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Hard hat, ca. 1953

Hard hat, ca. 1953

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Maine Historical Society

The industrial hard hat was developed in the 1920s. Early models were made of steel or aluminum and patterned after the "doughboy" helmets worn by soldiers in World War I.

Non-conductive fiberglass and plastic eventually replaced metal as the preferred material, especially for use around electrical lines.

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