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Adventuring with the Most Famous Aerial Photographer
Captain Albert W. Stevens of the U. S. Army has won the description of "the world's greatest aerial photographer" through his remarkable photos taken from high altitudes. His is a thrilling business with a great deal more excitement in it than usually falls to the lot of a photographer. Several of his more thrilling adventures are recounted here.
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Electro Magnets Clear Tacks Off Universal City Streets
Or you could just sweep the streets… Electro Magnets Clear Tacks Off Universal City Streets ELECTRO magnets on a bar mounted on wheels and trailed after a car make the streets of Universal City, California, safe for motorists. The magnets pick up nails, tacks, pieces of wire, lost bolts and nuts and a wide variety […]
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A Carbonic Acid Refrigerator
A Carbonic Acid Refrigerator A REFRIGERATOR that works by means of fluid carbonic acid has been invented by Dr. Otto Liesegang, of Berlin. Through immediate gassification of the acid, which is held in a valve, a temperature of 80 degrees below zero is produced in the cooling apparatus resulting in a speedy freezing of ice […]
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Brick Lion Guards City Hall
While it does have that whole Minecraft/8-bit look about it, that is a pretty terrible rendition of a lion. Brick Lion Guards City Hall AN INTERESTING illustration of what can be done with common, ordinary brick is demonstrated by the modernistic lion that guards the door to the City Hall in Ruestringer, Germany. Several thousands […]
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New Devices Supplant Organs
New Devices Supplant Organs IN SOME of the churches of Europe new forms of musical apparatus are being installed. These instruments supplant to a large degree the organ, or in some instances supplement the church organs. The radio and phonograph records are now made available for church use through the development of special apparatus.
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School Car Follows Shifting Camps in Canada Wilderness
School Car Follows Shifting Camps in Canada Wilderness Every child likes a train so what could be better than for them to go to school in a railway coach fitted up as a school room? Geographical necessity and circumstances have made this a reality in the scantily populated wilderness regions of the Lake Superior district […]
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New York City Estate Includes a Tiny Triangle of Land
The triangle is still there by the way, visible at the entrance to the Cigar Store.  From New York Daily Photo: “This tiny piece of land is the result of a dispute between a former owner, the David Hess estate, of Philadelphia and NYC. Hess owned the Voorhis apartment building at that corner which had […]
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Repairing Cables Broken by 'Quake
Twelve of the 21 cables between England and America were broken by a tremendous submarine earthquake on November 18 reported to be the most severe on record. The drawing above shows the submarine floor, with locations of the cables and points of damage, mainly off Newfoundland.
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World's First Red-Headed Cat
A CAT said to be the only one of its kind in existence was exhibited recently at the cat show at Croydon, England, by H. C. Brooke. Instead of one of the familiar cat colors of black, white, grey or ginger, this remarkable feline is dark red from head to tail, like a human head of deep auburn hair. Red patches or bands have been observed on other cats but this is the only individual, Mr. Brooke asserts, in which the coat of hair is entirely red.
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New Sky-Writing Gun Flashes Advertisements on Clouds
New Sky-Writing Gun Flashes Advertisements on Clouds Advertisements written on the clouds in letters 50 feet high is the latest publicity novelty, made possible by the invention of a sky-writing “gun” which directs the rays of a three million candlepower searchlight through a perforated metal slide, much like a magic lantern on a huge scale. […]
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Electrically Regulated Plow Reduces the Required Man Power on Farms
Electrically Regulated Plow Reduces the Required Man Power on Farms AN ELECTRIC plow which does not require an attendant was used in a demonstration at Ames, Iowa, at the College of Agriculture, before a large group of western students. The plow is so regulated by the electrical mechanism that it maintains a set speed. It […]
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Guggenheim Safety Planes Feature Controllable Wings
By MAJOR R. W. SCHROEDER Editor's Note: Major R. W. Schroeder, head of the Curtiss Flying Service in the mid-west, former chief test pilot of the army, and former world's altitude record holder, was one of the contestants in the $100,000 safe aircraft competition initiated by the Guggenheim Fund. He set a world's altitude mark several years ago in a sensational flight in which his plane fell five miles out of control after the major's eyeballs had frozen.
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Tractor Wheels Will Adjust Themselves on Side of Hill
A NEW tractor has been built so that the wheels will adjust themselves to the side of a hill. There is gearing for raised and dropped axles so that either the right wheel or left will automatically raise itself in accordance with the steepness of the incline.
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Miracles Worked in Muscles!
From "PUNY" to PANTHER-MAN READ THIS AMAZING PROOF WEAK men made strong! Puny, sickly chaps transformed into husky, broad-shouldered athletes! Man, if you've got an ounce of red blood in your veins you're going to find out about this wonderful way to get STRONG. All in a few minutes a day at home. My Free Book tells the whole amazing story. Send for it TODAY.
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The Skyscraper Marathon
MODERN MECHANICS would nearly be required to issue hourly editions like a metropolitan newspaper if it were to present the newest bulletins on the skyscraper marathon championship constantly in progress in New York City. Before construction can be completed on the latest highest office building or hotel, plans will be announced for a building to eclipse the one under way and soon the championship belt will change hands again.
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Six-Story Speed highways of Tomorrow
Six-Story Speed highways of Tomorrow Here is an artist’s conception of the amazing multiple highway plan of Dr. John A. Harriss, former health commissioner of New York City. The plan calls for six traffic levels. Each level is for designated traffic. There is an express traffic level, two one-way levels for bus traffic and other […]
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All-Weather Motorcycles Are Being Modernized
Above is shown a "weekend" motorcycle with side car and one track trailer, which was one of the most original vehicles exhibited at the Berlin international automobile show. The trailer is capable of accommodating a tent and poles, collapsible boat and camp equipment.
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Seaplanes Launched From Deck of Ship on Canvas Slide
Seaplanes Launched From Deck of Ship on Canvas Slide MAIL-STEAMERS not equipped with expensive catapults for launching airplanes at sea will welcome the invention of the Kiwull watersail, so named after its inventor, which is shown in operation in the above drawing. The invention is simple, consisting of a length of canvas 100 feet long […]
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The Maker of "Different" Automobiles
by Jay Earle Miller "Let's be different" is the working motto behind the brilliant success of E.L. Cord, maker of Auburn and Duesenberg and the Cord front-wheel drive automobiles. He has made this slogan pay to such a degree that at 35 he is not only a leading auto builder, but a prominent figure in aviation and other industries as well. The story of Cord's rise, as told here by Mr. Miller, is not only a fascinating tale of success, but one crammed with common sense philosophy.
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Spanish Peasants Live in Practical and Cool Subterranean Houses
Kind of looks like a graveyard. Spanish Peasants Live in Practical and Cool Subterranean Houses PEASANTS at Mancha, Spain, and other parts of that country have met many of their residence problems by constructing subterranean homes which are particularly practical in escaping the heat of summer. The underground homes are extremely cool. The entrances are […]
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Ocean Skimmer for Atlantic
Modern Mechanics' cover this month depicts new adaptation of Alexander Graham Bell's hydrofoil principle, showing new Atlantic "stepladder" liner. AT LAST the "step ladder boats," as the hydrofoil speeders planned by the son of Dr. Alexander Graham Bell have been called, are to make a bid for laurels as the fastest method of crossing the Atlantic.
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"There's Millions in It, IF ~"
The First of a Series of Articles Dealing with Problems of the Inventor by JAY EARLE MILLER Sooner or later you are bound to hear some enthusiastic fellow repeat the words of the title, referring to the idea for a Great Invention which will make him rich, "if only—" To show the young inventor just how to go about it to cash in on his invention, Mr. Miller has written a series of articles of which this is the first. You'll find the series interesting and instructive. This month he gives simple rules on what to invent.
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AIRMAN'S heroic Juggling Saves Would-be Suicide
When Lieut. Harold F. Brown took off from the Los Angeles Eastside Airport recently he left the ground thinking that he was just taking another passenger for a ride. Little did he realize that within five minutes he would be called upon to bring into play every factor at his command to save a would-be aerial suicide as well as himself and the ship. The manner in which he accomplished this feat is detailed here.
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Star Actors of the Flea Circus
by ALFRED ALBELLI PROF. William Heckler's Trained Flea Circus at Hubert's Museum on West 42nd St., New York City, proves a great spectacle for the skeptical to marvel at, and at the same time the professor shows that he has bridged one of the gaps between science and practical mechanics.
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Radio Cleared of Slander
No one these days would ever believe anything this silly, would they? Radio Cleared of Slander THE rush of radio waves through the ether has not made Paris hotter or colder, dryer or rainier than in the years before the invention of wireless, Joseph Sanson, French engineer and meteorologist, has concluded as a result of […]
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Many NEW USES For OLD FORDS
Extraordinary uses ior the aged motor will make it useful over an indeterminate period. Here is a farm power plant made from an old Model T Ford automobile. It operates a belt line and shaft for grinding feed, elevating corn and grain, cutting ensilage. It is also rigged up to operate a grindstone and emery wheel tool sharpeners. Such a power plant is of inestimable value on the farm as it can be adapted for a variety of uses.
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FORTUNES in the Making
W. C. DURANT tells of inventions which are about to reap millions, in an interview with ALFRED ALBELLI Famed as an industrial prophet whose vision has created scores of gigantic industries, William Crapo Durant, Wall Street manipulator extraordinary, chats informally about inventions and the fortune-making possibilities of today. Durant here tells of today's beginnings of tomorrow's giant industries.
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TELEPHONY
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