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Smiling Dan The High-Diving Man
CAN you manipulate Diving Dan so that he will hit directly in the center of the tub when he does his spectacular high dive? There is fun for youngsters and amusement even for oldsters in this novel toy, which requires skill to operate with the greatest degree of success.
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Letters Rain Down in Movie Title
Amateur cinematographers who wish to inject a touch of originality into their home movie titles will find the following trick quite interesting. Unlike the familiar stunt of having groups of letters suddenly fly into view and arrange themselves in the form of a title, this effect is that of a quantity of letters raining past the view. At intervals certain ones affix themselves at random to the easel to spell out the title.
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Keeps Air-Raid Map Under His Hat
Keeps Air-Raid Map Under His Hat Although not quite so good as a steel helmet, the black derby hat owned by an Englishman living on the east coast is a handy headpiece to have along in the event of an enemy air raid. For inside of his bowler, this Britisher has pasted a map on […]
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Single Button Adjusts Camera for Making Any Snapshot
As A convenient time-saver for snapshooters, a new camera is equipped with a lens diaphragm that is coupled to the setting mechanism of the shutter so that only one adjustment is necessary before taking a picture.
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Uncle Sam sure did help - make tobacco better than ever
... and Luckies always buy the finer grades," says H. H. Scott, 12 years an independent buyer IN A NUTSHELL, here's why we ask: "Have you tried a Lucky lately?" 1. With the scientific help of Uncle Sam, farmers have grown the finest tobacco in recent years.
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Bicycle Radio is Easy and Cheap to Build
By ARTHUR C. MILLER FANS who would like to install a radio on their bicycles so they can enjoy their favorite programs while riding around town or on short trips will find the inexpensive set described on these pages just what they have been looking for. Fitting in a basket mounted on the handlebars, the battery-operated, four-tube receiver contains its own loudspeaker. It gives excellent results on local broadcast stations, and if iron-core coils instead of the air-space type specified are used this range will be increased.
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Toy Actors Strut Stage in "Mystery" Theater
That is a distinctly chunky Olive Oyl. Checking some online auction sites there are apparently three of these sets in existence that go from collection to collection. The figures are known as ramp walkers (or incline walkers). (Charlie’s Loyal Minions) Toy Actors Strut Stage in “Mystery” Theater In a “mystery” toy theater, comic figures made […]
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There's Music in the Air for Airplane Travelers
There’s Music in the Air for Airplane Travelers AS THEY fly to their destinations, passengers on planes of a major transcontinental air line can now listen to broadcast radio programs. Stations are tuned in on a master set and the programs are piped to individual loudspeakers housed in padded units that hang over the seat […]
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"Ye Atom Smasher"... A Modern Crossbow
By George F. Snell Jr. FOR the dub archer, hopelessly infected with the romance of medieval weapons, a crossbow should be the answer. A sporting crossbow is easier to make than a really good long bow and is much less difficult to shoot accurately. The cost should not exceed four or five dollars. The power of a crossbow like the one illustrated is invariably a surprise to those not familiar with archery. In one test it shot a bolt (arrow) not only through a thick telephone directory, but also through a 3/32" piece of sheet steel used to back it up! Such a powerful weapon must always be used with the utmost caution.
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Midget Watch Clips to Cuff
Midget Watch Clips to Cuff A watch that can be worn on a shirt cuff, necktie, or vest-pocket rim is a novelty recently marketed. Fitted with a clip that holds it in place securely, the timepiece can also be used by women as an ornament for a hand bag or on a dress.
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Pontoons Support Odd Fishing Boat
PONTOONS made of welded sections of steel float a unique boat constructed by students in an Oakland, Calif., school of welding for use as a fishing craft for large parties of anglers on San Francisco Bay. Powered by two 110-horsepower gasoline engines, one installed in the stern section of each pontoon, the odd boat will have a speed of about twenty knots.
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Periscope Is Built into Dugout
Periscope Is Built into Dugout Taken “somewhere in France,” the photograph above shows a soldier attached to a Scots regiment on watch in an underground concrete shelter. Using a built-in periscope, the sentry can scan the area on all sides of the sunken dugout, and obtain a clear view of any advance of the enemy […]
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Handy Nail-Polish Guards
Handy Nail-Polish Guards Polish newly applied to finger nails may be protected from accidental smearing as it dries with novel ventilated finger-nail guards just introduced for beauty-shop and home use. Made of springy metal, the guards are slipped on over the ends of the fingers, as shown in the photograph above, and are held in […]
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Gas Bag on Roof Holds Bus Fuel
Gas Bag on Roof Holds Bus Fuel Mounted on the roof tops of English busses, balloonlike fabric bags are serving as reservoirs for coal gas, a fuel now in general use as a substitute for gasoline. In the photograph reproduced above, coal gas is being piped into the roof-top balloon reservoir of a bus before […]
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Giant Electric Sign Is Carried by Plane
Giant Electric Sign Is Carried by Plane Called the largest of its kind in the world, a flying electric advertising sign is suspended beneath the lower wing of a large transport plane. Designed to be read at an altitude of 3,000 feet, the sign is of the “traveling” type—complete sentences travel across its face in […]
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Odd Ventilator Pumps Pure Air to Bomb Cellar
Odd Ventilator Pumps Pure Air to Bomb Cellar Knowing that poison gas seldom rises more than thirty feet above ground level, a British inventor worked out an odd device designed to draw fresh air into gasproof shelters on or under the ground. Resembling a giant accordion, a special hand-operated bellows sucks fresh air into the […]
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Food Pops Out of Table Tops in Cafeteria
Food Pops Out of Table Tops in Cafeteria Food ordered by customers in a novel automatic restaurant recently proposed by a hotel man, pops up out of the center of each table. On entering the restaurant, the diner sits at a table having in its center what appears to be merely a tray. To order […]
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Kachoo! Now Its a Mechanical Sneezer
Kachoo! Now Its a Mechanical Sneezer Infectious germs are spouted from the mouth of a mechanical sneezer developed for medical research by William F. Wells of the University of Pennsylvania medical school in Philadelphia. By means of compressed air, the apparatus blows air-borne germs through a tube into a glass bell housing an experimental rabbit, […]
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Odd Jobs for Your Phonograph
WHAT will put you to sleep, wake you up, improve your hearing, and teach you card tricks, foreign languages, or duck calls? Simple enough—your phonograph. New disks make it a jack-of-all-trades to serve your need or fancy. An innovation for curing insomnia is a twelve-inch record, recently placed on the market. Start it going and you will hear a soft, soothing voice telling you how to relax your muscles and free your mind of cares. Selected words and phrases, whose power of suggestion has been proved by experiment, are said to make you drowsy and finally lull you into deep, restful slumber. According to the psychologist who made the recording, a leading broadcasting company considered adopting his idea as a regular bedtime radio feature, but turned it down because of the danger that motorists with car radios would fall asleep at the wheel!
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Riding and Rowing Machine in One
Riding and Rowing Machine in One Said to provide the healthy exercise of both rowing and horseback riding, a new machine, shown in use above, has hinged handlebars, foot rests, and seat which move through arcs to simulate the beneficial motions of both sports. A hydraulic piston provides resistance.
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Alphabet Macaroni Used for Ship-Model Names
Alphabet Macaroni Used for Ship-Model Names Small alphabet macaroni sold for use in soups will sometimes serve effectively for the name of a ship model. Select the necessary letters, taking care to have them all regular in shape and size. Paint them first the same color as the surface to which they are to be […]
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MICKEY ROONEY as Young Tom Edison
with FAY BAINTER- GEORGE BANCROFT • VIRGINIA WEIDLER • EUGENE PALLETTE • Original Screen Play by Bradbury Foote, Dore Schary and Hugo Butler • Directed by Norman Taurog Produced by John W. Considine, Jr. • A METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURE
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Boy's Hobby Creates Puppet Opera
By Arthur A. Stuart THIRTEEN years ago, in a Chicago basement, a twelve-year-old schoolboy, Ernest Wolff, began experimenting with puppets synchronized with opera recordings. His stage was an old apple crate, draped with cloth from his mother's sewing box; his illumination, a string of lights from the Christmas tree; his puppets, ordinary dolls. Until that time, young Ernest had been just a typical American boy, with a boy's disdain for anything that smacked of "high art." However, a visit to an opera in Europe gave him a strange jolt. The presentation was "Carmen." He was thrilled not only with the music, but with the elaborate lighting and staging. When he got back to Chicago he went to every performance of "Carmen" he could manage to see, getting in some way when he couldn't raise the money to pay.
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Handy Helps for the Homemaker
"HOT SEAT" FOR HOT DOGS Frankfurters are electrocuted in the novel cooker illustrated above. Current flowing between forks cooks them ELECTRIC BEAUTY CABINET Electric appliances included in this boudoir cabinet are a hair curler, water heater, iron, drier, vibrator, clipper, razor, and radio DEEP-FAT FRYING is made safe and pleasant by the pan below. It has an inner metal ring to prevent fat from boiling over, and a thermometer (left) that fits its edge
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Bulletless Rifle Practice Improves Aim
Bulletless Rifle Practice Improves Aim No bullets or powder are needed for an odd type of rifle practice demonstrated by British soldiers in the photograph above. A sergeant, seen at the right, holds a tiny target in front of one eye, and looks through a peep hole in the center to check the soldier’s aim […]
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Perfume Advertised in Perfumed Ink
Perfume Advertised in Perfumed Ink A color advertisement that smelled, but smelled beautifully, was printed recently in an Indianapolis, Ind., newspaper to promote the sale of a new perfume. To accomplish this novel feat, green printer’s ink was scented by adding concentrated perfume oil, and applied to the page on which the advertisement appeared by […]
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Vibrating Curling Iron Waves Any Kind of Hair
Vibrating Curling Iron Waves Any Kind of Hair Successful results are said to be assured in curling dry, oily, straight, kinky, or practically any other type of hair, with a new-waving machine just introduced. Powered by electricity, the device employs a vibrating curling iron that can be regulated to four different heats so that the […]
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They Travel To Keep Motorists Posted
They Travel To Keep Motorists Posted LIVING like gypsies in their own trucks, signpost crews of the Automobile Club of Southern California have erected 500,000 signs of 125 types in their area. They cover 200,000 miles a year, posting 50,000 signs annually to keep abreast of changing road conditions. Often the crews are gone from […]
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Novel Pencil Sharpener Runs by Electricity
Novel Pencil Sharpener Runs by Electricity Designed as an improvement on the familiar hand-cranked desk model, a new pencil sharpener is operated by electricity. As pictured in the photograph at the left, a pencil to be sharpened is placed in the opening at the top of the unit’s dustproof, dome-shaped housing. A small switch button […]
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How Science Puts Color to Work
Industry, Business, and Medicine Are Making Use of the Rainbow By ROBERT E.MARTIN AT A western hospital, not long ago, attendants wheeled a patient into the psychopathic ward. He was weak, emaciated, hardly able to speak above a whisper. Doctors were afraid he would starve himself to death. "I won't eat!" he kept repeating stubbornly. Nothing was said to change the patient's mind. He was simply placed in a large room decorated with crimson and scarlet. Twenty-four hours later, he suddenly rang for an attendant and demanded his breakfast. Something in the new, colorful surroundings had stimulated him out of his fit of depression. He was ready to face life again.
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Model-Airplane Motor Drives Scooter
Model-Airplane Motor Drives Scooter Up to 230 miles on a gallon of gasoline is the economical fuel-consumption rate of a curious motorized scooter constructed by E. Roberts, of Philadelphia, Pa. Converted from a toy motor cycle, the midget vehicle is driven by a one-fifth-horsepower model-airplane engine, acting on the front rubber-tired wheel through a spring-supported […]
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Cough Drop Has Liquid Center
Cough Drop Has Liquid Center COUGH drops that have liquid cough medicine in their centers are now on the market. In manufacturing the remedy, a teaspoonful of a cough sirup is placed within a hollow candy shell, and the open edge of the latter is sealed. The shell dissolves in the mouth of the user, […]
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ICE-BOAT PILOT RIDES INSIDE THE SAIL
ICE-BOAT PILOT RIDES INSIDE THE SAIL Entering through a small door in the side, J. L. Finch, of Patchogue, N. Y., drives his curious ice boat, pictured above, from within a fixed, fabric-covered airfoil that serves as a sail for the craft. Instead of controlling his ice racer by manipulating a sail, Finch turns the […]
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Surfboards of Cloth
Surfboards of Cloth RIDING the ocean breakers on surfboards made of cloth is a novel sport that is becoming popular at a California beach resort. Looking like a giant’s pillowcase, the “boards” are made from four yards of good-quality muslin, which becomes air-tight when wet. The cloth is doubled lengthwise and sewed along both sides […]
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Three-Hole Paper Punch Debut
Three-Hole Paper Punch Three correctly spaced holes can be cut at the same time in paper used for loose-leaf folders or notebooks, by means of a compact hand punch now available. Used as shown below, the punch fits easily into a briefcase or desk drawer.
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Freckleproof Cape Protects Bather
Freckleproof Cape Protects Bather Fair Floridians who fear freckles have adopted the odd hooded cape pictured in the photograph below, taken at an Atlantic beach resort. Made of a polka-dot print fabric, the freckleproof cape has an attached hood equipped with built-in sun glasses to further protect the wearer from the effects of strong sunlight.
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