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November 8, 2016

Before Spinners and Floaters, There Were Scrubbers: Take a 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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