I found these issues of "Popular Science" at a sale yesterday. There was a complete run from the late 40's to the mid 50's. I thought about buying them all, but that way lay madness. Instead, I picked up those that had interesting covers (yes, I am one to judge a book by it). I'll eventually post each issue and provide some of the content and ads (always the best part) later, but for now, the covers deserve their own post. I never read "Popular Science" because it intimidated me a little; I thought it was for "smart" people.
"Inside the New Midget Moon". Sputnik would be launched almost 2 years later in October 1957.
Oops. Looks like I let a "Popular Mechanics" issue slip in. They were pretty interchangeable with "Popular Science", right? The cover artist is Roswell Brown, but I couldn't find much information on him.
The artist on this cover is Reynold Brown (brother to Roswell???) You might remember Reynold Brown from such B-movie posters as "Attack of the 50-Foot Woman", "Creature from the Black Lagoon" and "Teenage Caveman"! Okay, maybe not that last one.
The car on the cover is by Midget Motors who are still in business despite having a website that screams 1995.
I can't quite make the cover artist out on this one. Looks like "Runfor" or "Runtor". "Runtor" would be a good caveman name.
"Making the Most of Your Basement". Where it all began. The basement is always the first place I go at estate sales (it's where I found these issues!) I love all the custom work homeowners did on their basements back then, from the linoleum tile to the wood paneling to the homemade bars. Hey kids, there's an open window in the laundry room if you want to sneak in for a closer look.
The cars, the Christmas gifts, the giant Santa peering out the window. It's all almost too much for me.
October 1953Dad probably shouldn't have set up home right below the monorail. Awful for property value. Especially with no roof.
"He Rides a Kite!" So do a lot of tourists in Destin. Man, he thought much of himself, didn't he?
November 1954That jet is way cooler than the Concorde which made it's first passenger flight in 1976 and average 3.5 hours to cross the Atlantic. Not quite the 2 hours boasted by the article in this issue.
His and hers. And, um, hers?