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Acme Survival Distress Rescue Whistle

Acme Survival/Distress/Rescue Whistle No 649


Life saving/rescue and distress whistle. S.O.L.A.S. approved, British Admiralty and NATO approved. For carrying dual frequency designed to stand out from background noise. Will not adhere to the skin in sub-zero temperatures. Tough construction, food grade shatterproof plastic. Easily blown, important if you are young, elderly, injured or cold.

The first attempts to produce molded whistles from a material known as volcanite, in 1906, were unsuccessful. But in 1914 as bake-a-lite started to develop as a molding material, the first early plastic whistles were made. These opened up new vistas for whistle makers with colors and designs that had not previously been thought of. Art-deco, the age of jazz, saw the Hudson's catalog swell to over 300 different models, many of them plastic and now highly collectable. In 1949, the world's first life-saving whistle, for use on life-jackets and flotation devices, was developed and patented. Another new area for whistle makers to explore.

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