Maginot Tower (Jan, 1935)
It seems like they didn’t quite understand that the planes were the important part, not the tower.
Giant Air TOWER to GUARD PARIS
TO GET defense aircraft into action more quickly, architects of Paris have worked out plans for a huge aerodrome tower, more than a mile in height, which will literally hurl planes, into the air at the 5000-ft. level, ready for combat.
High-speed elevators would bring planes from the roof-top-level landing field up to each of the three aerodrome platforms. Swooping downward after leaving the inclined take-off platform, planes would reach flying speed with little loss of altitude.
Build Your Own Geiger-Gun (Jul, 1957)
Remember, EVERYONE should have a Geiger counter! No exceptions. If you don’t build one now, you’re going to feel mighty stupid when you’re trying to evade the radioactive hot spots in post-apocalyptic America.
Ultra-simple counter useful on camping trips or in CD survival kit
EVERYONE, prospector or not, should have a Geiger counter. Many wise householders are assembling survival kits of food, bandages, and water. By adding this handy, inexpensive radiation detector, you can provide your family with a means of detection of contaminated material in the event of atomic warfare. Simple as the counter may be, it will detect radiation as feeble as that given off by a watch dialâ€”or it could make you rich by locating a uranium ore vein.
Machine Sells Cigarettes In Home (Aug, 1935)
This is a really odd marketing idea, then again, it would be a lot easier to target minors at home.
Machine Sells Cigarettes In Home
COIN-IN-THE-SLOT cigarette vending machines built into attractive pieces of furniture are now being placed in American homes. Already twenty thousand of these venders, built into magazine stands and end tables of six different models, have been distributed to home owners.
Machines vending other articles are now being planned. It is intended to make the furniture pieces so attractive that housewives will welcome their placing in the home. Machines are refilled regularly and money collected by agents of the manufacturer.
There’s plenty of room at the bottom (Nov, 1960)
This is a condensed version of a talk titled “There’s plenty of room at the bottom” that Richard Feynman gave in 1959. It is generally considered to be the first speech about nanotechnology.
There’s plenty of room at the bottom, says noted scientist as he reveals â€”
How to Build an Automobile Smaller than this dot -> .
At 42, Richard Phillips Feynman, Ph.D., enjoys world renown as a theoretical physicist, local fame as a “marvelous” performer on the bongo drums, and campus admiration as a man with a pixyish humor that turns a lecture on quantum electrodynamics into a ball. You’ll see why when you read his impassioned and witty plea to think small.
This tall, slim, dark-haired scholar helped importantly in developing the atomic bomb and watched its first test explosion. In 1954 he won the $15,000 Albert Einstein Award, one of the nation’s highest scientific honors.
Atomic Felt (Oct, 1954)
Who knew felt was such an important component in making atomic bombs?
American makes science serve its customers
It may surprise you to learn that American Felt Company keeps a Geiger Counter open in its Engineering and Research Laboratory. It is used to make sure no radioactive atomic particles from the atmosphere get into wool or other fibres used in making felts for industrial filtration, as in film, chemical or drug manufacture. All the other devices listed here have special applications, and are employed by chemists, engineers and technicians in our Laboratory to check every phase of our operations accurately. We are proud of our scientific approach to technical problems and invite your inquiries.
Oregon Man Builds Flapping Wings for Mountain Gliding (Feb, 1935)
If he actually tried to jump off that cliff with those I’m guessing this is the last picture of him alive.
Oregon Man Builds Flapping Wings for Mountain Gliding
WITH only a pair of strange cloth-covered wings strapped over his arms, Joe Fodie of Rowena, Oregon, hopes to glidfe through space by the power of his arms alone, after jumping from a mountain top precipice. Should this intrepid inventor glide safely to earth, it will be the first time man has flown through the air under his own power. The queer wings are hinged at their center, with a stop to prevent them from buckling upward. As the arms are moved upward in flight, the outer halves of the wings would naturally fold inward; on the downward stroke they flatten out again, providing lifting power. Fodie designed his wing action to resemble as closely as possible the flapping motion characteristic of a bird in flight.