Free Art Download: Testing a Bulletproof Vest, 1923

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Free Art Download: Testing a Bulletproof Vest, 1923
The things we'll do for a paycheck...


Free Art Downloads are easy and cheap to print. The white border is built in to simulate a matte, all you have to do is click the ‘Download' button, then choose “File > Download” when the Google Drive window opens. Then, either print it yourself, or print it at a place like Staples or Costco for less than a buck. It's sized to fit an 11×14 frame, so it will need to be printed on 11×17 paper and trimmed along the included lines. The frame in the photo above is a $5 frame from the Wal-Mart photo department. For more detailed instructions, check out this article.

I love this photo. It's a strange thing to see, sure. But it's the subtext that gets me: Sometimes we do really crazy shit in the name of financial success.

Consider this fine fellow, W.H. Murphy, who is taking a .38 caliber bullet right to the chest, just to close a deal. On September 13, 1923, Murphy, who worked for the Protective Garment Corp. of New York, was in Washington, DC showing off his company's wares to the Fredrick County, Maryland Sheriff's Department.

Reportedly, Murphy didn't even blink when the bullet hit. Because he died instantly – kidding, kidding, Murphy was fine. The introduction of protective vests in the early 20th century was needed to combat the emerging criminal gangs utilizing their own homemade armor: several thick layers of cotton padding and cloth.

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Andrew Snavely

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