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c. 1935 Streamline Helmet
1934 Wilson No. 270
1933 Rawlings No. GV
1940 Goldsmith "Viking"
By the mid-1930's, manufacturers had perfected the fibre molding process, enabling them to rely on fibre as the primary structural support for football helmets while the leather covering was more resistant to water and surface abrasions. As a result, helmet design was no longer bound by the need to connect a crown piece to the helmet body. The two were integrated into a single structure. The Fibre-Reinforced Leather Streamline Helmet utilized leather or fibre reinforcing straps longitudinally down the crown to secure the leather to the fibre. The forehead of the streamline helmet was finished with a foam rubber cushioned leather pad in one of multiple designs, including the wing front, shield front, and mercury front. New methods for bonding the two layers eventually rendered the streamline design obsolete. It was discontinued by manufacturers in the mid-1940's.