One ingenious Brooklyn inventor came up with this rather fashion-forward way of beating the cold weather, in an article which ran in a 1876 issue of Scientific American magazine. This “patented…neck, ear, and throat protector” will keep those extremities toasty while allowing “free use of a hat or cap.” Oh, to have seen an actual picture of this thing.
Somebody call American Apparel or Brooklyn Industries; I think this idea could really fly today. (Click on the picture for a larger view.)
Image courtesy the New York Public Library