Tag "hobbies"


Fred Perry, Pittsburgh. Pa., hobbyist, has spent years making this working model of an early 1900 Pennsylvania oil field which stands on a platform in his garage.

Miniature powerhouse supplies jack pumps with power to bring oil from wells to nearby tanks. Pipelines then carry it to the storage tanks.

Here Perry tightens bolt on tiny jack pump with one of the special tools he had to make himself in order to assemble and maintain his oil field.


They moved to a new location, but Scranton Hobby Center is still around.

hudson miniatures’ “OLD TIMERS” Auto Kits

Left to right:
1911 Maxwell—$2.50
1904 Olds—$1.95
1909 Ford—$2.95
1910 Ford—$2.50



Swords collected from the various countries in which he has visited form the interesting collection of Richard Ames, Jr., Houston, Tex. He is shown above with some of his trophies.

Even the movie stars have their hobbies. Jeanette MacDonald collects small jeweled trinkets and novelties. She is shown here with a portion of her novel collection of porcelain and glass what-nots.

Rancher Sculptures Roots as Hobby (Aug, 1938)

These are actually really cool.

Rancher Sculptures Roots as Hobby

USING the gnarled and twisted roots of juniper shrubs as his medium, W.G. Hodgson, a rancher in Alberta, Canada, has attracted the attention of the artistic world by his ability to sculpture figurines which, by their perfection, express the countless moods of different human types. Strangely enough, the beautiful figurines are sculptured with carving implements made from salvaged parts of old automobile magnetos.

Duncemaster Howard – Professor of Pipe-ology (Oct, 1949)

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Duncemaster Howard – Professor of Pipe-ology

GOT any questions on your mind today?

Ask Tom Howard, the zany dunce-master on CBS’ radio and television crazy quiz. It Pays To Be Ignorant—he’ll give you any answer . . . except, of course, the right one. But ask him for a light and you may end up with all your pockets full of pipes—complete with built-in lighters.

Rariatrics… world’s most fabulous hobby (Aug, 1951)

Rariatrics… world’s most fabulous hobby

Here’s a pastime so unusual that only one person in the whole universe can practice it. And nobody has managed to do so yet.

By Lester David

IF you’ve got about $15 million to spare, here’s your chance to become the world’s first and only rariatrician!

What is a rariatrician? Well, don’t rush to your dictionary because you won’t find it there. In fact, we just invented the word. But, if there were such a creature as a rariatrician, he’d be the world’s Number One Hobbyist.

How to Make Money from Money (May, 1951)

How to Make Money from Money

With coin-collecting know-how and a sharp eye, you can turn pennies into dollar bills.

By Lester David

THE man pressed his nose against the window of the curio shop in New York City. His eyes were attracted by a peculiar chunk of metal which gleamed dully from the cluttered assortment of bric-a-brac and jewelry.

He strolled inside, asked for the object and turned it over and over curiously. It seemed to be just a rectangular block of gold, an inch and a quarter long and three-quarters of an inch thick. The price? Just a few dollars. He bought it, then spent the next two years finding out what it was.

MORTON BODFISH – bank-collecting banker (Aug, 1951)

MORTON BODFISH – bank-collecting banker

CHICAGO boasts of a banker who not only works at banking, but plays at it, too. He is Morton Bodfish, Chairman of the Board of the First Savings and Loan Association, and his leisure-time hobby is bank collecting . . . penny banks which have inspired thrift in young and old throughout our nation’s history.

Lobbyist for Hobbyists (Oct, 1949)

Lobbyist for Hobbyists

“You need a hobby,” warned the doctor. So Dave Elman dug up more than 500,000 pastimes—for other people.

By Fred Horsley

“PICK any noun in the dictionary, and I’ll name you a hobby for that word,” Dave Elman, the originator of radio’s Hobby Lobby, boasted as he leaned back in his office chair in midtown Manhattan.

“All right,” I said and opened up a small dictionary on his desk. “Here’s one for you—auk.”

“That’s easy. I’ve got that hobby right here in the office. Ned Hand of the American Museum of Natural History collects the remains of auks as his hobby. See those bones over in the corner? That’s your auk hobby.”

“Well, here’s a slippery one for you— eel.”

When Hollywood STARS TURN To HOBBIES (May, 1936)



WHILE their images are engaged in entertaining millions of people in theaters all over the world, Hollywood stars can be found entertaining themselves—in their workshops. And while their images flash across the screen, garbed in sophisticated evening apparel, gay costumes of former periods, or flashy uniforms, the stars are hard at work in grease stained coveralls, dungarees and sweat shirts, or the first old garments to come to hand.