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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Waiting to Inhale: 1931

Waiting to Inhale: 1931

Washington, D.C., 1931. The caption for this one is NO CAPTION. What's going on here? Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

I'm Confused

Wait a minute- isn't this the Flood Mansion??

E-cigarette

They are really catching on since this first stab at it.

License and Registration, please

This was the Breathalyzer Beta.

Iron Man

Great observation on the tank filled with water!
I'm thinking possibly a movie clip for a 1930's version of "Iron Man". All kidding aside, these men were "Iron Men" signing up for submarine duty. Happy Easter, everyone.

Sleep with the fishes

Maybe a submariner with sleep apnea.

Escape device

I believe it's a breathing device to let you escape from submarines.
The rope guides you to the surface.

Training

Submarine school escape training using the Momsen lung to practice escaping from a sunken submarine, probably in New London, Conn.

[We know from the caption that we're not in Connecticut. - Dave]

In 1931 there was only one submarine escape training tower and it was located in New London, CT. The Washington by-line provably relates to where the Navy Departments release of the picture

Ludovico technique

The early years.

Momsen lung

Appears to be a submariner wearing a Momsen lung -- a device used in escaping from a sub, while underwater.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Momsen_lung

Legacy of "Swede" Momsen

Probably training for using a Momsen Lung -- breathing device for escaping from a submarine. Hard to tell but, based on the floating appearance of the lung and the individual's hair, the tank appears to be filled with water.

 
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