Immesion suit blouse
- circa 1945 in Manchester urban district
Blouse from an immersion suit, made by P. Frankenstein and Sons Ltd, around 1945.
An immersion suit is a waterproof drysuit, used to help people survive in very cold water. They are kept on ships for emergency evacuations. P. Frankenstein & Sons used their expertise in waterproof garments to successfully move into producing survival gear in the 1940s.
P. Frankenstein and Sons was founded in 1854 at the Victoria Rubber Works in Newton Heath. Specialising in rubberised fabrics, the company made survival equipment, including technology which was used to help develop the Apollo spacesuit. The cult 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey also featured suits made by P Frankenstein and Sons.