Man demonstrates fireproof clothing

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Victorian illustration to download showing a dramatic picture of a man demonstrating fireproof clothing. He is emerging unharmed from a blazing and smoking temporary building, dressed in a loose, hooded garment, watched by a large crowd. This was ‘The Italian Salamander’, Cristofero Buono Core, who in the 1850s exhibited his invention in Cremorne Gardens, London; he used an iron cage, which he surrounded with brushwood. After it was well alight, he would pass in and out of the structure unharmed.