Loveland in the Greater Cincinnati area of the Buckeye State has a connection to vintage equipment diving through the So-Lo Marx Rubber Company, which designed and manufactured the bargain-priced Skooba-"totes" diving and waterskiing drysuit there from the late 1950s to the early 1960s. Here is an illustrated syndicated newspaper article from March 1957 reporting the trial of the prototype suit in the nearby Little Miami River:
magazine from the period please let me know which it might be?) recreated the scene in the newspaper photograph with one suit-clad diver ashore reaching out to his similarly dressed companion, who is still in the water. Note how the mask featuring built-in twin snorkels has been replaced in the meantime with a plain mask and a double-hose regulator:
The following So-Lo Marx drysuit ad from 1959 or 1960 (can anybody with copies of
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