The Season’s Newest Toys (Jan, 1934)
The Season’s Newest Toys
TOY manufacturers in this country have been extraordinarily inventive of late, and have produced a set of new and unusual items differing greatly from the ordinary run. Many of these are illustrated in these three pages; but lack of space permits only a very general description of construction, operation or equipment of some of them. Others are described in the captions beneath the photos. However, if any of the readers are interested in the names of the manufacturers, such information will be furnished free of charge: merely specify the numbers of the items, and the data will be forwarded.
Item No. 1601 is a baseball game, which may be played by as many players as desire to take a crack at the ball. A baseball of regulation size is fastened to the end of a steel rod, fitted with a ball at the bottom, and a spring to pull the rod to a vertical position. Striking the ball a sharp blow with the bat causes the ball to be driven downward between the teeth of a flexible rubber comb. A string, which passes through holes in these teeth, is depressed by the action of the rod, registering in this manner the result of the hit.
Between two glass discs in item No. 1602, is placed a circular celluloid film, on which are printed twelve pictures reproduced from your own negatives (regardless of subject or size) by the manufacturer, at a cost not greater than the cost of ordinary prints. The projector is tiltable, with a switch outside; it has a 100-watt concentrated filament projection lamp. The films can be changed almost instantly.
The outfit illustrated at No. 1603 is intended for the youthful constructor who would like to make novelties from cellophane. Sheets are cut in accordance with the patterns furnished and pasted on backgrounds; and very colorful and picturesque effects result.
Drawings may be enlarged or reduced by the equipment illustrated at No. 1604. This outfit comes in various sizes and grades. The one here illustrated is a rather inexpensive style. At one end of the slanting cross-arm is an improvised prism. The picture to be copied is supported at the other end and, on looking through the prism, the artist sees an image of the object apparently projected on the drawing paper. Even a novice has no difficulty in copying with this sketching apparatus, or producing faithful reproductions of scenes or people.
A very complete construction kit is illustrated as No. 1605. This is a 3/4″ scale model of the three-miles-a-minute Boeing 247 transport airplane used on the United Air Lines. Full-size drawings, complete in every detail, and all material required for the construction, are furnished. The builder is not required to machine any of the parts, since turned parts are furnished ready for use. This flying model weighs only 16 oz., yet its wing span is 55-5/8″. It may be quickly converted into an exhibition model.
In the sky ride, No. 1608, we see a replica of the now world-famous ride found at the Chicago World’s Fair. The rails and wheels of these cars are of unusual construction. While the rail appears to be single, it is actually divided by a thin insulated strip, and the wheels by which the cars hang are also double; so that the current for the motors of the car is taken off from opposite sides of the divided wheels. A trip, on the track, reverses the motor in the car.
The suspended monorail illustrated in No. 1615 is manufactured by the same company which makes the sky ride. The nature of operation of the cars is substantially the same as in the sky ride, but the supporting towers are considerably lower. Switches are available for producing track circuits of different designs. These suspended cars are capable of amazing speed, and will not leave the track.
The small loom illustrated as No. 1611 is a thoroughly practical outfit, and can be used by any child to weave and full instructions are furnished for its continuation.
In the put-together puzzle (No. 1613) the pieces are so cleverly cut that there is but one way to assemble them; but when they are assembled, the article is interlocked. The pieces are differently colored, but the colors do not necessarily match, so there is no clue to the solution. The puzzle is very tricky.
In item No. 1614, the hand-operated washer contains two vacuum cups, which work the dirt out of dolly’s clothes. The rest of the material is clear from the photographs.
Microscopic research continues with undiminished enthusiasm. Many lads are today delving into the wonders of the unseen world, watching invisible organisms carry on their purposes in life. A leading manufacturer has advanced this study by furnishing complete kits containing a microscope, slides, specimens, and the necessary paraphernalia for practical microscopy. The photograph shows one of the smaller outfits. They are available in several different sizes, containing even more powerful microscopes, greater variety of specimens, and more complete equipment.
The other items are sufficiently explained by the illustrations and the accompanying captions. It may be said that the small spring-winding motor at the left is powerful enough to operate small constructions of parts like Tinkertoy. It has a governor for constant speed and will run five minutes, light.