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Vacuum cleaner (1911)

In this hand-operated vacuum cleaner, which has been recently placed on the market, a bellows, strapped to the back and around the waist, provides the suction. A lever, worked to and fro by the left hand, operates the bellows, and the right hand directs the suction nozzle. The dust is drawn into the bellows, where it is confined by the means of porous felt.

Photographs on finger nails (1911)

One of the latest fads in Germany is the mounting of photographs on the finger nails, the idea growing out of the whim of a cousin of the Kaiser, who had an enameled portrait of her fiance worked on the nail of her little finger. This portrait was a work of art and cost $90, but now the fashionable manicures of Berlin have taken up the idea in the photographic form.

Summer toboggans (1911)

A three-wheeled coaster, called a summer toboggan, is coming into general use in Germany for coasting down inclines. The seat is arranged above the single rear wheel, and steering is done by means of both the hands and feet. The little coaster is quite light, and at the end of a descent can be collapsed and slung over the back for the return trip up hill.

Apparently, helmets were optional, but hats required!

Battle in the Air: French Airmen Attacking a German Observation Balloon

For code signals a glittering disk suspended by a wire a number of feet below the air craft is used. By swinging this disk, the airman can signal as though it were a flag, using the dot-and-dash”wigwag” code.  The German observation balloons, derisively called “sausages” by the allies because of their peculiar shape, use this code”

Life imprisonment in Mongolia (1914)

“Political offenders in parts of Mongolia are punished by lifetime immolation in coffinlike boxes stored away in dark dungeons. These boxes are only large enough to contain a man. There is but one aperture, and that no larger than his head. His hands are manacled, and twice a day attendants bring food and drink which are placed in the shackled hands outstretched through these round windows, which are his only communication with the world. Many highly educated Chinese, so it is said, are imprisoned here. Within the cramped box one cannot sit upright nor lie flat and a gleam of daylight is seen only when the door swings to admit the attendants bearing food. “