The First Bulletproof Vests
Today, the many avenues of social media can sell products faster than any 30-second commercial. However, in the early 20th century people went the extra mile to publicize their incredible inventions. Back then the “extra mile” included taking gunfire from close range! Obviously, the people casually taking bullets for black and white photo ops weren’t selling top hats but rather the very first version of bulletproof vests.
Back then newspapers reined supreme as the singular form of disseminating information. In a story that’s stranger than fiction, Jan Szczepanik, the “Polish Edison,” and a Polish clergyman based in Chicago named Casimir Zeglen operated as the patient zeros for these hard-to-believe photos.