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Oooo, look what I came across today.... Answered

I was out and about today, going to local areas of interest, and we stopped at a little shop I hadn't been in for years. In amongst all the old tools, and bits of paraphernalia, were all these magazines (Popular Mechanics, Science and Mechanics, etc.) from the time of my youth. I was THRILLED, and so I started going through them. Well, I would have loved to have taken the whole box of them (about 50 or so) home with me, but at $3 a pop, I decided on just 2.

The Popular Mechanics magazine from the year of my birth (not the month, this one was a Jan. issue). and the Science and Mechanics issue is from Aug. 1960. Neither is remarkable in any specific way (excepting the birth year one). At the same shop I also found an original copy of Gimbels Handy Book For Boys. © 1933

I am thrilled at this find, not that it is terribly valuable as an investment, the cover - binding is not so good, but at $5, it has a treasure trove of info and tips, very similar to "The Boy Mechanic, yet different too.


I was looking for a copy of Popular Science Monthly Volume 75. This includes Popular Science Monthly issues July to December 1909. There is nothing on eBay or Amazon. Google Books and Archive has nothing at the moment. Would you guys know where I could get this book? Any ideas? I would appreciate any ideas at all. Thanks.

Hey you were born the same year as my dad!

Um, I didn't really mention the year of my birth in my post up there :-) The Science and Mechanics issue is two years after my birth, the Popular Mechanics issue was dated Jan. 1958.

"The Popular Mechanics magazine from the year of my birth (not the month, this one was a Jan. issue). and the Science and Mechanics issue is from Aug. 1960."

Oh duh on me....I see what you mean....sorry about that.

Right, the Popular Mechanics mag. IS from the year of my birth, 1958, which I didn't include in the original post :-) and I also mention that I got the Science and Mechanics issue from Aug. 1960 ;-) but that is not the year of my birth

I have a hard copy of Book one I believe, and also a copy of The Boy Electrician (or something like that, it is at home so I can't check just now). There is a publisher that republishes books of this nature but they are expensive as all get out.

That is Linsay's books in the USA where I imported my reprint of the Boy Electrician.

Can I put you in touch with a guy very like you in the USA who is frightened to do the Aspie test, is a computer admin, and is getting oldish (health like you me) and is flat out scanning his old stuff for the Archive, it might be something you could do from work.

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I can not scan anything from work. And until I can get matters organized at home, I can't set up my scanner there either.

I wonder what makes books and binders deteriorate over the years anyways...

Like any other organic material, there is a combination of oxidation, and organisms that literally eat such things. Water does a lot of damage to cardboard and wood (paper) also, weakening it's structure. Molds will expedite the process. Most glues used in binders are organic too, and they break down over time, as well as become brittle and are subject to the same aerobic and anaerobic micro-organisms that prey on such materials.

Indeedy, that looks like a floating fishing-platform? L

The closest thing I can find inside the book is a raft with a sail.

Looking at the picture, it is easy to assume that the line of the sail continues down into the water, but if you look closely, you can see it curves just at the boy's knee. and literally disappears behind it. The pole, the boy is holding in both hands, then is what goes down into the water....funny, before you mentioned it though, I hadn't seen this and I assumed what you had :-)

I saw what looked like a line going into the water, marked by ripples. But you've got the actual book - thanks L

Yes, I agree it looks like that, as the ripples are where the pole enters the water (to push the craft, I suppose, when there is no wind) . The sail actually has a fake sun painted on it too, which helps me see it. The line of the sail, is very close to the pole just above the lower hand grasping the pole. Like I said though, I had thought it was as you said, before I went looking for it inside.

I only ever see those in "antiquity" book shops, so they're usually out of "treat myself" price range.

Oh, I know. At a general used book shop, it would have been about $4 less, and in the condition the cover is in, maybe only 50 cents, but this is so chock full of good ideas, that the $5 didn't seem like much at all (brand new it probably cost about 50 cents or so, but that was in 1933 money too). A hardcover book like this today can go for $20-$95 or more.