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The Second World War

Child's gas mask

Period:
20th Century
Description:

Child's gas mask with red rubber face area and blue metal aspiritator section.

 

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:
metal, rubber
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1990.27.8
Digital Number:
DMAM012n
Creation Date:
1939 - 1945
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council