NOW SEE THIS! (Jul, 1960)


MC-5 is new McCulloch engine for karts. It has displacement of 4.9 cu. in., will turn more them 12,000 rpm. Stroke: 1.375 in.; bore: 2.125 in.: compression ratio: 6.5. It weighs ten lbs. and meets the requirements of Stock A racing. Aircraft-type carburetor is featured. The MC-5 retails for $99.50.

PEOPLE CHAIRS were designed for Alcoa’s Forecast Collection, are not commercially available. They’re aluminum outdoor furniture imaginatively fashioned to resemble the occupant. They are folded from single sheets of aluminum, coated with porcelain.

BOY-SIZE 60mm trench mortar is authentic replica of the real thing. It “fires” harmless plastic shells dropped down the muzzle. A range computer helps set angle of fire. The pillbox at lower right falls apart when hit.

U.S. MARINE gun crew checks out newest automatic field artillery gun, the 115mm boosted rocket XM-70. This tough lightweight weighs only 3,000 lbs., fires at the rate of six rounds every 2-1/2 seconds. It will go into operational use in the Corps early in 1962.

GIANT MODEL of brain is constructed of 20 layers of acrylic plastic. It lights up internally to show the effects of different types of tranquilizers and barbiturates on key areas of the brain. Model was built by George Krajian of the American Museum of Natural History. New York. It’s guided electronically by coded instruction tape.

  1. Hirudinea says: September 22, 201111:14 am

    I never had a mortar when I was a kid!

  2. PoppyJoe says: September 22, 201111:37 am

    Wow – I was 10 years old in 1960, and didn’t even KNOW I could’ve had a mortar.. looks cool, even today

  3. BrianC says: September 22, 20111:24 pm

    Nowadays he’d be sent away for political reeducation if he had a mortar.

  4. Nomen Nescio says: September 22, 20112:00 pm

    the XM-70 howitzer apparently did not enter service with the marines, or any other branch. i can find no detailed explanation as to why it wasn’t.

    some googling finds a very few other pictures of the thing, and some rough descriptions of how it worked; apparently it was a version of the old “recoilless rifle” concept. supposedly only a handful of prototypes were ever built, out of which a single one survives as a museum piece.

  5. Mike says: September 22, 20113:28 pm

    hmmmm, replace the trench mortar shells with Jarts™ and then you would have one cool toy.

  6. qyooqy says: September 22, 20115:02 pm

    Destroy your enemies with Remco!

  7. JMyint says: September 23, 20118:34 am

    Apparently there were problems with rocket assisted projectiles that were not solved until the 1980s…

    So the engineering problems of the projectiles seems like the main culprit in keeping this thing from being adopted. It was probably for the best. In the 50s and 60s the US military tried a number of schemes that had dubious military value or little advantage over more conventional systems.

  8. M.S.W. says: September 23, 20119:58 am

    Trench Mortar for kids…Must have been fun turning his sister’s Barbies into collatoral damage…

  9. Andrew L. Ayers says: September 23, 20112:55 pm

    @JMyint: Yeah, but for the sheer chutzpah, the Davy Crockett takes the cake:…

    Though I am glad it was never actually combat proven…


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