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From Radio Guy: This is an early fireman’s smoke mask. These full face helmets are very rare and found mostly in museum collections. This example is unsigned. The front windows use Mica to see through. The window frame is aluminum. This is also one go the first industrial uses for aluminum. Aluminum was a new and unique metal, durable, lightweight, and resistant to tarnishing. At the time, it was considered quite rare and valuable. These helmets would attach to a long hose that ran to a foot operated bellows. The fireman would then go into a smokey building to rescue those trapped within. The hose was his only air supply and lifeline. Signals were given by tugs on the hose… 1 tug was for more air, 2 tugs less air and 3 was for help. This is one of the cleanest examples we have offered. You had to be a real hero to go into the blaze with this.
From Wikipedia: The autobahns formed the first limited-access, high-speed road network in the world, with the first section from Frankfurt am Main to Darmstadt opening in 1935. This straight section was used for high speed record attempts by the Grand Prix racing teams of Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union until a fatal accident involving popular German race driver Bernd Rosemeyer in early 1938. The world record of 432 km/h (268 mph) set by Rudolf Caracciola on this stretch just prior to the accident remains one of the highest speeds ever achieved on a public motorway.