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Personal fire escape, 1947

Posted on December 4, 2015 | in Uncategorized | by
F. R. Wilson, a Lexington inventor, demonstrated a portable fire escape with the help of Mrs. James Wells, a Bohmer Flying Service employee in January 1947. Wilson, an representative of the Imperial Brass Manufacturing Company in Chicago, said the  5 pound device is a foolproff escape gadget which compressed in a package no larger than a shoe. It consisted of 200 feet of steel cable 3/32's of an inch thick, a spool on which the cable is wound, a seat harness and a breaking mechanism which had a capacity of 900 pounds. Published in the Lexington Leader January 21, 1947. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

F. R. Wilson, a Lexington inventor, demonstrated a portable fire escape with the help of Mrs. James Wells, a Bohmer Flying Service employee, in January 1947. Wilson, a representative of the Imperial Brass Manufacturing Co. in Chicago, said the five-pound device is a foolproof escape gadget that is compressed in a package no larger than a shoe. It consisted of 200 feet of steel cable 3/32nds of an inch thick, a spool on which the cable is wound, a seat harness and a breaking mechanism that had a capacity of 900 pounds. Published in the Lexington Leader on Jan. 21, 1947. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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