Sunday 11 December 2016

The Creative And Forgotten Fire Escape Designs Of The 1800s

There were many kinds of fire escape contraptions in the 1800s and early 1900s. New household technologies such as oil and gas lamps and kitchen ranges had become commonplace, and also a common cause of fires. Consequentially, inventors came up with creative mechanisms to help escape from a burning building.

While most patents were portable variations on ropes, chutes, and ladders-on-wheels, parachute helmets and winged apparatuses leaned more towards the bizarre and ridiculous.

(via Neatorama)

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