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Double Movie Gives Odd Effects
SPECTACULAR movie effects are made possible in a dual projection system devised by a California inventor. For example, a trapeze performer may be shown apparently leaping from the top of a theater into the arms of a fellow acrobat at stage level.
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AIRWAY TO EUROPE
NEW SAFETY DEVICES GUARD TRANSATLANTIC PLANES By PAUL A. CLARKSON ON WINGS sixty-two feet longer than the ship in which Columbus sailed to the New World, Pan American Airways' 82,500-pound "super-clipper" flying boat will soon lift from Long Island Sound on its initial passenger run to Europe. In twenty-four hours, it will cross the sea on which Columbus's Santa Maria tossed for ninety-two days. Half a hundred passengers and a cargo of 5,000 pounds will ride in the great silver-colored hull of this aerial luxury liner.
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Maybe Einstein Uses a "Four-Dimensional" Language
Maybe Einstein Uses a “Four-Dimensional” Language Your magazine is tops with me because of the way it takes scientific topics and projects and makes them accessible and understandable to the layman. It would be tragic if the layman were forced to gather all his scientific knowledge by deciphering the language of the scientist of today. […]
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Fish Are Taught Tricks
Fish Are Taught Tricks Fish have memories, and can be taught to perform tricks, according to Dr. Mieczyslaw Oxner, ichthyologist at Europe’s oldest aquarium, in Monte Carlo. Two months are required to train a fish to eat out of your hand, Dr. Oxner declares. Below, some of his finned pupils are shown “jumping” through a […]
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Vest-Pocket Telephones
Vest-Pocket Telephones A telephone that can be carried about and used anywhere without connecting wires is a possibility in the near future. Research on the project has been carried on for several years by the Southern California Telephone Company and, according to latest reports, is now nearing practical application.
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Trick Dog Gets Orders by Radio
The dog fired a revolver? That’s one dexterous dog! Trick Dog Gets Orders by Radio BY TEACHING a dog to do tricks under “radio control,” Constable Denholm, of the Sydney, Australia, police force, has fulfilled a two-year-old ambition. In a recent demonstration, he strapped a miniature shortwave radio receiving set on the back of Zoe, […]
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Sugar Gives Sweet Hair-Do
You sure would be popular with insects. Sugar Gives Sweet Hair-Do A sugar-coated hair-do is a new type of beauty treatment now being given to film stars. Sydney Guilaroff, hair specialist for a major film studio, is shown in the photograph at the right, setting curls in the coiffure of Ina Claire, stage and screen […]
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Hints for Beginners in Amateur Chemistry
Join in the Fun of Experimenting at Home! This Article Tells How Easy It Is to Start By RAYMOND B. WAILES IF YOU have been following this series of articles for some time, you probably have already set up a more or less complete chemical workshop in which to carry on your experiments. However, there is always a new crop of beginners coming along—newcomers who would like to join the fun and who need some simple advice on equipment and working methods. Old-timers surely won't begrudge this space to help others get started in the fascinating pastime of amateur chemistry—and perhaps their own memories will be refreshed with a pointer or two.
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Novel Toy Bus Makes Stops To Discharge "Passengers"
Novel Toy Bus Makes Stops To Discharge “Passengers” A novel toy bus available scoots along the floor, flashes a red light rearward, stops automatically, opens its front door, waits while a bell rings, closes the door, and starts on its way again. Modeled after streamline buses of the type used on transcontinental runs. The toy […]
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Folding Board Makes It Easy To Rest
Folding Board Makes It Easy To Rest Perfect relaxation is declared possible with an adjustable “posture board” designed by a California inventor. Recently placed on the market, the device is shown above in use by a seashore sun bather. With head back, and knees comfortably elevated, it is easy to “let go” completely, according to […]
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Cape, Stick, Vanity in Beach Umbrella
Cape, Stick, Vanity in Beach Umbrella BESIDES shielding its user from the sun, a versatile new beach umbrella can be used as a walking stick, a vanity case, or part of a bathing costume. The detachable fabric top may be worn over a bathing suit as a cape, or will serve as a skirt. The […]
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It's Lots of Fun to PLAY the DRUMS ... and EASY, too!
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Speedy Motor-Cycle Car Runs on Two Wheels
Speedy Motor-Cycle Car Runs on Two Wheels WHETHER it’s a car or a motor cycle would be hard to say, but the inventor of the novel vehicle above declares it has the advantages of both. In motion, it rides upon two wheels, guided by a steering wheel. The driver experiences a pleasant swaying sensation as […]
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"Mail Box" for Telegrams Transmits Messages
“Mail Box” for Telegrams Transmits Messages Telegrams are transmitted automatically by a photo-electric facsimile machine housed within a compact wall box, as shown above. Messages are written on special blanks, which are deposited in the telegraphic “mail box” through a slot. Here the blank is automatically wrapped around a transmitting cylinder and the message sent […]
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Young Girl Runs Successful Newspaper
Young Girl Runs Successful Newspaper When fifteen – year – old Elaine Stiles took over the editorship of the “Kingston Spy,” Kingston, Wis., weekly newspaper, two years ago at the death of her father, readers shook their heads doubtfully. Elaine, however, refused to be discouraged and since has been reporter and publisher rolled into one. […]
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New Inventions in the Field of Sports
NOVEL DEVICES PROVIDE THRILLS FOR PLAYERS AND SPECTATORS, AND GIVE AID IN PRACTICE NEW thrills for players and spectators, and novel aids for practice, are provided by the latest inventions in the field of sport. Polo becomes an exciting aquatic game when played on mechanical steeds, skimming the water under the power of husky outboard motors. A ring-shaped grip controls throttle and rudder, leaving the player with one hand free to strike the floating ball. In baseball games, a new electric umpire takes the guesswork out of calling "balls" and "strikes." When a ball passes over the plate at the proper height, it intercepts two light beams, actuates corresponding electric eyes, and lights an indicator.
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Electric Razor Brushes Teeth
Electric Razor Brushes Teeth Toothbrush and razor, both electrically operated, are now available in a single unit just placed on the market. The body of the device is a small, oblong container housing an electric motor that draws current through an extension cord plugged into a wall outlet. Either a rotating brush for cleaning the […]
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Wishbones Made Her Dreams Come True
Wishbones Made Her Dreams Come True Scraps from a thousand Sunday dinner tables form the raw-materials for a novel and thriving industry built up by Delphine Binger of New York City. Miss Binger collects the wishbones from turkeys, chickens, and other poultry, treats them by a special electrical and chemical process, inscribes them with special […]
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Airport Perches on City-Hall Roof
Airport Perches on City-Hall Roof Three hundred feet wide and nearly a quarter of a mile long, an airplane landing field which can be revolved to point into the wind perches atop a thirty-one-story building designed as a city hall, in a unique model recently presented for the consideration of Detroit, Mich., municipal officials. Costing […]
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Broadcasts Game as He Plays
Broadcasts Game as He Plays A PLAY-BY-PLAY account of a basketball game, broadcast by one of the actual players during the contest, recently went on the air at Cleveland, Ohio. For the radio stunt, the player-announcer carried a short-wave transmitter that required no trailing wires, and the central radio studio picked up and rebroadcast his […]
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Finger Tip Turn Signals
Asked to make a speech on motor safety, Williams invented this signaling device for drivers instead. A dry cell supplies current to light bulbs, one white and the other red, on the fingers.
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Amazing Snapshots of Animals
Bring Fame to Desert Photographer IN A desert shack that cost less than fifty cents to build, Fred V. Sampson, of Barstow, Calif., has found not only contentment but a curious road to fame. Three years ago, he left his job as a commercial artist in Los Angeles and built the low, one-room hut on the edge of the Mohave Desert. Three wails are made of mud and stones, the fourth is formed of the gold-bearing rock of a steep hillside. Here, Sampson spends his days doing what he wants most to do, making friends with curious creatures of the desert and snapping pictures of the animals in action. These photographs—some of the most remarkable wildlife pictures ever made—are attracting wide attention.
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Novel Program Can Be Read in Dark Theater
Novel Program Can Be Read in Dark Theater What good is a program in a darkened theater during a show? No good, decided an English inventor, so he developed a semitransparent program which theater-goers simply hold up so that light from the stage or moving-picture screen is behind it. Outlines of the printed matter on […]
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Spring in City's Park Spouts "Radium Water"
Ah yes, the curative properties of radium. Spring in City’s Park Spouts “Radium Water” America’s third-biggest metropolis may possess a valuable radium mine. Its city fathers recently learned to their surprise that Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, contains the country’s most radioactive spring, when Dr. J. Lloyd Bohn, Temple University physicist, tested the water that gushes from […]
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Movies Lure Youngsters to the Dentist
Movies Lure Youngsters to the Dentist Instead of staring at the wall and wondering how soon the ordeal will be over, young patients of Dr. Harry Spiro, Chicago, Ill., dentist, can concentrate their attention on moving pictures that flash in front of them, while the dentist works on their teeth. Designed to make the dentist’s […]
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Pet Dog Makes Living Fur Piece
Pet Dog Makes Living Fur Piece SIGNS reading “No Dogs Allowed” mean nothing to Miss Jeanne Lorraine, of New York City, since she taught her twelve-year-old pet toy collie, Jiggs, to drape himself around her neck and masquerade as a fur piece. The trick first worked on a clerk at a residential hotel that barred […]
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Gnathograph
Looks like fun, doesn’t it? Device Takes Measure of the Teeth WITH the aid of the “gnathograph,” an instrument as mouth-filling as its name, a dentist’s patients may now be assured of a perfect fit for artificial teeth. Fitted to the jaws as shown above, the new device registers the arrangement of the teeth and […]
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Lifelike Movie Puppets Act Out Ancient Fable
LIFELIKE puppets, that change their expressions realistically, replace the usual drawn cartoon figures in a new animated movie depicting an old-time fable in which a nimble-witted hedgehog plots with his wife and wins a race with a fleet-footed hare.
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House Boat Is an Old Oil Tank
House Boat Is an Old Oil Tank Made from an old 20,000-gallon oil tank, an unusual four-ton house boat built by Rene Tatro, of Kankakee, Ill., skims along the water at almost ten miles an hour. Powered by an old automobile engine, the curious craft has twin propellers and is balanced by five steel drums […]
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Guinea Pigs Test New Beauty Aids
GUINEA PIGS are partly responsible for the beauty of many of the glamorous faces that flash across the screen of your neighborhood movie theater. Tests with these patient little rodents have even saved the film careers of actors and actresses whose skin reacted unfavorably to ordinary studio make-up. Now applied to the manufacture of cosmetics for the general public, similar tests are guarding the beauty and health of millions.
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ASCII Art in 1939
Yes, I know the ASCII standard wan’t established until 1967, but it’s the same general idea. Typewriter Artist Produces Pictures Like Tapestry Pictures that resemble tapestry are produced with a typewriter by Rosaire J. Belanger, a mill worker in Saco, Me. Belanger first draws a pencil sketch on a sheet of paper, then inserts it […]
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