‘Pocket’ Aircraft Carrier to Mother Seaplanes Following the trend toward “pocket-size” warships, an airplane carrier designed by a British aircraft manufacturer has a displacement of only 3,000 tons. It would be specifically commissioned to handle seaplanes. Over-all length would be 361 feet, with a fifty-two foot beam. Its cruising radius would be 5,000 miles.
If war should be declared today, Russia would have more men and more planes at her command than any other nation in Europe. The Soviet Republic boasts a standing army of 1,300,000, reserves of 7,000,000 and an air fleet of 3,000 planes.
By Cleland van Dresser WOULD you believe that a convict could manufacture "rare" stamps and sell them through a confederate stationed outside the prison walls for as high as $600 apiece? Or that one of the best stamp dealers paid $65,000 for a block of forty-three "rarities," only to find that he had bought a handful of cleverly tinted and engraved pieces of paper? These incidents are selected from the files of Mrs. Catherine L. Manning, for fourteen years head of the world-renowned collection at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C. Most of the 10,000,000 collectors in this country probably believe very few fake stamps are foisted upon the public.
News photographs now are being transmitted quickly, clearly and cheaply over ordinary telephone wires. With the aid of a light, portable transmitter, Wide World Photos can transmit pictures by wire from any location where a telephone is available at regular station-to-station long distance rates.
Fast Polish “Torpedo Car” Powered by Diesel Engine Poland’s “torpedo train,” a streamline rail car that travels ninety-three miles an hour, bears the reputation of being one of Europe’s speediest trains. It is driven by a Diesel motor with automatic clutch, operating on an extremely economical basis. The car, one of several in service on [...]
Mud Skyscrapers of Desert Built Long before Log Cabin Mud skyscrapers that were hundreds of years old when log cabins began to dot the American wilderness still stand in the ancient city of Shibam in southern Arabia. The modern steel skyscraper is only fifty years old. Shibam was a thriving city of tall buildings in [...]
HAVE you ever murmured "impossible" while watching the antics of famous dog performers at the theater or movies? If so, were you correct in your assumption? It all depends on the stunt and who was doing it. In movie comedies, dogs frequently are called upon to do the "impossible," according to Harry Lucenay, who has spent fifteen years in training canine movie stars, including the renowned Pete of "Our Gang" comedy fame. Veteran of more than 200 comedies and feature pictures, this dog has made a fortune before Hollywood cameras. But natural born actor and comedian though he is, Pete himself would be amazed at some of his screen antics.
INSTEAD of provoking laughter with comic songs, funny quips and conundrums as did the great circus clowns of the past, the modern Joeys of the big top rely on explosive microphones and slapsticks, collapsible motor cars, ingenious mechanical devices and papier-mache figures for their fun. Owing to the increased size of the modern circus, clowning has adopted the mass-production methods of our age. There are two types of chalk-face laugh- makers in the present day circus, the fill-in clown who merely imitates the others, and the producing clown, who originates and builds new acts and gags.
CHEMISTS' dream of making a better rubber than nature can produce has come true. Barely six years after the first commercial production of synthetic rubber in the United States, the industry now functions on a million-dollar scale and hopes to reach the billion-dollar class before the end of the next decade. There are two synthetic rubbers being produced in the United States. One called thiokol is manufactured by the Thiokol Corporation, and the other, duprene, is a product of E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Inc. Thiokol is the discovery of Dr. J. C. Patrick and has been on the market since 1930.
By Capt. John D. Craig A TIGER won't climb a tree. I had been assured of that many times by native shikaris in the little-frequented jungles east of Nagpur in British India. We were out there making moving pictures, had photographed many of the lesser game and were now concentrating our efforts on the tiger., I was sure a tiger wouldn't climb a tree. So I got one of the greatest shocks of my career, a jolt that nearly cost me my life, when a huge tiger did climb a tree, shook me off a limb and nearly pounced upon me as we fell to the ground together.
‘Chute Jumpers in Gas Masks March on Skis Resembling creatures from some strange world, a group of parachute instructors in gas masks recently dropped one after another from a Soviet plane, then marched 200 miles on skis. The skis were dropped from the plane after the twelve men had landed safely. Thirty hours were required [...]
HAVE you ever been lulled to sleep by the musical click of the wheels as your train sped over steel rails? Have your fighting instincts been aroused by staccato drum beats or have you listened to tunes played on such improvised instruments as a musical saw, a length of pipe with a funnel in one end, a comb and piece of tissue paper, or a deflating automobile tube whose valve was fingered by the performer?
By H. W. MAGEE Part I PORCELAIN enamel is older than history and yetâ€”in its modern applicationsâ€”it is as new as tomorrow. Fifteen centuries or more before the dawn of the Christian era, someone heated a batch of minerals and produced a glasslike substance which he found could be fused to metal with the aid of heat. In the next two thousand years or so man utilized this knowledge mainly to produce beautiful cloisonne vases, medallions, jewelry and other ornaments.
Automobile bodies shaped automatically at the direction of a master phonograph record, furniture turned on lathes guided by a wax disk, unmanned machine guns spitting fire at the will of a record far back of the linesâ€”these are some of the promises of an invention by Ivan Eremeeff, sound engineer.
Loud-Speaker Wrecks Sleep in Study of Slumber Habits Sleep-wrecking is done scientifically with foghorns and loud-speakers at the University of Chicago, where a study of sleeping habits is in progress. At various stages of slumber, the foghorn starts a din and the reaction of the sleeping student is noted. Wakened, he jots down a few [...]
Giant Zeppelin Offers Luxury in Air Travel Pronounced airworthy in its first test flights, the 812-foot German dirigible, LZ-129, shortly will be placed in transatlantic service between Germany and the United States. The big zeppelin has a passenger capacity of forty, with all modern conveniences for travel. Finely appointed staterooms, a dining room and large [...]
This is even more insane then the auto-kennels we’ve covered before. I really hope the reason that this is a drawing is that no one would actually strap their dog to the side of their car. Dog Rides Comfortably in Sack on Running Board When you take your dog along for a ride, but prefer [...]
Soup Seventy-Five Years Old Is Still Fresh in Bottle Seventy-five years ago Pasteur, the noted French scientist, bottled some soup in his experiments to prove that germs live in the air. That soup, still in its original bottle, and still fresh and edible as the day it was sealed, is now owned by Dr. Louis [...]