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About The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 2, 1943)
He Wants to Send His Kites
Kites are weapons of war in the opinion of Domina C.
Jalbert, of Woonsocket, R. I., who says they can be used
for towing, signaling, and barrage protection against dive
bombers. Attached to a life raft, a good-sized kite would not
only serve to attract searching parties but would also tow
the raft in the direction of the prevailing wind, he says.
Jalbert, a research designer in a war plant, has developed
his kite ideas into an extensive hobby. He has made them
in sizes from 4 to 17 feet wide and weights from a half-pound to
17 pounds. To demonstrate the lifting power of his kites, Jal
bert attaches a bo’sun’s chair to a kite line, then
places Dorothy, his 11-year-old daughter, in the
chair. She is shown at an altitude of 100 feet.
' Left inset: One of these tots could easily be carried skyward
by one of Jalbert's larger kites. Bottom: A big kite is assembled.
All of Jalbert's kites are wider than they are high.
Two views of kite enthusiasts who surround Jalbert with some
of his 24 creations which these youths are always ready to help him
fly. Most of these kites have a pull of 100 pounds and require winds
of 10 to 40 miles an hour for a takeoff. None require a running tow.
Below: This is Jalbert's pride and joy. It is 17 feet
wide and 10 feet high. Its pulling power is so great
that it once hauled an automobile several hundred
feet across a field until the cars brakes were applied.
This type of kite could be used to tow a life raft.
In 1897 a Lieutenant Wise of
the IJ. S. army devised a kite
which carried him 50 feet up.
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\/lANY women are learning to
sew as a conservation meas
ure. It is a way to make spare
minutes count. They are finding
incidentally that dressmaking is
as much fun as any other craft.
If one has, or can beg, borrow or
buy, a sewing machine, all the
other equipment is inexpensive
and most of it has other uses as
One of the first things that the beginner
learns is the importance of pressing. It
begins as soon as the first seam is sewn.
She may acquire pressing irons for spe
cial purposes later, but whatever type of
Iron serves for the family laundry also
does very well for dressmaking. An open
end ironing board that will take the full
length of a dress is essential but every
home-maker counts that a household must.
Her seam pressing board and her pressing
cushions are the darlings ol her equip
ment. They also may serve her well on
ironing day. It is smooth work with the
iron when she tucks them under a shoul
der or inside a sleeve.
The sleeve form cushion and the tailors'
pressing form are easy to make. The
latter is often called a ham cushion be
cause that is the shape of it. The cover
ing should be of heavy muslin or other
firmly woven cotton goods. The cover for
the sleeve form may be cut by a tight
sleeve pattern with all extra fullness taken
out. The cushion should be stuffed very
tightly. A center core of flat layers of
newspaper is sometimes used for the large
cushion. Cotton or small bits of clean
rags may be used for the rest of the
• • •
NOTE—This drawing Is from Mrs.
Spears' latest book, BETTER DRESS
MAKING. The beginner may learn to
sew from this profusely Illustrated book;
and the experienced dressmaker will find
it a useful reference book on modern sew
ing techniques. Readers wishing to see a
copy of BETTER DRESSMAKING should
send name and address for complete de
scription and special offer. Address: Mrs.
Spears, Drawer 10, Bedford Hills, N. V.
“The secret of efficiency and
success in our enterprises is to
act at once upon our ideas while
our fancy is still warm and in a
‘Do Your Best and End
Will Take Care of Itself
There’s a bit of impressive sen
timent in this homely thought of
"If I were to try to read, much
less answer, all the attacks made
on me, this shop might as well
be closed for any other business.
I do the very best I know how—the
very best I can; and I mean to
keep doing so until the end. If
the end brings me out all right,
what is said against me won’t
amount to anything. If the end
brings me out wrong, 10 angels
swearing I was right would make
A unique American family is
that of the Irish Horse Traders
whose 4,000 members, all related
by blood or by marriage, spend
most of their time traveling
through the South in small groups
trading horses and mules. Their
one official address is an under
taking establishment in Atlanta to
which they ship their dead and
where they meet for a week every
April to celebrate marriages and
to hold their annual mass funeral.
Congo Gel Isn’t
The Congo eel is not from the
Congo and is not an eel but a
The state police were giving ex
aminations for drivers’ licenses.
Upon returning from the driving
test, a middle-aged Negro was
questioned about different highway
The questioner asked: "And
what is- the white line in the mid
dle of the highway for?’’
Sam replied promptly: "Fo* bi
"And did you ever lose yourself in
"if hat is your work?"
"Exploring central Africa."
A fellow asked his boss for a
raise. Be told the boss that he
must have one, as several other
companies were after him. It
wasn’t until weeks later that the
boss discovered that they were the
gas company, the electric com
pany, and a furnishing company.
Fortune Teller—This bump on
your head shows you are very
Client—That’s right. I got that
by putting my head in the shaft
to see if the dumb waiter waa
coming up and it wasn’t.
Smith Bros, has served the public since 1847.
In that period America has fought five wars.
Only during wartime has there ever been any
shortage of Smith Bros. Cough Drops. Our
production now is war-reduced but we’re dis
tributing it fairly to all. Still only 51. A nickel
checks Shat tickle!
SMITH BROS. COUGH DROPS
HACK OR MENTHOL— 5* l
The Japs were wrong.
Cutting off our rubber supply in the Pacific didn’t
take us out of the war—or even slow us up.
For Government, the Rubber Director, the rubber in
dustry, and the petroleum, chemical, and alcohol indus
tries pooled their patents and ideas, worked together, and
accomplished the seemingly impossible.
Today, there is no shadow of a doubt that our planes
will continue to fly, our ships to sail, our tanks to roll.
For America now has nearly enough rubber to
meet our essential needs!
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The American people saw the new synthetic rubber
plants spring up like mushrooms. They heard of large-scale
production of synthetic rubber. And they applauded. Un
fortunately, they also jumped to the conclusion that they
could stop worrying about tires!
It Is true that the RUBBER supply crisis Is past.
But tholong-expected TIRE shortage is with us!
“But,” you may say, “how can this be when thou
sands of tons of Government synthetic rubber are being
made... when such a tremendous tonnage of rubber prod
ucts is being turned out, as well as more airplane and truck
tires than ever before.”
One reason is that—as the Baruch Committee fore
saw—few tires could be manufactured until our synthetic
rubber supply was well on the way. This resulted in mil
lions of tires going out of use at a time when there were no
replacements. Meanwhile, tires left in service have less
mileage in them, and prewar inventories are gone.
Another reason is that our military needs are far
greater than anyone anticipated.
Also, the rubber companies are using a lot of
their machinery and manpower to turn out life
rafts, bullet-sealing fuel tanks, and hundreds of
other urgently-needed army and navy products,
in addition to tires.
And you should know that half of today’s require
ments are for large-size, heavy-duty bus, truck, artillery,
airplane, and combat tires, requiring much more labor and
materials than peacetime products.
Finally, the tire industry, like every industry today,
fa feeling the manpower shortage, and there just aren’t
enough hands for the job.
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These problems will be overcome when our enemies
are overcome. Meanwhile, we want to put our cards face
up on the table.
We’ve told you frankly why there is a serious tire
shortage. Now we want you, and every other American
who owns a set of tires, to know that this country’s trans
portation system can still suffer a serious blow . .. unless
you make it your personal duty to take care of the tires
you now own.
Do no unnecessary driving.
Live up to the Government regulation—don’t exceed
85 miles an hour.
Keep your tires inflated up to recommended pressure,
and check them every week.
Avoid hitting holes in the road, or bruising your tires
on curbs or stones. Don’t start or stop suddenly. Slow
down for sharp corners. X
See that your wheels and axles are in line.
Switch your tires from wheel to wheel every five
thousand miles, and have them inspected regularly for re
moval of foreign objects and repair of cuts.
And... most important of all... recap your tires
as soon as they become smooth.
HOW GOOD ARE PASSENGER CAR
TIRES OF SYNTHETIC RUBBER?
It may be a long time before all civilians can get syn
thetic rubber tires. Meanwhile, if you should be one of the
few who do get them, you will want this information:
Synthetic rubber tires for passenger cars are good
tires, and will give you satisfactory service if you take
care of them.
You should not think of synthetic rubber tires as im
proved tires ... but as emergency tires. And remember that
they have not yet liad time to prove what they can do.
It is beside the point to theorize on how they would
react to the phenomenally high speeds of prewar days.
Every patriotic American knows that tire treads ... oil
tire treads ... wear out faster at high speeds, and so drives
at today’s recommended speed of 35 miles an hour.
As time goes on, we will learn more about the effects
of under-inflation of rough roads, and of other abuses.
They damage all tires. Indications are that they do pro
portionately more harm to synthetic rubber tires.
Meanwhile, all tires are rationed to you in trust
for the nation, and it is your duty to take every
possible care of them, to avoid misuse and pre
As experience teaches us more and more about syn
thetic rubber tires, we will pass the information along to
you. Meantime, play safe Be careful!
If you use synthetic rubber tubes, be sure they are
properly installed. They should be put into the tire, then
inflated, deflated, and inflated again. And they should
never be mounted on rusty rims.
TRUCK AND BUS TIRES
ARE A DIFFERENT STORY
Truck and bus tires, being larger and heavier, generate
more heat. They are given long, hard usage on all kinds
of highways. They are all too frequently overloaded.
Frankly, today’s synthetic rubber bus and truck tires
will not stand the abuse that prewar tires would stand, es
pecially overloading. Progress is being made daily—but
overloading which would have damaged a prewar tire can
ruin today’s synthetic tire.
The Tire Industry is doing its utmost te solve
the serious problem of providing the nation’s
trucks and buses with satisfactory tires in suffi
But until this problem is solved, a dangerous threat
exists to America’s most vital transportation.
Therefore, while treads of present truck and bus tires
are immensely important... the carcasses of these tires have
a value beyond all price to America, and to America’s truck
and bus operators! ■ -haju^*.- - -
Unless tires now in use are made to last, these tws
essential services will almost certainly break down!
These tires... every one of them ... must be re
capped the instant the tread wears smooth .,,
before any damage is done to the carcass,
They must be recapped not once, but again and |
attain! High speeds must be done away with ... j
especially on hot roads. Overloads must be
avoided. Tires must be properly inflated at all
times. . — ■ ._
The responsibility to take care of these tires ... to
make them last as long as possible ... is a vital necessity!
It must be shouldered by all operators, by all drivers, by
all garage men!
No American can fail to heed this warning! The situ
ation is so Berious that it is recognized in a new tire war
ranty. But the real job is to conserve all tires now in use1
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W'th conditions as they are, and synthetic rubber m
its present stage of development, a new tire warranty has
become necessary and has been adopted. It applies to all j
tires. Under its terms, injuries such as bruises, body breaks,
cuts, snags, and heat failures as well as tread wear are not
subject to adjustment consideration. I
Nor are injuries or failures which result from improper
tire care or misuse or abuse. This includes failure as a re
sult of overload, excess speed improper inflation, or other
non-defective conditions. Or when tires are used on runa
not conforming to Tire and Rim Association Standards. ;|
Don’t forget that everyone ... the Tire Industry, the
Rubber Director, and many others, are working together ,
with all their energy, as they have worked from the be
ginning, to keep America rolling.
And remember that, while the Japs were wrong
...you must help keep them wrong! Take care of the \
tires you now have I
THE RUBBER MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION, INC.
Speaking for the following companies...
Brunswick Tire Company
Tho Century Tire ft Rubber Company
The Cooper Corp.
Corduroy Rubber Company
The Dayton Rubber Manufacturing Company
Denman Tire and Rubber Company
Diamond Rubber Company
Dunlop Tiro ft Rubbor Corporation
Tho Fall* Rubbor Company
Tho Firottono Tiro ft Rubbor Company
The General Tiro ft Rubbor Company
The Giant Tiro ft Rubbor Co.
The B. F. Goodrich Company
The Goodyear Tire t Rubber Co., Inc.
Hood Rubber Company
Inland Rubber Corporation
Tho Kelly-Springfleld Tire Company
Leo Rubber t Tiro Corporation
The Mansfield Tiro and Rubber Ca.
McCreary Tire A Rubber Ce.
Miller Rubber Company
The Mohawk Rubber Company
The Monarch Rubber Company
Montgomery Ward A Co., Incorporated
The Norwalk Tire and Rubber Co.
Pacific Rubber ahd Tire Manufacturing Company
Pennsylvania Rubber Company
The Pharit Tire and Rubber Company
The Poison Rubber Company
The Richland Rubber Company
Sears, Roebuck and Co. *■
Seiberling Rubber Company
The United Tire t, Rubber Company }
United States Rubber Company * u >,
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