Tag "inventors"
WHAT TO INVENT (Sep, 1936)


The author will be glad to answer questions relating to these and to other types of inventions. However, no letter will be answered unless a properly stamped and self-addressed envelope is enclosed.

SINCE the new awakening of business, hundreds of “gadgeteers” working in their attics and cellar shops have developed new inventions and have discovered that manufacturers, hungry for new ideas,

Inventors’ Brain Children (Oct, 1937)

I don’t think Press-On Nails would have sold as well if they were called “artificial horn”. Of course, if you grew up watching TV in the 80’s then there really is only one brand of nails (video) worth talking about.

Inventors’ Brain Children

Many inventors vied with each other for public favor when they exhibited working or other models at the recent annual convention of the nation’s inventors, held in New York. Some of the most outstanding devices of popular interest are illustrated on the accompanying pages.

Invention Clinic – How To Be an Inventor (Jan, 1950)

Invention Clinic – How To Be an Inventor


Big Money from Little Ideas

Few inventors appreciate the hardships that have gone into making even the simplest invention a success.

World’s Progress Hastened by Inventions (Oct, 1924)

If you want a really weird example of typesetting check out the last section. In that they:

graph but not the second half of a hyphenated word.

World’s Progress Hastened by Inventions

Seeking New and Improved Methods and Machines to Do Man’s Labor, Many Industries Spur Search with Offers of Reward DESPITE the fleetness with which developments in science and industry have taken their places in the service of man during the past few centuries, untold problems remain to be solved, powerful unknown forces are to be harnessed and hidden sources of new wealth uncovered. Greater demands for time and labor-saving methods and devices are constantly arising, notwithstanding the fact that machinery now performs most of the labor in mill, factory and office.

Television’s Million-Dollar Jackpot for Inventors (May, 1950)

Sounds a bit like a proto-kickstarter:

“Farmer then frankly announced that the inventors needed funds and that he believed their invention was really an important one—just the thing for barber shops, bowling alleys, hotels and cigar stores. He asked the audience to raise $5000 for a percentage of the business. His words were hardly on the air when the station’s phones started jingling up cash for the Van Doren boys. Eight of these callers wanted to put up the entire sum—thus offering a total of $40,000 to get the gadget on the market.”

Some variation of invention TV idea has been tried a number of times. There was a similar show in Chicago around the same time, one on the BBC a few years later, a terrible show called American Inventor a few years ago, and a current show called Stars of Science filmed in Qatar that was recently featured in Wired.

Television’s Million-Dollar Jackpot for Inventors

Best break many unknown inventors ever had is an inspiring Minneapolis TV show where gadgets star and gadgeteers win fame—and funds for their ideas.

By Alfred Eris

TWO brothers, Fred and George Van Doren, labored long and ardently to build a better shoeshine machine. At last, just when it looked as if all their inventive efforts would pay off, they found themselves completely stymied. Like so many other inventors, they had run out of funds —right on the brink of success.



by Harold S. Kahm

Invent a new amusement for the thrill-hungry public and make a fortune.

WOULD you like to make $100,000.00? .You can do it by inventing a new and successful amusement riding device. The average amusement park or carnival patron, swooping madly through the air in the whirling car of a Flying Scooter, or plunging down the breathtaking curves of a mammoth roller coaster, has one supreme thought in the back of his mind: “This is wonderful! Now let’s have something new!”

He’ll Buy Your Inventions (Nov, 1956)

Be careful with these inventions. I’m pretty sure that the Palpatron will turn you into a Sith lord.

He’ll Buy Your Inventions

If you have an idea for a new invention John Rockett’s Product Development Corp. would like to hear from you.

By John N. Makris

GOT an idea for an invention you believe is new, practical and useful? Then John F. Rockett, Jr., president of the Product Development Corp. of Boston would like to hear from you.

Rockett, whose newly established firm brings together the man with an idea and the company with the plant and capital to develop the idea, estimates there are 20,000,000 would-be inventors in the United States, representing an enormous treasury of new products, gadgets and services.

Let’s Give Inventors a Break (Mar, 1950)

Let’s Give Inventors a Break

Here’s the exclusive story of the newest organization for gadgeteers—the National Society for Inventors—told by group’s executive secretary.

By Col. Paul E. Holbrook

TWENTY years ago I thought of a bright idea for a direction-signaling device for trucks.

The first thing I did was write to the chief engineer of one of the largest auto manufacturers. His reply was fast and to the point. “No, thanks,” he wrote, “we aren’t planning to add any automobile accessories this year.”

So, I wrote to another industrial executive—an official of a speedometer corporation. He said it was a swell idea all right but it had no commercial value unless such a device were required by law.

Cleveland Club Helps New Inventors (Nov, 1950)

Cleveland Club Helps New Inventors

Fledgling gadgeteers won’t be at the mercy of dishonest promoters when Bill Korth’s New Inventors Club is battling for their rights.

By Alfred Eris

NO one ever has worried much about the troubles of inventors.

More than one inventive soul will shame-facedly confess to having been fleeced out of his idea and the time, effort and money it involved. Countless others will admit that they just never did anything about their inventions, and perhaps threw away a chance to make big money, for the simple reason that they didn’t know how or where to begin.

What Invention Have You Patented? (Mar, 1932)

What Invention Have You Patented?

by Frank Personette

WHAT is your patented invention, or aren’t you one of the 25,000 hopeful inventors who are now trying to cash in on the 32,000 inventions which have recently been granted patents in the United States?

Imagine 32,000 inventions, all of them patented, and all looking around, like a gold digger, for somebody to finance them. They range from hair curlers to flying machines, from mouse traps to combine threshers, from a pair of iceman’s tongs to, of all things, perpetual motion.