Thursday, October 12, 2006

Useful ideas to save you money...

well, if you lived 60 years ago, and were 'good with your hands'!

's flickr site contains 105 lovingly scanned pages of a 1945 copy of Popular Mechanics, an magazine that has published articles devoted to science and technology since 1902.

I can remember flicking through battered, musty-smelling copies that my dad had kept, marvelling at the fact that he grew up in an era when people built aeroplanes in their garages from sheets of plywood and lawnmower engines!

The articles range from the practical to the bizarre. My personal favourites are the 'Monogram Guide' (p9) and the 'Condiment set with sailboat cutout' (p11), while headlines like 'Scrub Brush Is Handy Stroker for Long Belt Sander' (p12), 'Jigsawed Dutch Boy Holds Your Pipe with Both Hands' (p23) and 'Everyday Uses for Rubber Suction Cups' (p33) would all make excellent Monty Python sketch titles.

If you can't be bothered to view each scan individually, click here to download/view a PDF of all the pages.

1 comment:

Major Look said...

Thanks for the PDF download - much easier ;-)