Baby’s Gas Mask, 1940s
Were you or someone you know born during World War 2?
During the War, everyone was issued with a gas mask which they had to carry with them wherever they went. The government feared that Nazi Germany might attack with poisonous gas bombs.
Babies had special respirators like this one. When all the flaps were folded in place and the straps fastened the baby was totally enclosed. Filtered air was then pumped in by hand. This ensured the baby inhaled no gas. Fortunately, these masks never had to be used.