Runners Convert Wagon
Four small wheel runners quickly convert this child’s wagon into a steerable sled for use in winter. Patented by Emil Lersch, of Pensacola, Fla., the ski-like, turned-up metal runners are each clamped firmly to a wheel of the wagon by a pair of side plates shaped to conform closely to the wheel’s contours. In addition, angled braces between the runners and the axles provide lateral stability.
ICE-BOAT PILOT RIDES INSIDE THE SAIL
Entering through a small door in the side, J. L. Finch, of Patchogue, N. Y., drives his curious ice boat, pictured above, from within a fixed, fabric-covered airfoil that serves as a sail for the craft. Instead of controlling his ice racer by manipulating a sail, Finch turns the forward movable runners on which the boat rides to get it into the most-advantageous position in the prevailing wind. Windows are built into the leading edge of the airplane-wing sail. Finch calls his strange craft an “ice glider.”