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Popular Science Monthly


��The Straw Hat for Storms. The


��Top Turns Inside Out

STRAW hat which can be taken out in the fiercest storm with impunity is a recent inven- tion of William Wilson, of New- ark, New Jersey. There is nothing- exceptional about the straw. The top of the hat, however, can be turned inside out. The folded water- proof covering that is thus ex- posed can be drawn over the entire upper sur- face of the hat. Ordinarily the waterproof cover is concealed beneath a cloth lining under the top. An elastic band keeps the lining drawn up tight.

��When it rains, the top of the hat is swung around and the elastic covering carried underneath the lid is drawn down over the entire hat

��Arthur Picard, a resident of New York city. It is in three sections — a handle, a sliding support for the pad, and the pad itself which may be of bristles or of ab- sorbent material. The sliding support has side jaws which clamp the pad securely in place when the ring shown on the tapered portion of the handle is pushed up as far as it will go on the p a d - holder. To re- lease the pad, the ring is si ipped down on

the handle, and the tongue in the groove of the pad-support is pushed up. This expels the pad from the groove.

���A Toothbrush for the Sick- Removable Pad

��It Has a

��The pad may be made of bristles or of absorbent ma- terial. It is ex- pelled from the groove and im- mediately destroyed

���The Private Hairbrush — The Bristles Can Be Locked Up

APPARENTLY only one man of


��one man genius in all the United States has been able to remain unaffected by the zip-boom-bang of guns and war news and to ap- ply his talent to the cry- ing needs of everyday and home. He has invented a device for locking up his hairbrush to protect it from the other boarders in the house! It is in the form of a cover tacked to the back of the brush and with overlapping sides which fasten with lock and key.

��THE toothbrush of an invalid should be destroyed after a single use. That is the practice in the more carefully conducted hospi- tals. Ordinarily this would necessi- tate having on hand a goodly supply of brushes if the patient's teeth are to be properly cared for. With the type of brush shown in the illustration, however, only the pad, or bristles, need be destroyed. The handle may be sterilized and used as long as it lasts.

The brush is the invention of Alphonse

���Flexible brush covering ■

The cover is tacked to the back of the brush. The sides fold over and are fastened with lock and key

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