Author Archives: Charles Shopsin

Today on Modern Mechanix

Recently on Modern Mechanix we looked at this nifty wrist watch camera from 1939 that holds enough film for 36 photos, an odd cure for hay fever, a shipboard kennel located in a false funnel on the ocean liner Normandie … Continue reading

Modern Mechanix Round-UP

Recently on Modern Mechanix we look at this cool little fish shaped submarine, a 1902 ad for an adding machine called the Comptometer, a 1936 Popular Science piece that explains why we might have another ice age, a dome light … Continue reading

Modern Mechanix Round-UP

Recently on Modern Mechanix we looked at a 1950 Mechanix Illustrated article about how some of history’s most famous inventions were discovered by accident. Pictured at right is Wilhelm von Roentgen’s simultanious discovery of both the X-Ray and the electric … Continue reading

Modern-Mechanix Round-UP

Today on Modern Mechanix we looked at this gasoline powered radio that gets 160 hours of playtime per gallon, a pretty precarious looking sled-bike, a lengthy 1931 Popular Science article about evolution, and a 1928 plan for passengers in a … Continue reading

Modern-Mechanix Round-UP

Today on Modern Mechanix we look at a wonderful 1954 article from Colliers magazine that predicted the huge changes coming due to solid-state electronics. Published just a few years after the invention of the transistor this article talks about color … Continue reading

Modern Mechanix Round-UP

Today on Modern Mechanix we have a 1956 Mechanix Illustrated article about scientist’s plans to redesign the human body, including moving the mouth to the stomach and adding an eye to the tip of a finger. Showing that hucksters never … Continue reading

Modern Mechanix Round-UP

Today on Modern Mechanix we have this bizarre contraption designed to torture teach your baby how to walk, a “compact” gauge to measure the speed of baseball pitches, a round up of cool gadgets used in store windows to attract … Continue reading

Modern Mechanix Round-UP

Today on Modern Mechanix we look at this 1973 Popular Science article about the debut of the world’s first cell phone, Motorola’s Dynatac. In super-dense Manhattan, for example, a transmitter and its antenna may be designed to cover a 15-block … Continue reading

Modern Mechanix Round-UP

Today on Modern Mechanix we look back to a simpler time when earstwhile wiretappers only needed a pair of vampire clips and a contact microphone to do their job instead of a bevy of wireless digital network sniffers. I imagine … Continue reading

Modern Mechanix Round-UP

Today on Modern Mechanix we have this cute little midget television set with a 2″ screen, a $375 four-function 1970 calculator, an attempt to set the non-stop tractor riding record, a talking mailbox, and we learned how Disney made the … Continue reading