Popular Mechanics Magazines from the 1930s

Last week, Gill sent in a comment on a post I did last year. It was a link to an old Popular Science Magazine, and I replied that I had looked through the entire issue. To which Gill responded as below:
Gill has left a new comment on your post Vintage Transport”:

Here are just a few or so… Like you I get caught up scrolling and seeing all kinds of stuff… Solar energy articles from the 30’s… gotta love it huh?


Camping Trailer PM May 58 pg 149


Utilizing All Trailer Space PM pt 137


Curved Rafters made without glue PM pg 214


Houses built of Reeds PM May 53 pg 144


Build your own greenhouse PM May 56 pg 165

Can on trialer wall provide running water in isolated area PM May 1956 pg 206 https://books.google.com/books?id=a-EDAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false ===========================

I hope you can just point folks to the site in general, there is so much lost DIY info there… I grew up knowing older guys that had mill in their garage, to have that skill..oh well. BTW it’s not just PM and PS magazines there… theres a crapload of others too.

Peace,  Gill

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

3 Responses to Popular Mechanics Magazines from the 1930s

  1. There are some amazing articles and equally great ads in those 50's magazines. It makes one wonder if individual creativity and craftsmanship by the average Joe has disappeared in America and has been replaced by automation, mass production, credit and inflation. The ability of the WWII veterans to produce and repair his own electronics, furniture and mechanical gadgets in the day before Walmart and credit cards is very interesting. Maybe sending everyone to college was not always in our best interests.

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