The Invention (and Demonstration) of the First Football Helmet, 1932

British Pathe con­tin­ues to dust off and dig­i­tize some amaz­ing clips from its archive. First came The World’s First Mobile Phone (1922) and footage of The King’s Speech in 1938 — you know, the real King George VI work­ing his way through a pub­lic speech in Scot­land. Now British Pathe returns with some 1932 footage of an inven­tor show­ing off the first foot­ball hel­met, his mod­est “attempt to pre­vent fatal injuries” in the sport. You won’t want to miss the demo of this new fan­gled piece of sports equip­ment. H/T Devour

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