National Geographic : 1949 Sep
"PROTECTING THE AMERICAN HOME" "Mr. Stoddard's Madness" Y OU would expect an inventive farmer to come up with something practical, like a horse-drawn rake. And that's exactly what Joshua Stoddard of Pawlet, Vermont, did. The funny thing is that he also invented the steam calliope! He patented his musical monster in 1855 and a large number were installed on lux ury steamboats. For several decades the water ways of America echoed to their strident music. Today, the calliope, which Joshua considered his masterpiece, survives only as a circus curi osity. But his horse-drawn rake is still blessed wherever men toil on the land. Pure novelty is short lived - but whatever fills a real need will flourish. That is the main "See your National Life underwriter i at least once a year" FOUNDED 1850 A MUTUAL COMPANY OWNED BY ITS POLICYHOLDERS COPYRIGHT 1949. NATIONAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY reason behind the spectacular growth of life in surance in the past century. That, and the fact that life insurance has constantly increased in usefulness... in the things it can do. Today, careful planning can give you just that specific protection your family requires. "YOUR PLAN FOR SECURITY" gives you the basic facts you need for intelligent plan ning. This helpful new service shows you how to gauge accurately your family's financial wants over the years to come. It shows you also how you can plan ahead, now, to meet those needs as they occur. A postcard request will bring you further information - no obligation, naturally.