1949: Molded plastic helmets were now approved for use. Shell construction consisted of two halves, fused together and reinforced by a plastic strip. The chinstrap was now snapped directly onto the shell rather that looped through slots and snapped in the middle. Marshall's helmet color was a plain silver. With the old leather helmets, the paint would quickly chip-off. The plastic helmets, however, allowed colors to be baked into them, and thus, a wide variety of decorative options was now possible.