Pill boxes on wheels, armed with twin six-inch guns in revolving turrets, may prove a formidable new weapon for U.S. defense. Racing to an unprotected area threatened with invasion, they would transform it overnight into a fortified zone whose strong points could be shifted at will to meet the changing battle picture.
Courtesy We want your telephone service to be good and quick and cheap. But there’s more to it than that. We want it to be courteous too. No matter what the occasion, there’s always time for a cheery “please” and a pleasant word of thanks. That is the Bell System way. It is one of […]
The True Story of a Boy Who Had a Big Idea and Followed It Through to Final Success By ELLIOTT ARNOLD HE only trouble with Philo T. Farnsworth's story is that it is out of time. It belongs to another day. It ought to be a hoary legend now and it's just twenty years old and still in the making. It has everything the school teachers love â€”boyhood on a farm, the dreamy inventor, the years of struggle, success. It's the story of television and it all took place when folks whose names slip the mind for the moment did a lot of shouting about the frontiers being gone. Farnsworth dreamed of television without moving parts when he was thirteen; a year later, still in high school, he invented some of the basic parts of electronic television. In 1927, when he was twenty, he took out his first patent, on an entire television systemâ€”not just one partâ€”and Donald K. Lippincott, the radio engineer, called him "one of the ten greatest mathematical wizards of the day."
SIX OUNCES of grass juice. Prescriptions such as that are all in the day's work for Abraham G. Balfour. Fresh bottled grass juice, which is said to vie with spinach as a source of calcium and vitamins, is but one of more than 700 varieties of fruit and vegetable juices and their blends which he produces in his Englewood, N. J., laboratory. His unique factory is running twenty-four hours a day, and shipments of choice garden and orchard products from as far away as California arrive at Englewood on a daily schedule.
COMBINING the jobs of human fly, electrician, and lamplighter, John J. Kiernan watches over the 2,700 electric lamps which light the great George Washington Bridge across the Hudson River. In his work of inspecting equipment and replacing burned-out bulbs, he climbs cables, rides along wires in a bo'sun's chair, dangles high above the river, at times more than 500 feet in the air. His day begins with an inspection of the aircraft warning lights at the top of the great towers; it ends with an examination of the countless navigation lights dotting the anchorage piers.
Boy’s Midget Tractor Is Just Like His Dad’s While Marcus Ming, Sr., a Mississippi county-road super-intendent is towing heavy machinery with his huge track-type tractor, Marcus, Jr., is usually at home towing his playmates’ wagons here and there with his own 1-1/2-horsepower working model of his dad’s juggernaut. Father, son, and machines are below.
Unshackle Him! When “Ding” penned this cartoon some months ago, America’s great defense program was just beginning to roll. Today, industry has gone to war. Our powerful industrial giant is slipping free of his shackles and the smoke of activity is pluming from the nation’s factories. To provide our readers with an authoritative background against […]
A few years ago, prominent radio engineers "proved" by mathematical and other means that the periodic banging and crackling of static in your loudspeaker could never really be eliminated. They were wrong. For the development of a system of radio broadcasting known as FM (frequency modulation) has not only conquered the static bugaboo, but has given birth to other innovations that may well cause a revolution in America's $4,000,000,000 radio industry. What are the facts about FM? This article answers the questions most frequently asked.
Insane Patients Helped by Electric Shock Treatment Fighting insanity with electric shock is the most dramatic recent advance in the field of medicine. At the New York State Psychiatric Institute, in. New York City, seemingly hopeless cases of the most common forms of insanity, schizophrenia and dementia praecox, have been shocked back to apparent mental […]
Quickly Installed Air Cooler for Warm-Weather Driving Installed or removed in a few minutes, the new-air cooler shown above fits any make of car. Filtering and purifying the air besides lowering its temperature by evaporating a supply of water, the device operates automatically while the car is in motion. A pair of enterprising operators discovered […]
Night-Driving Glasses Use Wire-Mesh Lenses “Blinders” of wire mesh in new spectacles designed for night driving are said to shield the eyes from the glaring headlights of oncoming cars. Mounted in an eyeglass frame, the screening absorbs enough light to prevent retinal fatigue, without interfering with safe vision.
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Dashboard Keyboard Operates Car-Exhaust Calliope Under the hood of the automobile owned by Leo Feuchter, of Ironton, Ohio, is a homemade calliope which is powered by the exhaust of the engine and played by means of an organ-type keyboard at the right side of the dashboard. Depending upon the speed at which the motor is […]
REPLETE with striking innovations, a motor car of tomorrow that is ready to roll on the highways of today, is part of the Electric Utilities exhibit at the New York World's Fair. Within an air-conditioned, noiseless body, the driver sits behind an instrument panel holding more than, a score of dials and switches.
Kitchen Utensils Lend a Hand in Odd Music of Cowboy Band RESIDENTS of Yermo, Calif., dance to the wailing and thumping of strange instruments in the hands of a five – piece cowboy orchestra. With a bent arrow and string for a bow, one performer plays a “violin” made from a cheese box. Another alternately […]