Bank Teller’s Cage Has Fourteen Ways To Foil Holdups No matter what tactics a robber may attempt, the teller in the special bank cage pictured at the right has a card up his sleeve to foil him. Installed in the demonstration room of a company manufacturing protective devices for banks, stores, warehouses, and other places [...]
Sun glasses recently introduced can be adjusted by the wearer to admit more or less light, according to the brightness of the sun and its reflected glare. The sun spectacles utilize special light-polarizing glass (P.S.M., April '36, p. 20). Each eye of the wearer looks out through two special lenses. The lens nearest the eye is stationary, while the front lens can be rotated by pushing a small button on the bridge of the spectacle frame.
Paddles Provide Cool Massage Whirled by a flexible drive shaft connected to an electric motor, paper paddles in a new beauty device massage the skin. According to the inventor, the paddles create a circulation of air around the area being massaged, thus overcoming the objection of heat created by the massaging action. The device is [...]
Canine Stable Boy Helps Train Racer High-strung, temperamental race horses often have mascots, whose playful companionship provides a diversion from the serious business of winning; turf events. Witness, for example, the friendship of Ba-ranca, a thoroughbred, and Flash, a pure-white dog. In the circle at the right, the trained mascot offers the racer a juicy [...]
BOW-AND-ARROW HUNTERS RIDE DESERT JALLOPIES By ANDREW R. BOONE BOUNCING over bowlders, zooming up steep embankments, plunging down gullies, two mechanical mountain goats, created from automobile odds and ends, carry Walt and Ken Wilhelm, of Yermo, Calif., on daring expeditions into the Mohave Desert. Aboard these remarkable vehicles, called Lena and Prowler, the two brothers chase jack rabbits, rope coyotes, hunt game with bows and arrows, explore remote corners of the desert, search for fossils, trail outlaws, and rescue lost travelers.
This seems like a pretty good idea. Of course it’s not as necessary anymore since we have standardized stop lights. You can just tell which light is on by it’s position. Glasses Let Color-Blind See Red Light TO ENABLE color-blind motorists to determine whether a traffic light is red or green, a New York City [...]
PLAYING host to 250,000 bats is the queer but profitable hobby of Milton F. Campbell, of San Antonio, Tex. His lakeside bat hotel, a tall wooden tower shaped like the base of a windmill, is the outgrowth of experiments begun years ago by his father, Dr. Charles A. R. Campbell, at that time city bacteriologist of San Antonio. Believing that bats would rid the area of malaria-carrying mosquitoes, Dr. Campbell spent years trying to induce the creatures to settle in a wooden roost which he constructed near the city sewage plant. Finally, by means of ear-splitting phonograph records, which drove the bats from their accustomed haunts, he effected their transfer to his specially constructed tower.
New Conveniences for the Household VEGETABLE CUTTER Potatoes and other vegetables are cut to various sizes and shapes by this accessory, as a lever forces them against interchangeable cutting blades set in either end VACUUM JUG HAS FAUCET Air pressure created by squeezing a rubber bulb on the vacuum jug below forces liquid from a [...]
How the New Cars Are Designed An artist sketches an exotic, streamline-design on a giant blackboard. Sculptors model it full size in clay. Artisans carve it out of solid chunks of wood. Metalworkers fashion it in sheets of steel. Finally, a car of new and daring design is created, only to be driven virtually to [...]
TRICKING frogs into eating horse meat by making them think it alive is the solution worked out by H. L. Parker, of El Monte, Calif., for the problem of diet in domestic bullfrog breeding. For twenty years, Parker has been experimenting in raising frogs as a food delicacy. Recently he decided to try feeding his frogs on a horse-meat menu, since he found it practically impossible to provide the frogs' natural live diet of vast quantities of minnows, insects, and earthworms. He contracted with the owner of a near-by lion farm for a supply of horse meat, the regular food of captive lions. This he chopped into strips about the size of worms and tossed into his concrete frog tanks.
AMERICA'S BEST SHOTS RUB ELBOWS WITH DUBS AT GUNPOWDER JUBILEE RUN BY THE U. S. ARMY FOR SPORT AND DEFENSE By Edward W. Murtfeldt TRAVELING in planes, trains, buses, private cars, trucks, and even on foot, more than 10,000 eager men, women, and youngsters from all corners of the nation will head toward the shores of Lake Erie in mid-August for the largest sporting event in the world. The lure that draws this myriad of bankers, housewives, G-men, clerks, police, shopkeepers, and citizens from practically every other walk of life, is the annual National Rifle Matches sponsored jointly by the U. S. War Department and the National Rifle Association.
Pioneer Seeing Eye Dog Is Preserved Almo, said to have been the first police dog brought to this country as a “seeing eye” for the blind, has been . preserved as in life for his master, Dr. W. A. Christensen, of Hollywood, Calif. When the animal died, John M. Schleisser, California naturalist, first measured him, [...]
By HI SIBLEY These fine goggles were made by a Hawaiian. Experts consider this type more satisfactory for serious diving and continuous use than the ordinary rubber variety WITH a little care and patience, you can construct diving goggles exactly like those used by the spear fishermen of the South Seas and expert Hawaiian divers.
Cheap bastard. Cigarette Case Keeps Account of Smokes Given to Friends A novel cigarette case keeps tabs on the cigarettes your friends “borrow.” When you want a smoke yourself, press one button to open the case. But when an acquaintance “bums” a cigarette, press a second button. This not only opens the case but operates [...]
Wow that’s a lot of deflection on those rotors in the top picture. I think this is actually only the first U.S. helicopter. Helicopter Flown Successfully WHAT is claimed to be the first successfully controlled vertical flight in a heavier-than-air machine was made recently by Ivor Sikorsky, prominent aeronautical engineer, at Bridgeport, Conn., in his [...]