I’m kind of amazed I haven’t seen one of these still in use in Portland. It seems like artisanal breakfast cereal would be very popular here. Salted caramel hemp puffs anyone? Portable Unit Puffs Cereal Grains DESIGNED especially for light manufacturing, a new machine recently introduced by a Portland, Oregon, manufacturer converts wheat and rice [...]
ALTHOUGH the first electrical apparatus for electrocuting fowl was invented more than 188 years ago by Benjamin Franklin it was not until recently that such a device was conceived for present day requirements.
Swords collected from the various countries in which he has visited form the interesting collection of Richard Ames, Jr., Houston, Tex. He is shown above with some of his trophies. Even the movie stars have their hobbies. Jeanette MacDonald collects small jeweled trinkets and novelties. She is shown here with a portion of her novel collection of porcelain and glass what-nots.
Chin Plate Stops Mouth Breathing AN ADJUSTABLE chin plate has been developed by Oliver Lowry, Meridian, Miss., which, if worn at night while sleeping, eliminates mouth breathing, the principal cause of “whistling” and snoring. The device consists of a padded metal plate that fits the contour of the lower jaw. Adjustable elastic bands insure a [...]
Portable Auto Jail Houses Fugitive A NEW style in portable “hoosegows” was set by an Oklahoma police official when he built a steel cage on the back of his passenger auto. The “jail” was used to bring back a fugitive who had escaped from the McAlester, Okla., prison. He had been recaptured by Pittsburgh, Pa., [...]
For the junior scientist what would be more appropriate than this photo electric eye apparatus. Motors can be made to run by waving your arm, burglar alarms installed without wiring and music can be produced from varying light beams. Any member of the family will appreciate a flashlight. This model features a chrome case and a positive contact thumb switch.
For the amateur scientist this Micro-photography outfit is the ideal gift. Permanent records of all experiments can be kept on photographic prints. The microscope and the camera can be used independently. Cellulose wrappings add much to the appearance of gifts. At right are examples of what attractive wrapping will do. Below—This toy airplane will thrill any youth who receives it. Plane performs like a real ship.
DESIGNED to serve as an example of artistic and functional design as well as mechanical ability, a newly developed auto attains a speed of 110 m.p.h., and is said to travel 30 miles on a gallon of gasoline. It was designed by Benjamin F. Harris III, an industrial engineer in Chicago, Ill.
by THOMAS M. JOHNSON Author of "Our Secret War" and "Without Censor" "A SPY simply must communicate with his master," the foremost American hunter of spies told me. Then he added, fervently; "Thank God!" For the very act of sending his precious stolen information to the country he serves, places the war time spy in deadly danger. The "spy wireless" by which he sends it, is his strength only if it be safely hidden; once discovered, it is his weakness, betraying him to death at dawn before a firing squad. Through that fatal weakness, American spy hunters recently have detected an astounding number of spies for foreign countries, here among us, stealing our defense secrets.
By JOSEPH W. GRIGG, Jr. TOILING in the icy depths of Scapa Flow, the broad landlocked harbor in the Orkney Isles, north of Scotland, British engineers and divers today are enacting what probably will be hailed some day as the greatest salvaging epic in the history of the sea. Though the world at large hears but little of their feats, they are dragging to the surface one by one of the giants of Germany's once proud High Seas Fleet, now battered rusted hulks, which have lain for 17 years fathoms-deep beneath the swirling waters of Scapa. The iron from some of those very ships is being used today by the modern Germany of Adolf Hitler in the great European armaments race.
Sun Machine Lightens Hotel Rooms A NOVEL sun machine for providing brighter day lighting in rooms of apartments and hotels is being tested at the Park Lane Hotel in New York City. A master mirror at the top of the machine follows the sun and reflects sunshine to room windows. Jacques Arthuys is the inventor.
AN AUTO-FLASH device designed to snap photos of autos that run past red lights, into safety zones, and past stop streets, has been invented by William Running, a Detroit, Mich., electrician. A personal experience as a "hit-and-run" victim caused him to design the device. For safety zones, the machine consists of a lighted sign set in the pavement which depresses when an auto passes over it. This actuates a camera set up on the curb so that it snaps a photo of the rear license plates of the offending auto.
MOUNTED on the windshield, a new triple lens camera, operated without diverting the driver's eyes from the road, records three distinct views of traffic violations encountered while driving. The camera also records the time and date when used and the film shifts automatically for the next picture. One of the views taken by the camera is a large
ONE of the most unusual engineering feats in recent years was the moving of a 4,000,000-pound Detroit church steeple to make way for a wider street. The 180-foot stone tower was moved by seven men while hundreds of breathless spectators looked on. Working under the direction of Carl F. Henrichsen and Carl A. Johnson, veteran building movers, the men first cut out a 27-foot section of the church so that the front could be moved back the same amount.
Contractors Build Freak Test House TO DETERMINE the feasibility and artistic effect of various materials for a group of new college buildings, a test building using many different materials was erected at Principia College, Elsah, Ill From the results gleaned from the novel experiment, the combination and types of material to be used in the [...]
by JAMES DYSON AUTOMOBILES for 1937 attain new levels of safety, comfort and flexibility. Some models are little changed in outward appearance but all boast internal improvements of interest to the motorist. Many refinements hitherto found only in machines of high price are available for the first time in makes of the lowest cost.
Invisible Lens Worn Under Eyelids IN a demonstration before the American Academy of Optometry in Chicago, Dr. William Feinbloom, a New York optometrist, demonstrated a perfected type of invisible eyeglass to be worn under the eyelids. Unlike European spectacles of a similar nature the new glasses eliminate misfits since each lens is made over with [...]
TO ALL SPORTSMEN: DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE FROM HUNTING AND FISHING BY LEARNING TO MOUNT YOUR BEST TROPHIES... IT'S EASY! YES! It's Easy to Learn, Right in Your Own Home, to MOUNT ANIMALS, FISH and BIRDS! WILD GAME in growing scarcer. Every specimen you get from now on is doubly interesting and valuable. Mount them for yourself and your friends. Learn quickly in spare time to Restore and Recreate birds and animals no they appear actually ALIVE.
"ROBIE," a mechanical robot walks, talks, smokes and winks his eyes when electrical impulses are transmitted to his "radio" brain. The unusual animated character is the work of Arthur Wilson, of Chicago, Illinois. More than a year's work and the assistance of three men were required to perfect the robot which is constructed of sheet metal and wood.
Electrical changes in the human body may explain the cause of cancer according to Prof. H. S. Burr, of the Yale School of Medicine. Working with Dr. R. G. Meader, Prof. Burr has found that minute changes in the living process are accompanied by changes in body electricity.
Builds Tiny Looms That Work BUILDING miniature looms that actually weave cloth into intricate patterns is the spare time hobby of George Yoxall a London weaver. The looms are assembled from toy constructor parts and small gears which must be specially made for the tiny mechanism. One of the looms accommodates 554 threads and weaves [...]
A DISFIGURING, and sometimes embarrassing black eye can be removed in less than one hour by the use of a new static machine that "bombards" the eye with electricity. The electric treatment is painless.
Hello Boys! Take a good look at that giant power plant! You build it yourself with the great new Erector. Piece by piece you construct its massive steel frame. Assemble its enormous flywheel, pistons and governor. Mount its big, shining boilers. Then you hook up the powerful Erector reversible electric engine and it throbs with action.