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WWII  MICKEY MOUSE GAS MASK (RESPIRATOR)

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WWII MICKEY MOUSE GAS MASK (RESPIRATOR)

Child's Gas Mask given to the public as a loan by the Government during WWII.

Made to resemble the cartoon character 'Mickey Mouse' and coloured red and blue to try and entice children into wearing them.

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  • Hi, I have a question actually. Do you know which age range was it use for? I am researching for a film, and a kid in our story will have to wear one WWII gas mask. HE is eleven, and I was wondering if these were made only for a smaller child.
    Many thanks in advance,
    Eleonore
    .......... Eleonore Cremonese, London, 27th of March 2014

  • Born September 1937, I was terrified of this, my bright red gas mask. Many years later, I discovered that when my own son was around the same age as I was then, that he also was very upset when he saw red rubber household gloves. I now believe, at 74 years, that red was a very silly colour to use for a little child's gas mask. Thank God the mask was never used for real. My Dad destroyed all, when he left the army in 1945.
    .......... Jim Carden, Glasgow, Scotland, 17th of February 2012

  • I still have my mask in its cardboard box in excellent condition.

    Diving under my great grandmas dining table during an air raid and
    swallowing a three pence piece, to which she thumped my back, so I
    got it back. She lived in Southend at the back of the Kursal. by the
    way I had my mask on at the time.
    .......... John Osborn, Peterborough Cambridgeshire, 21st of October 2010

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