Science: Path of Progress

Inventions recently granted patents by the U.S. Patent Office:

¶ A cinemansion in which the film is projected on a screen on the ceiling, enabling customers to enjoy the show from reclining seats.*

¶ A steelshell which can be slipped over an ordinary auto, making it bulletproof.

¶ A Bunyanesque machine which, by means of a cable wound on a winch, pulls trees up by the roots.

¶Vitamin-enriched beer.

¶An automobile headlight with an eyelid, to eliminate all glare by drooping on the approach of another car.

¶ Eyebrow tweezers with a small flashlight for a handle.

¶ An electric back-washer, consisting of...

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