Making Your Own 4th of July Fun
by Dale Van Horn
The big idea of July Fourth seems to be to make more noise in the day time and more brilliance at night than the other fellow. But if everybody buys from the same store, it’s only a matter of who has the fattest purse. This article tells you how you can have more fun than your neighbor at lower cost, by making your own fireworks.
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YOU CAN Make Your Own 4th of July Fireworks
by FREDERICK O. SCHUBERT
THIS month’s chemical section is dedicated to that noble and glorious purpose of celebrating the Fourth of July in noisy fashion—and with cannon crackers and colored fire that can safely be made in your own lab. However, before plunging into a pile of recipes and formulas it is necessary to warn you fellows to be extremely careful in preparing these mixtures.
FIREWORKS for FESTIVALS
Americans pay more than $5,000,000 annually to express patriotic and religious fervor.
by Benn Hall
AMERICA spends more than $5,000,000 each year to express, by means of colorful and noisy fireworks her patriotic and religious fervor. It’s a neat little business, the pyrotechnic industry, and has grown tremendously since prehistoric man dabbled in his mute way with the wonder of fire and the fury of sound. It has expanded, too, since that more modern occasion in the 13th century when gunpowder was given to the world and changed history—and methods of celebrating those historical changes.
By STANLEY STEWART
IN making fireworks, if the experimenter will always remember that he is dealing with explosives that may pop off at any moment, and therefore exercises constant caution, the various spectacular night displays outlined in the accompanying article are not any more dangerous than playing with matches. At all times, care must be exercised in grinding the ingredients. Always use a clean mortar; always powder each chemical separately; when mixing, dump the required portions on a sheet of dry paper and use a wooden spatula, or gently rock the contents of the paper back and forth. Although the author is only fifteen years old he has been making fireworks for years and has not yet had one of them go off accidentally. The formulas contained in this article have all been tried and tested, and will be found to work perfectly.
FIREWORKS ROBOT SEIZES FLAMING FOOTBALL
A game of Rugby football was played in fireworks recently in England as a spectacular part of a great pyrotechnic display. At the climax, a robot goalkeeper outlined in flames recovered a blazing ball from beneath a pair of flaming goalposts.
A rehearsal of the thrilling episode is shown in the photograph at the right. The celebration commemorated the anniversary of the discovery of the Guy Fawkes Gunpowder Plot, a conspiracy to blow up the British Houses of Parliament a little over three hundred years ago, which is observed in England much after the fashion of Fourth of July in this country.
Boxers Wear Fireworks in Novel Bout
Outlined in flame, two asbestos-clad boxers staged a spectacular bout during a recent pyrotechnic display in London, England. Blazing fireworks, attached to the suits of the two performers on jointed frames to permit them freedom of movement, glowed as they sparred in the dark.
How a Fireworks Magician Tames Dynamite
Flaming dynamite and exploding mortars are the chief tools of the fireworks expert. In this vivid, intimate story one of the aces of the fireworks army takes you behind the scenes to reveal, for the first time, the thrills and dangers of his roaring trade.
MILLIONS of Americans thrill yearly to the glittering wheels, flaming rockets and spectacular bombs of the giant fireworks displays; but the men who fire them are the men nobody knowsâ€”the world’s most mysterious showmen.
Living Actors Animate Fireworks
SPECTACULAR pyrotechnics animated by living performers clad in asbestos suits have been part of the display which thrilled London audiences at the Crystal Palace during the past season.
Most famous of the acts is “Blondin on his tight rope,” in which “Blondin,” outlined in blazing powder, pushes a fiery wheelbarrow across a flaming plank. The heat generated by the display would be sufficient to melt iron.