Newest Devices (Nov, 1934)

Newest Devices

Better Than Ice
• OFTEN does the beauty specialist inform milady that after her hot towel, or steam facial, she should apply ice to the skin to close the pores, tighten flabby muscles and stimulate circulation. But ice is not convenient to handle, and the water trickling down the neck is not exactly comfortable. The product here illustrated, will do the same work better.

Pill Dispenser
• MANY of us find it necessary to carry a pocket full of pills to ward against headaches, indigestion, etc. Here is a sanitary container which makes the handling of such pills very easy. The pills are loaded into the base of the nickel-plated tube. When the top of the tube is rotated, one pill remains in the top, from which it is easily tipped out.

To Wear Away Toe Nails
• THIS perch for the bird cage will do away with the necessity of clipping the nails. They wear away as they grow.

Combination Cigarette Tray
• THIS cigarette tray is made of pottery in solid colors. One portion of the tray has a small dome-like construction, which serves as a snuffer, if a cigarette is permitted to remain here for about one and a half minutes. If cigarettes are placed on any of the rests, they cannot fall on the table, and must drop into the tray. The article is easy to clean, and holds either book or box matches; the design is in the modern mode. It is the simplicity and strength of the construction that appeals. Most inventors err on the side of too much complexity.

Safety Razor
• HERE is a razor which is said to do its job in any shaving position. The blades, coated with a mineral oil, come in a handy cartridge, and it becomes merely necessary to insert a small tab in the side of the razor, move a small sliding grip, and a new blade is automatically inserted into the holder, while the old blade is ejected. The change is instantaneous. Five blades before the cartridge is emptied, a non-shaving blank appears to remind you to purchase new blades.

Powerful Telescope
• A 15 power glass with large field and wonderfully clear definition, only 21 inches long, is here shown. It is rebuilt from U.S. government periscopes, by master craftsmen, and originally cost nearly ten times as much as its price today.

Sun Visors
• LIKE hands cupped under and over the eyes, these visors, made entirely of a synthetic composition, permit vision in natural colors.

Shower and Beach Hood
• MADE of oiled silk, this waterproof hood permits milady to enjoy the thrills of the shower without damaging her permanent wave.

Bridge Lamp
• MADE of opal glass, decorated appropriately.

  1. Andrew L. Ayers says: December 27, 20102:56 pm

    I wonder if that pill dispenser ultimately became the “PEZ” dispenser…?

  2. Firebrand38 says: December 27, 20104:24 pm

    Nope, PEZ invented in 1927, didn’t come to the US until 1952……

    That said, a reasonable person would look at this invention and then look at the date the original PEZ dispenser was created in Austria and start to wonder.

  3. Daniel Rutter says: December 27, 20106:57 pm

    The big success in this particular motley bunch of inventions is that “injector” razor design, which worked really well and is still manufactured, and moderately popular, today:

  4. Hannibal Lechter says: December 27, 20107:58 pm

    Yes, I would like to order one shower hood made of transparent oiled skin please.

  5. Andrew L. Ayers says: December 27, 20109:21 pm


    According the Wikipedia:…

    The first US patent for the PEZ dispenser was in 1952; Wikipedia notes it as “First patent for the Pez dispenser”.

    On the PEZ history link, they note that the first mechanical PEZ dispenser was sold in 1948, and called “Box Regulars”, and that they resembled a cigarette lighter (as a smoking cessation device, actually!).


  6. Toronto says: December 27, 20109:23 pm

    Oooo, the thrills of the shower!

    No mention is made of how that lampshape hood would be used on the beach, however.

  7. Firebrand38 says: December 27, 201010:10 pm

    Andrew L. Ayers: Yeah one of the reasons I try to avoid linking to Wikipedia. I saw that too, The 1948 dispenser was invented in Austria I believe the 1952 date is when they files for a patent in the United States. To answer your original question I found a number of pill dispensers that had been patented before then. It seemed to be a common item back in the day. I think the innovation of the PEZ dispenser was the mechanism at the top to “kick” the candy out. The pill dispenser in this article seems to remind me of a pistol magazine allowing the pill to be stripped out by hand.

  8. DouglasUrantia says: December 28, 20103:18 am

    It seems that for several decades people were almost obsessed with ways to handle the cigarette and smoking habit. Trays, lighters and many ingenious ways to be involved in holding and smoking a cigarette.

    Actress Joan Crawford even had a cigarette or match storage device that displayed naughty pictures to her surprised guests. Such class, Joan!

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