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Mechanical Advertising Novelties from 1911 [Slide Show]

From Scientific American, September 30, 1911

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Figure 1.

THE BOTTLE THAT CANNOT BE EMPTIED

A recently patented apparatus, which has been quite successful as an advertising novelty, consists of a bottle suspended in an inclined position and from its mouth there pours a constant stream of liquid into a tank.....[ More ]

Figure 2.

A CLOCK WITH NO APPARENT DRIVING TRAIN

A clock, keeping excellent time and consisting of a plate of glass on which is painted a dial, a bolt passing through the center of the dial and forming an axis for hands, with no apparent place for a clock movement, will always attract much notice.....[ More ]

Figure 3.

THE CONCEALED MAGNET CAUSES THE BALL TO ROLL AROUND BUT NEVER OFF THE BOX

Here is a clever apparatus for attracting attention. All that the spectator sees is a flat-topped box on which a large ball rolls round and round but never falls off.....[ More ]

Figure 4.

THE CHIMNEY SWEEP BEFORE AND AFTER IMMERSION

Our illustration shows a device for calling attention to the excellence of a certain brand of soap. This shows a very grimy figure descending from a chimney into a basin, from which he emerges clean and white.....[ More ]

Figure 5.

THE CRESENT MOON SMOKES WITH THE AID OF A PUMP

Most people imagine that the wooden Indian has a monopoly on the tobacco business, but he has a competitor in this dummy which ostensibly smokes a cigar.....[ More ]

Figure 6.

AN AUTOMATON THAT BLOWS SOAP BUBBLES

The blowing of soap bubbles is an occupation usually accorded to children, but an automaton for doing this has been patented. This figure dips his pipe in a bowl of soapsuds, then raises his arm and at the same time a current of air is turned on for blowing the bubble.....[ More ]

Figure 7.

THE DECEPTIVE CUP OF STEAMING COFFEE

Nothing is quite so comforting to a hungry man on a cold day as the steaming dishes of food displayed in the windows of restaurants. A close examination of the dish would disclose a cleverly concealed steam pipe running from some distant boiler and discharging through the bottom of the dish like the coffee cup shown.....[ More ]

Figure 8.

A MECHANICAL BUTTERFLY  The combination of flower and butterfly is designed for the display of precious stones. By means of a clockwork mechanism, a cavity in the flower is alternately opened and closed.....[ More ]

Figure 9.

THE GLASS OF IMITATION CHAMPAGNE

Shows a display for effervescent wines. The stem of the wine glass is hollow and in the lower end is a porous plug, through which air is forced by a concealed pump.....[ More ]

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