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Planes Parked on Noses Save Space
Planes Parked on Noses Save Space Fifteen planes can be parked in the space ordinarily filled by five or six, by the use of the novel stacking method pictured above, employed in a hangar at the municipal airport at East Boston, Mass. Plane wheels are blocked and each craft is balanced on its nose with […]
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Photographic Cut-Outs Appear to Prop Up Book Ends
To make novel photographic book ends of the type illustrated, first take pictures of the subjects pushing against a wall or the side of a car and enlarge to 5" by 7". These enlargements are mounted on 1/4" thick plywood with glue or dry mounting tissue. The outlines are then cut on a jig saw with a rather fine blade.
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ROOF-TOP HEAT TRAP STORES POWER FROM THE SUN
HEATING homes in January with the warmth of last summer's sunshine —that is the exciting goal of research now under way at Cambridge, Mass. Not far from the Charles River, scientists of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently completed a white frame building, its sloping roof edged with a glistening battery of solar-heat traps.
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Alarm Clock Closes Bedroom Window in the Morning
Alarm Clock Closes Bedroom Window in the Morning ALTHOUGH many methods of using an alarm clock to close a bedroom window in the early morning have been devised, one of the simplest is that illustrated. The window is adjusted to slide easily, and, if necessary, hot paraffin is applied to the runs. The weight is […]
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Inventor Hides Secret of "Death Ray"
Whew! It’s a good thing he took this secret to his grave, otherwise he could have given it to the terrorists and none of our rabbits would be safe! Inventor Hides Secret of “Death Ray” Pigeons on the wing instantly killed by death rays from a machine four miles away—that is the feat reputedly accomplished […]
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Big Chemist's Retort Built for Movie
Big Chemist’s Retort Built for Movie Four feet in diameter and more than five feet high, what is believed to be the largest chemist’s retort ever made was fashioned from a new plastic material for use in a current motion-picture scene. In the film, a magician “creates” a full-grown woman inside of what appears to […]
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Daring Diver Feeds Diving Dolphins
Wow, diving with a ferocious dolphin. That’s pretty daring! Daring Diver Feeds Diving Dolphins An underwater picnic at which a diver hand-feeds a school of porpoises while at the bottom of an outdoor tank, is a novel stunt performed daily at an aquarium in Marineland, Fla. Dressed in full underwater regalia, the diver enters the […]
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Pinocchio the Puppet
HOW TO DUPLICATE THE AMUSING LITTLE MODEL WALT DISNEY'S ANIMATORS USED By HI SIBLEY PINOCCHIO, the wistful puppet created by Geppetto, the wood carver, in Walt Disney's second full-length production, is an inviting subject for either a homemade puppet or an amusing and companionable little doll. The accompanying illustrations show how to go about making one patterned after the original, which was created by the Disney model department as an inspiration to the animators drawing Pinocchio. If you are an expert wood carver yourself, the head might be fashioned from a solid block of soft white pine and the nose inserted (Fig. 1), but a surer way to achieve a fair likeness is first to make a clay model. From this a plaster-of-Paris mold is taken, and the head is cast in plastic composition wood (Figs. 2, 3, and 4). The hat is made in the same way as the head and glued on.
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Ski Rack Fits on Car Running Board
Ski Rack Fits on Car Running Board Six pairs of skis and ski poles can easily be carried on the running board of an automobile with an inexpensive carrier now available. Skis are placed at an angle with their heels on the running board near the rear fender and their tips facing forward over the […]
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"Paddle Wheels" Form Television Aerial
“Paddle Wheels” Form Television Aerial No matter what you guessed to be the purpose of the windmill-shaped thing above, you’d probably be wrong. Actually, it’s the newest fashion in television transmitting antennas. Just completed for a broadcasting station at Los Angeles, Calif., the big aerial measures sixty feet long and will be mounted vertically.
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Table-Top Oil Refinery For The Home Chemist
By RAYMOND B. WAILES Mechanized Armies Make Oil Supply Vital," "Shortage of Fats Imperils Nation at War"—headlines like these spotlight what used to be routine items in a country's shopping list, and give them new interest for home-laboratory experimenters. Envious eyes the world over turn toward our vast forests of oil derricks, and the rivers of crude oil that refineries turn into gasoline for vehicles of war and peace. What makes their enormous production possible is the modern "cracking" process for extracting gasoline. Once the crude oil was simply distilled to separate, in turn, the gasoline and other substances it contained. Today, in addition, by-products of the distillation are "cracked" or broken down into gasoline, doubling the total yield.
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Realistic Moving Targets Train Antitank Gunners
Realistic Moving Targets Train Antitank Gunners Constructed of wood and cloth, and equipped with wheels and ground skids, dummy tanks are drawn across open terrain at a speed of twenty miles an hour to give practice to British antitank-gun crews. Pierced by numerous direct hits, a dummy tank is pictured at the left after practice.
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Gasproof Canary Carrier
Gasproof Canary Carrier Canary birds kept as pets by one Englishwoman would be protected from gas attacks by means of a novel pushcart while she sought safety in a gasproof chamber. Air from a pump operated by one wheel of the cart enters the glass cage through a gas filter as the wheel turns. If […]
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How To Gather Fleas from a Grizzly Bear
How To Gather Fleas from a Grizzly Bear How to get fleas from a grizzly bear might puzzle a less resourceful man than Walt Sutter of Tacoma, Wash. From a radio program he learned that a wealthy Englishwoman was in the market for grizzly-bear fleas, to complete a collection taken from various wild animals. So […]
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Walking Stick Becomes Camera Tripod
Walking Stick Becomes Camera Tripod Serving either as a cane for the strolling photographer, or as a tripod for the picture-making stroller, the combination accessory shown in the photographs at the left has just been introduced. Made of telescoping steel sections hinged at the top, the three legs form a sturdy camera support when spread […]
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Gas-Station Attendants Wear Roller Skates
Gas-Station Attendants Wear Roller Skates Attendants wearing roller skates make quick work of filling a motorist’s needs, at an Oklahoma service station. Practiced in performing all their duties on wheels, they fill a customer’s gas tank, check his water and oil, clean his windshield and windows, and send him on his way with a minimum […]
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Rack Protects Food from Poison Gas
Rack Protects Food from Poison Gas Supplies of food and drink can be protected from contamination by poison gas in case of wartime air raids by a novel and inexpensive device developed by M. Jaffe, a British inventor living in Liverpool. Food is placed on a raised wire platform and covered by an inverted mixing […]
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Stilt Bike Gives Second-Story Ride
Stilt Bike Gives Second-Story Ride Bicycle riders will have no trouble in making their way up in the world if they construct a stilt bicycle like the odd one pictured below. Built by Bryant Guthrie, a telegraph messenger boy, the odd vehicle was made from the frame of an old bicycle and lengths of pipe […]
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Novel Service Breaks In New Shoes
Novel Service Breaks In New Shoes Breaking in stiff new shoes for persons with tender feet or for women who want to squeeze a size-eight foot into a size-six shoe, is one of the unique services performed by the operators of a New York City firm. A corps of girls takes on this unenviable task, […]
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Play Guitar The Hawaiian Way
Just what I’ve been looking for. A way to play without any of that tedious practice stuff. And who would have guessed the Oahu School of Music would be located in Cleveland? HOW TO PLAY THE HAWAIIAN WAY HAWAIIAN GUITAR- Learn to play this EASY. SHORT CUT WAY, right in your own home. No tedious […]
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Fashion Plates Adopt Armor Plate
Fashion Plates Adopt Armor Plate MEN’S shops in London are now stocking a new line of merchandise for sale to customers who want special protection during possible enemy air raids. In their clothing departments, the stores are offering bulletproof waistcoats, or vests, in all sizes and in a wide variety of styles. Hat departments are […]
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Liquor Flavors Growing Melons
I’m not much of a gardener, but wouldn’t alcohol be bad for a plant? Liquor Flavors Growing Melons FLAVORING growing melons with port wine and cognac is the novel horticultural experiment being tried on the Yonkers, N.Y., estate of Samuel Unter-meyer, New York lawyer. Bottles of the beverages used are held in a tipped position […]
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Toothpick Engineering Is Dentists Hobby
By FRANK CAPORAEL MAKING scale models of giant engineering projects with flat wooden toothpicks and household cement serving as the structural materials, is the unusual spare-time occupation of Dr. M. Russell Stein, a New York City dentist. Ably assisted by his wife, Dr. Stein transforms boxes of toothpicks into architectural masterpieces that are accurate models of their prototypes, practically perfect in every detail.
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