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Candelabra Grotesque with a Naked Boy in a Strapwork Contraption

Washington youngster solves parking problem. Washington, D.C., March 30. Transportation and no parking worries. Nelm Clark, 16-year old Washington youngster, solved this problem by combining a lawn mower motor with a set of motor cycle gears to make this unusual midget auto. Costing $60 to build the contraption weighs only 150 pounds--the weight is its main feature--and if you run out of gas you easily push it or tuck it under your arm and walk home, 3/30/1937

Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Negatives

Eugene Davis, gold prospector, operating "rocker". Rocks and sticks remain in the screened box at the top when water is sluiced over them and the contraption is rocked by the handle. Loose dirt and any mineral content washes below, the dirt gradually washing through and the heavy gold and minerals settling to the bottom and behind the ridges. Pinos Altos, New Mexico

Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Negatives

Conversion. Hosiery factory. Looks intricate, but this contraption is an old story to this young woman employee of an Eastern hosiery plant which is now forty-percent converted to the manufacture of mosquito netting for the armed forces. These warp holders are used to determine the tensile strength of yarn and to keep it in place during machine operations. Van Raalte Company

Contraption on wheels in Alaska

Flight deck personnel onboard the Military Sealift Command (MSC) Hospital Ship USNS MERCY (T-AH 19), set a litter, with a newly arrived Indonesian patient flown in from Nias, Indonesia, on a contraption to make a gurney to move her about the ship. At the request of the government of Indonesia, the MERCY and the MSC Combat Stores Ship USNS NIAGARA FALLS (T-AFS 3) [not shown] are on station off the coast of Nias, providing assistance in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck the island March 28, 2005