I’M VERY DEAF BUT I HEAR Everything (Mar, 1950)
Yes, and I’m very blind, but I can see everything.
I’M VERY DEAF BUT I HEAR
Everything with My New
Zenith “MINIATURE” HEARING AID
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Makers of World Famous Zenith Radio, FM and Television Sets
Harried Secretary (Apr, 1945)
Can you imagine cooking ham, eggs, toast and coffee at your desk? I once worked with a woman who had a habit of microwaving bacon in our office, that was bad enough for me.
Eggs, Toast, Coffee
can all be made on this one compact utensil, among the first of the promised innovations awaiting the end of the war. After making ham and eggs, you can toast bread by raising the movable grill three inches above the heating unit. It’s a boon for harried secretaries.
Shower and Beach Hood (Nov, 1934)
Truly a miracle of modern science.
Shower and Beach Hood
MADE of oiled silk, this waterproof hood permits milady to enjoy the thrills of the shower without damaging her permanent wave.
Giant Cleaner Sucks Out Bus (Sep, 1953)
I wish I could clean my house this way…
Giant Cleaner Sucks Out Bus
A Chicago company cleans out 110 buses every 24 hours with a king-size vacuum cleaner that attaches to the front door’ and inhales all the debris in each vehicle. Two 28-inch vacuum fans “create air pressure behind a huge bellows that does the job. A man helps remove stubborn particles with an air hose.
Inside IBM’s World’s Fair ‘Egg’ (Jul, 1964)
For a lot more info check out this page on the amazing New York Worlds Fair ’64 site.
Inside IBM’s World’s Fair ‘Egg’
FROM a distance, it looks like the storage tank for the Festival of Gas. But as New York World’s Fair visitors draw nearer, they find themselves in a people trapâ€”IBM’s wonderfully zany exhibit pavilion, featuring the Information Machine.
It’s really a theater that sits atop a forest of 45 stylized, 32-foot-high sheet-metal trees. Their cleverly dovetailed branches support 14,000 gray and green Plexiglas leaves, forming a continuous, one-acre canopy.
You join a couple of thousand others who are queueing up on a complex of catwalks suspended above a shallow pool. The ramps lead to a 45-degree tilted grandstand, holding 500 spectators. Eventually, you take your place on what IBM calls the “people wall.” Its 12 tiers of seats are no sooner filled than an M.C. in white tie and tails comes gliding down above you in a “bucket.” He promises that in the next 12 minutes you’ll learn that computers make use of everyday methods we all use in our daily lives to solve complicated problems.
Scotch Tape (Jun, 1960)
Origins of the matte Scotch Tape we all know and love.
NON REFLECTIVE TAPE for permanent mending of torn blueprints, maps, books, and other papers is colorless and almost invisible. The Scotch brand tape is made of acetate film with a matte finish that you can write on with a pen or pencil. Unlike other tapes, it doesn’t discolor with age. A 180-inch roll sells for 39 cents. Minnesota Mining & Mfg. Co., St. Paul, Minn.
Breaking the Language Barrier (Apr, 1958)
Very cool, if a somewhat optimistic article from 1958 about machine translation.
Breaking the Language Barrier
Each year, millions of reports on scientific research are publishedâ€”a big fraction of them in foreign languages. In this mass of Russian, Dutch, Chinese, Hindustani data are clues to H-power, interplanetary flight, more powerful batteries, longer-wearing tires. The trouble is: Too few scientists and engineers read foreign languages. What we need is a machine to read one language and type in another: an automatic translator. We’re trying to buildâ€”not one, but several. Engineering problems? Fantastic. Here’s where we stand now.