Here are three things you will want to have for that Halloween party tomorrow night, from Popular Mechanics, October 1922 – thanks to Johnson Smith, the noted leaders in weird novelties.
1. The Mystic Skeleton – Not really very mystic, it will do the Monster Mash and the Twist while “the operator” mans the remote control from across the room. It is only 14 inches tall, though, so you’d better clear the dance floor first. Otherwise the Mystic Skeleton will get crunched up.
2. Serpent’s Eggs – A dozen fake eggs that you “light with a match” and then a dozen fake snakes hatch and “twist about in a most life-like manner.” They will enjoy dancing with the Mystic Skeleton. You might want to have a few fire extinguishers on hand, too – lighting eggs sounds a little tricky.
3. The Wonderful X-Ray Tube – Well, it’s wonderful all right. You can see what are “apparently the bones in your fingers” through it. The Mystic Skeleton will want to try this out when it’s taking a break from dancing up a storm. He might be able to see some plastic marrow – or something. Or possibly nothing at all. Which might be what you end up seeing, too, since it isn’t really a Roentgen-approved scientific apparatus. But Johnson Smith promises that you will see the lead in a pencil and “the interior opening in a pipe stem” – which believe me, no one wants to see, not even a pipe cleaner.
The fourth novelty was so interesting I started doing a little extra research on it and…I’m going to post about it tomorrow. It is the perfect thing to show you on Halloween. And on that note – I’m going to leave you guessing!