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Apr132008

Man Made Sea Legs (1949)


The December, 1949 cover of Science and Mechanics featured this illustration of "Man Made Sea Legs for Ships."

See also:
Commuter Helicopter (1947)
Personal Helicopter (1943)
'Flying Saucer' Buses (1950)
Will War Drive Civilization Underground? (1942)

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Reader Comments (7)

I'm more interested in the "25 uses for your electric drill." How many different ways can you say "Drill a hole in stuff!"

April 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

Unless the ship's center of rotation is in the same line as the fulcrum of the helipad, it won't work -- a computer might be able to keep the helipad "level", but in the meantime it would be swinging about port and starboard, and bobbing up and down with the ship's bow.

April 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWutzke

I don't know if they had variable speed drills in 1949, but if they did, you could use them for all sorts of things: driving screws, mixing paint, sanding, grinding, removing rust, running a hole saw, etc.

I guess that you could use a drill press as a substitute for a mill or a router (which cut from the side rather than axially), but you probably shouldn't.

April 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ashley: are you a subscriber to Variable Speed Drill Monthly?

April 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter73man

You can also replace the bit with, say, a whisk, and use your drill as a mixer/beater for batter, frosting, etc.

April 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAllen's Brain

73man: I'm not gay for drills, but I do think it's interesting that before the 1980s or so, magazines offered a lot of advice on how to do things around the home, or just little memes that improved life. Things like how to remove a stain, keep your garage organized, de-stink a pet, or whatever. Nowadays, the media is much more likely to sell you a product to do the same job. Today, small-run, hobbyist-published magazines still pass on learned wisdom, but that's declined in mainstream magazines.

April 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Actually the device depicted on the cover has become reality (not on that scale, just for people to make safe transfer at open sea). Check http://www.ampelmann.nl/

btw great blog!

May 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTimo

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