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...
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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.

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.

16 Comments

  • Reply August 28, 2013

    Chad

    Google Drive wants me to request permission to view the file, so I can’t download it at the moment.

    • Reply August 28, 2013

      Andrew

      Hey Chad,

      Sorry about that, I’ve changed the share settings, try it now. Let me know if it doesn’t work for you.

      • Reply August 28, 2013

        Chad

        The link works fine now, thanks! Great picture by the way.

  • Reply August 28, 2013

    Guest

    This is great! I just want it bigger…Any idea for resizing this image?

    • Reply August 28, 2013

      Andrew

      How big are you thinking?

      • Reply September 4, 2013

        Ryan

        24×36

      • Reply September 4, 2013

        Ryan

        24x36in. Is there anyway to do this for others as well? I have three roommates and we’ve been wanting some awesome pictures for our living room. I’ve been thinking that several of the ones you have posted would be awesome additions, especially coupled with the DIY frame suggestion on the site.

        • Reply September 4, 2013

          Andrew

          Hey Ryan, I did a test and blew it up that big. The image starts getting soft, but it’s hard to say how good it will look printed out. You can see a portion of the test if you click on the image below.

          • September 4, 2013

            Ryan

            I am going to give it a try, seeing as it is not that big of a gamble and the result could be pretty awesome. Thanks!

          • September 4, 2013

            Andrew

            Cool, keep me posted! I’d like to see how it comes out.

  • Reply August 28, 2013

    Matt

    Damn, this will mess up my color-on-the-bottom, black-and-white-on-top thing I’ve got going.

    Got a color Free Art Download on the docket soon?

    • Reply August 29, 2013

      Andrew

      That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing the photo! I’ll see if I can find a good one that’s in color.

  • Reply August 30, 2013

    Henning

    Hi Andrew, I’m sure it has been asked several times already, but as a great fan of your magazine I have to know- How do you find those pictures?

    • Reply August 30, 2013

      Andrew

      Various places, Reddit, Wikipeida, Pinterest, etc. Sometimes I see a photo for sale, do research, and find out its in the public domain.

  • Reply September 9, 2013

    greg

    Thanks for this!

    • Reply November 9, 2013

      Andrew

      It looks great! Thanks for sharing the picture.

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