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Old Man Winter, and a tribute to old man Widder
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Old Man Winter, and a tribute to old man Widder - November 19, 2014, 09:24 AM

This morning, with the outdoor temperature at 16 degrees, I pulled my old Widder 'Lectric Heat" gloves out of a cabinet, put duct tape on the holes where the seams have broken, and plugged them into a 12V source in the garage to pre-heat them for the ride into work. Mmmm, toasty! These are my second, and last pair of Widder gloves, as the supply stream has dried up. They tend to last about 15 seasons, so I should get a few more years out of 'em.

George Widder flew B-25s in WW2. Uncle Sam supplied him with electric gloves to combat the brutal temperatures at high altitudes. He was inspired to make his own electric gloves, vests, etc. after the war. His gear was not high end or even riding gloves... he'd take regular winter gloves (thinsulate, black gauntlet types in the last incarnation), rivet in a connector and put a flexible thermal strip across the back of each hand at the knuckles, and a wiring harness.
Mr. Widder passed the business on to his family, and they ran it for 20 years but closed the business in 2008, the year he died. Today there are much better electric gloves out there, albeit at a higher price. But I'm hanging on to mine until they have served their last. So thanks to George Widder, and to the winter gear he created, for their service.
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