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Youth Invents Gondola Shoes to Walk English Channel (Sep, 1931)

If he ever attempted this I’m pretty sure you can visit both Mr. Terry and his gondola shoes a few meters down just off the coast of Dover.

Youth Invents Gondola Shoes to Walk English Channel

THE ancient Biblical feat of walking on water is soon to be duplicated by a Washington youth, George Terry, who has invented an odd pair of gondola shoes to achieve the stunt. The scene of the re-enactment of the feat will be the English Channel, between Dover and Calais.

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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

By D. R. VAN HORN

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.

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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.

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Aquaplane Towed by Auto Outrigger in New Water Sport (Jan, 1932)

Aquaplane Towed by Auto Outrigger in New Water Sport

WATER enthusiasts are now able to skip along Pacific waves without actually going to sea. A 20-foot pole attached by a swivel to the rear end of an automoible does the trick. The aquaplane rider skims over water two feet deep as the car speeds 20 miles along the beach. The pole is fastened by a bolt attached to a rear bumper and can be swung over when the car is turned around.

One brace rope swung from the top of the spare tire or the handle of the door fitting over the rumble seat holds the pole horizontal while a forward brace rope, swinging back from the radiator cap, holds the pole against the backward pull. The weight of the entire additional equipment, including pole and rope, is only 34 pounds.

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Garden-Hose Attachment Anchored in Turf Forms Portable Shower (Aug, 1954)

Garden-Hose Attachment Anchored in Turf Forms Portable Shower
Outdoor showers are provided by a device that can be quickly set up on any lawn. A metal pipe with a spray head at its curved end, it has a sharp point at the other end that can be pushed into the ground to hold the assembly upright. There is a connection in the pipe at ground level for the hose.

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WATER WALKER (Dec, 1958)

WATER WALKER Wayne Wilson, a York, Pa., engineer, jogs inside his plastic squirrel cage and independent paddle wheel. He says it’s unsinkable. Ventilators let in air but not water.

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