November 7, 2016

Before There Were Spinners and Floaters, There Were Scrubbers. Look At These Wire Brushes from the 1912 Mudguard Contest in Paris

In 1912, the Police Prefecture of Paris organized a mudguard car contest which attracted many inventors involved. The effectiveness of their inventions being measured by rolling their cars on the streets in a rainy day with blank panels.

The attendants at each panel appear to be equipped with a bucket of water and a brush, presumedly for cleaning off the panels after the results for each car were recorded. Four types of anti-splash devices seem to be the most commonly used: metal guards, brushes, chains and round metal, leather and rubber discs mounted to the outside of a tire.

(Photos courtesy of the French National Museum, via Jalopnik)


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