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701605

Thomas Edison invents the phonograph...

Item #701605

December 22, 1877

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Dec. 22, 1877  Page 2 has an extremely significant article headed: The Talking Phonograph" which begins: "Mr. Thomas Edison recently came into our office, placed a little machine on our desk, turned a crank, and the machine inquired as to our health, asked how we liked the phonograph, informed us that it was very well, and bid us a cordial good night. ... See More  

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$285.00
701105

1903 Alexander Graham Bell photo...

Item #701105

May 02, 1903

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, from New York, dated May 2, 1903



* Alexander Graham Bell cover photo (nice for display)



The full front cover of the issue features a photo of "Alexander Graham Bell" which also features his signature below it. An article is content within.  Also within the issue is the latest Atlantic Line "Kaiser Wilhelm II".



This is a complete issue in 16 pa... See More  

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$52.00
699578

Mechanical baseball pitcher...

Item #699578

June 26, 1897

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, June 26, 1897  Inside has a full page with 4 illustrations of: "The Mechanical Baseball Pitcher" with a lengthy article on this as well. Fascinating item, and an early pitching machine!

Other items within include: "Third Rail Electrical Equipment of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad" which includes illustrations on the front page... See More  

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$64.00
697880

Article written by Robert H. Goddard, when he was 24 years old...

Item #697880

June 29, 1907

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN SUPPLEMENT, New York, June 29, 1907  Inside has a nearly half-page article titled: "The Use Of The Gyroscope In The Balancing And Steering Of Aeroplanes, by Robert H. Goddard."

The article is accompanied by 3 illustrations.

This is very early for this famous rocket pioneer, known as "the father of rockets".

Sixteen pages, irregular at the spine ... See More  

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$66.00
697391

Article written by Robert H. Goddard, when he was 24 years old...

Item #697391

June 29, 1907

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN SUPPLEMENT, New York, June 29, 1907  Inside has a nearly half-page article titled: "The Use Of The Gyroscope In The Balancing And Steering Of Aeroplanes, by Robert H. Goddard."

The article is accompanied by 3 illustrations.

This is very early for this famous rocket pioneer, known as "the father of rockets".

Sixteen pages, irregular at the spine ... See More  

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$75.00
697285

Clark Thread Works' Chimney...

Item #697285

October 20, 1888

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, October 20, 1888  The frontpage of the issue features "The Highest Chimney in the United States, Recently Errected at the Clark Thread Works" which was located at Kearney, New Jersey. Other articles include: Wrench, Sled, Screw Propeller, Howell Torpedo, Clothes Drier, Fly Net, & many more. These illustrations have accompanying te
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$28.00
697220

Electric baseball "scoreboard" for remote "viewing"...

Item #697220

January 24, 1891

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Jan. 24, 1891  An inside page has a novel new invention headed: "Electrical Sporting Bulletin" which has about half a page of text and two illustrations, one captioned: "Electrical Base Ball Bulletin" and the other: "Diagram of Mechanism & Electrical Connections of the Base Ball Bulletin--Plan View of Double Relay". A portion of... See More  

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$74.00
696619

Steamship Columbia... Novel swimming device...

Item #696619

May 22, 1880

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, May 22, 1880  The front page has "Babcock & Wilcox Boilers at the Standard Oil Company's Refinery Greenpoint, L.I." with an accompanying article.

Inside has: "Novel Swimming Device" "The Holden Ice Machine" "Pike's Hot-Blast Boiler Furnace" "Pease's Oil-Testing Apparatus" "The New Steamship ... See More  

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$34.00
696528

Annual automobile issue...

Item #696528

January 06, 1917

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, January 6, 1917  This issue features a color cover" "A Graphical Representation of the Magnitude of the Automobile Industry". Throughout the issue are various articles & photos concerning the automobile industry, however other topics are reported as well.

The back page is a color advertised for "Firestone Tire" and the inside back c... See More  

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$48.00
696440

An interesting velocipede from 1881...

Item #696440

April 16, 1881

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, April 16, 1881



* Sheffield's Velocipede Hand Car
* Manufacturing in New York - Otis Brothers & Co.
* The latest inventions of the day


Page 12 has: "Sheffield's Velocipede Hand Car", with a photo and corresponding article. Other inventions of the day and considerable science/invention, and discovery-themed coverage. See photos fo... See More  

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696266

Alexander Graham Bell receives his patent for the telephone...

Item #696266

April 08, 1876

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, April 8, 1876 



* Alexander Graham Bell

* Patent issued for telephone




This is a very historic issue in the well-known struggle for the patent for the telephone. See the photo below for the very significant, yet quite inconspicuous, recording of the patent number to Alexander Graham Bell for "Telegraphy", with the patent number noted.

Al
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$128.00
695813

Early Fire Escape... Inventions from the 1870's... an Otocyon...

Item #695813

October 11, 1879

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, October 11, 1879. The prime collectible content is: "Winter's Fire Escape Ladder", which includes an illustration. Additional illustrations with supporting text include: Rosset's Clock, a Drag Saw, Weighing Scales, a Demagnetizing Watch and more. Another article (with illustration is of an Otocyon, an animal from South Africa.

Complete in 16 pages, good cond... See More  

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$36.00
695811

Bicycle Brake... Steam Boiler... Mid-1800's inventions...

Item #695811

May 01, 1869

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, May 1, 1869 The most collectible content is "MONOD'S IMPROVED BICYCLE BRAKE", which includes related illustrations. Also present are illustrations and details related to:  "...STEAM BOILER", a non-explosive Kerosene lamp, and more. See images for details.

Complete in 16 pages, a slight mid-fold, minor edge tear in the upper margin region of each p... See More  

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$28.00
694718

19th century illustrated... Second rate and damaged...

Item #694718
(10) WHOLESALE VARIETY LOT of ten 2nd-rate and damaged illustrated issues.  A blended lot of titles may include any of the following: Harper's Weekly, Frank Leslie's, Scientific American, London Illustrated, Gleason's, Ballou's, etc. Well over 50 prints will be found within this lot.

All 19th-century 2nd rate and partially damaged illustrated issues may in
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692802

Roentgen's x-ray discovery... Early bicycle...

Item #692802

February 08, 1896

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, February 8, 1896 



* Discovery of the X-ray

* Wilhelm Roentgen




The second page of this issue contains "Prof. Roentgen's Discovery" (Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen) which is of the further reporting of his discover of the x-ray. The frontpage of this issue contains "New Harlem River Bridge and Park Avenue Improvement, New York City" whi... See More  

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$65.00
692487

Coca Cola receives its patent...

Item #692487

February 11, 1893

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Feb. 11, 1893 



* Coca Cola gets it's trademark

* Establishment of Coke
(historic)



See the photo for the historic--yet inconspicuous--listing of Coca Cola receiving its trade mark, the very first in the list of many in this issue.

The listing reads: "Beverages, nutrient or tonic, Coca Cola Company....22,406" the number being the patent numbe... See More  

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$245.00
691898

Very first automobile advertisement... Early Catalina Island...

Item #691898

September 17, 1898

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Sept. 17, 1898  A very significant issue in the history of automobiles, as the noted reference work "Kane's Famous First Facts" records that the first automobile advertisement ever published in America is on the back page (not the very first appearance, which was in the July 30, 1898 issue). 
The top of the back page has an advertisement h
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$66.00
690798

The Kodak instant camera is invented...

Item #690798

September 15, 1888

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Sept. 15, 1888 



* Original Kodak camera, serial No. 540

* George Eastman, Rochester, New York

* Invention introduced w/ prints




The front page has an informative article headed "Instantaneous Photography" which includes a nice 3 1/2 by 7 1/2 inch illustration of the "Kodak Camera Shutter" and another illustration of this box-style cam... See More  

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$225.00
690423

How cartoons are made...

Item #690423

October 14, 1916

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Oct. 14, 1916  The entire front page is taken up with an illustration captioned: "Animated Cartoons In the Making: Filming the Successive Drawings." showing a man doing just that. An inside page is entirely devoted to: "Animated Cartoons in the Making--How 16,000 Drawings are Prepared & Photographed in Producing 1000 Feet of Motion Picture Fil... See More  

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$115.00
690298

Five issues with a Civil War-related print...

Item #690298

November 22, 1862

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York  A nice lot of 5 different issues from 1862, each contains within a print related to the Civil War as well as a wealth of other prints not war-related.

Additionally there are news reports from the war, typically found on page 2 but some reports may be further within.

Each issue complete in 16 pages and in very nice condition.

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$76.00
689601

First ever automobile advertisement...

Item #689601

September 24, 1898

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York,  Sept. 24, 1898



* 1st ever automobile advertisement

* Horseless carriage




This is a very significant magazine in the history of automobiles, as the noted reference work "Kane's Famous First Facts" states that the mentioned advertisement was the very first automobile ad ever published in America.

A back page advertisement is headed: "A ... See More  

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$68.00
689583

Five issues with a Civil War-related print...

Item #689583

November 22, 1862

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York  A nice lot of 5 different issues from 1863 & 1864, each contains within a print related to the Civil War as well as a wealth of other prints not war-related.

Additionally there are news items from the war.

Each issue complete in 16 pages and in nice condition.

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$78.00
688833

Electric light patent to Thomas Edison...

Item #688833

March 19, 1881

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, March 19, 1881 



* Thomas Alva Edison

* Electric light patent
#




Near the back is an inconspicuous yet very significant item under the list of: "Index of Inventions For Which Letters Patent of the United States were Granted in the Week Ending Feb. 15, 1881" is an entry reading: "Electric light, T.A. Edison.....237,732".

This was the pat... See More  

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$88.00
688830

Electric baseball "scoreboard" for remote "viewing"...

Item #688830

January 24, 1891

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Jan. 24, 1891  An inside page has novel new invention headed: "Electrical Sporting Bulletin" which has about half a page of text and two illustrations, one captioned: "Electrical Base Ball Bulletin" and the other: "Diagram of Mechanism & Electrical Connections of the Base Ball Bulletin--Plan View of Double Relay".

A portion of ... See More  

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$92.00
688736

The art of throwing a baseball, with illustrations...

Item #688736

July 31, 1886

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, July 31, 1886  An inside page has a fascinating full page of text and illustrations on: "The Art Of Pitching In Baseball" written by noted baseball pioneer Henry Chadwick. Perhaps not surprising given this is a scientific magazine, the analysis of the "pitch" is very scientific.

The prints shown are captioned: "Diagram of the Rotary
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688586

Can a pitcher make a ball curve?

Item #688586

August 18, 1877

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Aug. 18, 1877  Inside has an interesting article headed: "Curving a Base Ball" which begins: "I see by a reply to one of your correspondents that you seem to doubt the possibility of this feat. That a ball may be thrown with a curve seems to be an undisputed proposition among players..." with the balance of the article explaining--scientifica... See More  

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686470

Spindletop/Beaumont - 1st Texas oil strike... Tesla's wireless light... Davidson's flying machine...

Item #686470

February 02, 1901

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Feb. 2, 1901  The most notable item is found on page 74: "THE BEAUMONT [TX] OIL WELL", now known as Spindletop, which tells of the 1st major oil strike in Texas which had occurred just a few weeks earlier. An article with a related photo are included. Also deserving attention is "Tesla's Wireless Light".

The front page has six photo... See More  

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686016

Professor Reuss invented the telephone?

Item #686016

March 04, 1876

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, March 4, 1876  



* Johann Philipp Reis

* German scientist & inventor

* Make-and-break telephone




The ftpg. shows: "An Australian Man-Of-War" with a related article. Inside print: "Professor Reuss' Telephone" with article; "the Invention of  the Telephone" , a crane mounted on a railroad car, and various other... See More  

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$52.00
685724

The very first automobile advertisement in America...

Item #685724

July 30, 1898

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, July 30, 1898 



* Very 1st ever automobile advertisement

* Horseless carriage (historic)




A very significant issue in the history of automobiles, as the noted reference work "Kane's Famous First Facts" records that the mentioned advertisement was the very first automobile ad ever published in America. This same (or extremely similar) ad appear... See More  

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$245.00
684757

Pair of issues: criticizing astrology, with an astrologer's response...

Item #684757

October 01, 1869

BROUGHTON'S MONTHLY PLANET READER AND ASTROLOGICAL JOURNAL, Philadelphia, Oct., Nov., Dec., 1869 

Also: SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, May 29, 1869 



The former was a fascinating and very unusual newspaper of small-size themed on predicting what would happen in the future--great to read in hindsight.

The feature article, which takes all of pages 1 thru 5, is headed: "A Reply... See More  

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$345.00
684630

First person to die by electric chair...

Item #684630

August 16, 1890

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Aug. 16, 1890  Page 2 has an entire column taken up with an historic report headed: "The First Electrical Execution" being a report of the electrocution of William Kemmler, the first person to be legally executed by the electric chair.

A fascinating article with interesting & graphic details of the process, and even more significant to have this r... See More  

Item from Catalog 339 (released for February, 2024)

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$70.00
684629

Building the Mormon Temple in 1867...

Item #684629

June 08, 1867

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, June 8, 1867  



* The Great Mormon Tabernacle at Salt Lake City, Utah



The prime print and article is the nearly half page captioned: "The Great Mormon Tabernacle At Salt Lake" with a related article of the same title. The print shows the famous Temple in the early stages of construction.

Sixteen pages, rejoined at the spine, very nice condit... See More  

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$98.00
684628

Edison's Dynamo-Electric machine, and the Edison lamp...

Item #684628

January 22, 1881

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Jan. 22, 1881  The front page features an article: "Edison's New Dynamo-Electric Machine" with a half-page illustration of it, plus a quarter page illustration of "The Edison Lamp".

Inside has a wealth of other inventions, improvements & general mechanical & electrical creations.

Sixteen pages, a discrete archival mend inside, n... See More  

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$62.00
684627

Aerial balloon torpedo... Ostrich farming...

Item #684627

May 11, 1878

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN New York, May 11, 1878  Among the articles with prints is a full front page print: "The Balloon Torpedo" which includes n article on how it works: "Aerial Warfare".

There are also two full pages on: "Ostrich Farming in South Africa" which includes 8 prints, and also: "The Premier Tricycle".

Sixteen pages, a few discrete archival me... See More  

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$32.00
684624

The Bell telephone and Edison's latest inventions...

Item #684624

February 03, 1894

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Feb. 3, 1894  The front page is taken up with various illustrations of: "Details of Construction of the Bell Telephone" with a related article headed: "All May Have Telephones" concerning the expiration of the telephone patent. This article carries over to an inside page.

Inside has a print and article on: "Edison's New Electrical R... See More  

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$59.00
684620

First flight of heavier than air "airplane"... Maxim's Flying Machine...

Item #684620

October 06, 1894

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Oct. 6, 1894  An inside page has a large illustration of: "MR. MAXIM'S FLYING MACHINE" with considerable related text.

Note: Hiram S. Maxim's "airplane" became the first "heavier than air" machine to take flight under its own power (source: Wikipedia). More can be read about this flying machine though the University of
... See More  

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$98.00
684617

Passenger-carrying airplane record...

Item #684617

April 22, 1911

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, April 22, 1911  The most interesting article is: "A New Aeroplane Passenger-carrying Record - Louis Breguet's Feat of Transporting 11 People 3 Miles Across Country" which takes over 1 1/2 pages and includes 5 photos/illustrations.

The front page is a photo: "Making a Map on the Spot" with further illustrations inside.

Complete in 24 pag... See More  

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$37.00
684615

Unique--and comical--unicycle...

Item #684615

December 12, 1914

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Dec. 12, 1914  The duo-tone cover is taken up with a comical print of the: "Motor-Driven Unicycle Stabilized by a Gyroscope". An inside page has a related article describing it, with much detail.

A terrific print showing how bizarre some early "inventions" were during the era when engine-driven vehicles were booming.

A great front page for ... See More  

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$42.00
684614

Luyties Helicopter: comical attempt at flight...

Item #684614

July 11, 1908

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, July 11, 1908



* Bizarre flying contraption

* Early aviation invention




The front page has two photos of: "The Luyties Helicopter, Probably The Largest Experimental Rotary Flying Machine Ever Tested", which includes supporting text on an inside page.

Sixteen pages, older repair on page 2 has minor effect on the front page, somewhat irregular at the sp... See More  

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$30.00
684613

Historic flight of Glenn Curtiss... Nobel Prize winner Dr. Robert Koch...

Item #684613

June 11, 1910

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, June 11, 1910  The front page is entirely taken up with a photo of: "The Historic Flight of Glenn H. Curtiss Down the Hudson River" with a related two page article with 6 photos headed: The Albany - New York Aeroplane Flight" "How Curtiss Completed For The Scientific American Trophy And The New York World Prize."

Also a full page articl... See More  

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$56.00
684206

The Harlem River Canal, New York... 1890...

Item #684206

March 22, 1890

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, March 22, 1890



The ftpg. has four illustrations of: "The Harlem River Ship Canal", the largest of which shows a "General view of the rock excavation and future course of the canal." A related report is on an inside page and contains a small illustration.

Additional unrelated reports include: "Smokeless Gunpowder", "An Improved S... See More  

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$32.00
683795

Nine issues with Civil War-related content...

Item #683795

December 27, 1862

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York  A nice lot of 9 different issues from 1862, each contains within reports on military events from the Civil War, or reports of developments and improvements of military equipment.

Each issue complete in 16 pages and in nice condition.

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$56.00
683410

Brewing Ale in the 1870's...

Item #683410

March 15, 1879

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, March 15, 1879  The front page has 3 illus: "The Brewing Of Ale", the largest shows "Racking Off Vats", plus an article about P. Ballantine & Sons Brewery (Albany N.Y.), which continues inside and has another illus: "The Mash Tub And Malting Kilns".

Other articles and illustrations of interest include: "Palmer's Washer... See More  

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$42.00
683304

Bridge over Harlem River... Heaviest locomotive...

Item #683304

July 17, 1897

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN SUPPLEMENT, New York, July 17, 1897  Page 8 has: "HEAVIEST LOCOMOTIVE IN THE WORLD - TANK LOCOMOTIVE, INDIAN STATE RAILWAYS".

The front page has: "THE QUEEN'S JUBILEE - ILLUMINATION OF WINDSOR CASTLE ON JUNE 18".

The remainder of the issue has: "INGLIS TRIPLE-EXPANSION PADDLE ENGINES", "SPECIAL DELIVERY CAR TRANSFER STEAMER", &... See More  

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$28.00
683232

Oroya Railroad Peru... The highest in the world!

Item #683232

July 12, 1902

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, July 12, 1902  The front page has 6 vignettes captioned: "THE FAMOUS OROYA RAILROAD OF PERU, WHICH CLIMBS HIGHER THAN ANY OTHER ON THE GLOBE". Additional related photos and considerable text are also found on inside pages.

Note: As mentioned in the caption above, at the time it was built, the railroad climbed higher than any other in the world. Eventu... See More  

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$35.00
682883

Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research... Ocean Steamship...

Item #682883

January 09, 1909

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Jan. 9, 1909 The front page has two illustrations: "Latest Idea For A Multi-Hull Ocean Steamship", being a ship with three hulls. Within the issue is: "A Tunnel-boring Machine...", "The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research", "The Krupp Steel Works of To-Day", and additional articles, illustrations and advertisements.

Com... See More  

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$28.00
682819

West Point in 1900...

Item #682819

June 23, 1900

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, June 23, 1900.



* West Point Military Academy
* Prints - Illustrations
 
This 16 page issue is in nice condition and contains illustrations of the latest inventions of the day including the following inventions/prints: West Point Military Academy - Armored Farm Equipment - Wrench - Lamp & More. These illustrations a
... See More  

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$25.00
682672

Thomas Edison invents the phonograph...

Item #682672

March 30, 1878

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, March 30, 1878  Page 3 has a nice 4 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch illustration of Edison's recent invention--the phonograph. Amazed by this uncomplicated apparatus, the report begins: "It is a peculiar feature of the Edison phonograph that no mere description can impart any real adequate idea of its performances. Fully familiar as we are and have been with

... See More  

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$140.00
681956

East River Bridge, New York... American Waltham watch factory...

Item #681956

July 26, 1902

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, July 26, 1902 



* World's Largest Watch

* Williamsburg Bridge construction

* East River - Brooklyn - NYC






Page 54 has the headline: "The Largest Watch in the World", and "At the American Waltham watch factory, the largest watch ever designed was recently completed".

The front page has: "Present Condition of th... See More  

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$48.00
681261

Bicycles, bicycles, bicycles, and a motorcycle...

Item #681261

February 09, 1895

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Feb. 9, 1895  A great issue reporting on the bicycle "mania" at that time, with the full ftpg. taken up with text & 3 illustrations concerning: "The National Bicycle Exhibition In Madison Square Garden, New York", one print showing: "The Motor Cycle" which would appear to be an early version of a motorcycle. The text continues i... See More  

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$47.00
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