Boys’ Life: Pick and Choose

No matter what they say, beggars can be choosers, if they want to be. Today we have two entirely different technologies advertised in a 1959 Boys’ Life magazine, and both focus on ‘going’ for the right choice. First up, Remington Rand uses the powers of the feminine persuasion to convince readers that girls really think typewriters are neat-o.

Can’t find something that fits your fancy? Bell Labs says make your own!

  • craigsu

    I was a Boys' Life subscriber for many years from the late '60s to the early '70s. The one thing I have absolutely no recollection of is advertisements. I guess I just read it for the articles.

    • Didn't we all? Read magazines for the articles I mean?

  • Those "we grow our own" quartz images are now on their way into at least one of my mineralogy lectures. Thanks!

    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      I missed you, how did rocketry go? There is a Russian guy here at work that one day long ago found a book about making your own radios. It was in a stack in a bathroom. The intention was to rip out the pages for toilet paper. He kept it and one of the most interesting sections was about making your own diodes. This all came-up when I showed him the new (from '74) radio I installed in my car (yesterday was a good day, Freebird on the way to the library). Anyway I was curious and found how to do it. It is in the section "Improvised diode:" The rest of the page is fascinating as well. I made a crystal radio from a kit as a kid, I actually got it to work, the outdoor faucet and rain gutters made excellent antennas. I might have to try these ideas someday now.

      • The rocketry went mostly okay, the ballooning less so:

        I've seen similar plans for improvised radios but have yet to try one. I made a crystal radio from a kit once, too, but it cheated by using a commercial diode.

        • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

          Thanks, My kit even had resistors, and an earpiece! I heard from the Russian and he thinks the recipe in his book called for oxidized iron shavings and sulfur.

  • Typing could be a very valuable skill for a young man in the 1950s or 1960s. My dad took typing in high school in the early 1960s. A few years later he got drafted in the Army. After basic and advanced training, he got sent to Germany (instead of Vietnam, he was lucky). When they found out he could type they made him the company clerk. It always helps to be on the good side of your superiors and "in the know". He managed to put himself in for a couple of basic medals (Good Conduct, that type of thing) and get promoted to a E-5 Sargent in less then 2 years. It helps when you are the one typing the promotion lists.

  • Never thought I'd see Boy's Life advocate growing your own.