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Popular Science Monthly


��House Numbers in Concrete — You Can See Them from Your Car

THE latest style in house numbers in Pasadena, California, utilizes concrete blocks in which the numbers are molded. These are set out on the edge of the curb so that he who runs (in an auto- mobile) may read without getting out of his car and walking up to the house to find out is the place he is looking for or not.

The blocks are only four by seven inches, face surface, with tri- angular sides, that slope back from the street. The ruler shown in the picture is placed so as to give an idea of the size of the lettering.

���Concrete blocks bearing the house numbers are set on the curb in front of the residences

��Setting Broken Bones by a Portable Machine

ANEW machine for setting fractures ot the legs has been designed and pat- ented by John H. Wilting of Buffalo, N. Y. One of the most interesting features of the apparatus is its light weight, thirty-five pounds. The average fracture-setting ap- paratus is too heavy to be moved about

��from place to place. This one may be car- ried by the physician to the patient.

When the machine is unpacked the case acts as a rest for the body of the patient. Two arms support the legs. These arms are so arranged that the injured member may be set so it will be exactly the same length as the uninjured leg. The measure of the un- injured leg is taken and the injured leg is drawn out to correspond to it.

Movable supports are provided for the limbs. Hence there is no strain on the fractured leg. The supports are made of wood fiber so that X-ray pictures may be taken of the leg while it is rest- ing on the supports. A plaster cast may be put on the fractured leg while the patient is on the machine.

When the machine is packed up it fits compactly in the case. This apparatus should be very useful for army purposes because it is so easy to move it about.

The case is the size of an ordinary suitcase, and is made of black walnut, with a dust-proof cover. The large amount of aluminum and fiber which enters into the construction of the apparatus explains its extreme lightness.

���A fracture-setting device which may be operated anywhere. The entire apparatus may be packed up in the case on which the patient's shoulders are resting, and it weighs only thirty-five pounds

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