NOW SEE THIS! (Nov, 1959)


ROLL this strikingly unusual Swiss-made jeweled-lever wristwatch on any standard scale map and you can measure the distance in miles or kilometers. As you roll the watch along the map’s highway, the mileage is recorded and seen through an aperture on the face of the dial. The watch is designed for the world traveler, sportsmen or even for the week-end driver who likes to keep track of the distance he travels. Bauble is scheduled for export to the United States sometime within the next year.

NEW MODEL two-seat Gyro-Glider has no engine. It soars when towed by a car or motorboat and is controlled in the air by an overhead stick, like a full-size helicopter. The craft weighs 98 pounds and totes a 500-pound pay load. It takes off at 25 mph and cruises at 35 mph. In a strong wind it can be flown like a kite on a long rope tied to the ground. Kit ($100) and plans ($10) are available from Bensen Aircraft Corp., P. O. Box 2746, Raleigh, N. C. Solo in three hours!

NOW you can revitalize your derriere and other cramped muscles while making longdistance drives in your car. The secret is the Auto Seat Vibrator which, it is claimed, stimulates blood circulation with a gentle vibrating action of the entire seat. The vibrator is built into and under the seat and is controlled by a dashboard button. It does not vibrate the rest of the car. $79.50 installed. Available from the Auto Seat Vibrator, Inc., 8851 Park Ave., Bellflower, Calif. It can be installed in any auto, truck, bus.

PAPER uniforms are getting tough workout from belly-whopping GIs who dive over log barrier. The disposable paper work garments are being tested by personnel of the Army Quartermaster Corps Field Evaluation Agency on a special obstacle course maintained to test clothing and footwear. The army has no plans to equip its men with paper clothing at the present time. Tests are being made to determine whether paper garments might be feasible for GIs of future.

  1. M.S.W. says: August 31, 201010:17 am

    The GI’s must have felt like walking matchsticks in the paper uniforms. Although in a pinch they could rip off a piece of the uniform for use as toilet paper 😉

  2. jayessell says: August 31, 201010:42 am

    The paper uniform would have made nuclear decontamination easier.
    Just discard the contaminated ones.

  3. Jari says: August 31, 201012:29 pm

    Next thing to be tested: Corrugated cardboard armor.

  4. hwertz says: August 31, 20102:20 pm

    There’s a standard scale? It doesn’t seem like I see any two maps that have the same scale.
    Also, I’m thinking our armed forces are probably quite glad those paper uniforms didn’t work out. I can’t see one being all that comfortable.

  5. Firebrand38 says: August 31, 20103:03 pm

    More on this from the 25 October 1959 Chicago Tribune…

    And yes, there are standard map scales. Maybe not on the place mats at Denny’s, however…

  6. Kosher Ham says: August 31, 20104:58 pm

    I wonder if the Army tested out depends undergarments or other throw away underwear.

  7. Michael, N5RLR says: September 5, 20103:27 pm

    Paper military uniforms — the ancestor of today’s Tyvek®- and other disposable work suits?

  8. Firebrand38 says: September 5, 20103:34 pm

    Michael, N5RLR: I think so, even in 1959 the US Army was anticipating a war using tactical nuclear weapons and the subsequent decontamination problems.

  9. patti says: July 15, 20116:46 am

    vibrating car seat? cool.

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