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12 Deep-Sea Diving Suits to Keep the Ocean from Crushing You Like a Walnut

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Turns out that, aside from the drill-arm, Big Daddies aren't that far off from the real thing. Our friends at Oobject have assembled 12 of the toughest examples of deep-sea diving suits around—from da Vinci's cloth prototypes to the bell helmets made famous by countless Scooby-Doo villains.
When you're done diving through this set, check out these diving helmets and hazmat suits!

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Amazing 1911 Chester E Macduffee Aluminum Alloy Suit

This looks like its shopped, but its genuine

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Chauncy Hall Diving Suit

What appears to be a tent like cloak. How the two items relate to each other here is not clear. I assume one is a diving bell and the other a suit for roaming near it.

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Deep Sea Diver Suit from Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

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Edwardian couple - one in a diving suit

Perfectly incongruous. I love the fact that his pose is exactly as if he wasn't wearing the diving suit.

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Karl Heinrich Klingert diving suit, 1797

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Chevalier de Beauve's diving suit 1715

The first suit diving suit concept, complete with lead shoes

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Reconstruction of a diving suit designed by Da Vinci

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1930s Metal Diving Suit

The arms look somewhat like parts of a kitchen mixer.

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Inflatable diving suit

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Neufeldt und Kuhnke atmospheric suits

I love this picture, it combines space age modernity with fisherman smoking pipes.

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1908 Hall and Rees Submarine escape apparatus

It incorporated a canister containing ‘Oxylithe', a special chemical which when breathed upon gave off oxygen and absorbed carbon dioxide.

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Regenerating diving suit ADS M. de Pluvy 1906

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DISCUSSION

#4 isn't a diving suit. It's a one-of-a-kind pressure suit for high altitude flying designed and used by aviator Wiley Post and built by B.F. Goodrich in 1934-35. With this suit Post set several altitude records, eventually as high as 50,000 feet. The suit is presently in the Smithsonian.

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