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World War 2 - Babies' gas mask
A new addition to the Schools Loans Service.
Schools and similar groups can now borrow an original babies' gas mask.
In 1934, the British Government asked its scientists to design a civilian respirator which could be mass produced for a unit cost of two shillings (10p). By 1938, 30 milliion of these had been manufactured.
However, a respirator for babies took three years to develop and was not ready for use until 1940. It encloses the head, shoulders and arms, and is closed round the waist with a draw tape. A hand-operated rubber bellow supplies filtered air into the hood.
For more World War 2 related items, got to www.mkmuseum.org.uk/edu/loans/boxes/ww2