How Auto Horns Work – Popular Science, Feb. 1951

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/how-auto-horns-work/ How Auto Horns Work What happens when you press the button? You’ll see quickly if you make these simple working models. By Kenneth M. Swezey THE makers of auto horns have come as far from their early baa-DOO-gah! days as have their brother engine designers. So if the horn on your new car both … Continue reading How Auto Horns Work – Popular Science, Feb. 1951

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Firemen Never Fiddle – Mechanix Illustrated, Sep. 1938

Firemen Never Fiddle By Stanley Gerstin Our modern fire-fighter is a young husky about whose exploits under fire little has been written. This story tells how he is trained; what he does. IN 1871 a cow kicked over a lamp and started a fire that reduced Chicago to ashes, and a bucket of water started … Continue reading Firemen Never Fiddle – Mechanix Illustrated, Sep. 1938

Heroes of the Fire Lines – Popular Mechanics, Dec. 1938

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/heroes-of-the-fire-lines/ HEROES of the Fire Lines PUTTING out fires is only a secondary job of the fire department. Saving lives comes first. Men in every engine company are detailed to search the rooms of a burning building as soon as they respond to the alarm. A forgotten invalid in a bedroom or people trapped on … Continue reading Heroes of the Fire Lines – Popular Mechanics, Dec. 1938

Battlewagons for Today’s Fire Fighters – Popular Science, Jan. 1947

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/battlewagons-for-todays-fire-fighters/ Battlewagons for Today’s Fire Fighters 1. New American-LaFrance-Foamite aerial truck illustrates compact power of postwar fire engines (See “Here Come the New Fire Engines,” p. 66). Unlike old-style articulated trucks, it is a single unit and needs no rear-wheel tillerman. Steel extension ladder is 100 feet long—15 feet more than prewar type—and holds eight … Continue reading Battlewagons for Today’s Fire Fighters – Popular Science, Jan. 1947

Thrilling Methods of Fighting Big Fires – Modern Mechanix, Mar. 1931)

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/thrilling-methods-of-fighting-big-fires/ |<< << Previous >>| Next >> 1 of 8 Thrilling Methods of Fighting Big Fires To many people, the fireman is a fellow who sits around the engine house playing checkers until the gong calls him to a thrilling dash through the streets. But in reality, the modern fireman must be a skilled technician … Continue reading Thrilling Methods of Fighting Big Fires – Modern Mechanix, Mar. 1931)

Exciting New Fire Engines (Super Pumper) – Science and Mechanics, Jan, 1965

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/our-exciting-new-fire-engines/ |<< << Previous >>| Next >> 1 of 6 OUR EXCITING NEW FIRE ENGINES! Amazing super pumpers, aerial ladders, and telescoping “Snorkles” are aiding the fight against fire! By Ross R. Olney THE whining scream of a fire engine is one of the most chilling sounds on earth. Who hasn’t thrilled to the siren … Continue reading Exciting New Fire Engines (Super Pumper) – Science and Mechanics, Jan, 1965

Firefighting Helicopters – Mechanix Illustrated, Mar 1947

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/firefighting-helicopters/ |<< << Previous >>| Next >> 1 of 4 Firefighting Helicopters Guardians of our national forest reserves now have a versatile weapon to pit against nature’s ancient and devastating enemy—fire. BY DAVID P. GODWIN, Asst. Chief, Div. of Fire Control, U.S. Forest Service, as told to James N. Miller THE newest and most promising … Continue reading Firefighting Helicopters – Mechanix Illustrated, Mar 1947