Gas Mask – standard

Category:  Civil Defence

Gas Mask - standard

The standard civilian gas mask (or respirator) was distributed to the general population before the outbreak of war. It was intended to protect against the expected German poison gas attacks which ultimately failed to materialise.

Relatively compact and lightweight, it came supplied in a plain cardboard box. Printed on the lid are instructions explaining how to pack the gas mask, how to put it on and take it off.

The canvas bag was not part of the standard issue – many different versions both commercial and home-made were in use. Some were very simple as here, but others were quite elaborate – in Morocco leather, for example!

The filter at the front of the gas mask has been supplemented by a more effective one which was taped on to the original black canister. Civilians had to report to ARP centres to have their masks adapted.

Exhibit data

Date:

1937

Approx. size:

box 18 x 11 x 14 cm
(7 x 4¼ x 5½ in)

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