Rising like the tower of a Spanish mission from a hillside in Hollywood, Calif., is a unique community elevator which residents have built to solve the problem of getting to their homes. The tower, surmounted by an artistic cupola, rises from a practically level street to a height of about 100 feet. About one-third of it is located in a concrete shaft within the hill. The elevator itself is reached through a fifty-foot tunnel cut in the solid rock, is electrically operated and controlled with a push button by the user.
Seeking New and Improved Methods and Machines to Do Man's Labor, Many Industries Spur Search with Offers of Reward DESPITE the fleetness with which developments in science and industry have taken their places in the service of man during the past few centuries, untold problems remain to be solved, powerful unknown forces are to be harnessed and hidden sources of new wealth uncovered. Greater demands for time and labor-saving methods and devices are constantly arising, notwithstanding the fact that machinery now performs most of the labor in mill, factory and office.
Oddly Decorated Summer Parasols Add Novel Touch to Fashions Sunshades grotesquely decorated with fur, feathers and various kinds of fabrics have appeared at some of the English resorts as novelties in summer fashions. Designs of different kinds of flowers and birds are worked on them, forming distinctive touches to the beach or holiday costume. One […]
Pocket Fire Escape Wound on Reel Is Safeguard in Tall Buildings To demonstrate the efficiency of a “vest-pocket” fire escape which he has devised, the inventor fastened one end of it to a seventeenth – story window railing of a New York hotel and lowered himself safely to the ground by clinging to the stout […]
Girls Who Drove Motors in Wartime Start Peace Parcel Service Parcels are being delivered all over England by a newly organized “motomessenger” service formed of girls who drove motorcycles during the war. The drivers wear attractive uniforms and use sidecars to carry express matter. Many of them are competent mechanics and take care of their […]
Hats Trimmed with Horses’ Tails Latest Parisian Fashion Trimmed with the tails of horses, women’s hats were introduced recently as the latest creation of a famous French designer. The hairs at one end were wound tightly together into a cone shape and attached to one side of the hat. while the other end hung down […]
Bookkeeper on Moving Platform Saves Time in Reaching Files Time and effort in referring to a large filing index in a busy office are saved by placing a billing machine and its operator on a platform which moves on rails. The carriage is anchored by a hand brake, conveniently placed, and when the operator wishes […]
Two thousand feet in the air, a man in a heavy canvas flying; suit crawls from the cockpit and edges his way along the wing of an airplane. Harnessed to his chest and back are two bulky packs. He nears the end of the wing, steadies himself a moment as he rises upright, waves one hand at the pilot, then calmly steps backward into space. As the body plunges downward his lips move rapidly, framing the words: One, two, three, four, five, six. seven, eight, nine, ten! At ten he jerks a cord at his shoulder and out of the packs billows a great silk parachute. As it tills with air, the speed of the falling man slackens, until finally he is drifting slowly downward for a safe landing.
Folding Chair Gives Room to Stand without Blocking the Aisle Folding chairs with seats that can be raised to give more passage space between rows have been placed on the market. Designed for use in theaters, halls, excursion boats, camps and other places where increased seating capacity is desired, they are strongly built and will […]
I never would have believed that anyone could become popular overnight. And yetâ€”here's what happened. ONE evening, about a month ago, I went to a dance. Just a jolly, informal sort of dance where everyone knew almost everyone else. I wouldn't have gone to a really big or important dance, because Iâ€”well, I wasn't sure of myself. There was a young woman at this dance I had long wanted to meet. Someone introduced us, and before I knew it I was dancing with her. That is, I was trying to dance with her. She was an exquisite dancer, graceful, poised, at ease. Her steps were in perfect harmony with the music.
Chinese Junk Docks in New York after Two-Year Journey What is believed to be the first real Chinese junk seen in New York, sailed into the harbor recently, manned only by the captain, his wife and their young son. Built by the captain himself, the strange craft carried its crew safely through all sorts of […]
Violin with Horn for Sounding Box Directs Tone toward Audience Built on the same principle as a violin and played in the same manner, a musical instrument with a metal horn instead of the usual sounding-box has been patented. Each string is provided with a separate bridge and metal diaphragms to amplify the tone. The […]
Colored Wigs of Spun Glass Lend Novelty to Headdress Wigs of spun glass in a variety of colors are being manufactured as a decorative novelty in headdress. Tinted to match the complexion, the eyes or the costume, they are said to produce charming effects. They are adapted for evening or for various special functions. A […]
Transporting race horses in railway cars or in ordinary motor trucks always has been attended with anxiety for the owner and more or less discomfort for the animals. To eliminate these difficulties and to save time as-well, a luxurious automobile has been designed. It is a. completely equipped stable on wheels. Cushioned upon a passenger-carrying chassis with shock absorbers, the car develops an average speed of thirty or thirty-five miles an hour and can swing along with ease and safety at fifty. Two horses and a groom besides the chauffeur can be carried in the roomy, electric-lighted interior. There are two stalls, separated by a partition on a pivot to facilitate loading.
The Bristles Feel So Good The first thing you notice about a Whiting-Adams Brush is how good the bristles feel. How strong and springy they are! Ask your dealer to show you one. WHITING – ADAMS BRUSHES Making a Brush to Last a Lifetime is a Lifetime Job Send for Illustrated Literature J. L. WHITING […]
With the growing demand of radio fans for sets that they can take away with them on their vacations, manufacturers have been bending their efforts to the production of neat portable receivers, and two such sets are shown in our illustration. The smaller one is a one-tube set which weighs only 4-3/4 lb. and is said to have a range of several hundred miles without an aerial, and 1,000 miles or more with an aerial. Batteries, tube, phones, aerial and ground wires are all packed neatly inside the case, which, when closed, resembles a medium-sized camera. The set is easy to operate, and is highly selective.
Three-Wheeled Auto Makes Speed with Low Fuel Cost Resembling a tiny inclosed model, a three-wheeled automobile designed in Germany has a closed top and doors like bigger cars. Although the vehicle does not consume much fuel, it is said to attain a speed of ten miles an hour on good roads. Its size enables it […]
Whew! It’s difficult to imagine how the army could defend us with out using Polo. I assume West Point now has some ten-million dollar, full immersion 3D polo simulator to keep our boys at peak polo readiness. Wooden Horses Help Army Cadets Learn How to Play Polo “Saddled” and- “bridled” a wooden horse is used […]
Huge Pencil That Cannot Get Lost Also Has an Easy Grip For the use of editors, writers, business men and others whose desks are covered with letters and manuscripts, a pencil so large that it can always be readily found when hidden under a mass of papers, has been introduced by a European manufacturer. Because […]
ELEVEN national and two world tennis championships last year â€” all won on Keds! That's a remarkable tribute to Keds quality. And here's why these champion players selected Keds: They wanted a shoe that would give them the maximum of ground-grip, comfort and speed â€” a shoe that would stand day after day of grinding, tearing wear. Keds are especially built to meet every one of these requirements.
Metal Barrel Revolving on Pipe Adds to Playground Thrills Hung lengthwise through the center on a horizontal pipe, a revolving metal barrel has proved a popular addition to the playground equipment of a park in Pasadena, Calif. Attempting to stand erect on the barrel requires almost acrobatic skill.
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Little Ice Factory at Right May Be Run by Hand or Small Motor and Will Freeze a Two-Pound Block in Ten Minutes Pretty Effects in Plants and Attractive Combinations of Blossoms Are Possible at Little Expense with a Unique Four-Way Flowerpot, an Ordinary Hollow Tile Set in a Saucer Putting Up the Curtain Rods Is Easy if They Are This Styleâ€”Flat, Adjustable and with Holes in the Ends That Slip into Little Hook Brackets
The old issues of Popular Mechanics are organized rather badly. In this case there was a section called “Radio News” with two or three pages of articles and then this pictorial with no preface or explaination. The pictures are pretty great though so I hope you enjoy them. Top, Girls in a High School Have […]
Phonograph Carried as Vanity Case Plays Standard-Size Records Carried like a vanity case and about the same size, a collapsible phonograph that plays standard records has been invented. The motor is wound by a detachable crank and the horn opens and closes like a telescope so that it can be folded into small space. The […]
Auto Repairing Is Taught to Girls of Eastern High School Automobile repairing- has been added to the curriculum for girls at Eastern high school, Washington, D. C, where it is said to have proved a popular study among those students. They are taught the fundamental principles of the gas engine, its operation and repair and […]
Aircraft, Wireless, Poison Gas and Even Cavalry Horses Put to Work to Aid Industry and Agriculture WHAT does the army do in peace time besides getting ready for another war? For one thing it has converted war's deadliest poison gas to such varied uses as repelling bank burglars, quelling riots and curing colds. It has kept the battle planes flying to locate forest fires and spray the boll weevil of the cotton fields with insecticides. The gas mask has been improved and is used by firemen, mine-rescue workers and employes of chemical plants. The best of the cavalry stallions have been placed at the disposal of farmers to breed a better type of work horse. Strangely enough, the most horrible and de
More than Thirty Thousand Miles of Telegraph Wire Linked Up to Tell of World's Series Games "STR-I-K-E THR-E-E-E-E! BATTER'S OUT!!" The umpire's hand shoots upward and around in a dismissing gesture. The batter throws his bat to the ground. The final man is out in the final inning of the final world's series game. The Yankees have won. Forty thousand voices raise a great roar and forty thousand people start madly scrambling to get out of the great ball park they paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to get into. But, almost before the umpire has complete d his final gesture, thousands of people in thousands of parts of the country know that the Yankees have won.
Wow, it looks like they just mounted a horse carriage on a long automobile chassis. Automobile Replaces Royal Coach for Maharajah in India Mounted on a chassis that has a wheel-base of 178 inches, one of the world’s most luxurious automobiles has been delivered to the Maharajah of Alwar. It is designed after the pattern […]
MAKING laugh-creating animated cartoons for the movie screen in which grotesque clowns, misshapen animals, and caricatured people with funny faces and funnier habits go through their pen-and-ink performances requires not only skilled drawing by artists who "cast" the parts but careful work by the camera operator as well, to insure each scene its proper sequence on the reel. Unlike the studios where the dramatic plays are acted out, the animated cartoon is made up on an ordinary drawing board amid the familiar implements of the ink craftsman. And at times the creator of the characters is called upon to take part in the play, performing with a group of the queer figures that seem to be balancing on pencils or bobbing about on top of a desk or table. When such human characters are combined in an animated cartoon with "sketched" characters, the exposures are made in two sections.