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Extreme Inventiveness

The sinking of the Titanic in 1912 was enough to make any traveller nervous. John Edlund of Claresholm, Alberta, however, was not going to let the matter of a mere iceberg or two keep him from travelling by sea. An inventive person by nature, in 1915 he created and patented the perfect waterproof suitcase, which could double as a life preserver if worse came to worse on the high seas.

John Edlund demonstrating his life preserving valise, 1915.  Glenbow Archives NA-1718 (1-4). John Edlund demonstrating his life preserving valise, 1915.  Glenbow Archives NA-1718 (1-4). John Edlund demonstrating his life preserving valise, 1915.  Glenbow Archives NA-1718 (1-4). John Edlund demonstrating his life preserving valise, 1915.  Glenbow Archives NA-1718 (1-4).
John Edlund demonstrating his life preserving valise, 1915. Glenbow Archives NA-1718 (1-4).

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