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Monday, August 8, 2022
Exploring Photos: Diving in the Niagara River, circa 1950
2020.017.034
Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum

This new addition to the NOTL Museum’s photographic collection shows a diver near the mouth of the Niagara River in the 1950s. The apparatus on his head is known as a diving bell helmet. The diver, or perhaps one of his acquaintances, were likely exploring the shallow waters of the Niagara River. Diving helmets were often made of copper and brass or bronze. This one features a rectangular opening at the front for better observation of the river bottom. The air tube can be seen along the right side of the diver’s body. What a sight that must have been for those enjoying the river that day!