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 Author  Topic: PT boat related information found in Popular Mechanics magazines
Dick

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Dick   Send Email To Dick Posted on: Jul 22, 2022 - 11:50am

I came across a another series of archived magazines, this time Popular Mechanics, and choose to view the issues from the 1940s and 50s. Although what I found seemed less than in Popular;ar Science, I did find some interesting material to post. Like the previous Science series, I had initially hoped to post the subject matter into existing post that might mention the general subject matter or just might slightly fit in one way or another. But sadly because of the Photobucket debacle, it became less than ideal.

For this Popular Mechanics series, there are six separate subjects and one Crescent Tools ad. There will be more coming from another publication for the same time period, with this next publication being much more involved.

Note: All the material is copyrighted by Popular Mechanics, and I hope they don’t mind the posting for the sake of education.

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This is Popular Mechanics Issue: April 1941 page 487 . . . .
The eight page photo article discussing the Fast Mosquito Fleet, of Uncle Sam’s Navy.

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This is Popular Mechanics Issue: April 1941 page 44 . . . .
The four page photo spread discussing the “Cowboys of the Sea”, some of the rip-roaring spirit of the old West.

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This is Popular Mechanics Issue: February 1955 page 116 . . . .
The single page photo article “The Hull of a PT . . . . . “, Quick story of a converted PT boat.

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The following four pages are Photo Mentions pages with the last image an ad.


This is Popular Mechanics Issue: March 1943 page 7 . . . .
The top third page photo of “PT Boat Disguised . . . .”.

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This is Popular Mechanics Issue: August 1951 page 122 . . . .
The center third page photo of the Navy’s new 105-foot PT.

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This is Popular Mechanics Issue: December 1951 Front Matter . . . .
The bottom 1/2 page photo with caption of “Aluminum . . . .”.

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This is Popular Mechanics Issue: August 1945 page Ad . . . .
The one page ad featuring Early Elco PT, from Crescent Tools.

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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Great finds, would like to d this with some of the material I have but my scanner bed is too small. Thanks Dick........


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Thanks again Dick, I've seen that page 4 Popular Mechanics photo before and wondered what the sausage shaped object was. I never would have guessed it was an "aerial sleeve target".

Wow, 10 million pounds of rubber used each year in golf balls and girdles back then... and 80 million pounds in garden hose.



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Thanks, Dick, for finding, scanning and posting these articles. My grandfather had a stack of PM and PS magazines in his basement, some of WWII era. When I'd stay with my grandparents, I'd sit in the basement and look for articles like these.

I also noticed the statistics for golf balls and girdles. Not only a huge number, but an odd pairing of products for that statistic. The British parachuteable (?) motor bike is also of interest. Now generally referred to as Para-bikes, they are popular with British military vehicle collectors and re-enactors. They have to be the least expensive way to get into military vehicles.

Randy McConnell (Randall J. McConnell III)

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  TED WALTHER

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Dick;
Nice collection, I am particularly interested in LTCOL Homer Cox and his house boat PT Boat, I wonder if it was one of the 700 series unfinished hulls. I will search for more.
Take care,
TED


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Dick

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It'll be interesting what you find Ted. You always have great instinct in these navy and small combatants matters.




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