I think the Modern Mechanix definition of a fad is “something somebody did once”. Bike Riding on Tight Wire Is Latest in Hollywood Fads RIDING her bicycle along the popular beach at Venice, California, near Hollywood was too tame a pastime for Billie Yuill, so with Isabelle Becker to help her maintain her balance she [...]
More and more power and less refinement of streamline design is the cry of present day designers as proved by contesting planes in great 1933 Los Angeles Air Races. Flown across country by an eye witness this up-to-the-minute account of the past year's aviation progress summarizes records, achievements and points out the races' thrills. by JAMES BOWLES ROARING across the continent in 11 hours, 30 minutes, Col. Roscoe Turner not only clipped 63 minutes from his former east-west trans-continental speed record, but he inaugurated something new in the way of planning his route.
Hollywood's most intrepid cameraman relates startling adventures he has encountered making undersea movies which chill your blood. by HOMER SCOTT - Pioneer Underwater Cameraman IN 14 years I probably have gazed into the cold eyes of more curious fish and looked on the bodies of more actors and actresses beneath the sea than any other man. From the shores of Southern California to the rocky coast of the Socorro islands, far south in the Pacific, and even off the shores of New Zealand I have descended many times in one of my half-bells, my legs dangling puppet-like in the cold water, to photograph dramas that sometimes thrilled me more than were the audiences that viewed the results on the screen. ] When the editors of Modern Mechanix and Inventions asked me to write of the thrills and tell you how these scenes are filmed, I said to myself, "Gosh, there's nothing very interesting about undersea picture-taking."
Night Club in Cave Whips Summer Heat ST. PAUL, Minnesota, boasts a new night club said to be without equal anywhere in the world for novelty and comfort during torrid summer months. Called the “Mystic Caverns,” the club occupies a labyrinth of caves which form a natural refrigerator with a year round temperature of 48 [...]
GAS bids fair to replace bullets in bringing criminals to justice. Experiments conducted recently by the French Gas Brigade proved that an injection of gas into an underworld hideout renders the victims helpless in short order and, more important, avoids loss of life.
"CENTURY of Progress" is the name given the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, and the whole show is well named, for it is an exposition depicting the progress of man's advance in civilization in the last 100 years. And this progress revolves almost entirely around the advances made in science and mechanics in that length of time. Every conceivable mechanical oddity worth displaying is on show, and each month during the course of the exposition Modern Mechanix and Inventions will display for readers who are unable to view the fair an increasingly augmented series of unusual pictures to help carry the true import of the exposition.
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CREDITED to comely Miss Joan Crawford who started daily bike riding six years ago as a method of keeping physically fit, the bike riding fad has swept to all corners of the nation. Bicycle makers rub their hands with gusto, wink at the Depression, and continue to sell great quantities of wheels at around twenty dollars per machine.
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While peace parleys convene, only to end in failure and increased hatreds, military inventors smile to themselves and go on perfecting their engines of death. This article sets forth advanced data on these new weapons and tells how they will add deadliness to combat when they appear at the Front in next war. by RUSSELL J. MORT FROM the bow of a submarine lurking submerged in the offing shoots a torpedo bound on a mission of destruction. Leaving a streaked wake as it cleaves the water, it speeds straight for the hull of an unwary destroyer cruising across the horizon.
YOU get all the keen thrills of deep-sea diving and underwater cruising in this one-man submarine. Towed by a motor-boat, the novel craft will take you down to a depth of at least 30 feet, where you can explore the river or lake bed. Through a special conning tower you can watch the fish as you dart among them, the while maneuvering about like a real submarine.
Wow, that’s some generosity. Six orphans prevent a train from crashing and save 500 lives. So the railroad rewards them with 3 model trains. Orphans Win Toy for Heroism STUMBLING, struggling for breath through a terrific thunderstorm nearPassiac,N. J., six orphan boys, waving, screaming desperately stopped an Erie train fifty feet from a washout and [...]