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SARAH rescue device sends radio signals that pinpoint the position of crash victims for the rescue craft. Then survivor switches to the “mike” and gives directions. Made in England.

BATHYSPHERE, top. of August Piccard will be used to explore Tyrrhenian Sea 4,000 ft. down. Top cylinders are fuel tanks. Sphere lowers from bottom. Above, test dive in Castellamare, Italy.

BABY HOLSTER is padded, carries infant up to 30 lbs. distributing weight evenly and leaving mother’s hands free. Seat is smooth Presdwood, straps adjustable. Baby Cuddleseat Sarasota. Fla.

SKI BOAT is outboard motorboat equipped with hydrofoils that lift craft out of water when proper forward speed is attained. It skims surface, gives faster, smoother ride on rough water.

FIRE’S FOE is demonstrated by co-inventor. Robert Postal. Secret is Edison Lab’s Thermistor cable, shown around burning box. It gives alarm at slightest flame, quickly turns on extinguisher.

ARMADILLO SUIT for mine-hunting GI’s weighs about 24 pounds, consists of modified armored vest and army field pants with laminated nylon plates to protect wearer should explosion occur.

ELECTRONIC BRAIN beats all comers at tic-tac-toe at Business Efficiency Exhibit in Olympia, London. It figures combinations at incredible speed. Not much fun when you know you can’t win!.

PRIVATE MOVIES invented by Tom Smith of Urbana, Mo., for his Multiscope Drive-In Theater has wheel-shaped layout, projection booth flashing image to rear of each screen. Method is secret.

FREEDOM TANK was made by Czechoslovakian, Vaclav Uhlik, from stripped chassis of armored car. It carried seven of his countrymen through Iron Curtain and is shown in Regensberg, Germany.

GRAVEL CLEANER for West German railroads takes stones in conveyor belt, sifts out dirt and dumps them back on tracks. The dirt is carried off to one side. Machine does 3,280 ft. per day.

14 comments
  1. MrG says: February 26, 20095:47 pm

    I always get a kick out of taking something in a foreign language and running it through a machine translator — it’s really pot luck to see what one gets:

    Here what one can do when one rebiffe and I advises it with each one which can have troubles with this large jerk of sarkozy or its clicks clowns of poor cops: I am regulating minor problems of the detail kind with this large spot of if little chairs French Republic, by sending a lawyer for illegal settings under monitoring, lynching and plagiarism to him. Opinion with the population and thank you for L spaces expression. Here, this is also an attempt at large public scandal because that does not calm the large jerks badly. Here what one can do when one rebiffe and I advises it with each one which can have troubles with this large jerk of sarkozy or its clicks clowns of poor cops: I am regulating minor problems of the detail kind with this large spot of if little chairs French Republic, by sending to him a lawyer for illegal settings under monitoring, lynching inspired of good olds methods which would not displease with the ku ku klan, lynching which did not mobilize anybody on the Web or in the press and vulgar plagiarism and ridiculous which passes on TV. Opinion with the population and thank you for L spaces expression. Here, this is also an attempt at large public scandal because that does not calm the large jerks badly. and dotclear known as: You are excluded from this forum. The administrator or the regulator who excluded you sends the following message – Which Pétochards stacking with Dotclear:)

  2. Charlie says: February 26, 20096:06 pm

    MrG: So what do we think that means? Did I get Sarkozy spammed?

  3. MrG says: February 26, 20096:26 pm

    You askin’ ME, Mister Charlie? I have a suspicion that it wouldn’t make any sense even if I COULD read French! Cheers — MrG http://www.vectorsite.n…

  4. Mike says: February 26, 20097:24 pm

    The Armadillo suit protects everything from explosions except for the head!

  5. Zak Lybrand says: February 26, 20098:15 pm

    Actually, a successor of that gravel cleaner on the second page is still in use today, although it is much more efficient.

  6. slim says: February 26, 20099:17 pm

    I have a hunch the benefit of the armadillo suit is mostly psychological.
    I don’t get the point of the private screen drive-in at all.

  7. StanFlouride says: February 26, 200911:06 pm

    I think that almost all of these still exist in a slightly more advanced form-
    I agree that the Armadillo Suit is probably mostly for psychological comfort but layered kevlar is what they wear today.

    Charlie-
    I asked a French teacher for a translation. I think it will be better than Babelfish or Google translators.

  8. Charlene says: February 27, 20093:29 am

    I like the tic-tac-toe computer. Fifty-six years later and advanced technology now allows us to play Minesweeper.

  9. frank says: February 27, 20099:50 am

    Wouldn’t it be better to have the plates on the armor pointing upwards? It looks like any blast coming from below (you know, where mines tend to explode?) would send shrapnel right through those chinks.

  10. Charlie says: February 27, 200911:26 am

    frank: Of course if it is just psychological then whatever made the wearer *feel* safer would be best.
    stan: Thanks! I look forward to hearing the translation.

  11. rsterling78 says: February 28, 20092:11 am

    “SARAH rescue device sends radio signals that pinpoint the position of crash victims for the rescue craft. Then survivor switches to the “mike” and gives directions.”

    If they’ve pinpointed your location, why do you need to give them directions?

  12. Don says: February 28, 20098:28 am

    rsterling78, I guess it depends on what “pinpointed” means. By modern GPS standards we wouldn’t say that, but by 1953 to get within a few miles or so would be pretty good; and then directions would still be needed. That’s my guess, anyway . . . .

  13. jayessell says: March 2, 20095:37 pm

    rsterling…
    The rescuees can see the plane easier than the rescuers can see them.
    “Turn left a little… you’re about to pass over me….NOW!”

  14. Miklos says: August 29, 200912:11 pm

    In case you wonder what this weird comment in French means: it has been posted since 2004 on all possible kinds of blogs by a “nina” saying she is trying to “solve a small problem” with French President Sarkozy (I removed the qualifiers); depending of the search engine you use, there are between thousands to a million occurrences of this text (with small variants). If Sarkozy runs for a second mandate, this epidemy will turn into a pandemy…

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