Sensational invention. Almost human in appearance. A life-like cut out figure. Any snapshot, photograph or picture can be "immortalized" by this strange new process. Surface covered with moisture-proof transparent PORCELITE. Will not peel, tear, crack, or soil. Looks like porcelain bas-relief.
Ten thousand dollars for a butterfly! An English collector paid that for one rare tropical fly, the "Charaxes Fournierai," of which there are but two known specimens— and that is why butterfly farming is a profitable, yet little-known industry.
"GEE, EDDIE, I WISH I HAD A SWELL SCHOOL RING LIKE YOURS, BUT THEY'RE SO EXPENSIVE." "NOT IF YOU BUY PARKER'S QUINK AND ACT QUICK, JACK."
The more modern prismatic version is a bit handier and doesn’t involve driving around with a mirror point out the front of your car. The current auto-dimming mirrors are even better. Two-Faced Mirror for Day or Night Motoring One side of a reversible rear-view mirror for automobiles has a crystal-clear face for daytime driving, and [...]
By H. W. Magee THERE'S one law which, sooner or later, is going to stop every reckless or careless driver. That's the law of averages. And when this law of averages is applied to traffic accidents today, the rows of cold figures scream a grim warning which every sane motorist should heed because you can't break this law without eventually breaking your neck.
UPON arriving, every member of this Halloween party must be fingerprinted and "mugged" as regular routine for identification records in the archives. The newcomer presses the thumb of his right hand down on the "ink pad," for which purpose ordinary carbon paper will do. This is pasted to a piece of sheet metal on a small box which contains two dry cells and a Ford vibrating coil, connected together as shown in Fig. 1. The "guard" presses a push-button switch the moment the guest touches the carbon paper and has his left hand on the table directly over another sheet-metal plate also wired up as indicated.
Twenty Miles to the Pint Is Motorcycle’s Record One hundred twenty miles on less than three quarts of gasoline is the record of an “underslung” type motorcycle built by a Los Angeles man and exhibited at the San Diego exposition. Its wheels are less than knee-high and equipped with balloon tires. The one-cylinder motor drives [...]
Mono-Scooter Is Speedy With a little practice, you can get more speed out of this mono-scooter than out of a pair of roller skates. It is made from two roller-skate wheels and a hardwood block as wide as the shoe and about 5 in, longer. Round the ends of the block and slot them to [...]
Auto in Movies Offers Tips to Industry Containing many features which might be considered and possibly-adopted by the automobile industry for incorporation into future models, a streamline car appears in one of the latest motion pictures. Its flowing lines result in a body with low wind resistance without sacrificing eye appeal.
Gas Extracted from Clover by Inexpensive Process Claimed to be commercially practical, a process for extracting gas from roadside clover has been discovered by two Minnesota chemists. After manufacturing gas in their plant for several months, the chemists announced that 3,000 acres of clover would be sufficient for making a year’s supply of gas for [...]
Midget Radio for Policemen Is Carried in Pocket Latest equipment for the English bobby is a miniature radio receiving set with which he picks up instructions from police headquarters while on duty. The set is so small that the policeman carries the complete outfit in his pocket.
Sunlight Cast into Dark Rooms by Automatic Reflector Several hours of sunlight can be cast into dark rooms of city apartments and hotels by means of an automatic reflector. The device follows the sun whenever it is visible, sets its mirrors to catch its rays and. then reflects them by a complicated series of prisms [...]
By Coleman Clark Former National Champion OF ALL the games in which a ball is used, table tennis by all odds is the "spinniest." Willie Hoppe, the billiard wizard, puts plenty of "English" on the cue ball and Dizzy Dean flicks his wrist and manipulates his ringers as he whizzes the revolving ball through the air to get his "up-shoots," "outs," "ins" and "drops." Every golfer knows one sort of spin makes his ball slice and a different one brings about a hook. Smart lawn tennis players consciously impart certain spins or twists to the ball to force their opponents into errors. Even top-notch bowlers get more strikes if they roll "hooks" by a simple twist of the wrist as the ball leaves their fingers.
Windshield Cleaned by Jets of Water While Driving Controlled by a button on the dashboard, an automatic windshield washer will keep the glass clean while driving. Two small chromium-plated nozzles mounted on the cowl just in front of the windshield wipers are the only external parts, the glass jar used as a reservoir for clear [...]
Golfer Sights Green in Thirty-Foot Periscope When hazards are mountain-high, a golfer really needs a periscope. There is one hole on the Aberdovey course in North Wales where the green, only 165 yards away, is quite out of sight and it’s not safe to drive until you have peeked in the periscope to learn whether [...]
Giant Figure of Christ in Odd Church Design Patents have been issued for an odd architectural design for churches. The plan calls for a giant figure of Christ, to be constructed of burnished copper, which would dominate the church building made of cement in natural stone color. The design has Christ seated on a rock [...]
Because when I want to pay tribute to something the first thing that comes to mind is using it as an ashtray. A Tribute to Football by Grantland Rice Blocking backs and interference -Fifty thousand wild adherents - Tackle thrusts and headlong clashes, Two yard bucks and dizzy dashes, Head and shoulder, heart and soul, [...]
That’s an amazingly modern looking camera for 1936. Television Turret Camera Sends Movies of Olympics Bleacherites ten miles away from the Olympic stadium saw the sports events by television. Mounted on a movable pedestal like a turret gun, a television movie camera trained its giant eye on the international games and transmitted the action pictures [...]
YOU can see the world through a windshield today and live in your own private home each night while you're doing it. Not the dwelling you started from, of course, but one offering similar comforts, luxuries and privacy. You'll find these overnight homes in motor courts, and if you've never spent a night in a court cottage, a pleasant surprise awaits you. The motor court is a recent development of the motor age, an individual type of accommodation designed specifically for motorists, entirely unlike any form of "night lodging" heretofore available.
"FIVE More Miles per Gallon!" "Removes Carbon!" "Stops Oil Pumping!" "More Power with Pep Tablets!" When you see signs like these, stop, look and beware! Magic fuel elixirs and cure-all compounds that are sold in tablet, powder, pill or capsule form to motorists comprise a wide-spread highway racket. There are hundreds of such preparations on the market that you can buy for a dime or a dollar, but few of them are any good. Some are actually harmful to motors.
One of man's great ambitionsâ€” to harness the sun to a steam engineâ€”has been achieved. Dr. C. G. Abbot, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, has developed a solar heater and demonstrated that it would operate a one-half horsepower steam engine with sufficient efficiency for commercial purposes.
Latest Clock Has a “Voice” to Announce Time Sleepyheads may be awakened in the near future by a clock which announces in clear tones, “Seven o’clock,” or whatever the hour may be. Such a clock has been developed by a communications laboratory. It has an odd caricature face and a “voice” circuit which will put [...]
Robot Engine Built in Japan Is Driven by Remote Control Automatic train control is understood to be a feature of a mysterious robot locomotive model built in Japan. Streamlined, but of a design unlike any conventional locomotive, the details of its mechanism have not been revealed. It is believed, however, that it will be operated [...]
IT took ninety years to start the revolution that set the streamline train on its time-shattering career. You knew that revolution had come when you read that the fiery old iron horse had been stabled and in its place, trailing a string of coaches straight and smooth as an arrow's shaft, was no grimy black engine but a strange new power car of "cobalt and sarasota blue, golden olive and pimpernel scarlet." Like an arrow the streamliner shot across the country, caught the public imagination, beckoned a new generation that thought the railways outmoded and slow to come for a thrilling hundred-mile-an-hour ride in this aluminum bullet.
Pretzel Bending Machine Solves Problem Accomplishing what once was considered as impossible for a machine, a new pretzel bender turns out 900 completely twisted pretzels per minute. It more than equals the work of fifteen expert pretzel-bending girls. The machine is an odd assembly of wheels, endless belts, air hose and electric motors, yet it [...]