Mechanical Novelties (Mar, 1936)
This is the earliest electric hand drier I’ve seen. It’s even got a photocell to start it when you put your hands in. Though I must say the cigarette lighter is pretty offensive in our time.
â€¢ HERE is a model fire truckâ€”at least, it looks like one. As a matter of fact, the English fireman pictured is on top of a full-sized water tower, and the picture taken from 50 feet above.
Ice Flows from Tap Like Water
â€¢ WITH ice a necessity, for so many comfortable beverages, a good deal of time is spent cracking and dishing it. The machine below for bars and fountains, is very handy. It grinds down ice with a 1/4-H.P. motor; and a glass held under the faucet is at once filled with a flow of ice.
Novelty Cigarette Lighters
â€¢ INGENIOUS in their design are these devices, now marketed in Germany and brought back by a traveler. The fisherman’s head is intended to hang on the wall.
Gas Tank Fits in Tire
â€¢ FOR added storage capacity, a new European gas tank is designed to nestle in the center of the spare tires at the rear of a car.
Hand Dryer is Automatic
â€¢ ANOTHER German idea; the novelty is that the machine is turned on when the hands are inserted, and thus cut off light from the photo cell.
Baby Scale is Musical
â€¢ WHEN you set the baby in this scale, the notes of “Rock-a-Bye” come from the concealed music box (if you wound it). Obtainable also without music box (or baby) for domestic uses, at lower cost. The beam-type balance takes up to 31 pounds, with exact readings.
Illuminated Facial Mirror
â€¢ THIS device, brought out in England especially for the use of beauty parlors, enables a client to examine face, hair, etc., under high magnifying power, which will bring up blemishes in a way to sell services and cosmetics. It evidently contains a concave mirror and special illuminating means.
German Tree-Sawing Machine
â€¢ RIGHT, a German power saw. We are more familiar with the use of the rotary saw, even in the woods, in this country; but here we have a circular segment of a cross-cut saw, reciprocating back and forth, to make a clean cut for felling trees, poles, etc. It leaves a very short stump, working as close as possible to ground.