“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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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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3 Responses to “What does a new-fashioned gas mask look like?”

  1. jkstamy08 says:

    I like the look of the “new fashioned” gas masks better’ I always thought that the masks used in the 70s looked like killer birds or something lol.


  2. Pingback: Designer Gas Masks // by Diddo Velema « messerwerferin

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