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HERCULES STEAM ENGINE
A Wonderful Offer. Here s a wonderful offer. "Little Hercules" special steam engine. Made by "Weeden," world s leading maker. This engine is of tine quality and highly finished in bright colors. Has heavy fly wheel smooth-running piston and heavy cylinder.
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Baby Bottles Feed Young Porkers
Baby Bottles Feed Young Porkers WHEN a family of his young porkers were orphaned at the age of two days, John Vincent, a farmer of Wayne, Michigan, constructed a novel feeding trough to supply the pigs with milk. The bottles were arranged on a board as shown below.
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British Build Largest Land Plane
THE Handley-Page Company of England, which is building a fleet of gigantic ail-liners for the Imperial Airways, recently completed the first of these mammoth ships, which made a successful trial flight. Seven other of these planes are now under construction.
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Sportsman's Headnet Has Window
Sportsman’s Headnet Has Window FOR use by fishermen when harassed by black flies, gnats and mosquitoes, a head net now on the market has a non-breakable, non-combustible window for providing a clear view. The net is attached to a folding steel frame and will fit any hat.
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New German Developments in Airport Lighting Devices
TWO much needed aids to night flying have recently been developed in Germany. The first of these is the illuminated wind vane. The old type wind-sock was, of course, invisible at night, and almost so in daylight unless its location was familiar to the aviators using the airport. The new vane, on the contrary, may be seen for miles.
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Portlander Lives Frozen in Ice Block for Thirty Minutes
Portland hipsters froze themselves in blocks of ice way before it was cool. Portlander Lives Frozen in Ice Block for Thirty Minutes A SCIENTIFIC experiment that bewildered thousands was performed when A. Moro, of Portland, Ore., allowed himself to be frozen up in a solid cake of ice for thirty minutes at an annual newspapermen’s […]
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Sugar Violin Plays Music
Sugar Violin Plays Music CONSTRUCTED entirely of sugar by Adolph Hubner, a San Francisco confectioner and sculptor, the novel violin shown above produces excellent music. The instrument was first modeled in cardboard, and finally modeled in sugar with gum tragacanth. A number of famous- violinists have pronounced the instrument excellent in tone.
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Airplane versus Automobile
By Major H.H. Arnold U.S. Army Air Corps This month Major Arnold compares the privately owned sport plane with the automobile as a means of long distance transportation for pleasure and business. No comparison has been made on short trips, where, of course, the auto is supreme. NOW that the airplane has taken its place along with the automobile as an accepted means of transportation, it is not amiss to see just what we can expect from it in so far as service is concerned.
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Machine Paints Golf Balls
Machine Paints Golf Balls THE above photograph reveals a dime-in-the-slot machine which gives a new finish to old golf balls, returning the pellets dry in less than two minutes. The machine is weather-proofed for outdoor use at golf clubs.
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Believe it or Not!
"Rip," famous cartoonist, tells how he makes $1,000,000 a year out of your curiosity, and how he once socked Jack Dempsey on the jaw and got away with it—Believe it or Not! by ROBERT L. RIPLEY as told to Alfred Albelli HAVING been called a liar more times than any other person or group of persons in the world in any epoch, I want to state a discovery of mine which created about as much excitement, in my life anyway, as the feat in question itself.
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New Condiment Tastes Like Meat
This substance is used all over the place, but is more notable for when it is not used. All you have to do is look at the menu of any Chinese restaurant from the last twenty years. New Condiment Tastes Like Meat A WHITE powder that tastes like the juice of red meat yet can […]
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Single Spar Slotted Wings Next
Single Spar Slotted Wings Next This drawing represents a well known English aeronautical engineer’s idea of what form the future passenger plane should take. The variable camber wing is not yet possible for engineering reasons.
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Outwitting the Plant Smugglers
by James Nevin Miller IT WAS an ordinary looking package in the hands of an honest-appearing man who stepped from the steamer Charlotte M. Hall onto the Baltimore dock not so long ago. The parcel had passed the customs officials, and had, apparently, a clear road to its destination anywhere in the United States. Yet it contained destructive agents that bade fair to wreck hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of property, and that might have left a trail of poverty and ruined homes throughout a period of many years.
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Talkies to Entertain TRAIN Passengers
Talkies to Entertain TRAIN Passengers TALKIES are soon to be one of the amusements provided for passengers on de luxe trains of leading railroad lines. These “Talkie cars,” designed by William D. Knox, of Birmingham, Mich., are being built for several railroads at a cost of $60,000. They will be decorated like a modern theater, […]
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"Candid Camera" Gets Surprise Photographs in New Hobby
A NEW hobby, one that also offers opportunities for money making, has arrived from England. It's the "candid camera," a concealed camera that gets intimate pictures without the subject knowing he is being photographed. The results are so surprising, and often so amusing, that the hobby has taken England by storm. Hardly any social function is complete without several guests carrying the concealed cameras.
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JUST for FUN
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JUST for FUN by Kenneth Murray The practical joker is always with us, but unfortunately for the gayety of nations, he sometimes runs out of ideas. Here are a few joke novelties which are entirely mechanical and which you can make yourself in no time at very little expense. SPEAKING of jokes, here are some that you can have a lot of fun with. Have you ever "bit" on the old one of picking a thread off the lapel of a friend's coat, to find that it is connected to a concealed spool holding yards and yards? Well, here are some more good ones; entirely mechanical so that you needn't possess unusual dexterity to secure a laugh, and you can turn them all out in the workshop in a couple of hours. Then for some fun!
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Next - 100-Story Buildings
by BEVERLY BARNES Buildings rising two hundred stories into the air are now within the realm of possibility, but with the present limitations they would be mere towers housing elevator shafts. Ingenious methods of vertical transportation, such as placing two elevators in one shaft as described below, may make the sky the limit. HUNDRED story buildings, dwarfing the 88 story Empire State building, now rising on the site of the old Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, are visioned as a reality in the near future by business men of New York.
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Atlantic City Successfully Stages Indoor Football Game
Atlantic City Successfully Stages Indoor Football Game ELECTRICAL engineers made possible the playing of the first indoor football game in the vast Atlantic City auditorium. The 20,000 thrilled spectators had no difficulty in enjoying the night game, thanks to the use of a white football and the powerful lighting system which assured the best visibility. […]
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Movie Shown on 2 Screens
A remarkable new movie theater in Los Angeles projects films on auxiliary screens in its lounge rooms by use of a light-proof tube and reflecting mirrors. AN ELABORATE new talkie theater now being built in Los Angeles, home of the movies, is able to project its feature film to one or more auxiliary screens in its lounge rooms, simultaneously with the showing on the main auditorium screen.
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Latest Aids for the Housewife
Latest Aids for the Housewife Cooled by air admitted through grate in bottom, the new window refrigerator cabinet shown above keeps food safe and sanitary. This new electric permanent waving machine enables housewives to dress their own hair at home. This handy electric food mixer mashes potatoes, mixes icing and salads, and can be converted […]
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Grass Coil With Spiral Trough Measures Golf Drive
Grass Coil With Spiral Trough Measures Golf Drive GOLFERS can practice driving to their hearts’ content, and win the additional satisfaction of knowing just how far the ball would have gone on an outdoor course if they use the target recently invented by an Englishman. It is shown at the right. The ball is driven […]
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New Brush Cleans Tongues
Why not just use a normal toothbrush sideways? New Brush Cleans Tongues THE latest step in the field of inventions designed for the improvement of personal health is represented in the new brush for cleaning the tongue. The brush, shown in the photo at the left, has an unusually long handle, curved to fit the […]
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Radio-Controlled Rockets for the NEXT WAR
ADVANCES in the perfection of radio control for airplanes, tanks, and battleships have made it practically certain that the next war will see the use of these fearsome weapons of destruction in actual combat. Latest of the radio-controlled death-dealing devices is the explosive rocket depicted on this month's cover of Modern Mechanics and Inventions, now being secretly developed.
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Desert Animals "Shot" by Cactus Cameraman
A CACTUS plant recently went for a stroll in the desert and came back with a remarkable collection of photographs, some of which are presented on this page. Of course, this perambulating cactus plant was all a delusion and a snare, as many of the coy inhabitants of the Mexican border will learn when they see their portraits in print for the first time.
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