What the first wetsuits looked like (scary photos)

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What the first wetsuits looked like (scary photos)

Look and be horrified. Or laugh, you heartless man.

Usually everyone admires the courage of the first astronauts. Say, the old space suits looked like technological coffins and were extremely uncomfortable. And no one will remember the first divers! It takes a lot of courage to try on a wetsuit from the beginning of the last century. Not to mention using it for its intended purpose.

What the first wetsuits looked like (scary photos)

Until the 18th century, in order to patch up a ship or take something of value from a sunken ship, divers plunged into the sea in a primitive device, a kind of bell (the ancestor of the modern diving bell and caisson). Or even in a barrel in particularly budgetary cases. The air from the “main bell” was fed through a tube into a smaller bell, which was worn over the diver's head. These were very rare and very dangerous dives. Perhaps that is why there are so few descendants of divers among us.

Finally, in the 1710s, looking at this outrage, the inventor John Lethbridge constructed a sealed oak barrel with a glass viewing window and two arms. We will not discuss the aesthetic characteristics of Lethbridge's invention. Just know that compared to the bell, the barrel was an example of agility and progress.

Divers had to wait another century and a half before engineers learned how to make the first anthropomorphic wetsuits. Naturally, not without misfires. The suit of the Karmagnol brothers, which is considered one of the first suits to follow the contours of the human body, weighed as much as 370 kilograms (you can easily recognize it in the photo from the 20 windows on the helmet).

The suits of other designers were also far from perfect. Scroll through the collection and enjoy.

What the first wetsuits looked like (scary photos)

What the first wetsuits looked like (scary photos)

What the first wetsuits looked like (scary photos)

What the first wetsuits looked like (scary photos)

What the first wetsuits looked like (scary photos)

What the first wetsuits looked like (scary photos)

What the first wetsuits looked like (scary photos)

What the first wetsuits looked like (scary photos)

What the first wetsuits looked like (scary photos)

What the first wetsuits looked like (scary photos)

What the first wetsuits looked like (scary photos)

What the first wetsuits looked like (scary photos)

What the first wetsuits looked like (scary photos)

What the first wetsuits looked like (scary photos)

What the first wetsuits looked like (scary photos)

What the first wetsuits looked like (scary photos)

What the first wetsuits looked like (scary photos)

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