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Stratosphere Suit Tested in “Dry-Ice” Tank (Jun, 1934)

Testing suits for new environments can always be a bit dangerous. Here’s a pretty cool YouTube video of a guy testing a space suit who got exposed to vacuum. (he wasn’t injured)

Stratosphere Suit Tested in “Dry-Ice” Tank

How would you train for a flight to the stratosphere? Mark Ridge, Massachusetts aviator, who plans an airplane trip into the region of rare air and intense cold high above the earth, did it by entering a tank filled with carbonated ice to maintain it at a temperature of 110 degrees below zero, much colder than any temperature he will encounter in the stratosphere. He had a special suit made to protect him from the cold and intended to stay in the tank for half an hour to determine if the uniform would keep him warm. The cold did not bother him but he emerged after a brief stay because the fumes from the ice penetrated the mask he wore.

Clothes Make the Man… (Nov, 1953)

Clothes Make the Man…

Men at a western wood-pulp mill who work around sulfuric acid protect every square inch of skin with the new acidproof suit at left. Hood, coat, boots and gloves have pink markings—the same color used to identify acid pipes—to keep the suit from being used in any other area of the Weyerhaeuser Timber plant, Everett, Wash.

“Mother Goose” Bungalow Shelters Nesting Ducks (Nov, 1938)

I love the mix of items on this page.

“Mother Goose” Bungalow Shelters Nesting Ducks

Looking as if it had been plucked right from the pages of a “Mother Goose” book, a bungalow for ducks stands on the shore of an artificial lake in Alexandria, Minn. This fairy tale cottage with sloping Walls

and crooked chimney has shuttered windows and flower boxes, and the glassed windows are indirectly illuminated at night with electric lights hidden in shallow boxes inside the window frames. It appears, at night, to be a busy little hotel, but the hundred or more residents of “Duck Inn” sleep inside in complete darkness.

NEW in SCIENCE (Nov, 1954)


Two Dutch girls inject preservative chemicals into flowers in a Dusseldorf, Germany, flower shop. Chemicals keep flowers fresh for months.

These sight and hearing glasses, available in various colors and shapes, have a built-in hearing aid complete with batteries and microphone.

IT’S NEW! (May, 1956)

Wow, Ken Garritt must have some pretty strong wrists to hold up a 160 pound bike that way. Maybe one of the dynamos powers an anti-grav unit.


SNAZZY RUNABOUT, by sports car designer Brooks Stevens, mounts a 30-hp Evinrude Lark motor, has bucket seats and costs a mere $11,000.

FISSION FASHION. Suit designed to protect wearer from atomic fallout gets a big yak in Chicago. Fifteen-oz. silk garment is meant to be earned as emergency armor.

HOME-BUILT BIKE owned by Briton Ken Garritt weighs 160 lbs., has 24 gear ratios, three dynamos that power 17 lamps, lour direction finders and real cool twin horns.

FASHIONS for the ATOMIC AGE (Nov, 1954)


Hermaticaily sealed plastic suits developed by General Electric for men who work in their atomic plants, protect them against deadly effects of radiation in contaminated areas.

Man crawls through tunnel which is connected to tail of suit and serves as an entrance and exit Tunnel also brings in clean air from the outside.

I just hate wasting plutonium (Sep, 1956)

This is just crazy, they are talking about leaking plutonium; one of the most toxic and poisonous substances on earth, and the only thing they are worried about is how damn expensive that stuff is. I hope everyone in Hanford WA, is wearing one of those dashing suits.

Atomic Suit Inflated with Conditioned Air

The girl at right, wearing an anti-radiation suit is ready for her atomic job. Handling a Geiger counter and protected by the inflated plastic garment, she can detect floating radioactive particles without danger of contamination. Goodyear-made, the suit is air-conditioned for comfort.

Robot Halts Waste
When waste collected by this tape shows plutonium the machine signals control engineers at the Hanford atomic plant. Prompt “leak” plugging saves GE $250,000 a year in lost nuclear fuel.