Spherical Drive Wheel Propels Odd Vehicle Propelled by a spinning, motor-driven half globe at its rear, a strange three-wheeled vehicle recently made its appearance on the streets of Paris, France. The fantastic machine serves as an experimental model to test the inventor’s idea of a new gearless transmission, the speed of the vehicle being varied [...]
IN 1929, Mulford Scull became National Amateur Champion. This year he made a clean sweep of the Class "A" Outboard events at the Miami Regatta. The trophies he's won in his years of racing fill a room. Jolts, vibration, nervous tension — are all part of what an outboard driver undergoes.
In remote corners of the earth, cut off from the rest of the world for countless centuries, scientists are discovering strange creatures that survived from the days of the cave men By EDWIN TEALE TWO swift airplanes, as this is written, are speeding across southwestern states toward the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. Riding in the cabins are members of an expedition from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. They will attempt to scale the precipitous cliffs of Shiva Temple and reach the lost-world plateau at its top, where they hope to find strange prehistoric forms of life which have survived their ages of isolation.
New-Style Bike Frame Gives Floating Ride Floating on a separately sprung unit containing the seat and pedal sprocket, the rider of a new-type bicycle negotiates bumps in the road with maximum comfort, according to the claims of the manufacturer. Pivoted to the main frame at the rear hub, the floating assembly absorbs shocks, giving an [...]
Odd Cart Displays Posters A metal framework erected on a hand cart, and revolved by means of pulleys and belts attached to the cart wheels, serves as a novel advertising device used by a newspaper seller in Birmingham, England. Posters containing news headlines are attached to the frame.
How can you not love the headline? Sun Not So Bright Compared to other stars in the same class, our sun is a weakling as far as brightness is concerned. According to recent tests at Harvard University, it gives off only seven tenths of the radiation it should for its size.
By ALDEN P. ARMAGNAC FRANCE sells gas masks to its citizens on a five-year installment plan. Germany reveals that it has secretly been manufacturing a new type of gas mask for noncombatants, by the million. Startled Britons learn that the world's first factory for civilian masks, at Blackburn, England, has passed its 9,000,000 mark and is turning out 100,000 a day to reach its quota of a gas mask for every man, woman, and child in the British Isles.
Back-Seat Dial For Auto Radio Back-seat control of automobile radios is made possible by a new device that fits all standard receivers. A conventional dial is mounted in the upholstery beside the rear seat of a car, and tunes the radio by means of a flexible shaft. The unit does not interfere with the regular [...]
Hostesses Go to School in Plane Cabin Cabins of giant transport planes now serve as classrooms for training air-line hostesses. Taught the mechanical details of the planes as well as their regular duties, the flying hostesses go through an intensive three-week course before they are assigned to regular flights. The photograph above shows a blackboard [...]
Automatic Fountain Serves Soft Drink Automatically mixing and serving a carbonated drink, a new soda-fountain dispenser is said to blend its product more accurately than could be done by hand. Within five seconds it delivers a paper cup holding the drink as shown above. A built-in cooling unit and a small but efficient carbonator give [...]
Tourist Cabin Made from Discarded Sailboat When a storm wrecked the hull bottom of his sailboat, Albert O. James, of Lakeport, Mich., hauled it up on shore, scooped out a foundation for it in the sand, and changed it into an overnight cabin for tourists. A wooden shelter was erected over a double bed set [...]
THRONGS of spectators may clearly view an orator, as well as hear him, through a new German public-address system based upon television principles. The installation presents an image of the speaker, magnified many times life size, upon an elevated screen in plain sight of the entire audience, while his voice is being heard through loudspeakers of conventional design.
Something about this picture gives me the willies. Maybe it’s the serious expression on the “judges” face, but I just feel like something bad is about to happen. Children Conduct Traffic Courts School children conduct a dozen unique traffic courts in Hamtramck, Mich. Pupils who violate safety rules by jaywalking, hitching auto rides, or crossing [...]
Firemen Invent New Hose Game Streams of water from fire hoses, and a ball sliding freely along an overhead wire, recently provided the implements for a novel game played by firemen at Chicago, Ill. Officially, the object of the game was to push the ball over the opponents’ goal line, although to spectators it appeared [...]
Midget Organ Has Full Range Weighing only 125 pounds, a diminutive electric organ has recently been completed by Louis Weir, of Boston, Mass. Tiny whirling wheels generate the fundamental notes, while the variations and harmonics of a full-size organ are produced by an intricate combination of switches and stops. An amplifier swells the volume of [...]
Girl Is Airport Jack-of-All-Trades Said to be the only woman airport operator in the East, Rosa Laird, a twenty-one-year-old girl, handles several jobs at once at the Du Pont Airport at Wilmington, Del. She takes her turn at greasing planes, radio dispatching, running a refreshment stand, and recording weather forecasts.
I would hire this guy to sharpen my knives in a heartbeat just for the joy of seeing him put-put up the street. Motorized Trailer Pushes Bicycle An itinerant knife grinder has devised a “cart-before-the-horse” rig to ease his labors on long-distance bicycle journeys. When he tires of pulling his trailer, with its motor-driven grinding [...]
Peach Shaver Removes Fuzz Fuzzless peaches have been placed on the market by a Rich-wood, N. J., fruit grower. He has designed a special machine which “shaves” the fruit before it is offered for sale. Endless belts carry the peaches between moving brushes that strip away the soft, hairlike fibers and leave the fruit with [...]
Boxers Wear Fireworks in Novel Bout Outlined in flame, two asbestos-clad boxers staged a spectacular bout during a recent pyrotechnic display in London, England. Blazing fireworks, attached to the suits of the two performers on jointed frames to permit them freedom of movement, glowed as they sparred in the dark.
Legless Man Tours in Odd Trailer Traveling alone in a unique, powered trailer, Freddie Carson, a legless newsboy of Santa Ana, Calif., is making a 2,500-mile-trip across the continent to Florida. Hitched behind a three-wheel invalid chair, as shown in the photograph, the trailer is equipped with a one-horsepower motor that provides a top speed [...]
The word quartet implies an association with music but the article doesn’t mention that. If so it would be a sight and sound worthy of a Southpark episode. Lost Cord Quartet Have Artificial Voices Pour men deprived of their vocal cords, but with their voices restored by an artificial larynx, formed the odd quartet, at [...]
This is the birth of the airplane black box. Doesn’t look all that sturdy, does it? Recorder Logs Flight Flight analyzers installed on passenger planes of a leading American air line will record the craft’s altitude during flight, the amount of time a “gyro” or automatic pilot is in use, and the number and time [...]
Huge Typewriter Really Works SO HUGE that its keys must be operated with the feet, a mammoth typewriter has been placed on exhibition at Atlantic City, N. J. One of its giant type bars is seen about to strike, above, as a champion typist dictates a challenge to rivals.
Yes, every little girl should have the character building experience of watching her dog’s execution. She seems to be taking it well. Death Chamber for Dogs Is Built into Truck A death chamber for dogs is a feature of a truck operated by the Animal Protective Association of Washington, D. C. Incurably sick or injured [...]
Inventors on the Air BUDDING EDISONS NOW HAVE A RADIO AMATEUR HOUR ON WHICH TO TELL THE WORLD ABOUT THEIR NEW DEVICES THROUGH the microphones of broadcasting station WQXR in New York City, amateur inventors describe their new devices to radio listeners in a regular weekly program aptly named “Can It Be Done?” In addition [...]
New Noses in 40 Minutes IN A forty-minute miracle of modern surgery, an unshapely nose now can be transformed in such a way as to change the owner’s face completely. Working entirely through the nostrils in order to leave no unsightly scar, the surgeon’s deft hands are guided almost exclusively by the sense of touch [...]
Hydrocarbons Are a Subject for Many Spectacular Experiments in the Amateur's Chemical Laboratory By RAYMOND B. WAILES WOULD you like to get gas from coal without heating the coal? To make an inflammable gas that will dissolve in certain liquids as easily as sugar does in coffee ? To produce a gas that burns with a flame you can hardly perceive? Or to create fiery bubbles of gas, jumping about like grasshoppers, from simple everyday chemicals? These are some of the curious and interesting experiments with hydrocarbon gases that any amateur chemist can easily perform. Hydrocarbon gases are compounds of carbon and hydrogen. A large proportion of all natural gases, including methane, ethane, propane, and butane, belong to this group. Manufactured illuminating gasâ€”both coal gas and water gasâ€”contains hydrocarbon gases, together with non-hydrocarbons such as hydrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen.