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IF you can’t find a parking space big enough for your automobile, turn the car up endways! This is the solution of the parking problem devised by the group of collegians shown in the picture.

Garage ‘Without WALLS for Car Parking (Jun, 1931)

Garage ‘Without WALLS for Car Parking

A TYPE of garage built on entirely new lines has been designed and patented by Samuel Eliot, a real estate operator and building manager of Boston, Mass. Known as a “cage garage,” it is an open-air parking space stepped up three or four stories, with no side-walls or windows, no heat, no elevators or electric lighting.

Hydraulic Control OPENS Garage Door (Nov, 1931)

Hydraulic Control OPENS Garage Door

OPERATED from ordinary water pipes with pressure furnished by a simple pipe attachment, an inexpensive new device for opening and closing garage doors from the driver’s seat of the automobile proves a great convenience to motorists. It will open or close, lock or unlock garage doors without the driver’s leaving the machine.

A simple and easily-handled hydraulic device, consisting of two valves, one valve with lock and key, is placed in a convenient location on the edge of the driveway where it is within easy reach of the driver’s arm. The other valve is placed inside the garage. Either valve opens and closes the doors.

Easy Parking With SIDE-STEERING Car (May, 1932)

Easy Parking With SIDE-STEERING Car

FORDS have been forced to do strange things in the past, but the honors for odd performances to date go to a machine, built by a Pontiac, Mich., mechanic, which can move sideways at an angle of 65 degrees, and thus make parking an extremely simple matter.

As demonstrated in the photo above, the machine has each of its wheels mounted on a steering hub, so that a turn of the steering mechanism operates all four wheels.

“Pigeonhole” Parking Lot (Aug, 1951)

I don’t suppose anyone from Spokane knows if this is still there?

“Pigeonhole” Parking Lot
Four times as many cars are parked in a Spokane, Wash., parking lot with a rampless garage in which cars are delivered to parking stalls by elevator. The customer drives up to a receiving stall. A platform reaches out, lifts the car onto the elevator which rolls along a track between the two parking racks. The elevator lifts the car to the desired level and rolls it into the parking stall. The unit parks a car in the most distant stall in 60 seconds!

Make Street Intersections PAY a PROFIT (Jun, 1932)

Make Street Intersections PAY a PROFIT

RECORDS show that busy street intersections are the favorite spots in which traffic accidents occur. To eliminate these danger spots, J. G. Van Zandt, an engineer of Pittsburgh, Penn., has patented the idea of a safety-tower which practically eliminates the possibility of crossing collisions and at the same time returns a profit to the community.

Space above and below street level at intersections belongs to the city. Mr. Van Zandt’s towers would be constructed at the intersection, as shown in the drawing below, and would contain stores, offices, and parking facilities which would return a handsome revenue to the builders.

Floating garage (Jun, 1960)

Floating garage
When the USS Essex moved its base from Mayport, Fla., to Quonset Point, R.I., officers and men who owned cars received permission to transport them on the carrier’s flight deck. One catch—a warning: If war broke out while they were at sea, the cars would be dumped. The ship carried no planes, as a new flying group will be attached in Rhode Island.



Tightly sheathed on roof and sides with unused automobile license tags, a serviceable garage, seventeen feet square and ten feet high, with space for two cars has been built in Denver, Colo. The tags’ were obtained from a surplus of 22,000 left over in the office of the secretary of state. More than 10,000 of the plates, which are rust-proof, were required to cover the structure. They were laid overlapping like shingles upon a rough board siding and a layer of tar paper. A coat of paint was applied to obliterate the numbers.

Turntable Eases Garaging (May, 1952)

Turntable Eases Garaging

Now Frank Enos of Sausalito, Calif., just presses a button to solve what had been a difficult problem. He lives on the side of a hill, with a garage 30 feet below the level of the road and at the end of a 150-foot driveway. Backing up the hill on wet mornings was sometimes a dangerous chore, until Enos devised a turntable and installed it just before the entrance to the garage. Pressing a button puts a 1/2-horsepower geared motor to work revolving the table after Enos backs out, and he drives forward up the hill. The turntable deck is supported by 4 by 12-inch girders and 2 by 12-inch joists which are set on eight concrete piers.

Elevator Garage Stores Auto Under Lawn Of Home (Feb, 1938)

Elevator Garage Stores Auto Under Lawn Of Home

LACKING room to build a garage at the side of his home and being forbidden by city ordinance to erect one in front or at the rear, a suburban Londoner solved his problem by installing an elevator garage under the front garden. The elevator is electrically driven and control switches within the house cause it to rise or lower within a few seconds. When in a fully lowered position, the elevator roof is flush with the ground.