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Artist Makes Pasteboard Masks
Artist Makes Pasteboard Masks A NEW sculptor’s medium has been devised by Stanislaw Raczinsky, Polish artist, who utilizes colored pasteboard, skillfully cut and clipped together, to make striking, modernistic masks.
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BUSINESS Welcomes NEEDED GADGETS
Motor cleaning fluid which is poured into an auto engine through the spark plug openings is said to clean out carbon deposits overnight. Bottle cap with a new measuring cone permits accurate pouring of the correct medicinal dose without using a spoon or dropper. Centrifugal water pump powered by 10 h.p. outboard engine is designed for fire fighting, small irrigating jobs, or even for pumping dirty, sand-laden water.
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Bike Pedal Light Warns Motorists
It’ll never catch on. Bike Pedal Light Warns Motorists COLORED reflectors designed for mounting on bicycle pedals were recently introduced in England as part of a “safety first for cyclists” movement. The colored glass crystals, being continually in motion as the cyclist pedals along, glow brilliantly when in headlight beams of approaching cars.
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Stunt Artist Broadcasts Feelings During Parachute Jump
Stunt Artist Broadcasts Feelings During Parachute Jump ALL the thrills of parachute jumping with none of its perils were recently experienced by spectators and radio listeners when Maximilian Skupin, stunt artist, broadcast his sensations while falling through space over the airport at Staaken, Germany. In one hand Skupin held a short wave antenna composed of […]
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Old Revolver Serves as Table Lamp
Old Revolver Serves as Table Lamp AN INTERESTING desk or table lamp for the den can be made from an old revolver. Bolt the butt of the gun to a metal base, then fasten a lamp socket into the end of the barrel. The electric cord is run through the barrel to a switch so […]
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Frenchman Crosses Channel With Odd Paddle Device
Frenchman Crosses Channel With Odd Paddle Device PROPELLING himself through the water by means of a novel paddle device known as a hydrosphere, Charles Flourons, Paris, France, successfully crossed the English Channel from Cape Griz-Nez to Dover. Flourons’ hydrosphere consists of a ball one foot in diameter with a double-ended paddle, five feet long, passing […]
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Builds Playhouse From Oil Cans
Builds Playhouse From Oil Cans BY SOLDERING together 1500 quart oil cans, Edgar Speer, Ohio mechanic, has constructed a novel playhouse for his small daughter. By laying the soldered cans on their long axis and offsetting each course at the end, Speer has achieved a log cabin effect. Large enough to accommodate three or four […]
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Wind-Propeller Sails Proposed For Liners
Wind-Propeller Sails Proposed For Liners GIANT fan blades whirling rapidly in ocean breezes are proposed by an English inventor as a substitute for both sails and engines on ocean-going vessels. Mounted high above deck, the whirling propeller would transfer the wind’s unlimited power to the marine screw propellers of the boat. A working model of […]
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Ancient Mayan Throwing Stick Modernized by Bowmen
I thought I remembered watching a Daily Show clip where the correspondent tried in vain to use one of these, but I couldn’t find it online. Ancient Mayan Throwing Stick Modernized by Bowmen BORROWING an idea from the Mayan Indians of Yucatan, Los Angeles sports enthusiasts have revived the ancient throwing stick to add new […]
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UNDER-SEA TRACTOR-SPHERE ROAMS OCEAN FLOOR
NEWEST of mechanical monsters intended for under-sea exploration is the tractor-sphere being designed by Otis Barton, builder of the bathysphere used by Dr. William Beebe in setting a new world's diving record of 3028 feet. The new invention, intended to be driven into the sea from the beach level under its own power, might be classed as a bathysphere mounted on caterpillar treads. Powerful electric motors operating from sealed-in storage batteries would move this undersea tractor over the rocky slopes and pinnacles of the ocean floor.
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Modern Mechanix's Cover from Painting to Magazine
Three photo negatives are made of 21"x30" oil painting (below). At same time screen of 133 dots to inch is placed between plate and lens. On one negative all but blue color is filtered out, second all but red, and third yellow. Proof of type for the cover is photographed. Type on negative is masked for drawing.
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Ice Finger, SPINNING COFFEE POT Make HOME TASKS More PLEASANT
Ice Finger, SPINNING COFFEE POT Make HOME TASKS More PLEASANT PIE PLATE RIM, easily snapped in place, prevents juices from running over edge into oven, allows baking of extra-thick pastries. DRAWER OVEN for electric range works like filing cabinet, eliminating stooping to inspect baking. Compartment slides out on roller bearings, rear panel keeping heat in […]
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First Staple Gun?
Tack Hammer Has Automatic Feed AN AUTOMATIC staple- driving hammer operating like and resembling an automatic pistol drives staples home with a single blow when the trigger is pulled. The device holds a clip of fifty tacks at one time.
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Second Dog Is Restored to Life
Second Dog Is Restored to Life ROBERT E. CORNISH, California biologist, who amazed the scientific world last spring by reviving a dog clinically put to death (Modern Mechanix and Inventions, July, 1934) recently repeated the success of his original experiment with even more encouraging results. Lazarus IV, subject of the first successful experiment, has learned […]
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Handle Opens One-Piece Razor (Jan, 1935)
Handle Opens One-Piece Razor HAILED as distinctly revolutionary in design, a new one-piece safety razor has been placed on the market. Compactly built, the razor has no separate parts and is said to be extremely simple in operation. A twist of the handle opens the cap of the razor to receive the blade. Another twist […]
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Trapped Rat Shoots Self and Photographs the Fatal Event
This just seems really sadistic to me. Why would you want this picture? Trapped Rat Shoots Self and Photographs the Fatal Event TRAPPED in an ingenious contrivance built by George W. Fenner, Syracuse photographer, a hungry rat shot himself and left a picture of the event in a camera trained upon the device. A piece […]
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Women Stars Wrestle Under Water
Women Stars Wrestle Under Water ONE of the world’s strangest athletic events was held recently when Dolly Dalton, Canadian champion, engaged Dixie Taylor, southern women’s champion, in an underwater wrestling match at Silver Springs, Florida. The remarkable clearness of the water enabled spectators to follow every-move of the contestants. Good wind is essential for this […]
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Chicken Guests Fill Miami Hotel
Chicken Guests Fill Miami Hotel ABANDONED by a real estate syndicate, a Miami hotel has been turned into one of the world’s largest and most palatial chicken coops by the ingenuity of Maurice R. Harrison, graduate engineer turned poul-tryman. Securing a long-term lease on the property following its abandonment by the original owners, Harrison installed […]
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Amaze Friends with this Sound Robot
This is the Clapper! Amaze Friends with this Sound Robot STEPPING up to a mysterious oiled paper diaphragm, the amateur electrical wizard mumbles unintelligible Greek words, suddenly claps his hands. Room lights go out almost instantly, and an oscillating electric fan throws its turbulent air blast over the faces of surprised friends. The sound robot […]
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"Beauty Micrometer" Analyzes Facial Flaws for Makeup
RECENTLY perfected by Max Factor, one of Hollywood's most famous beauty experts, a new instrument, designed to aid makeup men, accurately registers actors' facial measurements and discloses which features should be reduced or enhanced in the makeup process. Flaws almost invisible to the ordinary eye become glaring distortions when thrown upon the screen in highly magnified images; but Factor's "beauty micrometer" reveals the defects.
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Print Photographs in COLOR on METAL Gifts
YOU can inject a personal note into your Christmas gifts this year by placing on them photographs of yourself, of friends or of scenes you have snapped with your camera. Any smooth surface can be treated in this way, including metal, wood, glass or composition. The pictures are permanent, can be made in any color, and have the shiny, glass-like appearance of glazed enamel.
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Maginot Tower
It seems like they didn’t quite understand that the planes were the important part, not the tower. Giant Air TOWER to GUARD PARIS TO GET defense aircraft into action more quickly, architects of Paris have worked out plans for a huge aerodrome tower, more than a mile in height, which will literally hurl planes, into […]
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German Death Ray Pistol Stuns Animals at Mile Range
German Death Ray Pistol Stuns Animals at Mile Range AN ODD-LOOKING pistol firing a magnesium charge said to be capable of stunning men and animals a mile away is now being demonstrated in Paris. Its inventor, a German who was forced to flee from his native land, hopes to sell the idea to the French […]
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