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Water Wings

Description

Inflatable cotton child and/ or adult recreational floatation device. Printed with directions and manufacturer's logo. Metal air intake valve at point of junction between the two kidney-shaped bags.

Details

Maker
Ayvad Manufacturing Co. (Maker)
Date
1896-1904
Inscriptions
Printed on both bags: ""AYVAD'S/ WATER-WINGS./ [illustration of woman swimming]/ Patented May 7, 1901/ Jan. 7, 1902/ May 24, 1904./ Water-wings/ are all made one size, guaranteed/ to support a person of 250 lbs. as well as a child of 50 lbs, both on the correct level to swim/ or florat. Water-Wings are purposely made porous,/ to allow just enough air to escape in order to adjust/ themselves properly. A large body requiring/ less air to float than a smaller one, forces more/ air out of the Wings than the latter, and auto-/ matically adjusts itself. Just enough air/ always remains in the Wings and/ no more."" ""THE AYVAD M'F'G. Co./ HOBOKEN, N.J./ MADE IN U.S.A."" ""Directions: Wash thoroughly until/ no dry spot is left./ Blow up with the/ mouth so the air bubbles all over. Press/ on the ring-mark. Apply around the/ waist or back. NOT UNDER THE ARMS."" ""TO STOP PRESS HERE"" [identical inscription on 2nd bag-- only difference is in illustration. Second bag depicts a male swimming.]
Location of origin
Hoboken, NJ, USA
Material
cotton (textile)
machine sewing (technique)
printing (process)
Object type
Water Transportation Accessory
Places
New Jersey (United States)
Descriptive terms
Cotton
cotton (textile)
FLOAT, LIFE
life preservers
machine sewing (technique)
Machine Sewn
printing (process)
Transfer Printed
Accession Number
1992.201
Credit Line
Estate of Elinor C. Larson
GUSN
12759

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