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HENRY FORD \iscusses America’s INDUSTRIAL FUTURE (Dec, 1934)

According to Henry Ford, the future of American industry is all about Soy beans. Actually, he wasn’t too far off, I’m typing this on my Apple Soybook Pro.


In this exclusive interview Henry Ford predicts that the farm will be the scene of industrial development. He points the way to success for today’s inventors and looks upon chemistry as the link between a more prosperous agriculture and industry.


HENRY FORD, the industrial genius of modern times, sees industry entering a vast, wide-open era of experiment, invention and discovery. He believes that in the next twenty-five years man will achieve results overshadowing the dreams of today.

This new trend has already begun under the stimulation of Henry Ford’s inventive mind. He is convinced that the farm will be the scene of great industrial development and that chemistry will be the agency by which these changes will be evolved.

Behind the Razor Blade (Jan, 1937) (Jan, 1937)

Behind the Razor Blade

by Robert W. Gordon

TAKE a look at any group photograph of half a century ago. No matter what their station in life, the faces of the men you see there will be adorned with luxuriant crops of whiskers. Some were clipped plain, with the simple dignity of a cemetery hedge. Others were brushed and trimmed in weird and wonderful designs, like decorations on a wedding cake.

Now take a look along the street—any street in almost any country. You see a new race of men entirely. You can really see their faces, and they are bright and clean. No more of this hiding behind the bush. Their jaws are as bare of foliage as an oak tree in January.



SIX OUNCES of grass juice. Prescriptions such as that are all in the day’s work for Abraham G. Balfour. Fresh bottled grass juice, which is said to vie with spinach as a source of calcium and vitamins, is but one of more than 700 varieties of fruit and vegetable juices and their blends which he produces in his Englewood, N. J., laboratory. His unique factory is running twenty-four hours a day, and shipments of choice garden and orchard products from as far away as California arrive at Englewood on a daily schedule.

Off the “Platter” and into Your Home (Dec, 1938)

Off the “Platter” and into Your Home

WHEN a voice from your radio says: “This is an electrical transcription,” don’t turn to another station, for what you are about to hear is one of the wonders of modern broadcasting. Last year the customers of one of the leading makers of electrical transcriptions for broadcasting purposes paid $30,000,000 for the records and station time.

It is a big business, this offspring of radio. Every broadcasting station in the United States, without exception, uses these “platters.” Many of the smaller stations depend on them for a majority of the time they are on the air each day.

Machine-Made “Stars and Stripes” Replace the Flags of Betsy Ross’ Day (Jan, 1924)

Machine-Made “Stars and Stripes” Replace the Flags of Betsy Ross’ Day

Uncle Sam’s Factory Turns Out Nation’s Colors

IT is a far cry from the handmade flag of Betsy Ross to the production of flags by machinery, and yet the cradle of the “Stars and Stripes” has remained in Philadelphia since the symbol of our nation was born there 145 years ago. The traditional scene of this woman patriot patiently fingering the colors of a new nation, has shifted to the operation of scores of machines, increasing production a thousandfold.



MOST of our giant oil refineries have glass skeletons in their closets. Before they spill one drop of gasoline, lubricants or other by-products of crude into the pipe lines or the stomachs of water, rail and highway tankers, their efficiency at squeezing out every cubic centimeter of value has been planned and proved in glass models sitting atop stone tables in engineering laboratories.

Actual creators of these refineries are the glass constructionists who fashion the prototypes. Typical of scientific glass blowers are three men in the laboratory of the M. W, Kellogg Company plant in Jersey City, N. J.—master glass constructionist T. A. Graf, and his staff of two, Robert Connelly and James Margiotta.

Steel – Backbone of the Modern World (Jun, 1938)

This was a really interesting read. I honestly had no idea how a steel was made. I wonder if it’s still done the same way.

Steel – Backbone of the Modern World
by Robert W. Gordon

A WORLD without steel—try to imagine it! Without steel, the whole physical structure of the modern world would collapse. Lacking this one all-important substance, the civilization we know would cease to exist. There was, of course, civilization long before the discovery of steel, but it was vastly different from ours; so different that it requires an effort of the will to picture a world without steel.

New Marvels of Food Factories (Sep, 1934)

New Marvels of Food Factories

PERMITTED to peep behind the scenes in a giant food plant, a housewife would envy the speed and exactness of the modern machines used in preparing and packing food. The variety of these error-proof automatic devices is almost endless. In bakeries, massive, yet delicately adjusted mixers weigh and sift flour and measure water, mixing enough dough for hundreds of loaves of bread in one batch and assuring uniform taste and texture. The baked loaves are brought into position before a rank of dancing hack-sawlike blades that slice them in a flash, more nearly even than the most skilful housewife could do. Huge disks, rotating under corrugated rollers, knead spaghetti dough to a uniform consistency.

How Light Bulbs Are Made (Jun, 1933)

How Light Bulbs Are Made

1 Pictures on this page show the steps in the process of making electric light bulbs. First, the tungsten wire filament is drawn through diamond dies. So fine is this wire, one-quarter the diameter of a hair, that it is extremely difficult to see it

2 Here is the mechanical spider that takes the fine tungsten wire and winds it around a steel wire form to shape the filament. An attendant watches the process through a microscope to be sure the spacing is accurate

Here’s How Harmonicas Are Made (Jul, 1947)

Here’s How Harmonicas Are Made

HARMONICAS, like many another product, have taken their place on U.S. assembly lines. Largely imported before the war, the ubiquitous and versatile instruments, more familiarly known as mouth organs, will be mostly American-made from now on.

With an estimated 3,600,000 slated for production in 1947 by one factory alone, the hip-pocket band has rapidly become a precision-made, mass-production commodity with a wide public appeal and an industry all its own. Invented more than a century ago, the harmonica was once a toy, is today a real instrument with complex 50-note chromatic models now available.