“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 spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting 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.


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

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