Being a writer and blogger working from home, can be very difficult at times. With kids running around getting ready for The Isolatorschool, playing, fighting, and a wife who is constantly doing housework; it gets really hard to have silence around the home so I can concentrate on my research and writing. But now I have the perfect solution, with this great invention from the 1920’s called the “Insolator Writing Helmet.”

The Isolator is a strange looking helmet invented in 1925 with an attached air hose for breathing, that allowed one to think and work without being distracted which encourages focus and concentration by rendering the wearer deaf, piping them full of oxygen, and limiting their vision to a tiny horizontal slit. The Isolator was invented by Hugo Gernsback, editor of Science and Invention magazine, member of “The American Physical Society,” and one of the pioneers of science fiction.” He also had one called “the laboratory isolator” which had an opening for food and utensils; a source of air with exhaust, and usually, arm-length gloves. Among his other inventions were the Oso- phone (an innovative hearing-aid).

The Isolator 2SOURCES:

1. This image of the ad to the “Insolator Writing Helmet” was brought to my attention by my friend, author and singer of TSOL, Jack Grisham.

2. Wikipedia

3. The new encyclopaedia Britannica – Volume 5 – Page 220

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