Automobile Racing Face Mask, circa 1905, Owned by Joe Tracy

Summary

Drivers racing in early open cars faced any number of dangers, including stones, dust and other debris thrown into their faces. Cloth masks like this one provided some protection, while leaving openings for the eyes, nostrils and mouth. This mask belonged to Joe Tracy, who drove the Locomobile race car "Old 16" in the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup race.

Drivers racing in early open cars faced any number of dangers, including stones, dust and other debris thrown into their faces. Cloth masks like this one provided some protection, while leaving openings for the eyes, nostrils and mouth. This mask belonged to Joe Tracy, who drove the Locomobile race car "Old 16" in the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup race.

Artifact

Face mask

Date Made

circa 1905

Creators

Strom & Fils 

Place of Creation

France, Paris 

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driven to Win

Object ID

97.35.4

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Jerry Helck.

Material

Silk (Textile)
Cloth

Technique

Sewing (Needleworking technique)

Color

Beige (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 7.5 in

Width: 16 in

Inscriptions

Label: STROM & FILS / 16, CHAUSSEE -d'ANTIN / PARIS

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