Historical diving suit

Historical diving suit

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Diving history. Diver on board a ship preparing for a dive at the turn of the 20th century. His suit is made of rubberised cloth and is fully watertight. Air is supplied to him through air lines running from a pump on the ship, and he is wearing a brass helmet with glass portholes. To counteract the weight of the helmet, he is wearing weighted boots (not seen). Due to this, such suits were known as "heavy-footers". Photographed off Marseilles, France.

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Keywords: 20th, air lines, black-and-white, diver, diving, france, french, heavy-footer, helmet, historical, history of science, line, mediterranean sea, monochrome, suit, technology, transport, transportation, turn of the century, twentieth, water

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