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Mar, 1932
Latest Auto Luxury—Traveling Boudoir for Campers
Latest Auto Luxury—Traveling Boudoir for Campers THE height of something or other — luxury in this case—is a portable boudoir for an automobile which was exhibited at an auto show held recently in London. The case contains everything from wash basin to toothbrush holder and is mounted on the stern of a Rolls Royce, as […]
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Shilling to Earn All World's Gold
WHEN Dr. Leopold Bauer, noted Vienna architect, recently deposited a shilling in the Bank of England, to be compounded quarterly and paid to his descendants in 1500 years, we wonder if he realized that he was attempting to corner the world's wealth.
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Planet Gravity Causes Sunspots
This explanation is completely wrong. Planet Gravity Causes Sunspots THE eleven-year cycle of sun spots, with all its earthly effects on weather and radio, has been traced by scientists to the gravitational pull exerted on the sun by three of the planets, the earth, Jupiter and Venus. The planets exert joint attractions every eleven years.
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Short Day Stimulates Workers
Then the boss calmly sipped his tea, had the doors chained, and explained how he’d always thought they were lazy and upped the quota to 300 dozen needles. Somewhere in the rear, a lone voice cried out. Short Day Stimulates Workers YOUNG girls working in factories will not work harder for more money but will […]
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"Wind Wagon" Made From Ford
That used to be my nick name in high-school. I was a lonely child. “Wind Wagon” Made From Ford JOE BAIRD of Arcadia, Neb., got tired of driving an ordinary Model T Ford, so he got busy and converted it into the “wind wagon” shown above. The motor is raised above the chassis, the radiator […]
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Novel Ice Cream Dispenser
Novel Ice Cream Dispenser SODA jerkers and confectioners who are called on to “dish up” ice cream cones will appreciate the labor-saving features of a new tray which holds the cones in such a manner that both hands are free for the filling operation. Aside from its time-saving aspect, the tray permits the salesman to […]
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Live Bees Now Mailed in Tiny Cage
Live Bees Now Mailed in Tiny Cage THE postman now has a new and fairly dangerous article to be carried in his pack, since bees are shipped by parcel post. The bee is very carefully removed from the apiary, placed in a special box cage, which has a small supply of honey to keep the […]
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Switch Closes Window, Turns on Heat for Early Riser
Switch Closes Window, Turns on Heat for Early Riser THERE would be fewer people late for work these winter mornings if the room were warm enough to permit arising in comfort, but a warm room is impossible if we keep the windows up to scare the T. B. bugs away. That is, it was impossible […]
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Tiny Prompter for Public Speakers
Tiny Prompter for Public Speakers A PROMPTING device consisting of a reel of paper, on which notes are typed, contained in a case small enough to be held unseen in the palm of the hand, has been patented by a railway official who was embarrassed by lack of notes in making public addresses. A small […]
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Cabinet Serves Lighted Cigaret
Cabinet Serves Lighted Cigaret A CABINET that serves a cigaret already lighted and glowing at the tip, ready to smoke, is the latest luxury for the smoker. Now the smoker can go right on with the conversation or the bridge game without bothering to look for cigarets or matches, it is claimed. The cigaret is […]
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Prism Glare Shield Reduces Night Driving Hazards
CONSISTING of two finely polished optical glass prisms set in a metal mounting, this device is designed to serve as a glare eliminator for automobiles. Fastened over the windshield, it is perfectly transparent so that the driver can clearly see the road. Startling as it may seem, however, on the approach of another car with glaring headlights the device immediately lowers an "optical curtain" so that the oncoming car and lights vanish and the driver can see as clearly as ever.
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Speaker Built in Extra Auto Wheel
Speaker Built in Extra Auto Wheel RADIO loud speakers are found in all sorts of strange places, but who would ever think of looking in the hub of a spare tire. It has remained for an advertising man to think up a place like that. Installed in the hub, as shown in the accompanying photo, […]
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Novel Machines Fight Grasshopper Scourge
WHEN the rapacious hordes of grasshoppers descended upon the farmlands of the Northwest this past summer, laying waste thousands of acres of wheat and corn, the farmers called upon their mechanical ingenuity and went into battle with the insects with an array of strange looking machines.
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Tear Gas Sprayed From Bank Teller's Window Blinds Bandits for Capture
Tear Gas Sprayed From Bank Teller’s Window Blinds Bandits for Capture A NEW and more effective means in preventing bank hold ups has recently been developed. On each side of the teller’s window are two automatic spraying devices, one with a strong odor of smoke stream and the other with a fine spray of a […]
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Overgrown, Misplaced Steering Wheel Used in Ad Stunt
Overgrown, Misplaced Steering Wheel Used in Ad Stunt NUMEROUS and fantastic are the stunts performed by advertising men to catch the public eye for a fleeting second. In England recently an automobile was pressed into service and made to do duty in getting attention for a manufacturer’s product. At a first glance you think that […]
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Life Belt From Old Inner Tubes
Life Belt From Old Inner Tubes SWIMMING students, long distance swimmers and water sports enthusiasts can do nothing better than to provide themselves with this inexpensive life belt, which is made simply from segments of two old inner tubes and attached to a belt as illustrated in the accompanying photo. A band connects the two […]
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May Grant Legal Permits to Die
Dr. Kevorkian just got out of prison this week, but physician assisted suicide was an issue long before he ever made the news. May Grant Legal Permits to Die LEGAL permission to seek death when confronted by certainty of intense suffering from incurable disease, was recently advocated by an eminent physician. At present many unfortunates […]
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Umbrella Rack From Sewer Pipe
Umbrella Rack From Sewer Pipe HERE’S a hint for plumbers, or, for that matter, for anyone who is handy with a paint brush. Old sewer pipes that are not too badly battered can be painted up with decorative designs to make highly ornamental umbrella racks as shown in the accompanying photo. You can go in […]
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BOWLING Succumbs to Miniature Craze
Posting is going to be light this weekend because I’m in San Francisco for Maker Faire. If you live in the bay area you should check it out. BOWLING Succumbs to Miniature Craze THERE has recently been developed a new game which combines the principles of putting and bowling. The alley, which is constructed of […]
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A New Tractor From Your Old Car
EASY to BUILD...with SHAW Tractor Equipment We Tell You How! PRICES GREATLY REDUCED Massive tractor wheels give firm footing on spongy soil DOES ALL FARM WORK!
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Will We Live in Vacuum Bottles?
by John L. Raymond What is a vacuum bottle house? It sounds fantastic, but science is developing a new type of house with vacuum walls, adapting the principles of the familiar thermos bottle, which will be so perfectly insulated that one ton of coal will do the work of nine. Some day you may live in one! IN HIS fascinating book, "The Time Machine," H. G. Wells looks forward to the day when man, in an awkward attempt to survive a dying sun and a frigid and dreary earth, will take to the ground to live like ants—an idea which does not flatter the ingenuity of scientists who have been working to develop the perfect house, in which comfort is assured regardless of outside temperatures.
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Suicide Caused by Mental Germs
I’m terrified of a “mental contagion of ideas”. Suicide Caused by Mental Germs SUICIDE as an infectious disease, to be stopped or prevented like any other infectious epidemic, is seen by Dr. D. H. Geffen, British Medical Health Officer. It is unquestionable that the large majority of suicides are caused by temporary mental distress, and […]
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Do you Weigh More in Denver or New York?
by JAY EARLE MILLER Maybe you think you weigh the same in Denver as you do in New York, but that's because you don't know your Einstein or your relativity. You really weigh more in New York, Why? Read this article and find out—we defy you to begin Mr. Miller's story and lay it down without finishing it. A FEW weeks ago a British Air Force cup racing plane, piloted by Lieut. G. H. Stainforth, took off from the waters of the Solent, that protected arm of the sea lying inside the Isle of Wight, and flashed eastward over a measured course at more than 415 miles an hour—just under 7 miles a minute. The trim little racer weighed something more than two tons just before the start. Roaring down the eastward course all out, she weighed something less than that. Coming back, westbound, she weighed a bit more than before she took off.
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A Speedy Three-Wheel Auto
A Speedy Three-Wheel Auto A TINY home-made automobile recently was built by R. H. Griffin of San Diego. The car is powered by a four-cylinder motor which drives it through the rear wheel. Driver enters through front.
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New Phonograph Record Plays Half Hour Music Program
New Phonograph Record Plays Half Hour Music Program THE phonograph, long overshadowed by the radio, now promises to come back into popularity, thanks to the development of an improved type of phonograph record recently introduced. Capable of running for a full half hour, the new long-playing record reproduces entire symphonies and vaudeville and musical comedy […]
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Harley Ad: Swifter THAN Skis!
Swifter THAN Skis! SWIFTLY as ski-riders flash down a snowy slide, a Harley-Davidson is faster—when you open up its marvelous power. And it is just as thrilling to ride, but easier and safer. Like skis, the motorcycle responds to every whim of the rider—every sway of his body. It is a personal mount — a […]
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Outboard Makes Current to Keep Swimmers in Trim
Outboard Makes Current to Keep Swimmers in Trim COACHES have to resort to many devices to whip their teams into shape, but it remained for Hay Daughters, coach of the Washington Athletic Club swimming team in Seattle, Wash., to hook up an outboard motor on the edge of the pool in order to create a […]
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Dashboard Package Compartment
Yes folks, apparently a glove compartment that could hold more than a pair of gloves was big news in 1932. I’m still looking for an issue in the seventies where they breathlessly announce the amazing new cup holders. Dashboard Package Compartment A LARGE compartment, suitable to hold packages, a woman’s purse, and other small articles […]
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Age Your Beverage 5 YEARS IN 10 DAYS
This scares me. Didn’t people used to add anti-freeze to wine to make it taste better? I wonder what this crap was made of. Age Your Beverage 5 YEARS IN 10 DAYS with AD-AGE [Not an Extract] GENUINE “Aged in the Wood” flavor. Perfect color and mellow taste. Ad-Age is a specially prepared compound containing […]
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New Electric Reproducer Plays Piano Accompaniment
New Electric Reproducer Plays Piano Accompaniment ONE of the strangest contraptions yet to make its appearance in the musical world was exhibited recently at the German Radio Show in Berlin. Known as the “Helertion,” the device performs the function of playing an accompaniment to a grand piano. The notes are picked up by a microphone […]
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Phone Switch Shuts Off Radio
Phone Switch Shuts Off Radio RADIO listeners know what a nuisance it is to try to talk over the phone while the radio is running full blast. Manufacturers have come to the rescue, however, with a switch which automatically shuts off the radio when you lift the receiver to your ear. This switch is contained […]
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Phone Designed for Eavesdroppers
This is pretty interesting indication of how recent our idea of “privacy rights” are. Apparently people were so curious as to what others were saying on the phone line that they would tap into them and listen in. This caused the voltage to drop and the signal to degrade. The solution? Add pre-installed, high-quality phones […]
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Finger Exerciser for Musicians
Finger Exerciser for Musicians ESPECIALLY useful for music students, typists and others who must have limber fingers is the mechanical finger exerciser shown in the photo below. In use, the hand is laid on the case so that the fingers rest on the five finger plates, and then the motor is set in operation. These […]
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Record Holds Voice and Picture
Record Holds Voice and Picture NOW you can take a talking picture of yourself with a new coin-operated electric photo dispenser which snaps your picture and at the same time records your voice—all while you wait. The record which reproduces the voice has a sensitized photo paper in the center, and a hand mike is […]
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Eliminates Nicotine From Fag
Eliminates Nicotine From Fag NICOTINE can now be eliminated from cigarettes by the use of a new device recently introduced in America known as the”Niconette.” The fag is moistened by a special chemical contained in the case which combines with the hot spark of the cigarette to eliminate the nicotine as the smoke is consumed.
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New Mask for Diving, Fire Fighting
This would be really usefull for fighting all those underwater fires… New Mask for Diving, Fire Fighting QUITE Frankenstein-like is the Los Angeles fireman, shown at the left, who is wearing the last word in fire fighting equipment. The device is a self-contained breathing apparatus designed to purify any atmosphere from the interior of a […]
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Inner Tube Operates Spray Gun
Inner Tube Operates Spray Gun NOW you can spray your furniture without the use of a big air tank. By removing the air valve from an old inner tube and connecting it to your spray gun, as illustrated above, you can do some fine jobs. Inflate tube as much as it will stand. The hose […]
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Rider "Tailored" to Motorbike to Set 170 m.p.h. Record
I’ve gotta give him credit, that’s a pretty stylish butt cowling. Rider “Tailored” to Motorbike to Set 170 m.p.h. Record WHEN J. S. Wright, present motorbike record holder, makes an attack on his 150 m.p.h, record established last year, he will ride a machine which represents the last word in streamlining. To such an extent […]
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First Electric Razor
AT LAST the electrical dry shave is with us! Requiring no blades, no lather, no cleaning, the ingenious razor shown in action in the photo at the left gives a cleaner shave than any conventional type razor, it is claimed. Plug the razor into a wall socket and it's ready for use—no hot water or towels required. The razor cuts the hair in exactly the same way as the clippers used by barbers. It has but one moving part.
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Crazy Electric Eye Hunts, Fights Flames
Electric Eye Hunts, Fights Flames THE eye in the grotesque head shown above is equipped with a photo-electric cell and it is constantly roving, up and down, side to side, over the screen. When it “sees” a fire, a jet of carbon dioxide spurts from the mouth until the blaze is extinguished. This fire fighting […]
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Mechanical Secrets of Marionette Shows Part I
I previously posted part two of this series. You can view it here. Mechanical Secrets of Marionette Shows by TONY SARG As Told To Alfred Albelli When watching a marionette show you’ve probably wondered what made the little mechanical actors appear so lifelike. In this unusual article, Tony Sarg, world’s leading puppeteer, takes you behind […]
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Motorcyclette Has Speed, Comfort
Motorcyclette Has Speed, Comfort FOR uniqueness in the way of vehicles, the two – wheeled “Motorcyclette” shown at right, takes all honors. The rider’s feet, which are used as brakes, stick out in front, while the rider leans over and clutches the cross bars atop the front wheel to keep from fallingover backwards.
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Carrier Pigeons Take Aerial Photos With New Camera (Feb, 1932)
Carrier Pigeons Take Aerial Photos With New Camera IT IS no longer necessary to send planes over enemy lines to get photos of troop operations—carrier pigeons have now been pressed into service for this hazardous task. This unusual feat is made possible by the development in Germany of a new diminutive aerial camera which is […]
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