“What does a new-fashioned gas mask look like?”

Gas mask used by the Polish Army in the 1970s and 80s. (Photo by: Nikodem Nijaki)

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.

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Shane T. McCoy

Gas mask design sure has come a long way in the last thirty to forty years, hasn’t it?

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