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Q: Magazine issue or copy ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   4 Comments )
Subject: Magazine issue or copy
Category: Science > Technology
Asked by: garyresearcher-ga
List Price: $175.00
Posted: 29 Aug 2003 22:06 PDT
Expires: 28 Sep 2003 22:06 PDT
Question ID: 250397
I am trying to get a copy of the Fall, 1980 Popular Science and
Mechanics magazine which features the "Power Wheel" on the front cover
and an article on the same subject inside.  A color copy of the front
cover is preferable and a black and white photocopy of the article is
sufficient. Please do not confuse this request with "Science and
Mechanics"-the journal I need is "Popular" Science and Mechanics.

Request for Question Clarification by answerguru-ga on 29 Aug 2003 22:31 PDT
Hello there,

Just a couple questions for you:

1. Are you interested in a paper and/or electronic version of this magazine?

2. Would you be willing to pay for a copy of the magazine?

3. Where are you located? (this is only relevant if you want a hard copy)


Clarification of Question by garyresearcher-ga on 30 Aug 2003 06:19 PDT
Paper or electronic version (with bitmaps of photographs or artwork)
is okay. I would be willing to pay for a copy of this magazine. I am
located in Pearblossom, CA  93553.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 05 Sep 2003 07:03 PDT
Hello Gary,

In an earlier posting of your question, there was a link to a magazine
that you felt was only one issue away from what you needed:

Please have a look at this link again.  The magazine shown appears to
be titled "Science and Mechanics", and I have found bibliographic
references to such a magazine.  However, I have not seen anything
actually called "Popular Science and Mechanics".

Does the magazine shown in the link look like the magazine you're
looking for (except that you want a different issue?)  Or is it
another magazine all together that you need?

If, in fact, you need the "Science and Mechanics" magazine, I *may* be
able to find it for you.  But "Popular Science and Mechanics" looks to
be beyond my grasp.

Thanks (and I hope I haven't confused things).

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 15 Sep 2003 09:01 PDT
Hello Garyresearcher,

Guess what?  I got it:

"One of these days you may go shopping for a new car and find only
luggage space under the hood.  Perhaps the engine is in the rear, as
in a Volkswagen beetle?  No, there you find only a bank of batteries,
no engine.  You also notice the absence of a transmission.  Just then
the dealer steps into the vehicle, flicks a switch, and silently
drives the engineless, transmissionless car off the lot and onto the

Thus begins the article on "Power Wheels" by Jorma Hyypia, with
several intriguing photos of "Goldman and his invention".

Luckily for you, my car needed an inspection.  This put me just a few
blocks away from the Library of Congress, and I said, "Hmmm...I wonder
if *they* would have a copy of that Power Wheel thingy?"

There are a few things I want to clarify with you before I post an
answer, but I suspect you'll be pleased with the results.

--The copies I have are from a bound volume of the magazine.  This
creates the common but unavoidable situation of not being able to copy
the page 100% perfectly -- the material near the bound spine does not
lie flat on the copier, and trails off into grayness.

For instance, the copy of the cover shows a very good-quality image of
the cut-away wheel and its internal workings.  However, the text on
the left hand side of the page reads MORE LIKE "OWER HEEL"  rather
than "POWER WHEEL" due to the "P" and "W" fading into the spine.  I
had a long discussion with the librarian about this, and there appears
to be no solution.

--All the copies I have -- the cover and four article pages -- are
black and white photocopies.  I can scan and post these as an answer
if that would be suitable.

--I also have detailed instructions about how to have a color
reproduction of the cover made by the library and mailed (or emailed
as a file) directly to you.  I can provide instructions and contact
information if you wish (the library charges for the service -- in the
neighborhood of $15-50 dollars, depending on the type of service you
want, the speed of delivery, etc).

Let me know if the information I have is sutiable as an answer to your
question.  I know it's been a long hunt for you...I truly hope this
will meet your needs.

Subject: Re: Magazine issue or copy
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 17 Sep 2003 16:43 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello again, Garyresearcher-ga,

It's been a bit of a quest, but I did finally track down your

The key discovery was the name, which is actually "Science and
Mechanics" (rather than Popular Science and Mechanics), plus a bit of
a convoluted field trip to the Library of Congress here in my home
town of Washington.

The actual LOC listing for your magazine can be seen here:,5&Search_Arg=science+and+mechanics&Search_Code=TALL&PID=20046&CNT=25&SEQ=20030917192259&SID=1

Note the call number:  T1: E98

you'll need it later.  


As I mentioned earlier, I was able to make decent black and white
copies of your article.  If you'd like, I can post a link to a website
where you can download my scanned versions. get the best copies possible, and to get a color copy of the
cover, it is necessary to go to through the following procedure:

1.  The Library of Congress has a special photoduplication department
that handles (for a fee) special requests for high-quality copies of
their materials.

2.  The contact information for the photoduplication department is:

Library of Congress
Photoduplication Service
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, D.C. 20540-4570  
Telephone: (202) 707-5640 
Fax: (202) 707-1771 

They can handle a request for a copy of your article in whatever
format best meets your needs.  For instance, to get a color photocopy
of the cover, and a B&W photocopy of the article, they need to get a
note/fax/email/phone call to the following effect:


Science and Mechanics magazine
T1: E98
Fall 1980 issue
Cover art, and article on "Power Wheels" pp. 62-65.
For the above article, please create the following:

--A color photocopy of the cover of the magazine

--Black and white photocopies of each page of the article on pages

I understand there is a charge for these copies, and I am including my
credit card information below.

Please contact me if there are any questions about this request.


I'm sure you get the idea.  

I used photocopies as an example, but LOC can also provide (at
considerably higher cost) photographic prints of the cover or pages,
or an electronic file in TIFF format.

I hope this information meets your needs.  If anything here is unclear
-- or if you need additional information -- just let me know and I'll
be happy to assist you further.


search strategy:  search of the LOC website for:  [popular science and
mechanics] and [science and mechanics]
garyresearcher-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $100.00
Very thorough job on this difficult research item that no one else was
able to discover.

Subject: Re: Magazine issue or copy
From: jackburton-ga on 30 Aug 2003 01:57 PDT
Note to researchers: See Garys's previous questions
Subject: Re: Magazine issue or copy
From: bowler-ga on 30 Aug 2003 09:03 PDT
Found this advertisemnet on the web:

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Subject: Re: Magazine issue or copy
From: journalist-ga on 02 Sep 2003 09:14 PDT
Greetings Garyresearcher:

"rcavar" of "Renee's Vintage Magazines" also has the site  Her contact info may be found at

Check or Money order (Made payable to Renee S. Cavar)
Send payment to:

Renee Cavar
63 Schofield Rd. #16
Willington, Ct 06279

Good luck in your quest and I hope you are able to find the issue.

Best regards,
Subject: Re: Magazine issue or copy
From: pafalafa-ga on 17 Sep 2003 18:57 PDT
Thanks so much for the kind rating and the very generous tip.  May you
receive beautiful photocopies.


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