Newest Devices for the General Use (Apr, 1936)

Pages like this are why you don’t see more scans from Science and Mechanics on the site. Besides being incredibly annoying to OCR properly, three of these items are “continued on…”. If you go to those pages there will be a single sentence or even just a sentence fragment. This forces me to either ignore them (as I did here) or scan a whole page for that tiny bit of text. And that’s assuming I even notice that it’s continued.

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Newest Devices for the General Use

Novel Electric Lighter is Noiseless
• IT seems rather magical when this lighter is touched to the metal ring surrounding the receptacle for the rod and, immediately, a flame springs up. The secret is the small battery of dry cells concealed in the bases, which close a circuit through the insulated ring, on the receptacle, and the heating coil whose glow ignites the lighting fluid.

Electric Cord Protector
• THE cussedness of string extends itself to electric wires and cords, as we all know. This rubber casing goes over the wire, adding insulation and preventing fraying; while the tendency to kink is done away with without impairing flexibility.

Medicine Package Cap
• SINCE flasks have cups, why not tins of powder? So a large chemical house now puts a measure on each package of household requirements.

Anti-Moth Paper
• PROTECTION of garments from insect pests is usually a tedious task; but this new impregnated paper simplifies it. The material gives off a gas, whose odor is not unpleasant, though decidedly repellent to the insects who seek to lay eggs in furs or woollens. It is simply necessary to snip off suitable lengths, and apply them where the insects would attack. Since the chemical is completely exposed, it is more effective than moth balls; while the paper does not stick or stain.

Metal Magazine Rack
• ANOTHER attractive modernistic piece of living room furniture, which makes for tidiness as well as convenience, this rack solves the problem of keeping together magazines, too large for a book rack. As many as a dozen large periodicals can be held in place on each side by the spring metal scroll (which is brass plated with chromium), or lifted by the decorative plastic handle. The curl of the scroll puts pressure enough on the contents to hold them in place, no matter whether there are two or a dozen ; and they are easily inserted or removed as desired.

Vest-Pocket Camera
• SMALLEST of a famous line of cameras, this little fellow has several convenient features ; one, its film when wound off is automatically sealed against light. Pictures are automatically self-centered, avoiding error in winding film. The rolls allow 8 exposures, and reloading is instant. The direct-view finder facilitates rapid action snapshots. The camera may be used at eye level, as by professional news photographers. Films well suited to enlargement may be taken. The entire camera weighs only 7 ounces; two qualities of lenses are available.

Suction Cup Hanger
• ANOTHER gadget, using the versatile suction cup, has many possible uses, of which just one is illustrated above. The rubber cup adheres to any smooth surface; the wire loop is heavy.

Child’s Snow Skates
• SNOW as well as ice will do the kiddies for skating purposes with these devices, on which one travels as on skis; while the double runners require less skill, and give more safety. Of durable, rust-proof metal, for boys and girls from 5 up to 11 years, they make outdoor winter activities more attractive.

Manicure Instrument
• TWO well-known toilet facilities are combined in one, in this substantial article, reducing the likelihood of mislaying either. The two are naturally used together.

Rubber Washing’ Net
• FOR the laundry, rather than the customer, these heavy rubber bags are meant to hold one lot of laundry, and separate it from others put in the machine at the same time. The rubber is chemical-proof, does

“Knee-Action” Bike
• BUMPS that shake a bicyclist pedalling over a rough road may be good for the” liver, but do not add to the pleasure. Here is an ingenious attachment for any wheel, which gives spring suspension for the front forks, with full solidity. It is inexpensive and quickly attached with a bicycle wrench. The attachment is bolted to the fork and the axle passed through it, as illustrated ; the spring takes up the shocks encountered by the wheel.

Rubber Knob Covers
• THESE slip-on covers protect the wall, or the hand if the knob is hot. They also save the furniture.

Metal Rip-Saw
• THE device shown was first made with a deep-sea diver’s use in mind—to cut fast and dependably, where time is of vital importance.

Rolling Paint Striper
• TO put the finishing touch on many a piece of work, a smooth stripe of color is needed; but not everyone can apply a brush with just the right nicety. This tool, of fountain-pen size, filled with paint, lacquer or varnish, with its gauge set to give the right margin, does the work with precision. The knurled roller insures smooth, even application. The barrel and cap of colored plastics can be cleaned completely with a great deal of ease. Useful for model builders, car painters, decorated woodwork, etc.

Handy Repair Cement
• THE vitreous or glassy surface of enameled iron, such as bathtubs, or household utensils, as well as that of tiles, is hard, but brittle. The product pictured here was made especially to repair tiling; but serves a great number of purposes in a home or shop. The easy method of application is shown above.

Brakes for Skiing
• WHEN the skiier is headed up-hill, without something to hitch to (as shown on another page) he must work hard against the tendency to slip back. These brakes enable him to travel with a firm foothold on the ice and snow.

Pocketbook Atomizer
• THIS addition to the large line of a manufacturer is notable for its compactness. Taken from the case, it may be carried, with its chrome-finished cover, in a handbag.

Glasses for Bedridden
• AN English physician designed these for patients who could not sit up; they can be worn over ordinary glasses. They will be made available for hospital rental in London.

Comfortable Pillow
• IN days of old, people used wooden blocks under their heads; in Japan, neckrests to keep the coiffure free from the bed. This, however, caters to the Western preference for a downy, yielding pillow which will, however, allow the head to lie at the right angle to avoid “kinks” and strains on the neck which, so often, interfere with or trouble slumber.

Roll-Side Cigarette Case
• THIS is an exceedingly neat job of bakelite production ; the cover slides completely round the grooved metal frame, being composed of interhooked strips of composition, and perfectly flexible. Cigarettes can be exposed at either edge of the case, or put in all at once. The lighter unscrews from the case and strikes like a match.

Telescoping Wagon Tongue for Safety
•LIKE the automatic coupler for railway cars, this device (developed by the Bureau of Agricultural Engineering)

12 comments
  1. Toronto says: December 14, 201012:50 pm

    Should I be proud that I’ve owned at least 6 of those items?

  2. Jari says: December 14, 20101:45 pm

    Toronto: Why not? I have/had only 4 of those….

  3. Charlene says: December 14, 20103:04 pm

    I’d love those radiator knob covers.

  4. TomB says: December 14, 20103:07 pm

    It also seems to me that S&M was printed on cheaper paper that didn’t hold up in years. Mine have all fallen apart very quickly compared to others.

  5. GaryM says: December 14, 20103:22 pm

    The electric cord protector could still find a market among cat owners.

  6. John Savard says: December 15, 201012:26 am

    As it happens, one of those three “to be continued” items is already available on this site; the continuation of “Telescoping Wagon Tongue” is on the same page as the second part of “Fun With Matches”.

  7. Toronto says: December 15, 201012:16 pm

    garyM: The coily cord protector is still being made, though of plastic now. They’re great for grouping cables together. And yes, they help with cats, as the cord becomes too stiff to be fun to swat with a paw.

    The old ones were quite flexible, however. Just stiff enough to make the cord on an electric iron more manageable, like in the drawing.

  8. NefariousWheel says: December 17, 20102:30 am

    Note to Webmaster: Keep fighting the good fight. These pages are brilliant and very much appreciated!
    Old advertisement pages in the back of these magazines are great fun to read as well. Learn to Play Guitar with Gene Leis!! Briggs & Stratton Mini-Bikes! Enough of these and you can stay young forever.

  9. Firebrand38 says: December 17, 20106:27 am

    NefariousWheel: You can call him Charlie.

  10. Randle Patrick McMurphy says: December 18, 20108:45 am

    Wouldn’t the prism glasses reverse the image of the page? The illustration shows a simple prism (imagine trying to read through a waist-level camera like a Rolleiflex). Either the idea or the illustration is wrong.

    Watching television in a mirror: OK. Reading a book reversed left to right, not so much. Maybe they rent the glasses cheap, the reverse printed books cost extra.

  11. Anton says: December 18, 20109:40 am

    10. Randle Patrick MuMurphy: Yes. It would reverse the image if, as drawn, a right angle prism is used to reflect off one internal surface. However, if a five sided prism is used the reflection would reflect off two internal surfaces for a 90 degree bend without inverting images or text.

  12. Firebrand38 says: December 18, 20102:06 pm

    No need for theory, they are still available at places like here

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