Throwback Thursday: Musical Cakes, Windshield Wiper Fluid, And The End Of The World

Throwback Thursday: Musical Cakes, Windshield Wiper Fluid, And The End Of The World

On this Throwback Thursday, we go back 75 years to the Popular Science of September 1939. 

The Magazine Cost 15 Cents

But it was worth 25! (In 2014, each copy will cost you $ 5 on the newsstand.)

Things We Take For Granted Now Were Brand New, Like…

Cameras in Police Cars

And Windshield Wiper Fluid

Some Inventions Were Not So Great

Like this baby walker, for parents who never want to touch their children.

And behind-the-back cigarette holders. (Seems perfectly safe.)

Other Inventions Were Awesome, But Never Made It

Doughnut Dunkers!

Because food on a stick is always a good idea.

And air-conditioned bedding

And musical cakes.

Long Reads

A feature-length article documents researchers who were putting patients into a coma to try to cure their cancer. Read it in its entirety (and absurdity) here: Can “Frozen Sleep” Cure Cancer?

Popular Science examines how the world will end. (Hint: Burning, freezing, and the exploding Moon are some possibilities.)

You can read the full September 1939 issue here. 

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Throwback Thursday: Musical Cakes, Windshield Wiper Fluid, And The End Of The World