“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

I write about wildly curious kids, rabbits who hunt dragons, and 1880s Boston. 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), I blog about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, muse about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, or tweet about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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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.


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