Feminine “Ham” Heard ‘Round The World (Feb, 1936)

Feminine “Ham” Heard ‘Round The World
RADIO amateurs of six continents were contacted within 6 hours and 20 minutes recently by Miss Nellie Corry, young British radio enthusiast. The feat, regarded as a record in amateur broadcasting circles, is all the more remarkable in that Miss Corry accomplished it on a home made set costing less than $20. Miss Corry built her transmitter in her home at Walton-On-The-Hill, Surrey, England, during her spare time. Working on a 10-meter wavelength on the occasion of her record breaking broadcast, she contacted amateur stations in Europe, Asia. Africa, Australia, and the two Americas.


Through IBM research, another FIRST for business


In the IBM 608, tiny transistors are combined with the fantastic “memory” capacity of magnetic cores to give business a data processing machine with significant new advantages. Made without a single vacuum tube, the IBM 608 Transistor Calculator uses these new solid state electronic components to meet the needs of business for faster computing and greater storage capacity with traditional IBM reliability.

The new IBM 608 reduces power requirements by 90%, saves valuable floor space, requires no forced air cooling, and can be operated from a standard 110-volt A.C. outlet. Exciting developments like the IBM 608 Transistor Calculator open the way to electronic data processing for more businesses than ever. International Business Machines Corp., 590 Madison Ave., New York 22, N. Y.



If your thirst for knowledge is not quenched by ordinary colleges or schools, there are other halls of education open to you.

A suite of offices located somewhere high in the cement jungle of New York City houses one of the most amazing—and most hush-hush—institutions of learning in America. None of the building’s other tenants have the faintest suspicion that it’s a school. The elevator jockeys don’t know and neither do the cleaning women or even the owners. In fact, only a handful of persons is aware of its very existence.

The “Dynamic Control” Ocean Liner (Nov, 1934) (Nov, 1934)

The “Dynamic Control” Ocean Liner

By Hugo Gernsback

THE tendency at the present time in airplane building is toward constantly increasing size. It is probably realized by all who have concerned themselves with aircraft that the larger machines are not very far in the future. From the earliest Wright airplane, which weighed approximately 1/2 ton, to the present record holder, the DOX, which weighed fifty tons, took a period of some 26 years. The 10,000 ton airplane, projected on a like time-scale, would, therefore, make its appearance not later than the year 1952. However, with the nature of the present-day technique, it is quite possible, at this moment, that the 10,000 ton plane will be here much sooner.

Ad: At your fingertips… the facts of business life (Jan, 1953)

At your fingertips…
the facts of business life

EVERYBODY is better off these days because the ever-mounting flood of business paper work is meeting its master in the incredible speed and accuracy of versatile office machines.
Thej go far bevond the limits of pen and pencil work to turn out invoked analytical jobs on an up-to-the-minute basis—digging out the facts of business life.

Perambulating Press Prints On Paving (Mar, 1936)

Perambulating Press Prints On Paving

THERE have been sandwich men, sound trucks, and sky-writers to carry advertising messages before, but it was left for a Spanish inventor to devise the perambulating printing press for making bill boards of the pavements.
The entire press is no larger than a baby buggy, and is no more difficult to push. Paint which dries upon contact with the pavement is used instead of printer’s ink, and the advertising message may be walked upon immediately after application without tracking. The machine made its first appearance in Barcelona, Spain.

Shocked Worms Make Fishing Easier (Dec, 1935)

Shocked Worms Make Fishing Easier
FIRM in his conviction that fishing should afford nothing more nor less than a complete rest, B. L. Nutshing, of San Francisco, has devised an electric angle worm accelerator to avoid digging worms. A metal rod is attached to electric wires and thrust into the ground. Immediately the worms come to the surface. He only has to pick them up.

Your Phone Dial Computes Your Bill (Feb, 1949)

Your Phone Dial Computes Your Bill

This new electrical brain now makes long-distance dialing possible.

PS photos by Hubert Luckett

ONE of the biggest obstacles to making long-distance telephone calls without speaking to an operator has been overcome: a machine has been built to see that you are properly charged for such calls. It’s a gigantic electrical contrivance that remembers what numbers you have called and how long you talked.

Your dial will operate it. The first such machine, called an AMA (for Automatic Message Accounting), is in use now at Philadelphia. Since it takes a long time to build and install such machines and the other equipment, it may be a long time before your phone is connected to such a device.

The AMA now at work can keep track of 100 calls at once, and even disregards local calls from phones with flat-rate service.

The system, developed at the Bell Telephone Laboratories in New York, actually consists of two machines—one in the Philadelphia suburb of Media, one downtown.

When somebody in Media dials a message-rate or toll call, AMA assigns that call a code number and then punches holes in a paper tape for the code, the calling number, and the number called. When the conversation starts and when it ends, AMA records the month, day, and exact time.

The second machine, pictured here and on the next page, later reads the tape, sorting out the record of each call from hundreds of others, and types out a report.

Chicks Dig a Man With an Echophone (Apr, 1944)

Note the underlying truth of this ad: surrounded by fawning girls, the geeky kid is focused on figuring out how the hookah works and how he can mod it.

Echophone Model EC-1
(Illustrated) a compact communications receiver with every necessary feature for good reception. Covers from 550 ka to 30 mc. on three bands. Electrical bandspread on all bands. Six tubes. Self-contained speaker. 115-125 volts AC or DC.
Echophone Radio Co., 640 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago 11, Illinois



FLEETFOOTED deer are being trained for the hurdles and obstacles of the steeplechase course in California’s newest racing sport. They have been taught to circle a race track and leap hurdles with greater ease and grace than the best horses.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Timm, of Kelsey, Calif., started the new sport. More than a year ago they caught five young deer in Oregon. When the animals were three months old, the first step in training began. Each deer was taught to wear a collar with a leash.

The leash was attached to a wire fastened between two trees to permit the deer to run back and forth. Because of the danger of the animal injuring itself in its efforts to get free, the trainer was with it night and day.

When the deer became accustomed to the collar and leash, he was taught to lead. For two days the animal was led about without stopping. Worn out, the animal finally gave in and followed the trainer willingly.

The hurdles were next, the deer following the trainer over each hurdle. Because a deer will not run fast unless pursued, a horse and rider urged him to racing speed.

After many races the deer got the idea of racing and vied for the lead. The horse, however, always follows them.