From The Library Of 'Life'

Totally Random And Useless Inventions

Thursday is random day. At least it is today, on this blog. So here are some random and useless — and in some cases downright preposterous — inventions that LIFE has curated from its archives. There are plenty more where these came from, including but certainly not limited to a curved gun barrel and a cigarette umbrella. Happy almost-Friday!

  • Afraid your baby's not getting enough fresh air? Simply place it in a wiry basket precariously dangled from your high-rise apartment window. A nanny "supervises" a baby in a tenement building, 1937.
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    Afraid your baby's not getting enough fresh air? Simply place it in a wiry basket precariously dangled from your high-rise apartment window. A nanny "supervises" a baby in a tenement building, 1937.
    Reg Speller/Fox Photos/Getty Images/Courtesy of LIFE
  • Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do. Would you like to smoke a cigarette in this romantic holder built for two?Image circa 1955
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    Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do. Would you like to smoke a cigarette in this romantic holder built for two?Image circa 1955
    Jacobsen/Three Lions/Getty Images/Courtesy of LIFE
  • What ever happened to illuminated tires? And more importantly, what compelled this woman to adjust her stockings awkwardly in front of an illuminated tire?
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    What ever happened to illuminated tires? And more importantly, what compelled this woman to adjust her stockings awkwardly in front of an illuminated tire?
    Douglas Miller/Getty Images/Courtesy of LIFE
  • To prevent her makeup from running and her hair from getting wet, an actress demonstrates the "new" shower hood, which probably had the effect of steaming her makeup right off.
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    To prevent her makeup from running and her hair from getting wet, an actress demonstrates the "new" shower hood, which probably had the effect of steaming her makeup right off.
    Photo by Keystone/Getty Images/Courtesy of LIFE
  • Thanks to Hollywood inventor Joe Gilpin, you can now surf fully clothed!
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    Thanks to Hollywood inventor Joe Gilpin, you can now surf fully clothed!
    Peter Stackpole//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images/Courtesy of LIFE
  • Inventor Hugo Gernsback demonstrates "TV Glasses" for television on the go. Take that, iPhone.
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    Inventor Hugo Gernsback demonstrates "TV Glasses" for television on the go. Take that, iPhone.
    Alfred Eisenstaedt/Time-Life Pictures/Getty Images/Courtesy of LIFE

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