Science in Pictures (Sep, 1947)

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Push-Button Telegraph center permits messages to be typed only once, on a “printer perforator,” at point of origin. When messages reach the center, a clerk pushes a button for the city of destination.

Fishy Idea dreamed up by amateur inventor Dr. Carl Omeron, right, looks like a spark of genius. This is it: Tie balloons to a live “Judas” fish (which you catch the hard way). Put Judas back in the water and he’ll lead the way to the whole school.

Carousel Nest for baby robins. This spot atop the shaft of a South Bend, Ind., amusement park airplane ride looked ideal for a nest during the off-season quiet. Came summer. The shaft began to revolve, lights blinked on and off. Mother stayed on.

‘Copter Saves cherry crop by blasting off rain drops with its rotor’s downdraft. Moisture would have split the fruit damaging $250,000 crop in Santa Clara, Calif. (See MI LOOKS AHEAD, April ’47 MI.)

Electronic “Sitter” for baby, at right, picks up sounds of breathing (or bawling) and relays them to parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Leichter, above right, playing bridge in neighbors’ apartment two floors above.

Winged Parachute would enable bailed-out airmen to control their rate and direction of descent by moving a single lever. At left, free turning rotor is telescoped and, below, it is extended. A further development would permit an entire airplane to descend safely after motor failure.

Quickie Oven heats pre-cooked frozen meals in 75 seconds to an average of 160 degrees F. Above, Doris Berthelot, New York model, selects meat and vegetables and places them ovenward, left.

Jiffy Digger and crew of two men can do the whole job of erecting a telephone pole in five minutes. The drill, above, is rigged to the Diesel’s power takeoff. When the hole is down, a winch lifts the pole and places it, with the aid of crewman, into position.

  1. Hirudinea says: April 30, 20122:45 pm

    You think that “Quickie Oven” is a microwave?

  2. Stephen says: May 1, 20125:24 am

    No: at the time they were called “radar ranges”.…

  3. GeorgeT says: May 1, 20128:01 am

    Raytheon sold the first “Radarange” microwave oven in 1947, so it’s possible GE made one to show to the press. But, since the article doesn’t mention microwaves or radar, it’s more likely that it’s an early convection oven.

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