British anti-theft briefcase, 1961


40 Responses to “British anti-theft briefcase, 1961”

  1. Ceronomus says:

    Taht would stick it right up the TSA’s Jaxie! It might even be worth the inevitable follow-up arrest.

  2. Geoffrey says:

    Unfortunately, thieves figured out a clever work-around by saying, “If you activate the security system on this briefcase, I’ll still have one free hand to shoot you with, asshole.”

  3. just don’t forget and grab your briefcase in a hurry.

  4. Brainspore says:

    Reminds me of the security measures in Eric Cartman’s trapper keeper.

    One big design flaw: get robbed on a crowded train platform and you’ll likely take out three innocent bystanders along with the crook.

  5. Aaron Swain says:

    I’ll bet the thief could still manage to beat you to death with that thing.

  6. planettom says:

    Seems like there were several SPY VS. SPY cartoons with devices along these lines.

  7. Hegelian says:

    Great idea :-p And it isn’t like those explosively launched arms could injure bystanders or the victim :-0

  8. Hanglyman says:

    Looks like those things shooting out would maim lots of innocent bystanders, take up a lot of space inside the case, and make it pretty heavy. 

  9. vattenpipa says:

    Aaw, c’mon. Stop being so negative!
    It’s from a time where childlike innocence and not being required to think three steps ahead were prioritized.
    I think it is amazing in it’s awkwardness!

  10. technobach says:

    My question is how much space is left for putting stuff worth three-pole security

  11. Antinous / Moderator says:

    It’s the luggage version of the pear of anguish.

    • petz79 says:

       Oh, God.

      Everytime I think I know every possible torture instrument that exists, someone posts a link like that. Never heard of that and hopefully never will hear of it again.

  12. xzzy says:

    Kind of makes me long for the days when thieves had no rights. Booby traps such as this are the best thing ever.

  13. Jake Bjeldanes says:

    Reminds me of “Crunch Frog,” the Monty Python sketch.

    Praline: Well why don’t you move into more conventional areas of confectionery, like praline or lime cream; a very popular flavour I’m led to understand. (superintendent enters) I mean look at this one, ‘cockroach cluster’,(superintendent exits) ‘anthrax ripple’. What’s this one, ‘spring surprise’?Milton: Ah – now, that’s our speciality – covered with darkest creamy chocolate. When you pop it in your mouth steel bolts spring out and plunge straight through-both cheeks.Praline: Well where’s the pleasure in that? If people place a nice chocky in their mouth, they don’t want their cheeks pierced. In any case this is an inadequate description of the sweetmeat. I shall have to ask you to accompany me to the station.

  14. NelC says:

    I remember seeing this on Tomorrow’s World, I’m sure. As I wasn’t born until 1961, it must have hung around as an idea for at least another five years or so. I always thought it was kind of neat, though an indelible dye pyrotechnic is probably more effective.

  15. irksome says:

    Ah mid-60′s British engineering, from the people who brought us Lucas electrics and Amal carbonators… and if you’ve ever owned a British motorcycle, you’ll know that that is NOT a typo.

  16. bridgham says:

    It would be great to know if this thing still exists somewhere.

  17. Paul Bowen says:

    I wish I could go back a couple of minutes and not know what a pear of anguish is.

  18. tyr says:

    Is it just me or does “back room boys” sound like an incredibly camp 90′s style boy band ?

  19. TheMudshark says:

    Imagine having this suitcase and no one ever tried to steal it. What a bummer.

  20. Paul Renault says:

    Am I the only person who wonders who the “How to Stay Slim” woman is? 

    And whether she ever tore a tendon from over-strenuous exercise.

  21. Angryjim says:

    Oh lord I love that technicolor.

  22. Christopher says:

    I’m amazed that I seem to be the only person who wants one of these just so I could have fun setting it off. I can even imagine hilarious carrying it through my office, setting it off when several people are looking (but a safe distance away) and saying, “Wow, it’s never done that before.”

  23. coop says:

    In Stargate, a rod slams through your shoulder as someone else tries to put it back…

  24. Duncan Toms says:

    Reminds me of Licky Kicky the Home Security Dog

    So who makes it?
    I’m glad you asked. It’s Reeves & Mortimer.
    Sorry, who?
    That’s Reeves & Mortimer.

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