Tiny ‘Goliath’, Three-Wheel Vest Pocket Car, Makes Hit DAY by day, in every way, small motor cars seem to be getting smaller and smaller. The latest in the way of diminutive autos comes from Germany, and is a vest-pocket machine so small that the German government exempts it from a motor vehicle tax. Selling for [...]
by Dale Van Horn The big idea of July Fourth seems to be to make more noise in the day time and more brilliance at night than the other fellow. But if everybody buys from the same store, it's only a matter of who has the fattest purse. This article tells you how you can have more fun than your neighbor at lower cost, by making your own fireworks.
Wouldn’t this just spread the hot air from the light bulb around the room? It doesn’t seem like a particularly good way of cooling. Ceiling fans are similar, but they have a much wider fan blade and actually don’t draw from the middle. Light Fixture and Vent Fan in One A NEW low priced combination [...]
Hands Free With Signal Lantern J. L. LORBESKI of Minneapolis has recently invented a railway signal lantern which leaves the brake-man’s hands free while switching for unloading freight, coupling air hose, climbing on cars, and other duties. The wire lamp guard is twisted into a loop through which the user may slip his wrist, holding [...]
by CAPT. T. R. PHILLIPS, U. S. Army Immense fleets of fighting planes directed in battle by radioed orders from a flying general—deadly new attack planes carrying a quarter ton of bombs and capable of firing 3000 shots a minute—these are a few of the latest developments in aerial warfare demonstrated in an amazing sham air war. Don't fail to read this authoritative article if you take pride in keeping informed on Uncle Sam's defense system.
"YOU can take a sailor away from the sea but you can't take the sea away from a sailor," runs an old adage, long known among seafaring men. Such seems to be the case with W. H. Slater, a retired naval officer of Kent, England, who has constructed a novel land yacht with which to travel the five miles to and from his job, which is that of lighting wharf lamps along the riverside.
Blimp Tows Aquaplane to Give Latest Aquatic Thrill HITCH hiking behind the Goodyear blimp Volunteer is the latest form of water sport for thrill seekers on the California bathing beaches. One of the most ardent devotees of the sport is Elmer Peck, of Long Beach, holder of the world’s record for endurance on an aquaplane. [...]
REVOLUTIONARY features in motor car design, including such innovations as hydraulic steering and a streamlined body with the motor at the rear of the chassis, are embodied in an automobile designed by John Tjaarda, associated with General Motors Corporation. Tests of the novel car are now being carried out, and it is likely that the streamlined automobile will be put in production shortly.
Tricycle Vender Solves Girl’s Unemployment Problem UNABLE to find suitable employment in her profession as a typist, Miss Clara Cage, of Hollywood, discovered an unusual method of earning a living. She rigged up a tricycle as a delivery wagon and now delivers cartons of ice cream direct to consumers. During hot spells Miss Cage turns [...]
SOMETHING distinctly new in the way of ideas for merchandising automotive equipment is represented in the "Driver-seat Shop," a steel and glass display cabinet that can be placed in all filling stations for the convenience of motorists who wish to make purchases without alighting from their cars.
Television Shows Full Size Images MOVING television images on a screen 10 feet square, produced beautifully clear, perfectly defined, and possessing the illusion of depth, is the latest and most amazing step in the advance of television art. This new development, accomplished by Mr. U. A. Sanabria, a Chicago television expert, enables a large crowd [...]
FOLLOWING the recent tragic crash of a tri-motored airplane in which Knute Rockne, Notre Dame's famous football coach, and seven others were instantly killed, a new impetus has been given to the invention of safety devices designed to prevent the recurrence of such catastrophes in the future. It will be remembered that one wing of the Rockne plane was torn off in mid-air.
by LEW HOLT Sir Hubert Wilkins' amazing journey under the North Pole in the submarine Nautilus, now under way, may discover evidence which will solve long-standing polar mysteries. Are there undiscovered islands near the pole—will the expedition discover a fathomless hole at the axis of the earth? Some of the riddles they will answer are described here.
Tiny Lamp Outshines Giant Tube SIZE doesn’t seem to be the most important feature when it comes to candlepower in lamps, for the tiny photo flashlamp shown in the photo below is about three and one-third times as powerful as the larger one. However, the small one lasts only one-fiftieth of a second, while the [...]
Eye-Shade for Watching Planes A NOVEL card-board shield, shaped to fit tightly around the eyes, has recently been devised for watching airplanes, boats and other objects where glaring reflections are hard on the eyes. The inside of the shield is painted black.
RADIO telephones placed at intervals throughout the wolf-infested regions of Siberia so that the whereabouts of these dangerous pests can be easily discovered is the latest means proposed by Soviet officials to rid the vast plains of the country of the wolf menace, long an obstacle to settlement and safe travel.
Three Wheel Taxi Built Like Hansom Cab THE last word in comfort and convenience for taxi passengers, particularly passengers loaded down with bundles from a shopping tour, is provided by a unique taxi now being designed by automotive engineers. With this car, the passenger can step from the curb right into the tonneau without inconvenient [...]
Neon Beacon Has 120-Mile Range Huge Light Is Visible to Aviators Across Entire State of Indiana All aerial night traffic on the transcontinental route from New York to the Pacific Coast is now guided across the entire state of Indiana by the world’s largest neon aviation beacon, which has recently been completed atop the tallest [...]
Fletner S-Rotor Used for Windmill TAKING a hint from the unique power plant of the rotor ship designed by Anton Fletner several years ago, Charles L. Lawrence, aeronautical engineer, has designed a windmill —the only one of its kind in this country — which uses the famous S-Rotor to catch the wind. Mounted high on [...]
Corner Windows Feature of New Gotham Skyscraper A NEW step in office building construction has been marked with the completion of a new 34-story skyscraper in New York City. The most noteworthy feature of the building is that the supporting steel framework does not extend to the corners of the structure, these corners being left [...]
RADIO receiving sets have been manufactured in a wide variety of forms since the coming of broadcasting, but the latest and perhaps most unique appearance which a receiver has assumed is that of a grandfather's clock. And because such a type of clock belonged to an age which did not enjoy modern day conveniences, it should not be thought that inconvenience is one of the features of this new radio, for the very opposite is the case.
Hedge Cutter Operated by Crank TIME and effort required to trim hedges is reduced to an absolute minimum by the use of a new hedge trimming device now available. The clipper is operated by turning a crank with the hands, as demonstrated in the photo above.
New ‘Home on Highway’ Has Kitchen, Dinette, Sleeper MOTOR nomads will find the ideal home of the highway in a new motor caravan which has recently been designed and built by a French engineer for vacation tours. Although somewhat unique in appearance, this odd vehicle, shown in the photo at the left, has a kitchen, [...]
As a thrill producer, it will be hard to beat this monorail bathing chute. Erected on a hill sloping down to a beach, it will send you flying out into the water at a breathtaking speed. Construction is very simple. BATHING weather prompts many novel means of sport in the water such as diving slides, swings, etc., but here is a regular "shoot the chute" in simplified form with which loads of sport can be obtained and all at a minimum cost.
New Egg Processing Machine A NEW machine, original in design and operation, for the processing of eggs for preservation in cold storage for as long as a year has been developed by a San Francisco machine works. The machine consists of a number of trays moving over rollers which convey the eggs to a hot [...]
Auto-Boat Speedy on Land or Sea YOU may take your choice and call it a sea-going auto or a road-boat, but whatever it is, the vehicle shown in the photo below performs nicely on land or water, developing 25 miles an hour in the liquid element and 40 per on terra firma. The land-boat (or [...]
WHAT might be called the most unusual house in America is the home of O. H. Caldwell, of Cos Cob, Connecticut. Mr. Caldwell is a noted electrical engineer and the former Federal Radio Commissioner. This house has over a thousand servants and yet has no servant problem, for all of the servants are electrical gadgets of one kind or another that do all the work.
TO ELIMINATE all interfering noises in the National Broadcast Studios, engineers are installing noiseless telautographs which write out directions to performers, thus doing away with the old method of waving the hands to give signals from the control room. The telautograph is placed near the microphone, directly before the eyes of the performers, so that directions can be read without the least difficulty.
by CLARENCE A. O'BRIEN Registered Patent Attorney Washington, D. C. The greatest profit does not always come to the inventor of a complicated machine—often the inventor of some simple, much-used article stands a more favorable chance of making a fortune. WHILE such complicated inventions as the radio, the airplane, the telephone and the electric light are among the major blessings of this modern age, yet we often lose sight of the fact that there are a greater number of simple devices which are contributing greatly to our everyday comfort, convenience, and enjoyment of life.
Cards Now Played like Midget Golf THE latest addition to the ever increasing list of games devised for the amusement of incurable golf fans is a combination of midget golf and bridge, played on a carpet spread out at the bathing beach for games between plunges. The unique carpet on which the game is played [...]
by M. W.MEIER Who wintered with the circus at Peru, Indiana, headquarters. How do they train elephants to walk a tight rope and stand on two legs? Mr. Meier, intimately associated with the circus business, tells you all about the tricks of the trade in this fascinating elephant story, and incidentally disproves some favorite legends such as ah elephant's ability to remember an injury for many years.
Exterminating Rats With Deadly Automobile Exhaust Gas “IF THE fumes from an automobile exhaust can kill humans, they should have the same effect on rats,” said the head of the Department of Health of Highland Park, Michigan. And so onto the exhaust pipe of a dilapidated Model T Ford discarded by the police officials, the [...]
For novelty in window displays you can't beat this "perpetual motion machine" as a means of attracting the attention of passers-by. Powered by magnets concealed in the tracks, the steel ball whirls round and round, bewildering those who pause to watch. SCORES of people will walk right by an artistically decorated store window without giving the display a glance. On the other hand, another store window with a novel display catches the eye of every passer-by.
Bureau-Shaped Building Houses Bureau of Information AS a novel means of advertising their town’s chief industry, the manufacture of furniture, the local Chamber of Commerce of High Point, N.C, has erected a building resembling a huge bureau to house its headquarters. The novelty of the structure lies in the sign on the mirror, for the [...]
Experimenter Flies With Bat Wings RESURRECTING an ancient theory of the Greeks which had to do with the flight of humans equipped with bird wings, Adolph Matz, an aeronaut of Brookline, Mass., recently gave a demonstration of a novel means of self propulsion through the air by the use of bat’s wings. Made of heavy [...]
by JAMES BOWLES If you think the title of this article is rather far-fetched, you're doing an injustice to Hollywood's cleverest location managers, whose special brand of geography, not taught in the public schools, crowds Alaska, Ireland, Honolulu and Holland within the bounds of the state of California. FRANCE is 20 miles from the South Seas, the Sahara Desert adjoins Holtville, California, and the dykes of Holland leak into Long Beach.
Balloons on Helmet Make Targets for Cavalry Combat PUNCTURING a balloon on the head of an opponent with the skillful thrust of a rapier is the unique means employed by cavalry students to score points when engaging in “armed combat” at Urban Military Academy at Beverly Hills, California. The balloons are tied to the helmets [...]
DESIGNED to ford streams and rivers on a 12,000 mile jaunt of exploration around the world, a new amphibian automobile has been constructed by Capt. Geoffrey Malin, British explorer, which floats by means of huge inflated bags attached to a special electron frame at the side.
TO BE able to hail your friends from your auto as you drive along the street, all you have to do is to install in your car a simple microphone arrangement consisting of a hand mike, an amplifier of the common two-stage type, and a speaker. With this novel stunt, you can merely speak into the mike and your voice will sound out loud and clear from the radiator of your machine, to the amazement of your friends who hear you.
That’s a remarkably progressive group of kids for 1931. Air-Inflated Gloves Make Boxing a “Gentleman’s Game” AIR-inflated boxing gloves having many distinct advantages over the old style padded mitt have recently been introduced into the field of amateur pugilism. With the customary padding eliminated, they are much lighter in weight, and thus help to prevent [...]
Future Dirigible Without Hangar A GIGANTIC dirigible which would have an all metal body made of corrugated sheet steel, and which would be so durable as to eliminate the need of the customary hangar, is the novel craft recently designed by an eminent Russian inventor, Konstantin Ziolkowski. This craft will expand or contract according to [...]
Pigeons Now Take Aerial Photos AN automatic miniature camera strapped to the breast of a carrier pigeon is the latest method being employed for the making of aerial photographs in Germany. The camera is timed so that shutter is snapped at regular intervals in bird’s flight.
by DR. SERGIUS P. GRACE Assistant to Vice President, Bell Telephone Laboratories As told to J. EARLE MILLER Thanks to astounding discoveries made recently in the field of sound, you will soon be able to talk around the world, deaf mutes will hear, and communication in battle areas will be revolutionized. The amazing inventions which make such feats possible are described in this article. IN A recent lecture on the new marvels being developed in the Bell Laboratories I placed my finger against the ear of one of the members of the audience, and he "heard" music and speech, though not a sound was audible on the stage.
Handy Lighter Built in Cane ONE of the novel and striking features of the recent British industries exhibition was a walking stick equipped with a gasoline lighter for the convenience of smokers. The lighter is built into the handle of the cane, as photo below shows, and is brought into action by pressure on a [...]
Hand-Powered Motor Boat Gives Real Watersport Thrills A DIMINUTIVE motor boat powered not by a motor but by a hand crank operated by the swimmer has been devised by a clever home craftsman to provide watersport thrills at the bathing beach. The propeller of this odd craft is geared to a pulley which is in [...]
Machine Reads Your Head Bumps YOUR character read while you wait is the amazing feat performed by a new machine called the “Robot Phrenologist.” A cap equipped with a battery of fingers fits over the head and sends electrical impulses to a recording device, shown below.
by John Edwin Hogg THERE'S a new gold rush on—one in which you can participate as well as the reasoned prospector, with the reasonable assurance of panning out a fair day's wages, and with the ever-present possibility of striking a nugget which may vary anywhere from $50 to $5,000 in value. Hundreds of men, thrown out of work by the business depression, are today panning out gold in the thousands of places where it is known to exist in small quantities.
by UTHAI VINCENT WILCOX THE three-deck street is coming. Our sons and daughters living in the great cities of tomorrow will have become accustomed to three levels. If they go to the heart of the city on rail they will be on one level. If they take their motors they will speed along on a street level designed exclusively for wheeled vehicles, and if they seek to walk about the heart of the metropolis then they will confine themselves to the foot level.
121 Rotary Wheels Carved in Gold ONE hundred and twenty-one cog wheels of solid gold, all turning as one, is one of the latest novelties in the mechanical line. These golden cogs were made for the Rotary clubs of California at an expense of several thousand dollars, the gold alone being worth $1500, without the [...]