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April 2, 2022

Mattress Doubles as Life Raft, 1939

Taken into the wilds on fishing and boating trips, a new “unsinkable” mattress provides safety as well as comfort, for it can be used as a life raft in case of emergency in 1939.

Made of kapok floss, the mattress will support four people in the water, according to its maker. Its weight of only thirty-seven pounds minimizes the load to be carried. The photograph below shows a striking demonstration of its buoyancy before interested sportsmen at a Sharon, Massachusetts, rod and gun club.





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