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

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

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 picture below.

Gas mask used by the Polish Army in the 1970s and 80s. Dr. Reaper’s mask was of a style similar to this one. (Photo by: Nikodem Nijaki)

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 the wonderful picture at the top of this post 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?

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

  1. jkstamy08

    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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