“Wand” Speeds Checkout (Jul, 1964)
I guess this was an alternative to barcodes, though it doesn’t seem too practical. I’d think that the labels would get lost, and would be easy to spoof. Plus you only get to scan it once.
“Wand” speeds checkout.
To move supermarket lines faster, this recent IBM patent would use a flexible tube and a vacuum pump to suck up magnetically printed stickers and feed them to a register. The register would read the magnetic code and total the purchases quickly. The tabs would also serve for the store’s stock and inventory control.
Digital Watch – Only $1500 (Jul, 1970)
Interesting note “This display, flashing a brilliant ruby-red, is the first use of solid-state, light-emitting diodes in a consumer product. ”
Look, Little Old Swiss Watchmaker – No Hands!
Breakthrough. It’s a much-abused word-a pity at a time like this. Because here is a genuine, 24-karat breakthrough in timekeeping.
The name of same is Pulsar, a solid-state computer device that has a single fixed program to flash the time on demand. Sound formidable? It all nests neatly in the wristwatch you see here. Incredibly, not only does Pulsar have no hands, it has no moving parts whatsoever, unless you count the oscillations of its quartz crystal. Here’s how it works:
Rupture (Sep, 1950)
Yes, built natures way, out of um… tree bark and coyote dung, just like our sutures.
Incidentally they are referring to a hernia. You can actually still buy trusses and amazingly it seems that the Web Truss Co. is still in business in Hagerstown, MD.
RELIEF…OR YOUR MONEY BACK
A simple … sturdy truss support built nature’s way by old surgical appliance manufacturer. You risk nothing … relief or your money back. Send now for free booklet.
WEB TRUSS CO. Dept. S-9 Hagerstown, MD
Spray With Suede! (Jan, 1961)
It’s 9 years after the first ad, but Nels is still going strong, all because of the amazing powers of Flock-Kraft, AKA Micro Fluff, AKA Spray Suede. You’ll note he’s gone crazy, he’s flocking radios, christmas trees, toy piggy banks with top hats. I mean, can you believe it, a piggy bank wearing a top hat? And it’s flocked? That’s just insane. Plus he’s got a new spokesman, a “Mr J.F.K”; wink, wink, nod, nod. Yes, we all know the real reason J.F.K got so much play. Chicks dig flocking.
Nels In the THIRD DIMENSION! (Jul, 1952)
Nels is back, and this time he’s in COLOR! Well, at least in black and red. But, more importantly, Nels has has figured out how to engineer a finish so remarkable that it actually enters the THIRD DIMENSION. That means you can actually see it from the side! And it’s just so darn flocky. And really, who doesn’t want to flock their toy elephant? I know I do! You can flock everything: your radio, car, food, toothbrush, children, hell if you buy the jumbo pack, you can even flock Nels Irwin himself! Now that’s a deal!
MICRO-FLUFF (Jan, 1955)
Nels Irwin is my hero. Just look at that mountain of fluff he’s prepared to give you, FREE! Yes you heard me right, free. Now I know where I’ll be going for all my fluffing needs.