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More Pleasure at the Seashore (Oct, 1937)

More Pleasure at the Seashore

SHOWN in the upper right corner is a simple and practical “non-skid” surf board with which you can bank and make turns. Two barrel staves are fastened at approximately a 25 degree angle to two substantial irons, which in turn are fastened to a heavy plank cut as shown in the illustration. The use of this surf board can easily be mastered in fifteen or twenty minutes.

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.

EVER-FLOAT (Mar, 1970)




A new kind of splash is being made in America’s watering spots by a swim suit that keeps a woman afloat even if she can’t swim. And the Ever-Float Safety Swim Suit does it all without gadgets of any kind to inflate or adjust.

A Water-Driven Ferris Wheel for the Camp (Jun, 1924)

I’m not sure that this would work very well… Not to mention building it the middle of a river with a decent current would be less than easy.

A Water-Driven Ferris Wheel for the Camp


THE chief merit of the amusement device shown in the drawing is the fact that it will give the users alternate sun and water baths as long as they wish and without effort on their part. Because of this wholesome fun and the simplicity of design the wheel is a desirable addition to any summer camp situated on a stream with sufficient current to operate it.

New Water Sports (Aug, 1938)

New Water Sports

NO ONE in your beach party will be bored for want of something to do if you have several of these fun-making gadgets at hand. For example, there’s, racing with the circular craft shown above, called a “Coracle” after ancient European fishing boats. This tricky craft will provide no end of sport because of the difficulty in making it follow a straight course.

He Makes Fish Out of People (Nov, 1956)

He Makes Fish Out of People

Ed Townsend’s how-to skin diving school teaches aquatic enthusiasts to explore the briny deep safely.

By Sam Schneider

EARLY in the fall of 1953 two men set off on a skin diving prowl of the coral reefs in the ocean of Hillsborough, a tiny community on the southeast coast of Florida. The younger of the pair, wearing a brand new “lung” he’d recently bought, dropped off their boat and never surfaced alive.

The tragedy made headlines in south Florida, a climatically natural stronghold of the increasingly popular aquatic activity. It also spurred 260-pound Edwin D. Townsend into the development of a unique business.

Vest-Pocket Life Preserver (Mar, 1950)

Vest-Pocket Life Preserver

DURING many an over-ocean, wartime flight as service inspector of B-24s in the China-Burma-India theater, Engineer Bill Baker’s thoughts of home kept reverting to a time when he. and his sister were lake sailing and their boat capsized, pinning the girl under the sail. Both escaped—but from then on his sister’s love for sail-boating was spoiled by her fear of the water.

Hinged Fins Strapped to Legs Aid in Treading Water (Jan, 1932)

Hinged Fins Strapped to Legs Aid in Treading Water

ABOUT the strangest thing yet in the way of contraptions for walking on water recently appeared in Catalina Island, California. Consisting of a set of three flipper-like discs attached to the lower leg, the device gets its water treading power from the mechanical arrangement whereby the flippers spread out on the down stroke to catch hold of the water, and fold up out of the way as the leg comes upward. The results of the test, conducted by Albert E. Arnold, noted swimming coach, is indicated in his remark, “I’ll still use boats for a while.”

Outboard Makes Current to Keep Swimmers in Trim (Feb, 1932)

Outboard Makes Current to Keep Swimmers in Trim

COACHES have to resort to many devices to whip their teams into shape, but it remained for Hay Daughters, coach of the Washington Athletic Club swimming team in Seattle, Wash., to hook up an outboard motor on the edge of the pool in order to create a current, against which his team swims.

In the photo above is shown the Washington A. C. team fighting its way against the current created by the motor, preparing for Olympic contests.

FLOAT-EES Inflatable Swim Trunks (Jun, 1950)


FLOAT-EES swim trunks

  • Swim with ease – greater safety
  • Air on hips balances air in lungs
  • Won’t tip you upside down*

Pontoons and hose INVISIBLE when worn

Smartly-styled FLOAT-EES boxer trunks have concealed pockets with plastic pontoons that can be inflated in or out of the water. With FLOAT-EES beginners learn to swim rapidly. Swimmers can relax, swim distances with ease. Blue, tan, maize, maroon.