Life magazine has put together a special collection of dumb inventions from the past. What were they thinking?

Curved Barrel Machine Gun, 1953
M3 sub-machine gun with a curved barrel for shooting around corners.

Baby Cage, 1937
A nanny supervising a baby suspended in a wire cage attached to the outside of a high tenement block window.

Illuminated Tires, 1961
The tire is made from a single piece of synthetic rubber and is brightly lit by bulbs mounted inside the wheel rim.

Cigarette Pack Holder, 1955
Smoke a carton at once. Perfect for the person with a nicotine ‘jones’. Should it have a warning label?

Photos by Keystone/Reg Speller/Douglas Miller/Jacobsen/Getty Images.

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