Several months ago, The Five-Year-Old and I were reading Stephen and Lucy Hawking’s children’s book George’s Secret Key to the Universe when we came across a picture of Dr. Reaper wearing an old-fashioned gas mask sort of like the one in the first picture.
After I explained to The Five-Year-Old what it was and why Dr. Reaper was wearing it, she very naturally wanted to know: “What does a new-fashioned gas mask look like?”
Because I believe in answering these sorts of questions in a timely fashion, I looked up the answer today.
On Wikipedia (where else?) I found this rather incredible picture of Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Mike Pendergrass wearing a gas mask during a field exercise in 2004.
Gas mask design sure has come a long way in the last thirty to forty years, hasn’t it?
- Gas Masks (Wikipedia)
- A WWII children’s gas mask comes with Mickey Mouse cover (inquisitr.com)
- Vintage Gas Mask Photography (morfis.wordpress.com)