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Peekaboo bag? No, a survival hood (May, 1968)

Peekaboo bag? No, a survival hood

It’s too bad that the pretty (take our word for it) girl shown here has to play peekaboo to get her point over. She is demonstrating the use of a plastic “survival hood” for airline passengers. Made by the G. T. Schjeldahl Co., Northfield, Minn., it provides protection against smoke and gas inhalation while escaping from a crashed plane.



NO LONGER Will the broad, flat-topped caps of gobs be seen upon Uncle Sam’s war vessels. Under recent orders of the Navy Department, they are to be replaced by hats “of greater rake and flare,” which will be issued next month. The new style of headgear (top), is contrasted with the old in the accompanying photographs at left.

Hats Trimmed with Horses’ Tails Latest Parisian Fashion (Oct, 1924)

Hats Trimmed with Horses’ Tails Latest Parisian Fashion

Trimmed with the tails of horses, women’s hats were introduced recently as the latest creation of a famous French designer. The hairs at one end were wound tightly together into a cone shape and attached to one side of the hat. while the other end hung down in front over the shoulder. Dyed in various colors, the odd ornaments were displayed by models during a fashion revue.


That’s pretty scary looking.


Bathing fashions in the course of centuries have seen many novelties, but it remained for a Los Angeles, Calif., designer to think of this new headgear, which is a combination cap and face mask in one.

When the first wearer recently appeared on the Los Angeles beach, the startling, round eyeholes of the mask might have suggested to a fanciful observer the appearance of a feminine Martian or a lady robot. Despite its oddity, the mask serves the practical purpose of protecting the eyes and ears in diving. Celluloid eyepieces keep out the water. The lower portion of the mask covers half the swimmer’s face, leaving the ‘ nose and mouth uncovered. It may be turned up when not needed.

Early Night Vision Goggles (Aug, 1950)

Blackout “Eye”

Searching for persons or objects in total darkness poses no problems for soldiers wearing sniperscopes. Clamped to a helmet, the equipment combines an infrared light source and an electronic telescope. Its energy comes from a power pack and battery which can be carried in a knapsack on the operator’s back.

Colored Wigs of Spun Glass Lend Novelty to Headdress (Oct, 1924)

Colored Wigs of Spun Glass Lend Novelty to Headdress

Wigs of spun glass in a variety of colors are being manufactured as a decorative novelty in headdress. Tinted to match the complexion, the eyes or the costume, they are said to produce charming effects. They are adapted for evening or for various special functions. A broad band, passed across the forehead, holds them in place, and they are said to retain their shape and gloss for a long time.

Paper Hat Parasol for Men Serves as Shield from Sun or Rain (Dec, 1924)

Paper Hat Parasol for Men Serves as Shield from Sun or Rain

Protection from sun or rain is provided by a paper parasol that slips over the top of men’s hats and is held by a rubber band or piece of elastic. The flaps that hang over the brim can be folded in nine different ways, thus shielding the wearer at any desired angle while the exposed portions of the shade may be printed with advertisements. Special styles are manufactured also in thin sheet rubber with rigid side strips, while those made from ordinary paper or with cheesecloth backing have been found serviceable even in heavy rains. When not in use, the parasol can be folded up and placed in the pocket.

Grotesque Motorcycle Masks (Dec, 1933)


For races on cinder tracks, daredevil New York motorcyclists wear grotesque masks to protect their faces against flying particles from the wheels of each other’s machines. The racers dip the masks in water to soften them and then press them against their faces. When dry, the masks take on the contours of the cyclists’ features. Goggles are worn over the eyeholes. In addition, the racers wear football helmets to guard their heads.

A One-Man Show with a Magic Hat (Sep, 1933)

A One-Man Show with a Magic Hat

IMPERSONATING different characters by appearing in a succession of hats is a trick well-known to the stage comedian and one that you can easily perform in your home with the aid of the simple ring of felt shown here. By folding and twisting it, the wearer transforms himself successively into a general, a president, a clown, and as many other personages as ingenuity may suggest. Make the ring of heavy hat felt if procurable; otherwise, have two thicknesses of the lighter grade, that every dry-goods store sells, stitched together on a sewing machine. A mirror behind a screen will help you to adjust your hat carefully but speedily for each impersonation. To aid in learning the shapes, the indicated letters may be chalked on the ring. At the end of entertainment, pull the ring down around your neck and say, “Myself.”

New Metallic Collar Reflects Health Rays of Sun on Face (Jul, 1932)

New Metallic Collar Reflects Health Rays of Sun on Face

A NEW apparatus for directing the health-giving rays of the sun to the face, known as the “Rivierasonne,” has recently been introduced in Berlin. The device is made out of a thin metal and shaped like a large collar.

The metal collar collects the sun’s rays and throws them onto the face by means of a multiple reflector. Being extremely flexible, the apparatus, shown in the photo on the right, can be adjusted to any angle to catch the rays and reflect them as desired.