Art & Design

Bullet Vest Test, 1923


Washington, D.C. September 13, 1923

This amazing photograph of W.H. Murphy from the Protective Garment Corporation of New York was taken as Deputy Sheriff Charles W. Smith fired a .38 caliber revolver straight at his chest.

When the bullet hit, Murphy never batted an eye.

Inventors of the bulletproof vest, which weighs about 11 pounds, had put it on the market for the protection of police and other officers in emergency cases. The bullet which Deputy Smith fired into the vest Wednesday was presented to him for a souvenir.



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