MATCH-MAKING – From LOG To LIGHT
by LIEUT. DON BENN OWENS
FORTY-ODD years ago, more than 1,500 persons, laboring 16 hours a day, were needed to turn out 2,000,000 finished match boxes. Today, with modern match box making machinery, two persons are capable of producing an identical number of match boxes in an eight-hour day.
Similarly, the modern match-making machine, requiring the services of but four workmen, turns out more than 100,000,000 finished matches in a single workday!
More striking, perhaps, is the fact that 3,000 odd persons on the payroll of the match manufacturers in this country, in 1929 earned for their employers more than $19,500,000.
A vertical flame thrower is certainly an cool looking, if not terribly practical idea.
Britain’s Walls of Fire
Awesome flame defenses protected Britain against Nazi invasion in 1940
FIVE years after Britain’s darkest days, when invasion threatened hourly, it is revealed that a barrier of flame would have met the Nazis if they had attempted to storm the English coast. The coast and adjacent waters would have been set afire. Oil tanks were sunk in hillsides; pipelines ran out under the sea.