Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Blizzard Cape

The Blizzard Cape was profiled in Life Magazine and Popular Mechanics in 1939 and 1940, although the Hookless zipper visible in the closeup points to a date of manufacture nearly a decade earlier.  It was a sheepskin dickey worn with thigh high sheepskin boots and a thigh length sheepskin parka for extreme cold weather applications.  I don't believe these went beyond the testing stage at Wright Field in Ohio and in field testing in Alaska.