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"The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction. You look at the world around you, and take it apart into its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens."
- Frederik Pohl

Space Overalls  
  Light-duty space suit.  

Why does NASA fool around with all that bulky Michelin-man style apparel? Just use space overalls.

He had found some concentrated rations meant for the cell occupants, a full tank of water, and four space overalls, complee with magnetized boots and glassite helmets...

Murkitt went to the place where the space overalls were spread out, and donned one of them. He tightened the joints at his boot tops, zippered and sealed the front, fastened his gauntlets. He paused, holding the cloudy sphere of glassite that did duty as helmet.

"...I'm going outside," ...and on went the helmet.

In a moment he was out on the hull, standing erect upon it in the airless darkness."

From Lost Rocket, by Manly Wade Wellman.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1941
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Compare to these other early space suit references; the air-tight suit from Edison's Conquest of Mars (1898) by Garrett P. Serviss, the pneumatic suit from The Shot into Infinity (1929) by Otto Willi Gail, the space suit from The Emperor of the Stars (1931) by Schachner and Zagat, the altitude suit from The Black Star Passes by John W. Campbell, the Osprey Space Armor from Salvage in Space (1933) by Jack Williamson and the space overalls from Lost Rocket (1941) by Manly Wade Wellman.

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