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1908 aero safety mirror

Article about: A better view of the back, I can not see how it would hang. Mirror quite easily is removed from the rubber surround. Still a mystery

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    Default 1908 aero safety mirror

    This old mirror was found in Albert Packers trunk
    Mr Packer was in the AFC, No. 4 Squadron
    Would like to know more about this mirror as it is dated 1908.
    Would it have been used in WW1?
    When were they first used and why?
    How long were they in service?
    Any information would be great.
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    An most interesting piece and one that I'm not familiar with.

    I may however suggest that it could be used for signalling purposes?

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    Hello Allegra, I do concur, but to be so well made, and to have lasted 105 years. It must have been at the top of their safety list
    As you are in Adelaide, you are quite welcome to inspect

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    My guess is a shaving mirror. There were also
    'safety razors' back in the day.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Interesting mirror.

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    Quote by Walkwolf View Post
    My guess is a shaving mirror. There were also
    'safety razors' back in the day.........
    Steve - I would have perhaps said that - but as there is no stand nor hook - hence my statement. I also came across a piece that talked about balloonists signalling via mirrors.

    Having said that, it may be used if the pilot went down?

    Tobruk - many thanks - where are you? I'm in Belair. And BTW - it is patented in 1908 - doesn't have to be made then...just an observation.

    Cheers
    Tim

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    What is the diameter measurements

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    Hello Kenworth, the diameter is 15cm

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    Hello Tim, good point re the date, they may have been in production for many years.
    I am at Prospect
    Thank you, Paul

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    15cm? I'm assuming it would not be used for signalling then. I should have asked the diameter before wading in.

    Steve could well be correct, though I still would have thought it would have had a hook or a stand.

    Cheers

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