Twelve Foot Muzzle Loading Gun Recalls Days of ’49
WHEN they shot game in California in the hard days of ’49, they really shot game, as is demonstrated hy a 12 foot, muzzle loading gun just added to the Pony Express Museum at Pasadena, California. The gun was acquired from a pioneer at Calaveras,
The gun weighs fifty pounds. Being a muzzle loader, it used powder and ball. A huge ramrod was required to stuff in the firing material and bullets. It is easy to understand that the weapon carried a terrific kick, especially if loaded with a little more than the required amount of powder. It was fired from a rest.
News Photographers’ Auto Is an Oversized Camera
PROGRESSIVE newspaper photographers of Atlantic City, New Jersey, have installed an auto body modeled after a camera, from which they take pictures of the news events in that vicinity. In addition to its advertising value, the odd body provides space for a darkroom in which plates may be developed on the way back to the office.
A ladder in the interior leads to a platform at the top of the huge “camera” 10 feet above the ground. This elevation enables the camera men to get unusually effective pictures of crowds and sporting events.
GIANT SAXOPHONE IS SO LARGE PLAYER STANDS ON LADDER
Weighing 500 pounds and modeled accurately after smaller instruments, a huge saxophone was displayed not long ago in California. Securely bracketed to the outside of the manufacturer’s shop, the giant instrument formed an impressive advertising display, and to emphasize its tremendous proportions, a young woman who attempted to play it was compelled to mount a ladder to reach the mouthpiece.
GIANT CLAMS TRAP SEA DIVERS
IN GRIP OF SHELLS Shells of huge clams found off the coast of Papua often weigh more than 400 pounds. Divers who accidentally step into the open lips of the monsters are not infrequently held with such force that they cannot release themselves and are drowned. The shells close with such force that they serve as gigantic traps.
I think I’m going to have to call bullshit on this one. Unless that’s actually a Kangaroo…
Texas Rabbits Roped Like Steers
THE jackrabbits they sure grow big in the Lone Star State. If you need graphic proof just take a look at the photo at the right. Believe it or not, but that thing hanging by its hind legs is a rabbit, and not an overgrown police dog.
These critters play a leading role in the rabbit roping contest held every year in the little town of Odessa, in Wild Western part of Texas. The idea of roping a rabbit does not seem so easy when you see what it is that gets roped.
Bugle Call into Megaphone Gets ’em Up in the Morning
Reveille sounds painfully loud these days to the boys in camp at Fort Jackson, S. C. When the bugler sounds “I can’t get ’em up in the morning” he steps to a huge megaphone that blasts his notes throughout the camp. Mess call, he finds, does not require so much artificial amplification.
The Flame Tank
By HUGO GERNSBACK
LAYMEN still labor under the erroneous conception that war is far more frightful in modern times, and that it kills more of the combatants than formerly. Quite the contrary is true. In ancient war, when hand-to-hand fighting was the order of the day, as, for instance, in the old Roman times, casualties were far and away greater than they are in modern warfare.
Makes Big Candid Camera
USING the back of an old view camera, the front of an old reflex camera, the finder from a Speed Graphic and the range finder from a Leica, Fred R. Jolly, of Peoria, Ill., has assembled what is believed to be the largest candid camera in existence, taking an 8×10 negative. The novel camera is equipped with a synchronized flash and the synchronizer is used to trip the shutter at all times, whether the flash is used or not.
She’s Carrying The Torch
LORRAIN BERTELSON is playing with fire, as she demonstrates the world’s largest welding torch, a feature of the American Welding Society’s part in the Western Metal Congress, held recently at Los Angeles, Calif. Leading scientists on defense metals discussed new alloys used in our preparedness program.
These kids should get themselves a midget brass section.
SEVEN BOYS PLAY BIG HARMONICA
Seven boys are needed to play a huge harmonica recently demonstrated at Detroit, Mich., and which is declared to be the largest of its kind in the world. It measures eight feet in length, giving sufficient space for each performer to render the part assigned to him in music orchestrated especially for the big instrument. There are 770 notes in all on the scale of the gigantic mouth organ.