HOW POSTERS, GREETING CARDS, DECORATED MATS, AND ART WORK CAN BE REPRODUCED IN QUANTITY WITH SIMPLE HOMEMADE EQUIPMENT By J. I. Biegeleisen. YOU can hardly go through an ordinary day without coming across many articles printed by silk screen. Tablecloths, glasses, trays, book jackets, posters—these are but a few examples of the variety of decorative materials made possible with the silk-screen process.
Sure WE all want a raise . . . but raises today are bad medicine. And here's why... Suppose you do get a raise . . . and a lot of others get one, too. What happens? The cost of manufacturing goes up. Naturally your boss has to add this increase in cost to the price he asks the retailer. And the retailer, in turn, raises his price to the consumer... that's YOU. So what good is a raise if your living costs go up even faster?
BACK in the thirties, when Germany's war preparations were weighing heavily on her people, Nazi leaders dangled before the public a vision of a wonderful "poor man's car" soon to pour from the factories. It was to be an automotive marvel, light, fast, roomy, and inexpensive; and it would reward Germans for the low wages, long hours, and shortages.
TELEGRAMS IN CHINESE are being speeded for wartime communication between four of the most important cities of China by Telefax apparatus built by the Western Union Telegraph Company. Previously, the Chinese system of telegraphing has involved using a code number for each of the 9,000 characters employed in writing. On the receipt of such a […]
SILENCE IN A VACUUM can be demonstrated with a glass flask and a small sleigh bell. Hang the bell on the end of a length of dowel or glass rod that can be pushed through the hole of a snug-fitting flask stopper; then put a little water in the flask, boil it long enough for steam to drive out the air, remove it from the heat, and fit the stopper in as soon as the steam stops expanding. Cool the flask with running water and shake it near your ear. You will barely hear the bell tinkle, the steam having produced a partial vacuumâ€”sound waves will not travel through a vacuum. But let air in and again shake the flask, and the tinkle will be heard clearly.
When "the Lights Go on Again" After the War, They Will Be Lit by the Magic of Radio By ALDEN P. ARMAGNAC IMAGINE lamps that light by radio power, that stay on when they are turned off, and that kill germs in the home. Will future dwellings contain such scientific wonders? In experimental form, these and other appliances as remarkable have already been demonstrated by Samuel G. Hibben, director of applied lighting at the Westinghouse Lamp Division, Bloomfield, N. J.
Ducks Aid War on Malaria STRAPPED in a harness that keeps it from ambling away, a laboratory duck becomes a subject for warfare against malaria, under the direction of Dr. Morton Kahn at the Cornell University Medical School, New York City. For two hours the fowl patiently submits to bites of malaria-infected mosquitoes placed with […]
WAR IN TOYLAND. German raiders who venture to make a landing on the Kentish coast of England will get a warm reception from this miniature armored train. Behind a puffing pint-size locomotive it patrols the narrow-gauge line of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railroad, which in peacetime carried bank-holiday pleasure-seekers to coast resorts for a […]
Army Snake Hunters SOUTH AFRICAN SOLDIERS SNARE POISONOUS REPTILES FOR VENOM ODDEST army group among Allied forces, a South African Medical Corps detachment catches venomous snakes and extracts their poison for snakebite serum. Two of South Africa’s deadliest reptiles are most sought, the puff adder for its virulent blood poison and the yellow cobra, which […]
These heavily insulated steel shells are a new approach to the housing problem. Low in cost and portable, they give a wide flexibility of layout. By FRANK ROWSOME, Jr. YOU can't make an electric light just by perfecting a wax candle." So says Martin Wagner, Harvard professor and internationally known architect, in explaining how he conceived the unique igloolike houses shown on these pages. Most modern prefabricated houses, Wagner asserts, are at the same stage of development that automobiles had reached when their builders were trying to make them look like buggies. In his opinion, a steel, plywood, and plastic house that is produced in a factory should not merely imitate wooden, carpenter-built houses. Instead, it should make full use, in form as well as construction, of new materials and new techniques.
PLASTIC TOILET SEATS of hygienic design are among the priority goods that will be available for the postwar home. Molded in one piece, and having a smooth finish that requires no varnish or paint, they are easy to clean and will withstand repeated sterilizing. The seats are available in either black or brown, and the […]
Something tells me you wouldn’t want those girls to be sitting on this thing when it’s in use unless you like your models extra-crispy style. THIS GIANT CAPACITOR, a 200,000-volt air condenser with a capacity of 2,500 mmfd., is used as a phantom antenna for testing high-power transmitters. It has 12 hollow plates made of […]
HER BIGGEST JOB IS WAR There has never been a time when the work of the telephone operator has been so important as right now. For there are more Long Distance calls than ever before. More are in a hurry, particularly the urgent calls of war. Calm in emergencies, capable and courteous, the telephone operators […]
DRY YANKEE HUMOR is puzzling guards at a German base prison camp for Allied airmen, since American POW’s there decided to adopt insignia to show their new status. The postcard below, sent by Capt. Robert H. Bishop, a bomber navigator now at the camp, brought the design at the right from the Walt Disney studios […]