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Simple Devices You Will Find Useful
WATERING TREES UNDER A SIDEWALK WHEN a new sidewalk is surveyed through growing sections of a city, it is sometimes necessary to cut away a section of the concrete to permit a fine shade tree to project through the sidewalk.
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Opportunity and You
YOUNG men standing on the threshold of their careers often say, "Opportunity is dead. There aren't the chances for making money that there once were." No assumption could be more false. It is always true that the chances of a man's making a huge fortune are highly problematical.
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Perils and Rewards of Dirt Track Racing
By RAY F. KUNS, Automotive Engineer This article is one of a series on vocational subjects, showing the opportunities offered young men in various professions. Each month an expert in his line will outline for readers of Modern Mechanics the advantages of his particular vocation as a life-time work.
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25 Men Died to Film these War Movies!
ONE hundred motion picture cameramen, officially assigned by the imperial German government of the ex-kaiser to film German troops in action during the great war, were required to take the remarkable war scenes now being shown in theaters throughout the country under the title, "Behind the German Lines."
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Fighting Oil Fires with Mud and Steam
By RAY ALLAN Tunneling 50 feet beneath the surface of the earth to tap the casing of a burning oil well, California firemen subdued the fierce flames by injecting a mixture of mud and live steam into the heart of the flaring well. WHEN nature goes on a rampage and expresses her feelings in the form of a gas or oil blowout in the oil fields, the fire which frequently accompanies the upheaval would tax the resources of a metropolitan fire department.
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When Rivers Run Wild
by Howard Kegley California, subject to periodic rainfall and melting of snows in the mountains, has been victimized by rampant rivers in the score of months just past. Told here, the story of the San Gabriel Dam shows the gigantic size of this water impounding monster, and how two rivers will be controlled with one dam.
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Children Learn to Run Typewriter in First Grade / Ski Jump
NEW YORK school authorities are experimenting with a new phase of elementary instruction in the Horace Mann school, New York City. Children of the first grade receive typing lessons as a part of the regular school curriculum. It is the theory of educators who are performing the experiment that such instruction, while children are beginning to learn the alphabet, will be exceedingly easy for them to master.
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Helium Balloons are Novel Features of this Parade
Helium Balloons are Novel Features of this Parade FISH and tiger balloons filled with helium gas were features of a recent parade in New York City in which a prize of $100 was offered for each balloon recovered after it had been released in the parade. The balloons were expected to float for a week […]
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ONE OF LARGEST ARENAS
ONE OF LARGEST ARENAS Hollywood bowl, where thousands of Californians enjoy outdoor entertainments, is one of the largest arenas of this type in the world. Nine pianos were used at one time in a recent concert, filling the air with entrancing melody. Loud speakers relay the music.
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Tiny Airplane Folds Into Suitcase
DEPICTED in this month's Modern Mechanics' cover is the tiny bicycle type biplane which has been developed in France by M. Pischof. The tiny biplane has a span of but 12 feet, weighs but 200 lbs., and is powered with a 4 h.p. opposed motor. This is evidently enough to give passable performance for the little ship was recently test flown by a grown man for a distance of 20 miles.
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Metal Bar Floated in Air by Magnetic Repulsion
AN IRON bar which floats in the air in apparent defiance of the law of gravity was recently exhibited by the physics department of the University of California, but the professors made no claim to supernatural ability. The metal "wobbly bar" floated between two guide posts on either end of a wooden base in which they were mounted.
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Houses Built on Stilts are Novel Lake Dwellings
Houses Built on Stilts are Novel Lake Dwellings ONE OF the most remarkable summer camps in the country is the colony which has been established at Milnensburg, Louisiana, in the shallow waters of Lake Ponchartrain. The photo above shows how dozens of houses have been built on piles above the water. Narrow walks starting at […]
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$140,000.00 in Radium for the U.S.
AN OLD time saying that "Valuable things come in small packages" was borne out recently when the United States customs officials received a shipment of radium from Congo. Africa. $140,000 in radium was delivered in the small box that is shown to the left. This box contained a special lead cylinder within which a glass tube of radium was packed. Lead is the only metal that will keep the penetrating rays of radium in check. This metal not only safeguards the people who must handle the radium but minimizes the chances of breakage.
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Englishman Wins Fame for Quaint Wood Carvings
Tom Charman of Godshill, England, "made a better mousetrap" than his neighbors and consequently the whole world is beating a path to his door. His quaint wood carvings have attracted so much attention from European artists that an exhibition of his statuettes is soon to be held in London. He lives in an unpretentious hut and secures the materials for his carvings by picking up tree branches and odd pieces of wood from a forest near his home.
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New Movie Reel Records Sounds for Talkies
ONE surface of this new movie reel records pictures and the other sound waves. It is the latest invention of Frederick W. Hochstetter, Pittsburgh, Pa., and is expected to be of great aid in the further development of the "talkies." Material composing the reel consists of fabric which has been made fireproof. It is photographically light sensitive with special emulsions of great reflecting qualities.
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COWBOY IS SCULPTOR
COWBOY IS SCULPTOR PERHAPS Charlie Beal made mud pies when he was a kid. At any rate, the erstwhile Glacier National park cowboy amuses himself and many tourists with his clay models of objects and people in the park. The photo below shows him with his latest creation, “A Stage Coach En Route.” Every characteristic […]
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Autos to be Powered BY RADIO
AUTOMOBILES which will be driven by electric motors receiving their power through centrally located transmitting stations are predicted for the future by G. M. Williams, president of the Marmon Motor Car Company, who predicts that the present type of gasoline driven auto will be obsolete before the twentieth century is over. Automobile engineers are said to be already designing radio-operated cars.
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SHE'S SOME FISHERMAN
SHE’S SOME FISHERMAN MISS GLADYS INGLE, stunt flyer, believes in proof. That’s why she had her picture taken with this 212-pound black bass which she caught off the coast at Hermosa Beach, California. The giant fish was brought to submission only after a struggle lasting an hour and a half. Miss Ingle hooked tlie fish […]
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Free Proof That WAISTLINE FAT Can Be Quickly Reduced —without drugs, diets or exercises
INSTEAD of wasting your time—instead of risking your health by weakening diets, exhausting exercises and pill-taking, in an effort to get rid of bulging waistline fat —try the popular Weil Reducing Belt for 10 days—at our expense. Made of scientifically treated rubber it causes a gentle, unnoticed massage action as it comes in contact with flabby flesh. So that with every move you make, unwanted fat is being moulded away—and kept away for good—and at a fraction of the price charged by expert masseurs.
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NOBODY CLAIMS HOUSE IN MIDDLE OF STREET
CITY fathers of Santa Monica, California, were confronted with a perplexing problem recently when they woke up one morning to find that a full-sized residence had sprouted up overnight in the middle of one of its main streets, blocking traffic and causing much consternation on the part of neighbors.
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ELEPHANT DISPLACES LION AS KING OF BEASTS
Well that’s a useful article… ELEPHANT DISPLACES LION AS KING OF BEASTS LIONS have been enjoying the title of “King of Beasts” which really belongs to the elephant, according to Harry C. Ostrander, naturalist. The elephant does not Possess the regal bearing of the lion, but he can think faster and has a remarkable memory, […]
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SANITARY DRIER URGED
SANITARY DRIER URGED The day of the grimy roller towel is fast vanishing. Hotels, restaurants and other public places where washrooms are a necessity are installing the automatic hot-air drier shown at left. The press of a foot pedal is all that is necessary to operate the device. A steady blast of hot air is […]
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BUILDING IS MODELED AS BIRTHDAY CAKE
I remember this building from when I lived in Minneapolis. It was built by Wilber Foshay, a utility magnate who was later convicted for running a pyramid scheme. Check out the Wikipedia entry for an interesting story about its dedication celebration. Apparently Foshay hired John Philip Sousa compose a march for the occasion but it […]
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NOVEL SLEEPING PORCH
NOVEL SLEEPING PORCH MANY families would like to have a sleeping porch on their home if the cost of remodeling wasn’t so expensive. A German architect recently designed a method of attaching a sleeping porch without the usual wall removing activities. This design calls for two brackets which are attached to the wall below a […]
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SUN IS ENERGY SOURCE
Well, he wasn’t misquoted. According to wikipedia he said: “There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom. The glib supposition of utilizing atomic energy when our coal has run out is a completely unscientific Utopian dream, a childish bug-a-boo. Nature has introduced a few fool-proof devices into the great majority […]
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Moving Stairs Feature London's Subway Station
COMPLETED at a cost of $2,500,000, London's new Piccadilly Circus subway station is fitted with all the latest devices to add to the comfort of passengers. The above photo shows one of the escalators, which travels at a rate of 100 feet a minute.
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These Ideas May Make You $1,000,000
Here are ideas, which if developed by the right man, should easily net him a fine business and a neat fortune. They have been selected for their originality and in the light of apparent demand for them by the editors of Modern Mechanics, who believe no development work has been done on the schemes other than the mere conception of the idea. It is believed by the editors the right man can make $1,000,000 using any of these ideas as a nucleus.
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FEW PUMPS LIKE THIS
FEW PUMPS LIKE THIS FIVE little buckets hang around this pump. When the handle is worked, the liquid in the well flows from the spout. The apparatus has no particular name, and its use is left entirely up to its owner. The pump is made of plate silver and stands 16 inches high. It has […]
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New York Dairies Deliver Milk in Paper Bottles
THE OLD familiar milk bottle which greets the householder on the back stoop every morning bids fair to be replaced by a paper container which has several advantages over the glass bottle. In the first place, the new container cannot be shattered and it has no glass edges to be chipped off with consequent danger of foreign particles finding their way into the milk.
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GIANT MONOPLANE
GIANT MONOPLANE TEN MEN are required to budge this huge monoplane a few feet from its hangar. The Bernard plane is one of the largest of this type in the world. Its spacious interior is equipped in a palatial style. Passengers may be at complete ease even in a bad storm. A reading room and […]
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A PERFECT SALESMAN
A PERFECT SALESMAN THE IDEAL postal clerk who never gives five twos for two fives and never argues with patrons, is being tried out in the post-office in Washington, D. C. As might have been guessed, it is an automatic machine which dispenses stamps and makes change quickly without charge. If the machine proves successful, […]
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Flying Daredevils of 20 YEARS AGO
By HI SIBLEY America's first Aviation Meet was held in Los Angeles in 1910, with all the aerial daredevils of the time among those present. In this absorbing article, Mr. Sibley points out interesting contrasts between air heroes of today and yesterday. IT HAS been said, with a good deal of truth, that the days of the flying daredevil are gone forever. True, pilots still put their machines through impossible maneuvers and extricate themselves from risky situations, but the airplanes they use are so dependable and sturdy that the public no longer looks upon these stunts as involving any element of personal danger.
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TELEPHONE WIRES RUN THROUGH TREE
TELEPHONE WIRES RUN THROUGH TREE RATHER than cut down an oak tree which grew directly in the way of a telephone line which was being erected in Wexford County, Michigan, the company cut an opening directly through the tree large enough to permit the wires to pass through without marring the oak. The rectangular opening […]
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NEW USES for old Fords Contest
This contest is growing more popular each month! Readers of Modern Mechanics are invited to enter by sending in pictures of odd uses to which old Fords have been put, and, as a tribute to the versatility of old Tin Lizzie of fond memory, Modern Mechanics will offer $10 for every photo accepted for publication. Contest runs until further notice—no closing dates, so send in your photo now!
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Butter Trucks Have Complete Refrigeration Plant
A FLEET of 12 refrigerated trucks, the first of their kind in the United States, are now delivering butter, meats, eggs, and other perishable goods into the city of San Francisco from points in the Sacramento Valley 125 miles distant. Each unit of the fleet consists of a ten ton truck and a five ton trailer, as shown in the photo below.
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FLIERS GUIDE TO AIRPORT
FLIERS GUIDE TO AIRPORT THE WORLD’S largest gasoline container, located in Chicago, Ill, serves a dual purpose. In addition to having a capacity of 20,000,000 cubic feet of gas, it is also the first comparable industrial structure in the country to be marked and lighted according to specifications approved by federal and local aviation authorities. […]
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BIBLICAL CANDLESTICK
BIBLICAL CANDLESTICK AN EXTRAORDINARY light standard built by J. E. Wells, a carpenter of Altadena, Cal., has aroused considerable interest among Bible students who declare that it bears an astonishing resemblance to a candlestick mentioned in the book of Revelations. Wells, who has never read Revelations, declares that the standard was built according to a […]
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Intricate Machine Fits Men to Jobs
A MACHINE known as a mechanical correlator which takes certain information about an individual and after a few minutes' work tells him just what occupation he should pursue has been used with success in fitting men into the right jobs. The machine operates on a pneumatic principle, using a perforated paper roll similar to that which produces music in player pianos.
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MOVIE STARS TURN GYMNASTS
MOVIE STARS TURN GYMNASTS MUSCLE building equipment of the gymnasium is much favored by movie folk to keep in shape for their strenuous profession. Weight lifting machines, parallel bars, and even trapeze are used by stars of the silver screen, two of whom are pictured in the photos at the right going through their daily […]
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MYSTERY SHIP SUSPECTED OF BEING GAMBLING BOAT
MYSTERY SHIP SUSPECTED OF BEING GAMBLING BOAT THE Monfalcone, a mystery ship suspected by the authorities of being a floating gambling palace, was recently towed out of Los Angeles harbor to be anchored at sea off the California coast. The Monfalcone, as shown in the photo below, has no sails or other motive power and […]
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TALKING PIG IS FARMER'S TEACHER
OFFICIALS of the Department of Agriculture have invented a talking pig which is sent around the country to various agricultural fairs, where it gives lessons to pork producers on subjects having to do with successful hog raising. When the pig espies a possible listener approaching, he holds forth in this fashion: "If you're a farmer, don't let round worms come near me." Thereupon follows a pointed lecture on the various dangers which attack hogs and prevent little piggies from growing up into big piggies.
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DEATH RAY STOPS MOTOR
USING portable apparatus weighing less than 50 pounds, the inventor of the so-called "death ray" recently succeeded in stopping the motor of a motorcycle by directing the deadly rays into the vitals of the engine. The photo below shows him just after completing his successful demonstration.
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Primitive vs. Mechanical Music
Primitive vs. Mechanical Music STONE age men produced music by tapping a stretched hide. Today we press a button, and presto—music! The mechanical violin whose mechanism is exposed above is one of the latest advances in the development of mechanical music. Fingering of the violin is done by the M-shaped rod, while the bow is […]
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Catching Crooks by Radio
No longer can a crook in a strange town go unrecognized. Finger print photos, broadcast by radio, identify him across the continent in half hour! By GEORGE C. HENDERSON THESE cryptic signs, sent together with a fingerprint photo by the telephotographic process through 2,500 miles of space over mountains and desert in a few minutes' time, constituted a challenge from the New York police to the San Francisco police to answer one question—'"Who is the man? Who is the owner of the fingerprint?"
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DAREDEVIL STEERS BOAT WITH TEETH
Truly a wonder. Is there anything that technology cannot achieve? DAREDEVIL STEERS BOAT WITH TEETH STANDING on one’s hands in the bottom of a speeding motorboat and steering the craft with the teeth is the latest thrill in outboard motoring, invented by “Skeets” Eckleberry, noted bronco buster. The photo below shows him “doing his stuff” […]
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EGGS TO BE SOLD BY THE PACKAGE
EGGS TO BE SOLD BY THE PACKAGE INSTEAD of asking for a dozen eggs, housewives will buy them by the package just like breakfast food if the new method of packing shown above becomes popular. Eggs are individually packed in corrugated cardboard jackets and shipped in cartons which keep their contents practically unbreakable.
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This Gun Replies to "Hands Up!" With Bullets
This Gun Replies to “Hands Up!” With Bullets IN THESE days of flying bullets and indiscriminate hold ups, the well dressed Chicagoan should wear a breast machine gun and armor vest such as is shown in the photo to the left. Samuel Schwarz recently invented these two pieces of equipment for every day wear. Instead […]
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PATENTS - Nutty or Novel?
The dusty records of the United States Patent Office hold a good deal of unsuspected humor in their pages. Several choice examples culled from pages of the Patent Gazette are presented on this page. DRUGSTORE COWBOY OF 1860! WHEN an 1860 model sheik went into a drugstore after a shot of sarsaparilla, he leaned nonchalantly on the soda fountain and flirted outrageously with the flapper who took his order. The above drawing, taken from patent office records, came from the pen of a Civil War inventor who had "certain new and useful improvements" in soda fountain design on which he wanted a patent.
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LAMP HEALS EARS
LAMP HEALS EARS EAR diseases are now being successfully treated by a new lamp developed by a German technician, known as the non-burning Landecker lamp. It has proved especially successful in treating serious ailments such as inflammation of the inner ear, employing the curative properties of light and heat. The patient, as shown in the […]
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Mars Refuses to Answer Radio Messages
“Doctor” Hugh Mansfield Robinson was an LLD or Dr of Law in England.  The rest of the story may be found here. Mars Refuses to Answer Radio Messages DESPITE numerous efforts to communicate with them, the inhabitants of the planet Mars have thus far been consistent in their refusal to have anything to do with […]
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LUMBERING by MACHINE
Tractors replace horses in the big lumbering camps. The modern method of handling big logs in the lumbering camps is graphically shown by the above photo,, in which three huge logs are being dragged to the mill by a tractor and a "high wheeler." Another view of a "high wheeler" of less sturdy dimensions is shown at the left. Logs are easily suspended under the high axles of the wheels and dragged through the woods by a tractor which does the work of a dozen horses.
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Carter of The Red Planet - Part 1
A Novel of Extraordinary Adventure on the Red Planet Mars by EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS From the distant planet Earth, John Carter, the Virginian, came to Mars to battle with Green Warriors in his peril-fraught effort to breathe new life into a dying world. Begin this great serial now; a summary of previous chapters is printed as part of the story. OF THE incredible manifestation of nature which took me, John Carter of Virginia, and wafted me across countless miles of space to the planet Mars, I think I need say little. In the first place, I cannot myself explain how my soul was drawn irresistibly toward the red planet on that night, years ago, when I stood mysteriously alone on an Arizona hill; nor does it really matter how the miracle of my transmigration was accomplished.
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HIGH ALTITUDE HELMET
HIGH ALTITUDE HELMET HIGH altitude flying has been made possible by use of oxygen for both men and motors. Lt. J. A. Macready of the Army Air Service is shown below with the latest type helmet. The entire face is covered, and the glasses are built in the helmet itself. The tube that enters just […]
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ERIC ROBOT HAS PUMP FOR HEART
ERIC ROBOT HAS PUMP FOR HEART ERIC ROBOT, London’s famous mechanical man, opened his heart to the public the other day to show just what was in him. As the photograph shows, Eric’s “in-sides” are so mechanically complicated that a physician called upon to operate on him for appendicitis would hardly know where to begin. […]
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PAY 5 CENTS; LOCK YOUR BICYCLE
PAY 5 CENTS; LOCK YOUR BICYCLE A BICYCLE lock which works on the principle of a slot machine has won favor in European countries where the automobile has not displaced the two-wheeled machine in popularity. As shown in the picture at the right, the locking device is attached to the wall of a building. When […]
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HOTEL for AUTOS
How would they get a car from the back of a row? There is an small automatic parking garage in my neighborhood and it’s pretty complex. HOTEL for AUTOS Traffic congestion in New York City has become such a serious problem that a special parking garage, or more properly a hotel for automobiles, is now […]
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Automobile Vanity Case is the Latest Novelty
Automobile Vanity Case is the Latest Novelty AUTOMOBILES have become so important a part of daily life that they are now made in the form of vanity cases for women, as pictured in the photo at the left. The automobile vanity case is hinged on the bottom and opens like an ordinary handbag, containing compartments […]
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PHONE GIRLS USE SKATES
PHONE GIRLS USE SKATES OPERATORS in Los Angeles telephone exchanges go roller skating each night. They don’t have any boy friends along to pick them up when they fall, nor is their skating comprised of fancy turns and difficult tricks. Business is the primary cause of their donning skates. After 10:30 p.m. phone calls become […]
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