June 1930 Radio-Craft
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
See articles from Radio-Craft,
published 1929 - 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
At first I was going to comment
that using a wizard in an astrologer's robe to promote chemistry (alchemy, in
particular) as an example of
a career option does not seem like a good choice for appealing to serious prospects.
However, given the weirdness of a good portion of the population, it might be as
effective today as it evidently was nearly a century ago when the Chemical Institute
of New York ran this ad in Radio-Craft magazine.
Dr. T. O'Conor
Sloane, reputed head of the Institute, published such tomes as
Become a Successful Electrician,
Toy Making for Amateurs,
Fortunes in Formulas, and numerous others. BTW, I learned
from the ad that the word "adept"
is a noun as well as an adjective. Per Merriam-Webster: "a highly skilled or well-trained
person." As a noun, the accent is on the first syllable; as an adjective it is on
the second. Accordingly, an a'·dept is a·dept' at a particular skill.
Chemical Institute of New York Advertisement
Chemistry Offers You a Fortune
If You Want a Job with a Future, Get into Chemistry
Chemistry is one of the most ancient and honorable callings known to man. During
the Middle Ages its adepts were the advisors of kings. Then it was called a black
art and its followers were believed to have supernatural powers.
The chemist of today with his modernized knowledge has secrets a thousandfold
more potent at his command. He is the brains behind hundreds of rich industries,
which could not exist without his skill. Yet the field of Applied Chemistry has
spread so widely that it is difficult to get enough good men to fill the available
posts. A chemical expert is always sure of a good income, a respected and confidential
position and a guaranteed future. He may also make himself a fortune, as hundreds
of chemists have done before him. Did you ever hear of C. M. Hall? He was an American
chemist who at the age of twenty-one discovered how to extract aluminum from clay.
It was known that this could be done. It remained for someone to experiment and
do it. There are innumerable other chemical problems today waiting to be solved.
Mr. Hall died a few years ago leaving an estate of many millions of dollars.
T. O'Connor Sloane, A.B., A.M., Ph.D., LL.D.
We Can Teach You at Home
In order to become a chemical expert you must have the proper training under
experienced teachers. Our faculty knows just how to mold you into a skillful laboratory
worker. The head of our staff is
Dr. T. O'Conor
Sloane, scientist, engineer and author of wide repute. He has had more than
fifty years of teaching experience. Our course fits you for an immediate position
in a chemical laboratory, and you do not have to give up what you are doing now
to learn it. During evenings and weekends you can work at home on the fascinating
experiments and ,the delightfully simple but comprehensive lessons. A personal tutor
is always ready to help you over difficulties and to answer all your questions.
Most important of all - the teaching you receive is practical. You can actually
use this knowledge to make money, as thousands have done before you.
Special Added Equipment
At no extra charge every student is given a complete cabinet of chemicals and
apparatus for his own use. The illustration gives some idea of what it contains.
There are over fifty distinct chemical reagents in the set. But in addition there
is something which we have never offered before. The chemical expert needs sharp
eyes. For much of his work no human eyes are keen enough. Every modern scientist
resorts to the microscope, which is one of the most valuable instruments in home
We Are Now Sending to Each New Student
Absolutely Without Charge
This Valuable Microscope
It is a beautiful instrument of fine German make and extremely sensitive. Any
person not a student of our course may procure one through us at $25.00, which is
somewhat less than the usual price, but to those who enroll the microscope will
be given absolutely without charge. With it you will receive a special lesson on
its construction and use. The microscope is not loaned to you. It becomes your permanent
possession along with all the other equipment and the lessons.
Tuition Price Reduced
No advance in tuition price is occasioned by this newest addition to the apparatus
we supply. In fact we have even reduced the fee, so that this splendid course and
equipment are within the means of every individual who is interested in following
Chemistry, whether as a career or merely as a hobby. Fee can be paid on easy monthly
terms. The one price covers everything. There are no extras to buy.
Mail the Coupon Today for Free Book
We give to every student, without additional charge, this chemical equipment,
including fifty-two pieces of laboratory apparatus and supplies, and fifty-two different
chemicals and reagents. These comprise the apparatus and chemicals used for the
experimental work of the course, The fitted heavy wooden box serves not only as
a case for the outfit but also as a useful laboratory accessory for performing countless
Diploma Awarded When You Graduate
Upon graduation every student is awarded our Diploma In Chemistry, certifying
that he has successfully completed his studies. Your name on this certificate will
be a source of pride to you all your life, as well as an aid in obtaining a position.
Chemical Institute of New York, Inc.
16-18 East 30th Street New York, N. Y.
Posted November 13, 2023
(updated from original
post on 7/13/2016)