Triple Magnifier for Jewelers HERALDED as the first improvement in the familiar jeweler’s magnifying eyeglass in 50 years, this triple lens magnifier has been developed by a Hollywood inventor. The lenses are hinged on top, can be used independently or in combination. Result: choice of magnifying powers of two, five, and eight times respectively. Entire [...]
Shuttered lamp shade Shuttered sides and bottom of new lampshade permit adjustment for any degree of light. Ginger ale Dispenser Handy dispenser punches hole in bottle cap, utilizing gas pressure to deliver ginger ale. Turning bottle to left starts flow of liquid, turning to right closes the valve tightly again.
Insulated Babies Grow Faster TO MAKE your baby grow faster, insulate his crib against the electricity of floor, walls, ground. To slow down his growth, ground his crib with flexible bands of metal. This is the extraordinary conclusion reached by M. Vies, of Strasbourg, France, who conducted such experiments on two groups of three babies. [...]
—yet in a few months I was earning more than any of them You should have seen their faces when I told them that in just a few short months I jumped from $35 to $75 a week.
Car Wheels Have Separate Motors GERMAN automotive engineers have come out with a car which merits especial attention because of its unusual frontwheel drive. Each front wheel runs on its own axle and is powered by an individual motor. Far greater flexibility is thus provided especially on rough ground. Another great advantage to this type [...]
Explosion of Sun Overdue ACCORDING to calculations of astronomers, an explosion of the sun is some 600,000,000 years overdue, assuming that our private star has the same number of outbursts as the average star—which may not necessarily be correct. A definite number of star explosions occur in a definite area of space in a given [...]
By Ray Holt The current conflict between Japan and China has brought out an amazing revelation of the methods by which Japanese pilots assure air bombs reaching their target by putting a man inside to steer them. Why? Read the reasons in this article, and you'll have a better understanding of Japanese psychology toward the machines of war. IMAGINE yourself strapped within a hollow chamber inside a huge air bomb, surrounded on all sides by high explosives. In front of you is an airplane type rudder which steers the tail unit of the bomb. Windows in the nose enable you to see ahead. You're loaded into the bomb, which is placed in its nest under the fuselage of a bombing plane. The bomber takes off, soars above a target—say, an ammunition dump of the enemy. Up above you, the pilot of the plane pulls a lever.
No Noise From Electric Rifle NEW Army recruits suffer badly from nerves after their first session or two on the rifle range; headaches also result from noise and powder fumes. So a rifle instructor has invented an electric rifle, noiseless, powderless, harmless, since it shoots a spot of light instead of a bullet. A luminous [...]
Electric Shovel is Mechanical MONSTER A NEW monster in the mechanical world has made its appearance in the form of an electric excavation shovel of almost incredibly gigantic dimensions. Shown above, the shovel has a dipper that will scoop up 18 cubic yards of dirt at one sweep, and will dig enough in a 24-hour [...]
Life-like? Really? I think this guy got a job making anti-Obama ads. Puppets Stage Shows for Children SEVEN years of experiment were required to bring to perfection the life-like puppets shown in the series of pictures above. They are the work of Blake Wagner, Hollywood motion picture cameraman. He uses the puppets in giving shows. [...]
Mike and Speaker on Phone Make Talk More Convenient THE latest gadget for attachment to your telephone is an amplifier and loudspeaker which permits you to speak and listen without holding the transmitter up to your face. As shown in the photo at the left, the transmitter-receiver piece is hung on a special device which [...]
THE ancient sun worshippers, it now appears, had a theory of life, and its relationship to man, which has now been proven scientifically sound. The chemists, biologists, physicians, have discovered that life comes from the sun. Furthermore, that plant life and human life are chemically related if not one and the same basic thing. Out of the laboratory of the organic chemist comes substances that show such a relationship. Physicians have for many years been advising people to eat more green vegetables. "Old stuff!" you say? Yes, comparatively. But the green foods, such as lettuce leaves, spinach, kales and others, contain vitamins, needed by the human laboratory of the body.
“Hoot-nanny” Traces Million Designs by Turn of Crank OF SPECIAL interest to children is a new sensational toy which forms millions of symmetrical designs on paper disks. No particular skill is required in operation. A pencil is inserted in the position shown in the photo and a crank turned, whereupon the designs are traced with [...]
by THEODORE A. HODGDON A STARTLING new vehicle which may be used in the air as a fast, sturdy airplane, and on the ground as a speedy, comfortable two-passenger coupe car, will shortly be available to aviation enthusiasts. The craft is really a streamlined mid-wing monoplane of 30-foot wing span, propelled by a 125-horsepower air cooled motor of regulation aircraft type. For ground use the ship may be quickly converted into a streamline car, simply by removing the wings and the rear end of the fuselage, leaving the closed cabin body resting on its three wheels, ready to drive through the streets. This transformation occupies about 20 minutes, by means of quickly detachable joints.
Electric Light Warns Deaf Typist A NOVEL arrangement has been contrived by a typist who was unable to hear the warning bell of the typewriter announcing the approach of the margin line. Seven spaces before the end of the line a light flashes on and remains on until a new line is started. This is [...]
Tires Piled Up 150 Feet High Sell Them Quickly TO ATTRACT attention, a Hollywood garage owner who had a large stock of used tires he wanted to dispose of stacked up a couple of hundred of them and put a life-like dummy on the top. The stunt got results. While waiting to see if the [...]
Traveling three times faster and with greater safety than planes operating in the ordinary air lanes, great air liners of tomorrow will drone through the purple darkness of the stratosphere to connect the principal cities of the world in the space of a few hours, is amazing prediction of Prof. Piccard, conqueror of the upper atmosphere.
by ED HARLAN GIBSON SPILLS! Thrills! Smashups! Constant danger. Daredevil drivers strapped in odd looking, speeding cars, bouncing a huge ball about the race track. Spills? Sure there's one! Dust clouds rise as a little car does a crashing "barrel-roll." Then another, farther up the track, fairly leaps into space as it turns over. The air about the grandstand has the tainted odor of burning rubber from spinning wheelsâ€”wheels spinning first back and then forward. Cars skid, slide about, swap ends like a wild bucking broncho.
Shades for Auto Lights Cut Glare A SHADE for automobile headlights recently invented greatly reduces glare and the percentage of accidents resulting therefrom. The shade is drawn out over a set of auxiliary lights by pressing a button on the dash, the procedure being entirely automatic. The device is ideal for city driving.
Smoke Trail Shows Bridge Route SPECTATORS at the ground breaking ceremonies of the world’s largest suspension bridge which is soon to arise across the famous Golden Gate in San Francisco, were shown very plainly where the bridge would be located. Following the bridge route, a navy plane sped across the water, emitting a streak of [...]
by JOHN CLOVELLY Seven Yankee gunboats, patrolling the Yangtze river in conjunction with those of other nations, wage constant war against the bandits who infest this district which boasts one-third of the world's population. Little known activities of this romantic branch of the foreign service are described in this article. WHILE riding through an almost endless succession of dangerous rapids, whirlpools and currents in the Yangtze River, about 160 miles above Hankow, a merchant vessel operated by an American, named Captain Baker, suddenly went aground. It was night-time and a stone's throw away could be dimly seen the craggy outlines of the shore.
Radio Looks Like Couple of Books A NEW radio receiver now on the market has the appearance of a pair of gorgeously bound books, as shown above. One lid opens up to give access to the tuning and volume knobs and the loud speaker.
The Perfect Secretaryâ€”a Machine LEAVING his office for a few minutes, M. Keiser, inventor of the televoice, hooks up the gadget shown below with his telephone. Drama ensues. When phone rings, the machine lifts receiver, advises via phonograph record that “Mr. Keiser is not in, but requests that you leave your message, which will be [...]
MECHANICAL ingenuity serves many purposes, the latest and strangest being its application to plans for a jailbreak at Folsom Prison, California. Two desperadoes, Marty Colson, in for murder, and Lloyd Sampsell, "Yachting" robber, worked for months with their own hands and prison tools making pistols for the big day. Finally, armed with these weapons, they made a desperate attempt at freedom, held up five employees in the administration building, and sent a message to summon the warden.
Whole Cigarette Factory Contained in Single Tobacco Can ADD to your list of incredibilities this tobacco can cigarette factory, which nevertheless is an established fact, as our photo proves, though unlikely to cause stirrings of uneasiness in the council chambers of the country’s cigarette manufacturers. The invention is the creation of Dr. Edward P. Delevante, [...]
THE old hayrake has gone modern, and is now on par with the automobile., Take a look at the photo below and see what happened when a young fellow with a radio bee in his bonnet took it upon himself to modernize the rake.
It looks like she’s wearing some sort of bondage mask. Face Harness for Milady’s Beauty A NEW facial harness now on the market lays claim to the ability to improve milady’s beauty. How the device is worn is illustrated in the photo at the left. Sagging chins are lifted and unbecoming wrinkles are smoothed out [...]
IN THE endless quest for cheap sources of energy, two proposals have recently been advanced which demand serious consideration, both for appeal to the imagination and the possibilities of practical operation. The high speed windmill shown on this page is the latest development of Volf's laboratories in New York. The first of these power producing units will be in operation by May first. Three fans are provided so that one is always facing a wind current. The fans are geared to a gyro stabilizer which runs on inertia so that the fans will not run down in calm intervals between gusts of wind.