Bizarre Retro Body Armor~

Bizarre Retro Body Armor~

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10 Retro Body Armors That Will Transform You Into An Old-School Iron Man

Samuel Schwarz’s Machine gun vest by Samuel Schwarz from the May 1929 issue of Modern Mechanics magazine.

Dr. Brewster’s experiments with body armor didn’t stop with the battlefield. In 1913, he touted the benefits of this cage-like boxing armor to the San Francisco Call, giving readers an eyeful of his post-apocalyptic maître d’ garb. And judging from that headline, the doctor was tantalized with visions of a newfangled women-versus-astigmatics boxing league. 10 Retro Body Armors That Will Transform You Into An Old-School Iron Man

Ned Kelly’s (1855–1880) last stand outfit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_Kelly

(Image: NSFA.Gov.Au)

10 Retro Body Armors That Will Transform You Into An Old-School Iron Man

Dr. Guy Otis Brewster’s boxing armor circa 1913

San Francisco Call

4. World War I radiographers, circa 1918
Although this outfit wasn’t equipped for the battlefield whatsoever, it’s worth mentioning, as radiographers of the Great War wore absolutely smashing pervert suits.

(Photo: H.J. Hickman/Wellcome Collection.)

10 Retro Body Armors That Will Transform You Into An Old-School Iron Man

Dr. Brewster’s attempt at a bulletproof suit
“His tests of this unusual costume garnered him press coverage such as this from Illustrated World vol 27″

10 Retro Body Armors That Will Transform You Into An Old-School Iron Man

“Experiments were made with this body defense at Picatinny Arsenal in April, 1917″

10 Retro Body Armors That Will Transform You Into An Old-School Iron Man

World War I radiographer, circa 1918

(Photo: H.J. Hickman/Wellcome Collection.)

“Police Use Shield and Armor Like a Medieval Knight” Popular Mechanics Oct 1938

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/police-use-shield-and-armor-like-a-medieval-knight/

10 Retro Body Armors That Will Transform You Into An Old-School Iron Man

“(collapsible) Bullet-proof Shield Protects Police Officers in Gun Battles” Modern Mechanix Dec 1933

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/bullet-proof-shield-protects-police-officers-in-gun-battles/

10 Retro Body Armors That Will Transform You Into An Old-School Iron Man“Wheeled Shield” for Detroit cops, Modern Mechanix Sept 1956

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/wheeled-shield/

10 Retro Body Armors That Will Transform You Into An Old-School Iron Man“Cop armor passes a rigid test in Detroit as inventor Harvey Freeman lets bullets sink into the 60-lb. plastic shell. Note headlights for night cops.” Mechanix Illustrated Nov 1958

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/its-new-5/

7. French trench armor, 1915
It’s unclear when and how long this armor was implemented, but Monsieur Homme de Fer right here makes wearing a bulletproof half-cylinder on your head appear très languid. He’s very Daft Punk: The Ragtime Years.

10 Retro Body Armors That Will Transform You Into An Old-School Iron Man“Cop Armor, not so chic as Galahad’s tilting suit but weighing almost at much (65 lbs.), is fully bulletproof.” Mechanix Jan 1959

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/its-new-10/

 

10 Retro Body Armors That Will Transform You Into An Old-School Iron Man

“First World War. A French soldier wearing a kind of armour as protection against flying bullets above the trench. France, 1915.”

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationaalarchief/3019093036/

10 Retro Body Armors That Will Transform You Into An Old-School Iron Man

10 Retro Body Armors That Will Transform You Into An Old-School Iron Man 10 Retro Body Armors That Will Transform You Into An Old-School Iron Man 10 Retro Body Armors That Will Transform You Into An Old-School Iron Man 10 Retro Body Armors That Will Transform You Into An Old-School Iron Man 10 Retro Body Armors That Will Transform You Into An Old-School Iron Man

WWI helmets from Bashford Dean’s 1920 book Helmets and Body Armor in Modern Warfare

10 Retro Body Armors That Will Transform You Into An Old-School Iron Man“FUTURE GI. Keyhole peek at what the atomic war’s fighting men may wear. New Army developments shown at Fort Ord, Cal., are this transistor-radio helmet, heat-resistant mask, nylon armored vest and automatic aluminum-alloy rifle that fires at a rate of 700 rounds a minute.” Popular Science May 1959

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/future-gi/

http://i2.wp.com/cdn2.retronaut.co/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Siberian.jpg?w=584

image by Malcolm Kirk Life 1937(?)

Siberian Bear-baiting armour

From MilitaryHeadgear.com:

http://www.militaryheadgear.com/items/9358

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American experimental Model No. 7 “Sentinel” helmet and body armor, 1918.

Bashford Dean, Helmets and Body Armor in Modern Warfare (Yale University Press, 1920), 223 & 247.

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