Looks like nobodys biting at the question. You all must be still diving at Wazee. The answer is the first catalog was put out in April 1953, a revised one was put out in June 1953. They also put out a 2 page sheet in June 1951. It was only 2 pages because they didn't have a lot of equipment to offer at the time. Anyhow, the next question is up for anybody who wants to take it.
Post by Broxton Carol on Aug 15, 2006 6:59:38 GMT -8
Back in the 50's there was an oddball mask you could buy to hook up to your Broxton, that you had to attatch the hoses to, and you breathed through your nose to get the air. I have sinus problems, so it would never work for me..... what was the name of it. I think I saw it in popular mechanics back then. Chucko
Post by Broxton Carol on Sept 23, 2006 10:33:05 GMT -8
I was just checking the site, and I noticed nobody had even guessed about the odd full face dive mask mantioned above, from the 1950's. Since it was so rare, Ill give the answer, It was the "Medusa" mask, and it had your double hoses going in the top to let the air in, and out. Thats all I remember. Heres a new question.... What company made the underwater battery powered dive propulsion tow units that were made from ww2 practice bombs? They had a battery inside, and wire handles and cage over a small propeller that towed the diver through the depths. Cousteau had some like these in his silent world movie, BUT these were USA made.!
Post by spirotechnique on Sept 23, 2006 10:45:24 GMT -8
They had a battery inside, and wire handles and cage over a small propeller that towed the diver through the depths. Cousteau had some like these in his silent world movie, BUT these were USA made.!
I am sorry but I do not belive thoses where US made (the one from the Silent world) : thoses have been made in Toulon in the DCAN factory , they MIGHT been inpired by the equipment you are refering too but I would be interested to know the manufacturing date of the US equipment to be compared from the equipment of cousteau cheers JM
Post by Broxton Carol on Sept 24, 2006 3:57:47 GMT -8
Karl, these were made from the spun steel tubing practice bombs you got at any surplus store in the 50's. They were painted robin egg blue, with yellow numbers on them. They were about 4 ft long and had a tail fin like a box kite shape on back. they sold for $5.00 back then. Somebody made these, not a big company, they were painted grey or silver, and had a battery slide up into it. I saw the article somewhere back then. perhaps it was in a "how to do" article in popular science?? That was a long time ago.
I'm new to this forum but an old moss back diver ... got my start in 1956 when I was in junior high. We lived in Boise, Idaho and dove in reservoirs and lakes. Several of us started a club called Helldivers II and became the go-to people for law enforcement when there was a drowning or a car in a river or irrigation canal. The cops would pull up to Boise High School and drag us out of class and haul us to the scene of the accident. My first SCUBA was a U.S. Divers single stage regulator, 72 cu ft tank equipped with a K valve. I eventually bought a 2 hose Dacor, probably the first model on the market.
Ok Trivia fans ... who remembers the name of the guy who wrote a column in Skin Diver Magazine called, if I remember right, "The View From The Jetty?" I might have the name of the column wrong but it appeared in each issue and I think it was on the inside of the back cover.
Hi guys, i don't mean to change the subject, but , do you remember a u.s. divers scuba replica tank and regulator. I had a friend that had one of these, and it was a snorkel. the tank was plastic with the harness straps, and the two hose regulator had a valve that kepted the water from entering the hose asm. the tank was filled with floation foam, so the child using it could not sink or dive, it kepted you floating on the surface, while you would breath tru the double hose asm. even kids could look like Mike Nelson. this goes back to 1960. that was the only one i had seen. does anyone know anymore about these? twinfin timm
Post by diverdown1955 on Jul 18, 2009 17:08:21 GMT -8
HELLDIVER, YOUR COLUMN WRITER WAS CARL KOHLER, QUITE A GUY. I USED TO BOUNCE STUFF OFF OF HIM TIME TO TIME. I STARTED A CLUB IN HIGH SCHOOL 1956, LAKE RANGERS OUT OF FARGO, N.D. WE WERE CALLED OUT A COUPLE OF TIMES ON BODY RECOVERY. KIND OF EXCITING WHEN THE POLICE AND SHERIFF DEPARTMENT PULL YOU OUT OF CLASS!
Twinfin- the item you describe is form about 1960-61 and was sold by Aqua-Lung called the surf-lung. It is a great collectable if you can find one in good condition. If it has the box, expect to pay $200+ for it.
Over 400 regs in my collection & I dive some of them.