Water Wings

Collection Type

  • Transportation

Date

1896-1904

GUSN

GUSN-12759

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

Descriptive Terms

life preservers
cotton (textile)
machine sewing (technique)
printing (process)
Cotton
Transfer Printed
Machine Sewn
FLOAT, LIFE

Inscription

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.]

Additional Identification Number

LARSON 15

Maker

Ayvad Manufacturing Co. (Maker)

Location of Origin

Hoboken, NJ, USA

Credit Line

Estate of Elinor C. Larson

Accession Number

1992.201

Places

New Jersey (United States)