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MacLevy Leg Massager

Image source: Time magazine - April 19, 1948


Displayed at a Beauty Shop trade convention in Manhattan's Grand Central Palace, April 1948.

The machine (the MacLevy Leg Massager) was marketed to beauty shop owners. The introduction of home permanent wave kits in the mid-1940s had caused a steep decline in business for beauty shops, so the inventors of machines such as the leg massager were promising the shop owners that they could lure customers back by installing gadgets such as this, which would allow them to offer new services without having to hire trained masseuses.

The leg massager was invented by Monte MacLevy, who filed a patent application for it in July 1939. From the patent:

[It is] the contemplation of my invention to provide mechanical means for massaging a persons legs and thighs in a manner that has heretofore been possible only by a well-executed manual massage. And in this aspect of my invention it is a further objective to effect a simultaneous massage of the calf and thigh so as to produce most efiective results in a minimum of time. It is also within the contemplation of my invention to enable the massaging operation to be effectuated while the legs are relieved of practically all strain, an objective that I attain by providing such supporting means for the subject as to enable him to recline in a position where the legs and thighs are conveniently supported in natural angular relation with respect to each other so that they may be completely relaxed during the massaging operation. And in this aspect of my invention it is a further object to provide mechanical massaging implements simultaneously and operably movable in different directions so as to be engageable with various portions of both legs and thighs.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Sep 21, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Inventions, 1940's

Electric Exercise Gloves



Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Sep 10, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Inventions, Bodybuilding

Multirotor Super Drone

The high-tech equivalent of attaching helium balloons to a lawn chair. Except it doesn't work as well.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Sep 05, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Inventions, Air Travel and Airlines

Bulletproof Wheat

I wonder whatever became of this miracle product. If Larry Rogers, its inventor, was 31 in 1984, then he'd be 62 now. Is he still working away on it somewhere? Or did the product actually make its way onto the market, though under a name other than "bulletproof wheat"? Who knows. I can't find any follow-up info about the story.

Larry Rogers, 31, a Salinas scientist, figures he has the answer to the nation's wheat and coal surplus problem. Earlier this year he invented a substitute for firewood out of wheat and corn. Now he says he's reconstructed things to make the firewood bulletproof. He says he also can turn it into an excellent replacement for wood as a building material by adding high sulfur coal, carbon and cellulose. The material will also be fireproof. He says it stopped an Army M16 rifle bullet during testing. And, because its impact resistant, it's ideal for protective housing units for troops, he says. The product is being tested at Micro Organic Fuel in Carson City, Nev.

Spokane Chronicle - Sep 24, 1984



Santa Cruz Sentinel - Sep 18, 1984

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Aug 18, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Inventions, 1980's

Cattle Delivery Via Motorcycle

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I really wish this practice had caught on, for I would be delighted to be driving down a highway and see such a sight.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 28, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Farming, Inventions, 1920's, Motorcycles

Holmes & Yoyo





In the view of some: Worst. Show. Ever.

Wikipedia page here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jul 17, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Inventions, Robots, Television, 1970's

The Woof Washer

Not only cleans your dog, but also apparently gets them to stand still.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jun 30, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Inventions, Products, Dogs

George Bennie’s Railplane



I want to live in a world where a system of Bennie Railplanes has been in existence for eighty years.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 29, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Eccentrics, Inventions, Air Travel and Airlines, Trains and Other Vehicles on Rails, 1930's

Motorcycle Airbag Jacket



Here's what I'm envisioning: the possibly inebriated rider pulls up in the biker bar parking lot and, eager to join his buddies inside, hops off without disconnecting, instantly and uselessly inflating his jacket and earning much laughter from pals.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jun 24, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Fashion, Inventions, Motorcycles

Cornelis Van Blaaderen and his Floating Safe

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After the Titanic, inventors tried to think of ways to preserve items during a sinking. Dutch inventor Cornelis Van Blaaderen came up with his Floating Safe, which never quite caught on.

This site has a brief explanation in English.

This website has the full story, but all in Dutch. Google translate should help. But even if you don't bother, there are great pictures and a film!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 20, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Disasters, Inventions, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1910's, Europe
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