World War II Mae West (Life Preserver), 1942
Description
Media Type
Object
Description
This is an inflatable World War II life preserver known as a Mae West.
Notes
he Mae West was a common nickname for the first inflatable life preserver, which was invented in 1928 by Peter Markus (1885–1974) (US Patent 1694714) with his subsequent improvements in 1930 and 1931. The nickname was originated because someone wearing the inflated life preserver often appeared to be as physically-endowed as the actress Mae .
Inscriptions
994.1.1. This life preserver was worn by flight Lt. W.Thompson in WW2 while flying in Europe, Africa, Ceylon and India (Sri Lanka). He taught school in the one room school house in Iron Bridge in 1940-41
Date of Original
Circa 1942
Subject(s)
Local identifier
Artifact Collection
Collection
Local History
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 46.28336 Longitude: -83.23318
Donor
Donated by Wally Thompson
Contact
Huron Shores Museum
Email
Agency street/mail address

1 James St. P.O. Box 460

Iron Bridge, ON P0R 1H0

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World War II Mae West (Life Preserver), 1942


This is an inflatable World War II life preserver known as a Mae West.