Tag "headgear"
Keeps Air-Raid Map Under His Hat (Apr, 1940)

Keeps Air-Raid Map Under His Hat

Although not quite so good as a steel helmet, the black derby hat owned by an Englishman living on the east coast is a handy headpiece to have along in the event of an enemy air raid. For inside of his bowler, this Britisher has pasted a map on which the location of local air-raid shelters is plainly marked. When an air-raid alarm sounds, he has merely to doff his bombing bonnet and look inside it to find the location of the nearest underground hide-out.

Plastic Raincoat for Hats (Oct, 1946)

Plastic Raincoat for Hats

A civilian adaptation of the waterproof hat covers worn by service men during the war is now available. Called Rainat, the cover is made of transparent vinyl plastic film, and is provided in three sizes.

London Bobbies Broadcast Crime News With Five-Pound Portable Radio (Mar, 1931)

London Bobbies Broadcast Crime News With Five-Pound Portable Radio

RADIO is fast becoming one of the most dangerous foes of the modern criminal. Often before he has fairly finished committing his crime, the news has gone out to all the police, broadcast over a powerful central radio station and picked up by squad cars cruising the streets.

No-Lens Goggles (Jul, 1961)

Aren’t goggle’s supposed to protect your eyes though?

No-Lens Goggles

By distributing the force of a blow over the face, a guard gives protection without interfering with visibility. Made by M-K Products, 617 Queen Anne Ave., Seattle.

ONLY A FEW LEFT! U. S. Navy Inter-Communicating Transmitter and Receiver (Jan, 1934)

Modern headsets are just such garbage. When was the last time you saw one that came with a breast plate? And that’s SEVEN POUNDS of quality there. Today you’d be lucky if a headset weighed 7 oz.


U. S. Navy Inter-Communicating Transmitter and Receiver


This combination microphone and headset, built under rigid U.S. government supervision, and designed as a regular intercommunicating telephone system, may be slightly modified to match into a radio transmitter and receiver.

Awnings for Your Specs (Oct, 1952)

Awnings for Your Specs

EYEGLASS awnings keep the raindrops away, according to Don L. Davis of Los Angeles, shown here sporting the new style, It took an aircraft maintenance engineer of Miami to think them up, though! A prize winner in a gadget oddity contest, the awnings are made of light stainless metal, may be attached to the glass frames in any one of several ways.

Basketball “Bumpers” Protect Eyeglasses (Apr, 1941)

Basketball “Bumpers” Protect Eyeglasses

“Bumpers” for basketball players now enable those who wear glasses to enjoy the sport. A transparent guard of unbreakable plastic, cut away to bridge the nose, completely surrounds the spectacles and insures them against being knocked off or shattered if struck. Supported by straps, the headgear is held away from the face by resilient pads resting against forehead and cheeks, and is said not to impair vision. The illustration shows Dick Dikeman, high-school player of Detroit, Mich.



Cellophane masks for doctors and nurses are a recent innovation at a Los Angeles, Calif., hospital. Worn before the face, the transparent shields are designed to lessen the chance of contagion in treating patients with communicable diseases, without obstructing the wearer’s view or otherwise inconveniencing him. The masks may be donned or removed in an instant, and are either worn with a headband or clipped to the users’ spectacles, as shown in the illustration.

Sportsman’s Headnet Has Window (Apr, 1931)

Sportsman’s Headnet Has Window
FOR use by fishermen when harassed by black flies, gnats and mosquitoes, a head net now on the market has a non-breakable, non-combustible window for providing a clear view. The net is attached to a folding steel frame and will fit any hat.



HIGH altitude flying has been made possible by use of oxygen for both men and motors. Lt. J. A. Macready of the Army Air Service is shown below with the latest type helmet.

The entire face is covered, and the glasses are built in the helmet itself. The tube that enters just below the nose furnishes oxygen to the aviator in any amount that he desires. The tanks are controlled by a valve.

Some of the early helmets for this service were very complicated and resembled an ocean diver’s top piece. As a consequence of their bulkiness they have given way to this new head piece, which combines both utility of purpose and streamline design.