Hilton Tupman’s Pedestrian Horn

Los Angeles auto dealer Hilton Tupman wanted to level the playing field between motorists and pedestrians. So he invented a horn that pedestrians could use to honk at motorists. And he made it loud enough to be heard within a 1-mile radius.

Source: Popular Mechanics, May 1948
Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 19, 2015
Category: 1940s, Cars

Awesome! Although carrying that bad boy around, just to get back at car toots, might indicate an OCD tendency.
Posted by RobK on 06/19/15 at 11:04 AM
Only a mile??? My old '39 Plymouth's ahooga horn cold do that. This thing would make Joshua jealous!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/19/15 at 11:13 AM
Blow it a couple of times and go deaf!

Horn blows, does the walker??
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 06/19/15 at 11:24 AM
Joggers around here carry batons - mostly to discourage aggressive dogs. If it looked a little more intimidating - say like a sawed-off 12 gauge - a baton could even intimidate cars. In *certain* neighborhoods the police might even give you a pass - if you looked like you belonged there.
Posted by tadchem on 06/19/15 at 02:45 PM
How long to pump it up to 500p.s.i. with a bicycle pump?
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 06/19/15 at 02:50 PM
This horn looks like the perfect accessory for a protest. Even though it looks expensive compared to a vuvuzela, unions and organizations usually have the budget for that stuff. The automotive workers could even build one themselves!
Posted by Yudith on 06/20/15 at 09:55 AM
@KDP I'm not sure the seals in a bicycle pump would handle 500 psi.
We have an industrial air compressor at work, but by the time I got home, I probably would have use all the air pressure up. I do like the idea though.
Posted by Gary Foster in Near Oz, KS on 06/22/15 at 09:34 AM
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