|Cover of February 1920|
Another time at the flea market I bought a stack of Popular Mechanics magazines from the 1920s for $20. If you didn't mind the musty smell, they were captivating reading. I remember seeing a new invention…
Yes, it's a coat hook.
Radio was coming into its own and there were a lot of articles on them, and cars, too. In the letters to the editor section there was one letter from a college physics professor that particularly stood out. He explained why space travel would never be possible.
Google "Life Magazine Google" and you will discover many old issues that you can click on and read. If you Google “Popular Science Google” you will get a lot of pages of early issues. Here is a partial list of the contents of the February, 1920 issue:
Two All-Metal Airplanes
Feather Weight Air Mail
Cranking the Airplanes
Cutting Steel Bars With Giant Scissors
The Machine With a Dipper That Digs and Dumps
Taking Shorthand on a Machine
An Electric Divining Rod
Motor Vehicles and Accessories
An Automobile Ambulance for Injured Cars
A Special Hitch for Pulling Wagons and Trailers
Is Yellow Light Best
How Fast Does a Bird Fly?
Wood That Competes With Steel
Meet the Cattalo, a New American Half Breed
Here's an idea that didn't fly...an airplane with folding wings. It flew later, but not with so many folds!