Reeling to Safety (Mar, 1947)

Reeling to Safety. Fire threaten? Strap on the belt, climb out the hotel window, and—as Detroit inventor Irving Bassett shows—a steel tape reels out automatically to drop you safely to the ground.

  1. Hirudinea says: April 29, 20138:36 am

    Hope it isn’t a windy day when you use this.

  2. Stephen says: April 30, 20135:59 am

    This is only useful as long as it stays working – and, out in the weather, it would easily rust or get clogged with stuff. I am reminded of the first fireproof theatre in London, which had a safety curtain and a water tank above the stage. When fire finally broke out, the mechanism of the safety curtain had rusted, so it stuck halfway down, and the water tank was found to be empty. The theatre burned to the ground.

  3. Toronto says: April 30, 20137:56 am

    When you unbuckle, does it rewind like a tape measure gone mad?

  4. Hirudinea says: April 30, 20138:53 am

    @ Toronto – Yep, or you charge a kid a nickle to hook them up for a ride/

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