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“There is some possibility that Frank Yablonski of Pennsylvania may play some of his football this season in a unique masked head guard,” read a 1932 college gridiron report. “He has been about the best of the interfering guards on the squad despite the handicap of poor eyesight,” the article continued, and the photo caption boasted of its “regular optical lenses easily replaceable in case of breakage.” The risk of glass shards in the eyes, in the event of breakage, went unaddressed. Photo: The New York Times

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