It’s New (Jan, 1959)

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PHONE DOME called the Vista-booth gives a hill view of all the revolving doors (so you won’t miss Auntie Gert) plus desk phone. From Bell Labs.

COP ARMOR, not so chic as Galahad’s tilting suit but weighing almost as much (65 lbs.), is fully bulletproof. A Philadelphia Police Department development COPTER PA system (left) shown on USMC chopper is the first to prove loud and clear enough to let pilot talk to radioless ground troops through engine noise. The four speakers are Atlas King Cobra-jectors; amplifier is 50-watt Stromberg-Carlson.

REAR-ENGINE SPORTS COUPE by NSU, famous German motorcycle maker, has rear twin-cylinder, air-cooled, overhead cam engine of 35 cu. in. Body’s by Italian body builder Bertone. Top speed is said to be 85 mph, fuel consumption’s a claimed 38 mpg. The price is $1,398.

BRITISH FOR AMERICAN market, new Norton Nomad has, maker says. Limey lightness plus the strength and power needed for off-road and long-distance American riding.

ELECTROSTATIC PUMP by GE has no moving parts. Electrodes separated by insulating fluid pull dust in fluid towards them. Particles drag water molecules with them.

VOLVO PV 544 series, latest Volvo offering, has rear window reaching to rain gutter; remember McCahill’s “blind corner” gripe? PV 544 comes in four models.

LIFE SHIRT called the Floater by Golden Gate Sportswear, Oakland, Calif., inflates chemically in the water, becomes a life preserver (see picture, left, below).

GOGGLE WASHER for washing mud off sulky pilot’s windshield during foul weather harness races is demonstrated by Bobby Cherrix. Note rubber back tank.

ELECTRONIC HAND, Russian, carries out movements the man merely “thinks.” Only connection is through metal bracelet on his arm. Next goal: to give it “feeling.” Hand can pick up a full glass, make a fist, etc.

SMALLEST TWIRLER twirls platter on a tiny spindle—no turntable required. Plays phonograph records of any size, operates on flashlight batteries, costs $40. Made in Britain. Right cute little thingumajig—ain’t she?

INFANTRY’S GUIDED MISSILE, British, is a close-range anti-tank weapon launched by a pistol-like firing device. Soldier guides missile to visual target by a thumb control gismo. Missile is 53 inches long, weighs 45 lbs., uses solid fuel, needs no pre-launching warm-up.

11 comments
  1. Charlene says: August 13, 20101:23 am

    Bulletproof, but not ridicule-proof.

  2. Kosher Ham says: August 13, 201010:54 am

    I had a friend who owned a NSU Prinz coupe; it was loud, perhaps because it needed a better muffler.

    I wonder if Stromberg Carlson is still in existence? In the 1980′s Stromberg Carlson was owned by General Dynamics.

  3. Charlene says: August 13, 201010:57 am

    Hm. My parents’ first car was an NSU Prinz. It drew crowds whenever they went camping in the States.

  4. blueferretdog says: August 14, 20105:07 am

    What happens if you get caught in the rain in the “life shirt” ?

  5. Firebrand38 says: August 14, 20107:30 am

    This looks like the patent for it. It doesn’t seem like there’s any provision for protection against the rain after all.

  6. Kosher Ham says: August 14, 20101:11 pm

    I guess the NSU Prinz was cheaper than a VW Beetle…..

    Next you will tell me they had a BMW Isetta too.

  7. hwertz says: August 15, 20109:22 pm

    85MPH? Really? A 35 cubic inch engine is about 570cc (0.57 liters). This thing must have been VERY light, and had a VERY tuned up engine, considered this is a similar top speed to the later model Beetles, that had a 1600cc engine.

  8. Snarky says: August 17, 20109:55 pm

    The bullet proof suit looks a heck of a lot like the suits UXB technicians use. I wonder if the caption is right.

  9. Jari says: August 18, 201010:09 am

    hwertz: Not really, only ~120 km/h (~75 mph). The engine was 583cc (later 598cc), the output was 30 hp. It weighted only 556kg and accelerated from 0 to 100km/h in 27.7 seconds.

  10. Firebrand38 says: August 18, 201011:25 am

    Arglebarglefarglegleep: This armor is indeed more frequently associated with bomb squads

    Bullet proof is a term that amateurs use when it comes to body armor. 1952 ballistic nylon armor could stop fragments but there were a whole lot of bullets that could easily penetrate both sides of that ensemble without even pausing in between.

  11. Timmay says: August 19, 20108:24 am

    I agree. Right cute little thingumajig—ain’t she?

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