mechanized” THEATER Challenges Movies Taking a hint from the movies, the modern theater is “going mechanical” with a vengeance. In the new Earl Carroll theater all the resources of inventive ingenuity are employed for the comfort of patrons and the production of spectacular stage effects impossible in an ordinary theater. By Don Glassman A FEW […]
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How the First Color Cartoons were Made
At Last ~ Movie Cartoons in Color by JAMES BOWLES After years of a successful black-and-white career, animated cartoons are due to take on the additional appeal of color, thanks to the perfection of a process which is explained in detail in this article. THE first of 13 one-reel animated cartoon comedies in color have […]
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Yet Another Attempt to Defeat the Law of Gravity
I’m going to hazard a guess that this attempt to defeat gravity did not meet with success. Yet Another Attempt to Defeat the Law of Gravity THE recent success of the Cierva Autogiro has brought forth a deluge of attempts to defeat the law of gravity. Harry Cordy, a Los Angeles inventor, is about to […]
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Electric Pony Bucks and Trots
I wonder if they installed it outside the Piggly Wiggly. Electric Pony Bucks and Trots A NEW entertainment device which holds lots of fun for the youngsters is an electrical pony invented by Otto Hahs, a mechanic of Sikeston, Mo. The pony is operated by electricity and is set in motion by depositing a nickel […]
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Barber Speeds up Haircuts with 200,000 Volts Through Customer's Body
Barber Speeds up Haircuts with 200,000 Volts Through Customer’s Body SHOOTING 200,000 volts of electricity through a customer’s body, causing the hair to stand up on end as if in fright, is the somewhat unique though harmless, means employed by Charles Hawker, of Portland, Oregon, to increase his speed at his barber chair. The chair […]
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Wooden Balls Speed Cycle Races
Wooden Balls Speed Cycle Races LES BLAKEBOROUGH, the well known English dirt track motorcycle rider, has recently invented an entirely new back wheel for his racing machine, which consists of a series of large wooden balls mounted on the rim in place of the conventional pneumatic tire. The inventor claims his device makes broadsiding more […]
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Blows Glass Globe Around Cats
Blows Glass Globe Around Cats TO WIN a bet, Dick Manley, California glass blower, performed an unprecedented glass blowing stunt. He placed three kittens in a glass tube and within three minutes fashioned it into a perfect 26-inch globe with the kittens inside and unharmed. A small hole admitted air.
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Astrology - Will You Be Lucky in 1932?
Astrology – Will You Be Lucky in 1932? What do the stars foretell for 1932? Would you like to know? Our special 12-page Astrological Reading gives predictions, month hy month—with exact days, dates and happenings for 1932 based on your sign of the Zodiac. Consult it before making any change in home or business affairs, […]
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