WHAT is said to be the largest outdoor mirror in America has been set up by a Pasadena, California, service station with the thought of flattering the vanity of auto owners, both male and female. While gasoline is being shot into the tank the motorist faces a life size reflection of himself and his car in a 7 by 12 foot mirror mounted on the side of the station. As he makes the turn to drive out a full size side view of the car is obtained. A plate glass window was silvered to make the mirror.
RECENT experiments in the conversion of the sun's rays into electric power have led to an unusual idea in aerial equipment. It is a dirigible that not only would get its power from the sun but also provide space for a landing field in the air. The ordinary cigar-shaped dirigible would in effect have a slice taken from the upper half of the gas bag. This would provide a large deck on which could be mounted solar photo cells, an airplane runway, and a hangar. Planes could land on the dirigible, floating over the sea, to refuel for trans-ocean passenger service.
New Device Locates Buried Metal REQUIRING no technical knowledge to operate, a new detection instrument is said to be unusually efficient in locating buried metal or virgin ore. Electrical impulses, sent through a hoop-like coil, set up disturbances on a recording meter, indicating metal’s presence.
Stuffed Frog Makes Novel Lamp NOVELTY taxidermy, in which mounted birds and animals are arranged in special poses to serve as useful articles, is fast becoming a fad in this country. One of the most popular subjects is the frog lamp. A stuffed bullfrog reclines lazily against his toadstool shade, holding a tiny fish-pole. Swamp [...]
ALONG the shore of Medicine Lake, near Minneapolis, Minn., homeless, unemployed men have built one of the strangest communities in Americaâ€”a white man's village of tepees and skyscraper wigwams. Originally started as a minor relief project, the camp now covers 93 acres and is one of Minnesota's largest relief depots. Local building and wrecking companies. donate material for the structures which range from a two-person hut to a three-story community dwelling. These buildings have the customary Indian ridge poles, but the sides are covered with shingles instead of skin. The interiors are attractively equipped with rustic furniture.
The stylish alternative to blinkers. Hand Light Aids Night Driving The confusion over driving signals when motoring at night is largely eliminated with a new device which straps to the back of the hand. A rubber half glove is fitted with a red reflector of Bohemian glass which makes hand signals easily visible at all [...]
Dictating Machines to Use Magnetic Tape With the development of the steel tape method of sound recording, present day dictaphones may soon become obsolete. In demonstrations at the Century of Progress sound was stored in the magnetic ribbon for only a few seconds, but engineers believe it possible to construct a simplified dictating machine set [...]
Nifty but I’ll bet on partly cloudy days the awnings keep opening and closing every time a cloud passes by. Magic HOUSE Makes Own WEATHER Features at the Century of Progress it is a magic dwelling which literally makes it’s own weather. The secret of the process lies in a remarkable air-conditioning system which cools [...]
Egg-Beater Wind Plane Imitates Hovering Flight of Eagle Revolving blades resembling somewhat the working parts of an egg beater replace wings and tail stabilizers on the “cycloidal flying machine,” an airplane designed to reproduce the best features of an eagle’s flight. A seven foot model of the unusual craft has already been built in the [...]