Monday, March 15, 2010

Head Protectors for Shipwrecked Persons

Patented in 1878, the patent begins as follows:

Be it known that I, Francis P. Cummerford, of Wilmington, in the county of New Castle and State of Delaware, have invented a new and Improved Head-Protector, of which the following is a specification:

This invention consists of a protecting-helmet, for the use of firemen, shipwrecked and other persons, made of rubber or other elastic material, that closes tightly to the neck, but fits loosely on the head, it being provided at the upper part with a ventilating device, and with a mouth-piece and closing device to admit of speaking.

Another wonderful inspiration for those of a steampunk persuasion. My favorite paragraph reads:

The mouth-piece is used in case it is necessary for the wearer to give orders or to communicate with his companions. The protector may be used also as a covering against rain, sleet, snow, and spray, when on the deck of a vessel in storms; or it may be used, when made of fire-proof material, by firemen, or, when made of lighter material for ladies' use, in bathing, as it will effectually protect the hair from salt water.

Yes sir, for you ladies wanting to protect your hair there's nothing else like it! Thanks to André Granum for sending this to me.

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