1974: Jumpsuit Grippers

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by Pat Works

1974 Jumpsuit Grippers

Today all FS jumpsuits sport “grippers” off-the-shelf.

Repeated failures led to corrective action. When building round star formations, grips were the weak link.  Big rounds required big hands and strong grips. Men and women with small hands just couldn’t hang on. So, for record attempts, we dispatched runners to the hardware store for 1” rubber hose.  Tacked to your sleeve, the hose permitted a stronger and more flexible grip than wrist-grips allowed.  Voila!

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