Surrounded by a deep moat and covered with a bomb-proof roof, a safety deposit vault, constructed on the lines of a medieval fortress and considered impregnable to raids from land or air, has been built for tlie Bank of France. Heavy steel girders, and concrete several feet in thickness, form the top, which is impervious to explosives that might be dropped from aircraft.
ARC LAMP CONCEALED IN HAND MIMICS GLOW OF MATCH To give a realistic effect of the flare of a match suddenly illuminating the face of a moving-picture actor, a small electric arc light has been made that is fitted into a case hidden in the hand. Darkness screens all wires and as the hands are [...]
Most children enjoy having pets such as rabbits and squirrels. A house that will accommodate several squirrels, and will permit them to climb a tree without danger of escape, has been found to be a great improvement upon the small wooden houses generally used. The main house should be about ft. square, with a roof slanting down from the front, and supported on posts 3 ft. high. The front side should face the south; it should be as open as possible, and covered with 1-in. poultry mesh.
Chevrolet is the world's most popular quality car. More than a million are in constant use for almost every transportation requirement. Add to this broad utility, its well-known economy of operation, modern equipment and design, quality features, and low prices and you have the reasons for Chevrolet's unprecedented growth.
Much of Improvement in Baseball Is Attributed to Evolution and Steady Progress of Mechanics and Invention WHEN Babe Ruth hits three home runs in one game or the home team cracks out a barrage of base hits to score seven or eight times in one inning, it does not necessarily mean that long-distance hitting in modern baseball comes from superiority of today's players over those of years past.
FIRE-ALARM CALLS SENT OUT WITH PERFORATED PLATES By means of perforated plates fitted into the transmitting apparatus in the fire telegraph dispatching equipment of the new central station in the Bronx, New York City, alarms are relayed automatically to outlying stations. Simultaneous signals are sounded in a number of fire houses by means of electric [...]
GIANT CLAMS TRAP SEA DIVERS IN GRIP OF SHELLS Shells of huge clams found off the coast of Papua often weigh more than 400 pounds. Divers who accidentally step into the open lips of the monsters are not infrequently held with such force that they cannot release themselves and are drowned. The shells close with [...]
More than Twenty Millions of Dollars Spent in Year to Illuminate Outside of Nation's Buildings FROM the time primitive man stumbled about in the darkness with a torch to the modern electric age, human ingenuity, in banishing night by artificial illumination, has developed until today it has reached a brilliant climax in the art of floodlighting. Assembled in bat-teries a n d focused on towers, monuments and lofty skyscrapers, great masses of electric lights serve as an aid to advertising and to emphasize architectural beauty. Last year, it is estimated that nearly $20,000,000 were spent in the United States alone for flood-lighting equipment.
Can thoughts be read by radio? "Madam Radora" seems to prove that they can. Madam is not a human being, but a life-size automaton shown at the Permanent Radio Fair in New York. Her "thoughts" and movements are controlled entirely by wireless; no wires of any kind are attached to the table whereon she rests, and a liberal reward is promised the person who can prove that this is not true.
Doesn’t this still bruise the hell out of you? Who were these “young women” who let people shoot at them? BULLET-PROOF VEST RESISTS FIRE OF THREE PISTOLS To demonstrate the effectiveness of a bullet-proof vest he invented, a New York man donned the garment, posed as the target and allowed three policemen to shoot at [...]
BABY TANK IS BUILT BY BOY TO NAVIGATE RIVER Similar in appearance to the land tanks used during the war, a queer boat has been built by a boy in England. It is propelled by a paddle like a canoe and provides room for only one passenger. The novel craft attracted much attention when it [...]
Well, that’s rather disturbing. ELEPHANTS’ FEET ARE TURNED INTO USEFUL JARS Waste-paper baskets, tobacco jars and receptacles for various uses made out of elephants’ feet have appeared in German shops. Equipped with hinged covers, tightly lined interiors and with bands of polished metal about the top, these novelties are attractive in appearance and their stability [...]
CONNECTED to powerful pumps, a network of 291 sprinklers on the outside of the new Union Central Life Insurance company's building in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been installed to bathe the structure's upper stories in a protecting curtain of water in case of a severe fire in the neighborhood. The sprinklers are similar to those used in interiors, but operate only when the pumps are started.
Engineers Forecast Lighter and More Powerful Motors Which Will Cost Less and Give Greater Comfort LIGHTER, more powerful and comfortable cars, that will cost less, run further without adjustment and will be easier to handle, are being forecast, by automotive engineers.
EVEN if you had never heard of Topkis you'd be likely to choose it among any group of athletic union suits. You'd see, at the first glance, that Topkis has superior quality. And if you didn't know that the price of Topkis is One Dollar, you'd willingly pay twice that muchâ€”because even then you'd recognize Topkis as unusual value.
By HARRY D. TIEMANN A LOT of fun can be had with the teeter-totter merry-go-round shown in the illustration, and any boy can make it who is at all handy with carpentry tools. If built substantially it will amuse the youngsters, big and little, for years. It will go up and down like a seesaw and spin around like a top until the passengers are dizzy.
Safety Is Sought for Mankind through Science, First in Industry, Today on the Streets, and Tomorrow in the Home By LEWIS A. DeBOIS President, The National Safety Council WE are today riding the crest of what is one of the most remarkable waves of moral progress that has ever swept a country. The world has become mechanical. "Harnessing Niagara" was an achievement. Conveying its force to great distances was an accomplishment. But to make Niagara free itself into little cubes in the millionaire's kitchen, brown the buckwheat cakes on the foreman's breakfast table, and drive the sewing machine in the third floor back, transcends any of Aladdin's mythical efforts.
ARCHIMEDES, famous mathematician, is said to have set fire to the fleet of the Roman emperor, Marcellus, by the use of a series of concave mirrors concentrating the sun's rays upon the fleet. John Ericsson, the designer of the Monitor, of civil war fame, constructed several engines having boilers provided with mechanical devices for effecting the necessary concentration of solar rays which, when collected from 100 square feet of surface, effected the evaporation of 489 cubic inches of water per hour, more than equivalent to one horsepower. This is, however, but a small proportion of the potential energy actually developed by solar heat hourly received upon an area of this size.
Sometimes a cigar is just a big-ass cigar. FORTY-POUND CIGAR IS VALUED AT SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLARS What is said to be one of the largest cigars ever made was shown at an eastern tobacco exposition. It was rolled from broadleaf tobacco from the Connecticut valley and is five feet in length. The value of the tobacco [...]
This is a really cool design, the only real problem is that you have to sell your soda at a slow and steady pace. If you sold seven bottles of one kind in a short period of time, the next one would be warm. ICE BOX FOR BOTTLED DRINKS MAKES TEMPTING DISPLAY For cooling bottled [...]
Army Fliers to Cross Twenty-Two Countries in Journey that Will Cover Thirty-Nine Thousand Miles UNDER the imaginative pen of Jules Verne, Phineas Fogg went entirely around the world in eighty days, using boats, trains, elephants and even a sail-equipped sled. On the home stretch he burned' the furnishings of his ship for fuel. But these difficulties pale into insignificance when compared with the hazards of the feat proposed by the United States armyâ€”a round-the-world flight by a fleet of airplanes, American designed and built throughout. "The United States," said Maj. Gen. Mason E. Patrick, chief of the air service, "has the distinction of holding every air record of value, including speed, altitude, endurance and distance, and now has conceived a project rivaling in importance the circumnavigation of the globe by Magellan.
This scares me. Besides just being a generally bad idea, am I the only one who immediately thinks of the holocaust when I see this? It’s not quite as scary as this one though. BAKING AS CURE FOR DOG ILLS IS TRIED IN GERMANY Ills of dogs are being treated by baking in Germany. For [...]
Comic, Educational and Scientific Pictures Are Worked Out on Miniature Stage with Animated Figures BY means of a series of ingenious inventions and most painstaking study of anatomy and sculpture, a Los Angeles producer has created a type of animated miniature figures which opens up most interesting fields in the realm of educational and scientific motion pictures. As in the case of the use of all miniature figures, the process of making motion pictures of this inventor's figures is a laborious one, each exposure on the film necessitating a re-posing of the "actors." In producing 500 feet as much as four months is required to set up the various scenes and make the hundreds of poses. The work is not unlike that of the maker of animated cartoons who has to make a new sketch for each exposure in the film.
No need for dull, yellow, tobacco-stained teeth now. For a new safe treatmentâ€”Bleachodent Combinationâ€”bleaches away stains, and makes teeth flashing whiteâ€”often in just three minutes! Treatment consists of a marvelous liquid, which curdles and softens the stainsâ€”and a new kind of paste which gently removes the softened stains and presents the formation of new stains. Safe and harmless, as its mild ingredients are especially combined to act only on surface stains â€”not on the enamel itself.
For the convenience of telephone users, an instrument has been devised to take messages and answer calls received when the owner is absent. It consists of a small cabinet containing records similar to those used in dictating or talking machines. If the person is not at home when the phone rings, the instrument repeats a message which has been dictated to it, stating that Mr. So-and-So is out and will the caller speak his message, or any other greeting the owner wishes to give.