NEW PRODUCTS (Jul, 1956)

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1. New. five-sectional, rear-view mirror permits 160° view behind, including both sides.

2. Molded from tough plastic, these doorknobs snap on shaft, are held in place by a small spring lock.

3. Antique pine finishing kit consists of stain and wood sealer in pint quantities, brush. 1/2-lb. can of wax and instructions.

4. Two-way radio operates over citizen’s radio band, has 10-mile range, uses 115V AC or 6V DC. License is easily acquired.

5. Styrene plastic relief maps of different world areas are shaped to true curvature of earth, have flat backs, 18-in. diameter.

6. Installed inside, this instrument lets you read indoor and outdoor temperatures at once.

7. These swivel-topped screwdrivers are designed to ease work, prevent blistered palms.

8. Ranging from can opener to fish scaler, there are eleven ways to use the Angler’s Pal.

9. The Twinkle Lamp is designed for festive occasions or decorative use, operates off transformers which reduce 120-volt A.C. to 6.3 volts. It is intended for use in string sets.

10. Framing anchors, made of 18 ga. galvanized steel, are intended to eliminate toenailing and splitting, increase rigidity.

11. Handyfreeze electric ice cream freezer has four-guart capacity, operates on A.C. only. Oak bucket is trimmed with copper.

  1. Nomen Nescio says: February 8, 201211:08 am

    americans still have this odd preference for doorKNOBS. it makes no sense to me. doorHANDLES work much better, in my opinion.

  2. Orv says: February 8, 201212:44 pm

    I’ve seen sectional rear view mirrors like that on farm equipment.

  3. Kosher Ham says: February 8, 201212:49 pm

    I had some friends that retro fitted their cars with the mirror; they said that it made driving in heavy traffic easier.

  4. Toronto says: February 8, 20121:11 pm

    They used to sell that mirror on late-night TV. One brand name was “Wink.”

    And that indoor-outdoor thermometer was a great design – easily read, etc. And no running around trying to find a 22.5v battery every few years!

  5. Nomen Nescio says: February 8, 20123:16 pm

    that mirror is somewhat less useful if you know how to adjust your mirrors correctly. there’s no reason to have a blind spot.

    admittedly, having just the one big mirror to adjust might be quicker and easier, but it’s no necessity.

  6. Charlene says: February 8, 20123:54 pm

    @Nomen, it’s not “Americans” that have a preference for doorknobs. It’s American contractors who don’t want to figure out how many left-opening vs. right-opening interior doors there will be in a subdivision of 5,000 houses in 25 different designs with a total of 35,000 interior doors, especially if some of the houses (but you don’t know how many yet because that’s up to the City planning department’s right-of-way plans) are to be built with the plans reversed to fit on the lots available. You can install a round interior doorknob “upside down” and nobody will ever know or care: a door handle, not so much.

  7. Nomen Nescio says: February 8, 20124:10 pm

    but, but… doors have two sides, usually have knobs/handles on both sides, and doorhandles are symmetrical just as knobs are. you don’t need special ones for left- and right-opening doors, you just flip the one set around.

    yes, i know this is true, even for doorhandles made in the USA. i installed sets of them on both my exterior doors, and that’s how they functioned. haven’t found the money and effort to replace the knobs on my inside doors quite yet, though.

    (i forget how door locks work outside of north america, but because of all this symmetry, my door handles open equally well by lifting them as by depressing them. the lock mechanism itself is reversible, so “down” can be either way depending on how the door opens, and you end up with a handle lever that can go either up or down equally well.)

  8. Stephen says: February 9, 20126:42 am

    We had a relief map of the world in my primary school. One day my friend Dominic, seeing the island of South Georgia sticking up out out of the South Atlantic, gave it a good poke. It caved in, and for ever after appeared to be sinking down a whirlpool.

  9. Mike says: February 10, 20121:35 pm

    I prefer door knobs to handles. It makes perfect sense, you turn the knob to unlatch the door. It’s all in the wrist. I suppose if you don’t have a wrist then a handle makes more sense and is usually required by modern building codes.

  10. Nomen Nescio says: February 10, 20122:07 pm

    handles can be operated even with hands full of bags or packages, since pushing one down can be done with most any body part and they double as hooks for pulling on doors that need to be pulled. i find them more convenient, especially on exterior doors.

  11. joe jim says: February 10, 20129:40 pm

    Whats wrong with doorknobs?
    Its what you choose.
    I liked lever handles until the day I caught my best shirt on the lever.
    the shirt cost more than the darn door handle.
    Now I have a knob on the inside and a lever on the outside for looks mostly.

  12. Gary James says: February 18, 20127:54 pm

    A few years ago my brother bought and renovated a house (largely giving it a clean modern look), and replaced all of the knob sets with lever sets. The levers were reversible, for left or right hand hinge door.

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