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"My feeling is that the chance of our surviving into the twenty-first century as working civilization is less than fifty percent but greater than zero."
- Isaac Asimov

Rigid Metallic Clothing  
  An early exoskeleton.  

In the story, Earthmen must survive on Jupiter.

The greatest difficulty, Crane saw, was Jupiter's gravitation...

Earth's scientists solved the problem to some extent by devising rigid metallic clothing not unlike armor which would support the interior human structure against Jupiter's pull. Crane's men were also administered compounds devised by the biochemists for the rapid building of bone to strengthen the skeleton structure...

From A Conquest of Two Worlds, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Wonder Stories in 1932
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Here's another short quote that details the nature of the clothing:

Halkett wore an old suit of the metal body-strengthening armor... He was a contrast to Crane and Burnaham, trim in their metal body-protection with on it the insignia of the Council Army that Halkett once had worn.

This body-strengthening armor was a bit clumsy in use:

For though the metal armor and other protections safeguarded the earthmen fairly effectively from the greater gravitation, they found it still difficult to make the simplest motions. It took weeks for Crane's men, against the drag of the Jovian gravity, to clear the fern forest around them and turn up dirtworks of the oozy black Jovian soil.

Their greatest obstacle was not the Jovians themselves, who could offer no effective resistance to the atom-blasts and bombs of Crane's men, but the terrible Jovian gravity that made each movement an effort, that required them to wear the metal body-support armor and made their movements still more difficult...

Compare to the powered suit from Robert Heinlein's 1959 novel Starship Troopers, or the medical exoskeleton from A Specter is Haunting Texas (1968), by Fritz Leiber

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