May 1943 Popular Mechanics

May 1943 Popular Mechanics
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early mechanics and electronics. See articles from Popular Mechanics, published continuously since 1902. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

Dubiously attributed to carnival showman P.T. Barnum, the saying that "There's a sucker born every minute" seems to have been the case since the beginning of time. Recall that Adam ate of the apple pitched by Eve, shortly after she had been beguiled by the serpent. Things went downhill from there. Spies engaged in espionage have also been in plentiful supply throughout the history of mankind. Amongst other things, they procure ideas conjured up by other men's minds by hook or by crook, then use that knowledge themselves or sell it to interested parties - who often solicited the services of the spy in the first place. Most acts of deceit and trickery are carried out in secret, out of public view; however, sometimes the perpetrators of cunning and wile boldly exercise their craft in the open. Such was (is) the case of many (maybe most) offers to assist garage, basement, backyard, attic, etc., inventors in obtaining a patent for their inventions. Promises of fame and/or fortune are purchased for the paltry sum of a few hundred dollars (thousands, today). Magazines such as Popular Mechanics (to wit this May 1943 issue), Science and Mechanics, and Mechanix Illustrated, all of which appeal(ed) to fathers, husbands, sons, boyfriends - and even some girls - were loaded with advertisements by companies making such offers. Stories abound of poor saps yielding up details of their inventions to total strangers, only to later learn that, son-of-a-gun, somebody else must have thought of the same thing and got the item patented before theirs could be submitted to the patent office. Darn bad luck.

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