EMP update diary version 2

Victory Over Dampness, 1944
Always under pressure . . . often under fire . . . the U.S. Army Signal Corps handles the monumental task of restoring disrupted telephone systems and setting up new ones for the Armed Forces. On the fighting front the Signal Corps saves precious time by using Davison Protek-Sorb to keep splices dry and lines free from trouble . . .

Illustration by George Giusti (1908-1991), whose work often showed the human hand in a surreal setting.

Plaskon, 1938
Plaskon is among the most versatile of molded plastics, being widely used for appliances, radio cabinets, refrigerator parts. Plaskon has a permanent lustre, unlimited color range . . .

The painting shows a Wakefield “Commodore” illuminating reflector, which at a diameter of 26.5 inches was the largest plastic molding ever produced.

MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2005
Tomorrow’s Tug Boat
Remember the name Bohn—a major source for light alloys, which more and more are going into a wide variety of products. Bohn Aluminum & Brass, Detroit 26, Michigan.

You never imagined that in 1946 Bohn would foresee the Tug Boat of Tomorrow? Haha. You are silly!

SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2005
Deeper and Ever Deeper!
Spang Pipe has been used in every phase of petroleum operation since the discovery of oil in America in 1859 . . .

And no smoking afterward.

Merrier-Go-Round
Aluminum and magnesium painted in gay and gaudy colors can add considerably to the gala appearance of Merry-Go- Rounds in a post-war world. By lightening construction, these alloys can decrease the cost of operation . . .

Of course you can hardly walk out the door these days without tripping over a magnesium merry-go-round, but once upon a time the refrain on everyone’s lips was: “What this country needs is streamlined carnival rides!”

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2005
Possible Tractor of Tomorrow
Amazing new developments in every branch of industry will mean the much wider use of light alloys fabricated by Bohn.

From 1947 comes another eye-popper from Bohn Aluminum’s seemingly endless catalog of futuristic renderings, airbrushed by what looks to have been an extremely talented 10-year-old.

Atlantic Clipper, 1938
From aviation illustrator Charles Hubbell, a sneak peek at the Boeing 314, which as Pan Am’s “Clipper” flying boat was the first airplane to offer scheduled trans-oceanic passenger service. (Previously the only aircraft offering passage between Europe and America were zeppelins, which stopped flying after the Hindenburg disaster in 1937.) The Clipper, which was the largest passenger plane of its day (three levels capable of carrying 74 first-class passengers and a crew of 10), ended service after only three months in operation when war broke out in Europe in September 1939. Only a dozen Clippers were built; the last was scrapped in 1951. After its merger with Ramo-Wooldridge in the late 1950s, Thompson Products, which commissioned this illustration, became the T in TRW.