Meet Rube Goldberg
His name is the common term for the goofy gizmo but this world-famous artist-inventor is a rube in name only.
By Wilson Curry
ONE of the world’s most famous inventors has just completed his 2,001st gadget. In honor of the occasion he offers his latest creation free to his fellow Americans. Anyone who wants to mass-produce it may do so, royalty-free.
It’s a method for getting a dull comedian offstage. Here’s how it works: 1. A barber shop quartet sings a sad song. 2. It’s so sad a little man standing nearby cries big tears into a flower pot.
KENNETH J. Carr of Brighton, England, is a sculptor with a technique which distinguishes him from all others of his breed; he works in paper.
For years Carr was employed as a commercial artist turning out posters, layouts and displays. One day his wife read to him of a new trend in paper sculpture. He decided to try it. He cut, twisted and pasted for a year and then his designs began to sell, so much so that he soon discontinued his other commercial work. His tools: scissors, razor blade, glue and Scotch tape, pencil, ruler and poster paint.
THE angora rabbits owned by Mrs. Paul Venne of Penacook, New Hampshire work for their keep. They provide soft fur which she plucks instead of shears to prevent it from matting. This she spins into yarn and knits into such serviceable items as bonnets, berets, gloves and sweaters. And the bunnies don’t seem to mind a bit.
Deer Hunts Elephants
LITTLE-game hunter on a big scale is I Jack Deer, 55-year-old New York businessman. He has a collection of over 1,400 miniature elephants, all with upturned trunks. They are made of ivory, china and glass gathered from all countries of the world. His most prized is one owned by the late Flo Ziegfeld, also a collector.
Details of the dioramas may be found here as well as a detailed biography.
MURDER IS HER HOBBY
A gentle 77-year-old. dowager is New England’s top criminologist and the creator of Harvard’s famous “nutshell studies” of unexplained death.
By John N. Makris
MRS. FRANCES LEE, who is a captain in the New Hampshire State Police and the only woman in the United States to hold such an active rank, has become, as a result of an unusual and non-paying hobby, a pioneer in the application of medical science to crime detection.
Her amazing series of model crime settings, which Mrs. Lee builds with the aid of a carpenter at her Littleton, N. H., estate, are housed in a special room at Harvard University’s Department of Legal Medicine, which she founded and endowed and which is the first and only one of its kind in North America.
Resembling shadow boxes, the models are built into the walls and are illuminated under glass in the darkened room. Above each model is furnished such general information as the “investiga- tor” would probably obtain before determining the nature of death.
Make A Bust Of Yourself!
Sculpture is easy with this new European technique. All you need to know is how to take a good photograph.
ALL you need to be an expert sculptor these days is a good camera—or rather a pair of cameras!
With a new technique recently devised in Switzerland, it now is possible to make amazingly accurate sculptured likenesses of yourself and your friends simply by snapping a photograph, superimposing the image on a mound of clay, and then whittling it down to size. Here’s the way it’s done: Two cameras are placed side-by-side as shown in the illustration, with the person whose image is to be created seated in focus before the lens. Alongside the two cameras is a machine which projects a screen on the model’s face.
Ike Likes Art
GENERAL Dwight Eisenhower has been a very busy man. First it was the Army, then Columbia University, then SHAPE and now the White House could be just around the corner. A man couldn’t do the jobs Ike has done without having some means of relaxation. With Ike it’s art. When the whistle blows at the end of a tough day, the General unlimbers his art tools and makes like Rembrandt. And he does pretty well, too. One of his early pieces, a painting of an Indian head, sold for $2,600. His oils stole the show at Columbia art exhibit.
How a Sign is Painted
A water-color drawing, scaled one inch to the foot, is squared off by the pictorial painter for his own guidance in putting such outsize art work on a board with raw paint. This is shown below, overlaid on an outline sketch of picture and lettering that is keyed to serve as a color chart.
THERE’S MONEY TODAY IN ART
THIS is the day of the artist. His skill is sought wherever design and color are important factors in the sale of merchandise.
Furniture, rugs, wall hangings, household utensils, wearing apparel, jewelry, art gifts, lamps, automobiles — nearly everything sold today depends, on design and color to attract the eye of the purchaser. Drawings for advertisements in newspapers, magazines, catalogs, folders, posters, display cards and many other media call for the skill of the modern artist. Consider the number of drawings in this magazine alone! Art is a necessity in modern business.
They Chisel Plastic
Modern sculptors can carve light and shadow into their work with a thrilling new man-made material.
LOT’S wife was turned into a pillar of salt in the Bible but British sculptor Arthur Fleischmann has chipped her out of the biggest block of Perspex ever made. Perspex is a British plastic similar to Plexiglas or Lucite. With Perspex a sculptor can “sculpture in glass.” A Dubliner named Maxwell Moffet drills beautiful marine animals into plate Perspex; properly lighted, his creatures swim brilliantly in a sea of shadow.
‘Moving Painting’ Machine May Revolutionize Future Art
An INVENTION which may foreshadow a new era in the plastic field of art has recently been developed by Alexander Archipenko, noted exponent of modernistic motif in sculpture and painting.
The invention is literally a “moving painting,” being somewhat similar to motion pictures in that it is capable of revealing on its faces many varied designs and paintings, constantly moving, and each one a perfect image.