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Jan, 1924
THOUSANDS SEE AND HEAR RADIO WEDDING
What is believed to be the first performance of its kind occurred in Pittsburgh recently when a wedding ceremony was performed in a large glass booth, visible to thousands attending an electrical exposition, while radio apparatus broadcast the words spoken to those at the show and countless others listening in.
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MATTRESS CARRIED IN TRUNK UNFOLDS INTO BED
MATTRESS CARRIED IN TRUNK UNFOLDS INTO BED A trunk and a bed have been combined in a large boxlike container, capable of holding a folded mattress and a number of drawers. When traveling, the mattress tits against and keeps the drawers closed. In preparing the combination for a bed, the trunk is placed on its […]
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UGLY NORDHOFF BECOMES BEAUTIFUL OJAI
By C. MORAN THE transformation of a shack-and-shanty town into a place of architectural delight, virtually overnight, is the accomplishment of the citizens of Ojai, Calif. Cement turned the trick. The town—formerly called Nordhoff— was a typical frontier settlement. Ramshackle buildings lined the main street. Treacherous mud-holes filled the road. Then, as if touched by a magic wand, the town was changed into a thing of beauty.
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COMMENT and REVIEW - Auto Safety - Gun Violence
Pistols and Automobiles Kill 20,000. THE count of the death toll from revolvers and automobiles for 1922 is completed and rolls up the astounding total of 10,000 from pistols and revolvers, and about the same number from automobiles. In both counts many hundred, if not several thousand, who died weeks or months after the accident, and in the case of revolvers, many more who were killed and the bodies concealed and not yet found, were not included.
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EXACTING REQUIREMENTS MET BY WOODEN FLUME
EXACTING REQUIREMENTS MET BY WOODEN FLUME A wooden flume was recently built to conform to conditions that had been considered by some as being impossible of execution. The flume, which was elliptical in section with the bottom forming a curve of about 10-foot radius and the sides one of 6-foot radius, was constructed on a […]
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Be the "Tom Brown" of Your Town
You may have the talent to develop into a Saxophone wizard like Tom Brown, of the famous Tom Brown's Clown Band, the highest priced musical act, and enjoy this most pleasant of vocations. Buescher Instruments have helped make famous Tom Brown, Paul Whiteman, Joseph C. Smith, Clyde C. Doerr, Bennie Krueger, Dan Russo, Paul Specht, Carl Fenton, Ross Gorman, Arnold Johnson, Nathan Glantz and thousands of others. $500 to $1,000 weekly for but two hours a day is not uncommon for musicians of such ability to earn.
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SOAP IN FORM OF SHEETS FOR INDIVIDUAL WASH
SOAP IN FORM OF SHEETS FOR INDIVIDUAL WASH Intended for office buildings, shops, and public places generally, a new “sheet soap” is dispensed from cabinets in somewhat the same manner as paper towels. The sheets are about 2 by 3 inches, and may be folded or rolled repeatedly, without tearing. It is claimed, in ad-dition, […]
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NEW WINDSHIELD CLEANER USES WIND PRESSURE
NEW WINDSHIELD CLEANER USES WIND PRESSURE A new windshield cleaner, that is entirely automatic in action, utilizes the wind pressure against the windshield when the car is in motion, as a means of keeping the glass clear in rainy weather. It consists of a nozzle-shaped piece of metal, which is attached to the windshield with […]
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Very Early Brake Lights
WARNING LIGHTS FOR AUTOS LIKE RAILROAD SYSTEM Protective lights for the rear of automobiles, patterned after the railroad system of red and green signals, are a recent development. When the machine is moving, a green light shows constantly, but when the brakes are applied, the green signal is extinguished and a red one flashes a […]
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LAWS ASKED FOR PROTECTION OF FLOWERS AND PLANTS
The success of Vermont in preserving wild flowers and plants, as game is protected, and preventing their extinction, has aroused an interest among botanists and lovers of wild flowers which may result in more legislation for their protection. Commercial collectors were found to be responsible for the extermination of wild flowers and rare plants. A law passed by the Vermont legislature prohibits commercial collecting and restricts botanists to two specimens of each plant in a year.
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SHIP-LOADING METHODS IN MANCHURIAN PORTS
American sailors hail with joy the entry of their vessels into Manchurian ports. There is no work for them at Dairen, the ocean terminus of the South Manchurian Railway, situated 28 miles east of Port Arthur, and full shore leave is allowed. Native coolies, working for 20 cents a day, load and unload the ships. The automatic conveying machinery on hoard the American vessels making this harbor is never uncovered while in port, because coolies perform the labor more cheaply.
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CONCRETE MIXER HAS RUBBER-TIRED WHEELS
CONCRETE MIXER HAS RUBBER-TIRED WHEELS A new concrete mixer, now being offered for contractors’ use, is mounted on a rubber-tired two-wheel truck so that it can be easily and quickly moved from one job to another. Whereas the usual portable type of mixer cannot be hauled faster than about 10 miles an hour, this one […]
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Early Neon Signs
“VACUUM-TUBE” SIGNS YIELD LIGHT AT SMALL COST “Vacuum-tube” signs, consisting of continuous glass tubing bent into lettering or numerals, the whole being lighted by either direct or alternating current at common voltages, are new advertising features. As many as three lines of script or number units may be arranged in one sign, which displays a […]
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AUTOMATIC SERVING COUNTER FOR LUNCH ROOMS
Seems like this would be a loud place to eat, what with all the dishes sliding down chutes and all. AUTOMATIC SERVING COUNTER FOR LUNCH ROOMS An automatic serving-counter for lunch rooms and restaurants is intended to eliminate the need of waiters. When the customer enters a restaurant where one of these appliances is installed, […]
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MOTOR CARS CROSS SAHARA DESERT
FIVE motor cars, all equipped with special endless-tread drives of rubber to plow through the deep sand, and some mounted with machine guns to repel anticipated attacks from desert robber bands, recently completed a journey across the Sahara Desert of approximately 2,000 miles, from Tug-gurt, in Algeria, to Timbuktu, in French West Africa. The caravan left Tuggurt on December 18, last year, but first, in order to insure a proper supply of fuel, water, and food, other cars were sent ahead as far as Insala to establish depots, while a similar outfit left Dakar in the south and approached north to a military station at Kidal. The expedition proper then set forth, arriving at Timbuktu on January 7. just 20 days later, the time being several months faster than average camel time for the same distance.
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For Young, For Old, For Everybody: Remington Typewriters
Remington Portable Typewriter is the universal machine for personal writing. It has every quality demanded by the individual user. Compact—fits in a case only four inches high. Convenient—can be used anywhere; on your lap, if you wish. Complete -with STANDARD KEYBOARD and other "big machine" conveniences.
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TEAM OF 30 ANIMALS HAUL HEAVY WHEAT LOAD
Driving single-handed a team of 20 horses and 10 mules, hitched to a wagon train loaded with more than 1,000 bushels of wheat, Ralph Morehouse, of Alberta, has established what is said to be a record in western Canada. The trip was made recently over a 22-mile stretch from his ranch near Buffalo Hills to a grain elevator at Vulcan, Alta., where, without unhitching any of the animals, the entire load was disposed of in 1 hour 17 minutes.
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Car Replaces Broncho, Tiny Prayer
In the one-time wild and woolly West, riding the bucking automobile may give way to the honored test of skill in horsemanship— riding the bucking broncho. For it has been found that a seat on the radiator of a small auto with the wheels off center gives all the thrills of a broncho-busting contest, with an element of novelty. In a recent performance of this sort in California, a saddle was placed on the hood, and a prize of $25 offered for riding two blocks. At 10 miles an hour, the rider had difficulty; at 15 miles, he went off. With the hub of each of the wheels of the car removed and reset 2 inches off center, it gives a realistic imitation of the bucking broncho, though, having no reins, the rider is, perhaps, even more helpless than on the "orneriest" animal.
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CHILDREN'S PICTURE-STORY DEPARTMENT
A Modern Lilliput That Has No Lilliputians, Being an Uninhabited Miniature Village Constructed by the Children of a Denver Man near His Summer Home in the Rocky Mountains: The Church Has Spires Three Feet High. To the Right Is an Electrically Lighted Brick Block in the Village South Pasadena, California, Is Proud of Possessing What Is Doubtless the Youngest Band in the World. Including the Bandmaster, Seen in the Foreground, Each of the 60 Members of the Band Is Seven Years Young or Younger. All Are First and Second-Grade Pupils of the Local Public Schools, Where They were Trained. Left: Close-Up of Three of the Musicians
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SECRET CONVERSATIONS BY RADIO "SUPERPHONE"
The apparently impossible feat of transmitting conversation while confining it to the speaker and the person for whom it is intended has been accomplished recently in Washington. It was done by a combination of the "superphone," the invention of Maj. Gen. George C. Squier, chief signal officer of the army, and the principle of using electric light or telegraph wires, as in the receiving station at Chatham. Cape Cod.
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BRIDGE ACROSS GOLDEN GATE TO BE WORLD'S LONGEST
BRIDGE ACROSS GOLDEN GATE TO BE WORLD’S LONGEST A combined suspension and cantilever bridge with a span of 4,000 feet and a total length of 6,700 feet, will soon be built across Golden Gate, San Francisco Bay, if a proposition to that effect in the California legislature is passed. It is said that there is […]
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SOME NOVEL AND LITTLE-KNOWN ACCESSORIES
Fork Cleaner Which Consists of Four Small Brushes through Which the Prongs are Pushed Back and Forth to Remove Any Foreign Matter Adhering to Them Separator That Removes the Cream from a Milk Bottle by Merely Squeezing the Rubber Bulb on the Handle The Chair and Smoking Stand Above, Made of Palm-Tree Stems, Are Artistic, Light, and Durable Mixer Which Aids in Preparing Mayonnaise Dressing for Sea Foods, Salads, Vegetables, and the Like: The Ingredients are Placed in the Bowl and the Funnel is Filled with Olive Oil Which Drops Out
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HEDGEHOG HUNTING GOOD TRADE AND GOOD SPORT
HEDGEHOG HUNTING GOOD TRADE AND GOOD SPORT By SAM E. CONNER TRAPPING hedgehogs does not sound like a very attractive pursuit, but a man in Maine has found it to be a profitable business, as well as one that has an element of danger, and therefore offers excitement in excess of that which comes to […]
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Gibson Mandolins: The Music Pals of the Nation
New friends, new pleasures, new and interesting experiences, invitations galore—dinners, dances, week-end parties, outings,—are some of the good things playing a Gibson brings into your life. Gibson Instruments are easily learned in spare time without previous knowledge of music. A few weeks of pleasant, interesting study and you'll be able to play. And there's no other joy in life quite equal to hearing music you make on your own instruments. $5.00 Monthly buys a Gibson. The ultimate in construction, finish, tone quality and volume. Built like a violin. Adjustable bridge, non-warpable truss rod neck and thirty other exclusive Gibson features. Guaranteed for life. Non-Gibson instruments exchanged.
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TIN CANS MADE AT HOME WITH SIMPLE OUTFIT
TIN CANS MADE AT HOME WITH SIMPLE OUTFIT Among the interesting devices lately-put on the market, is one for making tin cans at home. It consists of three small machines that are easily fastened to any workbench. A piece of tin, previously cut to size and shape, is formed by the first machine into a […]
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"THE DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA"
By LAWRENCE Wm. PEDROSE FOR the purpose of making more comfortable and pleasant the hours spent in their home ports by the masters, mates, and pilots of the Pacific, and developing radio broadcasting to their ships while at sea, wives, daughters, and sweethearts of manners living at Seattle have formed an organization called the "Daughters of the Sea." The Daughters of the Sea plan to bring the home closer to the ship, and the radio will be their chief means toward that end. The club has undertaken the fitting up of quarters on the top floor of one of the city's tall buildings, and is furnishing them with a library, comfortable chairs, smoking accessories, and marine glasses, so that seafarers may watch from the windows the ships making and leaving port.
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LATEST HELICOPTER MAKES FLIGHT
LATEST HELICOPTER MAKES FLIGHT THE latest in the helicopter type of flying machine made its initial flight a short time ago when it remained in the air for 1 minute 40 seconds and reached a height of 8 feet. In several later ascensions the machine, carrying two passengers, rose 3 feet above the ground. Helicopters […]
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BOW-AND-ARROW GOLF IS LATEST DIVERSION
BOW-AND-ARROW GOLF IS LATEST DIVERSION Playing golf with bows and arrows, instead of the usual clubs and balls, is the latest diversion in the sporting world. Golfers of no mean ability have been defeated by as many as 20 strokes in contests with archers who shoot arrows from the tees to the cups. With the […]
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Highways of Speech
Necessity made the United States a nation of pioneers. Development came to us only by conquering the wilderness. For a hundred and fifty years we have been clearing farms and rearing communities where desolation was—bridging rivers and making roads—reaching out, step by step, to civilize three million square miles of country. One of the results has been the scattering of families in many places—the separation of parents and children, of brother and brother, by great distances.
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THE FLIGHT OF ATOMS PHOTOGRAPHED
By W. D. HARKINS Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of Chicago An atom is 2,000 times too small to be seen through a microscope and it is apt to stagger the imagination of most people to hear about photographing atoms in flight. Not so long ago an atom was spoken of as the smallest particle of matter, but now it is believed to represent a grouping of electrons around a nucleus, much in the manner that the planets arranged around the sun constitute the solar system.
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Discovery of King Tut's Tomb
By R.C. Folger TREASURE that has been variously estimated to be worth from $15,000,000 to $40,000,000, has recently been brought to light upon the opening of a tomb believed to be that of Tutankhamen, who ruled in Egypt over 3,000 years ago. The first objects to greet the eyes of the entrants to the tomb, were three magnificent state couches, each made of gilt wood with exquisite carvings and decorated with a lion's head and other emblematic figures. On these rested gilt beds also beautifully carved and inlaid with ivory and jewels, and a number of boxes of rare workmanship. These boxes were inlaid with ivory and ebony with gilt inscriptions.
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HEADSET STAND FOR RADIO
The guy who invented this would have been rich if it hadn’t been for those pesky speaker pushers. HEADSET STAND FOR RADIO An ornamental wooden headset stand, for use as a distribution center when a number of receivers are used simultaneously, and as a rack for holding the headphones when these are idle, has been […]
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A MERRY-GO-ROUND FOR THE ICE
BY L.B. ROBBINS EXHILARATING sport is furnished open-air enthusiasts by the novel ice merry-go-round described in this article. The device, although it reminds one of an ice boat, is, however, a new departure in ice coasting, the novelty consisting in the fact that the merry-go-round, which is itself stationary, swings the riders, who are carried on sleds, in circles around it. When desired, the cord or rope that holds the sled to one of the revolving arms, is released, and the sled with its rider is sent flying off over the ice. With a good breeze blowing, the merry-go-round revolves with considerable speed, yet is perfectly safe, if constructed according to the instructions. It can be built by anyone who has some knowledge of tools and how to use them, and who possesses enough ingenuity for details of construction.
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PLAY TENNIS ON SKATES IN ILLINOIS
PLAY TENNIS ON SKATES IN ILLINOIS THE thrills of ice skating and tennis have been combined by outdoor enthusiasts of a club near Glencoe, Ill. Mapping off a court and erecting a net on an ice pond near by, the members have inaugurated tennis on skates— an adaptation of the old sport that, according to […]
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