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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • RAPALLO, ITALY: 1947
 

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A Real Life Saver: 1913

A Real Life Saver: 1913

May 24, 1913. Joseph N. Callahan modeling "Coxey's Life Saver and Water Wings." View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

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Agreed.

Our intrepid model, Mr. Callahan, is clearly in need of "Coxey's Atomic Wedgie Preventer."

Eek!

If he clenched any tighter he'd pop those water wings!!

Cold Water

In the Titanic's case the lifejackets were not the problem - everyone had one. The problem was that they all froze to death.

Hot item

Considering this is dated just over a year after the Titanic's horrific human toll, this was probably one of many similar products rushed to market.....just as after 9/11 many feared flying, I can imagine many people were afraid to go aboard ship without guaranteed personal flotation devices.

Extreme modeling

Yikes, I hope a frontal view doesn't exist.

[Just you wait. - Dave]

Okay

That's enough for some of us to hope for a return of the lovely Grace Valentine!

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