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Vacuum Armor  
  An armor-plated space suit.  

Very early reference to the idea of a special suit that was proof against the vacuum of space.

Nothing could be seen of the person of the stranger, since he was encased in vacuum armor, but it was plainly evident that he was very short and immensely broad and thick.
From Skylark Three, by E.E. 'Doc' Smith.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1930
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Compare to space-armor from Revolt of the Star Men (1932) by Raymond Z Gallun, Osprey space armor from Salvage in Space (1933) by Jack Williamson, lightweight space armor from Hotel Cosmos (1938) by Raymond Z. Gallun, Dirigible Space Armor (Working Space Suits) from Collision Orbit (1941) by Jack Williamson, and space armor from Cities in Flight (1957) by James Blish.

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