Just ask the guy who does the work…
Niagara Falls Machinist says:
“I’m right there! I see how much research, skill and plain hard work goes into today’s top products…
I’m always satisfied most with a BRAND that’s made a NAME for itself!”
NUTRIA . . . NEWEST OPPORTUNITY
New fur-bearing animal now being bred in U.S. Offers huge profits to breeders. This fur is next to Mink NOW in price and will soon surpass it. 15 to 20 young per year. Most easily and economically raised animal known, 1-1/2c per day to feed, ANY CLIMATE, disease resistant. The Cabana Marrone strain is obtainable ONLY through Cabana Nutria, Inc. and its authorized dealers and distributors. For free booklet and address of Cabana ranch nearest you write:
CABANA NUTRIA, INC. Dept. 27
636 West Lemon Avenue, Arcadia, California
A NEW LANDMARK FOR BRUSSELS…
By G. H. Davis
SINCE THE DAYS of the Great Exhibition in London in 1851, every large world’s fair has had some spectacular piece of architecture as a central attraction. The 1851 exhibition had its Crystal Palace, the 1889 exhibition in Paris produced the Eiffel Tower, the 1939 fair in New York had the Trylon and Perisphere, and now the Brussels Universal and International Exhibition of 1958 will have its Atomiumâ€”-probably the strangest structure of them all.
This oddity, to symbolize the atom age, will be 334 feet high and represents a metal crystal enlarged about 200 billion times. It was originally designed to be 460 feet high but this plan had to be abandoned because of the danger to aircraft.
Highways of the Future
By E. W. MURTFELDT
PICTURE a 15,000-mile network of twelve-lane motor speedways spanning the nationâ€”three of them linking the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, six more crisscrossing the country north and south â€”and you will have an idea of the vastness of a spectacular highway plan proposed by Senator Robert J. Bulkley of Ohio. Requiring twenty-five years for completion, the mammoth gridiron of superhighways would change long-distance driving from a motorist’s nightmare of snarled traffic into a reality of fast, safe transportation. It would represent an impressive start toward an era of scientifically constructed speedways, and crashproof cars of radical new design to run upon them, foreseen by leading experts for the not-too-distant future.
Juke Box Gets New Look
A nickel in the slot will buy you one televised prize-fight round if the neighborhood tavern is hep to the latest thing in juke boxes. This is a chrome-and-mirror-bedecked coin phonograph, made by the Videograph Corp., of New York, with a 12-inch television screen added. You can choose your own records in the usual way, but the manager decides whether your five cents will buy a three-minute glimpse of television. And since he operates the controls, he also picks the program. If jive, wrestling, and boxing fans are gathered in one place, he’d better be a Solomon.
Grandpa of Electronic Computers Built 125 Years Ago
TODAY’S GENIACs and MANIACs might be called babbages if an Englishman named Charles Babbage hadn’t had money problems.
Babbage, who lived in the mid-1800s, conceived of mechanical “brains” which would perform calculations ambitious even for today’s gigantic electronic computers (Fig. 1).
His Difference Engine (Fig. 2) was built between 1823 and 1842, when the British government withdrew its financial support. His Analytical Engine was still more ambitious but never amounted to more than 239 detailed drawings. It would have had a storage capacity of 1,000 50-digit numbers and built-in logarithms and other tables.
But againâ€”no money. Today, Babbage’s plans are kept in the Burndy Library, Norwalk, Conn.
Spring-Driven Boat Model
RIVER boats, with the paddle wheel at the stern, are well known in many localities. A simple little model, which will run fast, can be made as shown, from a board.
A, 18″ by 6″ by 1/2″ thick (although any size may be used) with a 3″ by 4″ notch cut in one end for the paddle wheel, and the other end tapered as shown.
The paddle wheel’, B, consists of two bent L shaped pieces of tin soldered to a 1/8″ metal shaft. The shaft is placed in screw eye bearings. To hold the front of the boat down the lead weight D, may be used.
Two stiff steel springs, C, with strings, E, attached to the free ends, are mounted on the board. The other ends of the strings are securely attached to the shaft. Wind up the wheel and the boat is ready to go.
Water Succeeds Gasoline As New Invention Is Perfected
WATER powered automobiles are predicted for the not too distant future as the result of an invention of G. H. Garrett of Dallas, Texas, which substitutes water for gasoline.
Garrett uses an electrolytic carburetor which breaks up water by electrolysis into its component gases, hydrogen and oxygen, and then forces the explosive hydrogen into the combustion chambers for fuel.
For operating the automobile motor on which the tests have been conducted, Garrett has added an over-size generator to supply the extra electricity needed by the carburetor. Beyond that, the motor has needed no changes, though it has been in operation continuously for several days.
Garrett has protected his device with patents.
CREATING LIFE LIKE Figures For WAX MUSEUMS
by HAROLD L. ZIMMER
Washington, Roosevelt, Billy the Kid, Jesse James! All the world’s most colorful figures stand out with startling reality in a wax museum. This article tells -how workers transfer a simple photograph into amazingly life like figures sculptured in tinted wax.
WHERE do the horrors in the wax museums come from? This question may have troubled you as you paused in a side show for a few pleasant shudders. So realistically are they made, so gruesomely exact in every tiny detail, that it would seem the artist must have had the original models pose especially for him.
New Projector Throws Illustrations Behind Speaker’s Back
FACING the audience as he talks, a speaker may now illustrate his lectures on a screen behind him without turning around with the aid of a novel optical projector recently perfected by a well known German firm.
The speaker, directly facing his audience, illustrates his talk by writing or drawing horizontally on a sheet of cellophane lying on a glass table before him, and the script is projected, ten to fourteen times enlarged, on the wall screen behind him.
Underneath the glass table, the light of a 500-watt bulb is condensed and reflected through the transparent cellophane. The lines then pass through a lens to the mirror and -are projected onto the screen.