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The Home Front (civil defence & rationing)

Anti - Dimming Mk. V. Outfit

Period:
20th Century
Description:

Anti - dimming outfit for gas mask. Instructions for use are printed around the outside of the container. It has two sections with a lid at either end, one section contains the cleaning cloth, the other the cleaning compound.

 

The government issued gas masks to counter fears that the enemy would attack with poison gas. They made breathing difficult and smelt of rubber and disinfectant. To calm the fears of small children brightly coloured versions with names such as “Mickey Mouse” or “Donald Duck” were made.

 

The carrying cases for gas masks became a fashion statement, with those made of fur particularly desirable. Special spectacles were worn underneath gas masks.

 

Gas masks were never needed.

Materials/Media:
tin, cotton
Dimensions:
length 66mm, diameter 25mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1980.138
Digital Number:
DMAM008a-d
Creation Date:
1938 - 1939
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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