IT’S NEW! (Oct, 1956)

That swamp wagon is pretty damn bad-ass.

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SWAMP WAGON’S nine-ft. tall rear wheels have hickory treads steel-clamped to 28 in. rims weighing 700 lbs. Vehicle is designed to clamber over Florida’s soft muck bogs.

TOTCYCLIST Brad Bradley drives cut-down 125 cc Harley Davidson like a pro. Five-year-old was taught to ride 50-mph machine by his Dad. Brad began career at 18 months.

MANY-LENSED Italian Summa camera has revolving turret housing regular lens, wide angle lens and two for direct sighting. It also has hand grips and flash attachments.

NO FANCY PANTS, Solly Davis holds Geiger counter inside Goodyear’s new one-piece vinyl film anti-radiation suit Inflated by compressed air, suit is air-conditioned.

BLOW-UP house can be inflated by a man in three minutes. British rubber hut is nine ft high with floor space of 30×19 ft. It has all comforts of home—phone, lights.

SINKPROOF claims Danish inventor Clous Sorensen of his novel lifeboat which has its rudder and screw hidden in tube. Mate is strapped in seat under plastic hood.

DIRECTOMAT in Times Square, N.Y., issues a card with directions to get to any station in subway system when destination button is pushed. Great aid for out-of-towners.

SUPER SOFT Terra-Tires allow this plane to taxi at high speed over scattered 2×4 blocks. Goodyear is testing them for use by aircraft on rough ground cluttered with obstacles.

MOTO-VAC sucks up dirt in car when attached to exhaust pipe and engine is started. Nobby British invention comes with 12 ft. hose, operates by exhaust jet extraction.

TINY TV camera developed by Lockheed will give engineers ringside seat when studying the performance of control surfaces on new aircraft during flight operations.

FLASHLIGHT is latest Russian all-weather jet fighter. Sleek craft is swept-wing, twin jet, dual-placed job which gives the appearance of being effective interceptor.

RED TV antennas bristle atop these wooden shacks in the suburbs of Moscow. Soviet citizens like video and many houses that have no running water boast a TV set.

  1. 2sk21 says: January 12, 20129:12 am

    “Brad Bradley” sounds like “Major Major Major Major” from Catch 22. The kid looks so damn smug 🙂

  2. Sean says: January 12, 201210:48 am

    Wouldn’t you be?

  3. Jari says: January 12, 201211:05 am

    Moto-Vac. Apparently it took only 24 years to copy Motor-Vac: http://blog.modernmecha…

  4. Kosher Ham says: January 12, 20122:02 pm

    Tiny TV camera– they ain’t seen nothing yet!

    I wonder if a monster truck would work as a swamp buggy; the wood parts are delightfully retro.

  5. whoozle whaazle says: January 12, 20123:05 pm

    Vinyl anti-radiation suit ? Luckily we have suits or pieces of clothing with lead in them now 🙂

  6. DrewE says: January 12, 20123:44 pm

    @Kosher Ham — Monster trucks would work decently as swamp buggies, I suspect. Many of them have sufficient buoyancy in the huge tires to literally drive across open water (though not, I imagine, water with overly large swells).

  7. JMyint says: January 12, 20123:57 pm

    When dealing with radio-active materials the three things to remember are time, distance, and shielding. With alpha and beta radiation the only shielding needed is clothing. Now of course you should happen to ingest or inhale some of the material then you have eliminated shielding and distance and made time way to long.

  8. TomLR says: January 13, 20125:16 am

    @DrewE–I hadn’t thought of the air in those big monster-truck tires that way, but you may well be correct. Seems likely that you are right about their ability to navigate the swamps. Possibly even the open water idea. Although as I thought about it, if the buoyancy was too great, and the truck body was above the open water, I kind of got the mental image of the monster truck in your example ending up inverted; still quite able to float, but not in the orientation desired.

  9. Sean says: January 13, 20126:31 am

    Doing some back of the envelope calculations…

    Assuming water @60lb/ft^3, Bigfoot’s standard 66x43x25 would each have roughly 4,373lb of flotation, or 17,491 lb overall. According to it’s website, the truck weighs 15,000 lb. Now, a good chunk of that would be low down in the tires, so the engine and electrics might stay out of the water, but I wouldn’t want to be the first to try it. Either way, she’d probably be in too deep to flip, but some outriggers might still be appropriate.

    Whoops. After all that I figured to just Google “Could Bigfoot truck float”. Survey say, yes.

    Scroll down to the 4th picture, “Bigfoot #1 learns to swim”.

    Also, it’s not quite Bigfoot, but there’s video.…

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