WHOLE FORESTS TURNED INTO MATCHES
By JAMES COOKE MILLS
HE quantity of matchwood used every day for lighting is enormous and the figures representing the total are almost beyond belief. An expert in forestry has just determined after careful computation that the civilized nations of the world strike three million matches every minute of the twenty-four hours.
AIRCO NITROGEN HELPS GIVE US EYES TO PIERCE THE ARCTIC NIGHT
Faultless eyesight for America’s Ballistic Missile Early Warning System depends on germanium diodes — tiny signal filtering “optics” for the data processor which are made by Clevite Transistor, Waltham, Mass.
THE PUNISHMENT FITS THE CRIME
THE PICTURES on these pages, remarkable for showing the punishment inflicted for stealing in Saudi Arabia, are even more remarkable considering that pictures of any kind, photographed or painted, moving or still, are considered graven images and so arc forbidden by the Prophet in all the lands of Islam.
Summer Sky Thrill is promised by this airplane wheel, the invention of Harold T. Austin, of Seattle, Wash. Austin got the idea while working on B-29s at the Boeing Aircraft plant during the war and set up this first model in the back of his workshop. The wheel, a 1946 version of the Ferris Wheel, has twelve small planes which rotate on a vertical axis as the wheel goes ’round. The inventor and four former Boeing employees plan to put it into production for carnivals and amusement parks.
Williamsport Penn had the first commercial cable system in the U.S. We had Jerrold cable boxes like this one as a kid, although I distinctly remember that our first cable box was a Hamlin. I loved the sound it made if you slid the channel selector back and forth really fast. It sounded like running something over the teeth of a comb.
TV PULLS IN ITS ANTENNAS
Single, community-type aerials are not only clearing off our roof tops, but are making reception possible for the TV-less.
By William Sheppard
DRIVE through Montpelier, Vt. or Williamsport, Penna. and you’ll get the feeling that something is missing. Then suddenly you’ll realize that neither Montpelier nor Williamsport bristles with an array of television aerials as do most of our country’s cities and towns.
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Third dimension Christmas greeting plaques made of art plaster are the latest innovation of the Leister Game Co., Toledo, Ohio.
The recent figurine painting fad prompted this firm to introduce this new and unusual type greeting plaque.
IT ALL DEPENDS ON THE MOTOR
When you buy a Marine Motor you want the best—undoubtedly you try to find out which is the “best.” You want a motor that Is “trouble proof” for when the engine stops the boat stops. You want an engine that is dependable and that will last more than one season, at a minimum cost for repairs and fuel.
Not the article I thought it was going to be.
HOW TO PLEASE YOUR WIFE
IF YOU’VE ever paused before a surrealistic sample of Salvador Dali’s modern art and wondered what the famous painter was trying to convey—brace yourself for further bewilderment. Nowadays you’re likely to see Dalis is being worn as well as hanging in museums.
Invention Clinic – How To Be an Inventor
BY JOSEPH H. KRAUS.
Big Money from Little Ideas
Few inventors appreciate the hardships that have gone into making even the simplest invention a success.
West Coast audition for “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” sees California’s loveliest charmers
GENE MANN, who is known as the Rodgers and Hammerstein of Hollywood, recently held auditions for the California version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. the musical comedy based on the hook by Anita Loos that is still going strong on Broadway.