A very odd 80's model from a company which started out as ZEBRA and was sued for this name which resulted in this ZIBRA hyrbid spelling. SNAKY 1 has very unusual waves on the shaft so fits well into the design oddities some of us enjoy collecting.
The patent numbers on the side of the racquet turned out to be the application number which is included in the patent link already posted. so I presume these AIR SPEEDS hit the US market prior to the patent approval and date from 1958 1959 era.
Weight of my example was 361g. I have seen...
Howdy Jack Crawford...... you might like to see this model from 1933 His semi flat top Alexander Cressy Wizard http://tennishistory.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ALEXANDER-CRESSY-SPEDE-MODEL-28EDIT.jpg
This is a more interesting racquet than I expected. The patent is here https://patents.google.com/patent/US2923652 The premise was to reduce costs of making by not using ever decreasing supplies of Ash and spending hours fabricating the timber but punch out an entire racquet shape in one go (...
I found this in an op shop yesterday and while I recall the name I can't find anything about it. Branding MIDAS SUPERMAC. What is interesting is the 28.5" length which for an Aluminium frame is pretty unique. Was this one of the first stretch model attempts?
Hope some of you know it.
Last year Gray's made a limited edition run of the wood MasterPiece model
Info here https://www.facebook.com/woodtennisclub/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARDk4635ClIkNJ18viDMgbBOFQEyOqkbQKK7gUsahofnD-Ls5LfjZd0lWmD4dDTjrOALiNBdswh6b-wO