Over the past several weeks we’ve been posting some #ThrowbackThursday posts which have gained a lot of interest across social media.

Today we’re doing a deep dive into the archives and showing you some of our favourite products from the 1959 Levitt-Safety catalogue.

It’s hard to believe that some of the products listed below were considered the leading technologies at the time, however a ton of the quality products we carry today are based off of these original designs.

Want to see how far we’ve come since then? Next to each product we’ve listing our current-day recommendations. While the styles and science behind each product have changed, there are a number of resemblances between the old and new.

We still provide safety solutions for each of these product categories!


Give Your Head a Shake

While these Nod and Shake Goggles may not be stylish, the write-up on this early addition of anti-fog glasses is quite fascinating. Instead of using a special coating to repel fogging as seen with the 3M Scotchgard Anti-Fog Goggle Geat 500 we use today, water was used to wash away any cloudiness. We can’t help but imagine how distracting it would have felt (and looked like) to constantly have to nod and shake your head while on the job.


 Take a Break

We were in awe at this multitasking respiratory protection; this throwback sure shows us what the priorities were in the late ‘50s. While we don’t encourage people to eat (or especially smoke) while in a hazardous environment, we understand the need for easy-on-and-off respiratory protection. Looking for something approved for today’s working conditions? Why not try the 3M™ Rugged Comfort Quick Latch Reusable Respirator instead? This half facepiece respirator releases from its secured position with the flip of a switch for easy removal.


Coming in Hot

We know that safety may not be synonymous with style but we’re glad to see that heat-resistant footwear has come a long way since this catalogue came out. Today, we suggest Honeywell’s Oliver series boots made with flame-retardant leather and puncture-resistant soles that will handle temperatures up to 300 degrees Celsius.


A Staple in Hand Protection

Even in the 1950s, they knew that leather was not cut resistant which is why they added steel staples to this glove. Check out Superior Glove’s TenActiv™ cut-resistant gloves instead. These breathable and flexible gloves offer protection against a wide range of mechanical and cut hazards.


Lunch Box Gas Detection

While this isn’t a canary in a coal mine, it’s hard to imagine lugging this nine-pound device around with you on the job. These early Davis models were marketed as being “simple in operation and can be used by untrained personnel.” In 2018, we now recommend Industrial Scientific’s Ventis MX4 gas detector weighs only 182 grams and can sample four gases simultaneously at once.


A Glimpse into Our Future

Headlights have been an important part of mining for decades – but, they weren’t always comfortable as you can probably tell from this model’s elastic headband and sponge rubber cushion. In 1989, Levitt-Safety’s sister company Northern Light Technologies was started and we’ve been supporting their quality products ever since. The Genesis Cap Light is attached to a hard hat and offers a battery charge of over 12 hours to keep workers protected and illuminated in all working conditions.


Fall Out of Favour

This leather harness lacks the cushioning and lower-body support that is expected in today’s models. In contrast to the new Protecta Pro Full Body Harness, this old school fall protection would have made for a very uncomfortable fall.


Tried and True

Unlike every other product found in the 24th edition of the Levitt-Safety catalogue, here’s one item that hasn’t changed much at all! You can still find classic lock-out designs for six workers with the Master Lock Scissor Safety Lockout Hasp. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.


Still Available!

Our partnership with Justrite goes way back – in fact, we’re their longest serving distributor in Canada! Believe it or not, we have one product from this sixty-year-old catalogue that’s still available today. Interested in getting your own safety bench can? It’s available on our online store.

While the products have changed a lot over the past 60 years, our dedication to safety has stayed the same. If you have questions about any of our (current!) products, be sure to contact us today.

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Julie McFater

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