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5,000-pound Devil Fish Is Caught (Apr, 1934)

Damn, that’s a big Manta.

5,000-pound Devil Fish Is Caught

A GIANT Manta Devil Fish became entangled in the anchor and anchor rope of Captain A. L. Kahn’s fishing boat while he was angling just off the shore of New Jersey, almost capsizing the heavy boat.

A Coast Guard vessel came to the rescue, and killed the 5,000-pound monster Manta Birostris with 22 shots from a high-powered rifle. The sail-like fish has been mounted and placed on exhibition by Captain Kahn.

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Giant Typewriter Weighs 14 Tons (Dec, 1930)

Giant Typewriter Weighs 14 Tons
A MAMMOTH typewriter—an exact duplicate of the smaller machine—standing eighteen feet high and weighing fourteen tons was recently placed on display in Atlantic City’s auditorium convention hall. The huge machine, shown in the photo below, is said to have cost $100,000 and required three years’ time in construction. All parts of the huge machine work just as in an office-size typewriter.

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Studebaker Builds World’s Largest Auto — 41 Feet Long (Dec, 1930)

Sometimes you have to wonder… Just because they didn’t have photoshop doesn’t mean they couldn’t fake photos.

Studebaker Builds World’s Largest Auto — 41 Feet Long
AT THE entrance of the Studebaker proving grounds, in South Bend, Indiana, stands the world’s largest automobile—so large that an ordinary car can be placed under its hood. This mammoth car, shown above, weighs five and a half tons, and is 41 feet long—two and a half times the length of the ordinary car.

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BIGGEST RADIO SET HAS FORTY TUBES (Jun, 1936)

BIGGEST RADIO SET HAS FORTY TUBES
What is believed to be the largest and most powerful radio receiving set ever assembled is the latest achievement of a well-known Chicago radio engineer. Designed for world-wide reception on all wave lengths, the mammoth receiver has a complicated circuit which employs forty tubes. Five separate loudspeakers, operating simultaneously, cover a wide sound-frequency range, and give exceptional tonal quality. The total weight of the receiver, shown below, is 620 pounds.

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BIGGEST GUITAR IS PLAYED LIKE A BASS FIDDLE (Nov, 1936)

BIGGEST GUITAR IS PLAYED LIKE A BASS FIDDLE
Believed to be the world’s biggest guitar, this six-foot instrument, recently demonstrated in Chicago, combines the resonance of the bass fiddle and the tones of the guitar. The “Bassoguitar,” as the new instrument has been named, is played by slapping and plucking the strings like a bass fiddle.

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Giant Vacuum Cleaner (Mar, 1948)

Giant Vacuum Cleaner
Largest one ever assembled is this 196-pound jumbo made for exhibition purposes. It takes a bit of pushing, but works fine according to Henry Hoover.

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World’s Largest Cars (Feb, 1957)

World’s Largest Cars

Detroit still has a long way to go to catch up in size to some of the huge cars built in the past.

IF YOU think the current crop of autos emerging from Detroit is big in size, you have only to look back at some of the earlier motor vehicles which assumed truly large proportions.

As far back as 1908 a vehicle named the State Motor Coach had a 17-foot length and a huge 153.5-inch wheelbase.

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FORTY-POUND CIGAR IS VALUED AT SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLARS (May, 1924)

Sometimes a cigar is just a big-ass cigar.

FORTY-POUND CIGAR IS VALUED AT SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLARS

What is said to be one of the largest cigars ever made was shown at an eastern tobacco exposition. It was rolled from broadleaf tobacco from the Connecticut valley and is five feet in length. The value of the tobacco used is estimated at $75.

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Huge Electric Lamp Globe Covers Kneeling Girl (Sep, 1938)

[Insert Sylvia Plath joke here. Everyone loves a good Sylvia Plath joke.]

Actually this is a sort of interesting post because it shows how Modern Mechanix (which changed it’s name to Mechanix Illustrated in 1938) reuses images and articles. Here is virtually the same article, though with slightly different info and a slightly crappier picture.

Huge Electric Lamp Globe Covers Kneeling Girl
DEVELOPED in the laboratories of a well known electrical products manufacturer, a new incandescent electric lamp has a globe so large that it completely encloses an average size kneeling girl, as shown above. The huge lamp is rated at 100,000 watts and has filaments of about the same diameter as an ordinary lead pencil. The large glass cup shown in the hands of the man is sealed to the lamp, forming its base. Note the standard 60-watt electric bulb in the hands of the girl demonstrator.

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BRASS HORN TWELVE FEET LONG PLAYED BY SIX MIDGETS (Jan, 1924)

BRASS HORN TWELVE FEET LONG PLAYED BY SIX MIDGETS

Measuring 12 feet in length, a giant horn requires at least two men to play it, as it is so cumbersome that one person cannot carry it. Recently, at a convention in the South, six midget men were necessary to handle the instrument: one at the mouth-
piece, another at the keys, and four to support it. This huge band piece was made in Paris and brought to this country about 75 years ago.

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