Diving Suit

These images come from Chums, an illustrated magazine for boy . Being an illustrated boys' paper, it is full of articles & illustrations about cameras, bicycles, sports and a regular column where the writer visits/takes a ride on some interesting devices. In the November 1892 issue, his adventure was deep sea diving, from which this images comes. I've also included the description of the diving suit.


Every rag of my own clothing did I put off, and then in turn I put on these things. A guernsey of the thickest wool, and a pair of drawers equally thick. The guernsey was tied securely about my waits, and when I had begun to think that I had enough wool on me to face a Scotch winter, I was coolly given another guernsey, and another pair of pants of identical thickness, and make to put them on over the others. I did so, and feeling duly uncomfortable, was given a small red woollen cap to draw over my ears, and a thick pair of stockings which came quite up to my hips. Then they told me that I might get into the tight india-rubber over-dress -- a garment made to fit the shape, and composed of the stoutest sheet india-rubber.

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