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Helmet Style:
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Distinguishing Characteristics:
c. 1935 Streamline Helmet
Dates of Manufacture:
Fibre-Reinforced Streamline Helmet
1932 - 1945
(RST)
AF Designation
1934 Wilson No. 270
1933 Rawlings No. GV
Leather or Fibre Reinforcing Straps
Along Longitudinal Axis
Fibre-Reinforced Molded Ears and Back
Fibre-Reinforced Leather Covered Crown
Multiple Forehead Design Options:
Wing, Shield, Mercury
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.