WWII US Civilian Child Gas Mask - Type MA2-1-1
This is a US Civilian home front item. As issued during World War two. Gas masks were distributed among the
general population because of the fear of Japan, and even Germany, being able to reach the main land. The
gas mask discussed in this section is one that was issued for children.
The design was very similar to that employed for adults except that it was smaller. The main body was
made from rubber. It was of a gray color. Two plastic lenses were provided. Over time the lenses turn
a yellowish color. The filter is of cylindrical shape and attaches to the lower portion of the front of
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The WWII US civilian gas mask for children was issued in a cardboard box. It came with a canvis carrying bag
which had a shoulder strap sewn to the sides. The front of the bag has the following nomenclature stamped with
Non-combatant gas mask
Property of the US government
In addition, the logo for the US chemical corps was also stamped in the front.
The side of the filter has instructions and warnings written on black ink. The forehead of the mask has
the identifier "Child" stamped.
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The gas mask comes with elastic straps anchored at six different points in the mask. Metal buckles
are provided for adjustment purposes.
This particular gas mask is dated 1943.
The lower portion of the cardboard box reads as follows:
handle the mask, especially the eye |
pieces with great care at all times so that
protection will be furnished when needed.
some of the instructions printed in the front of the cardboard box include:
This box contains one |
noncombatant gas mask MA2-1-1
The purpose of this mask is to purify
under open air conditions, air containing
irritants and poisonous gases and
smokes used as chemical warfare agents.
Do not use against amonia, carbon
monoxide, illumination gas, mine gases.
when fighting fires in closed places. in
mine rescue work , in fumigation work, in
semiclosed or closed places (tanks
etc.) containing volatile liquids in
places where large quantities of gas or
vapor have been released so as to buuild
up concentrations of one or more per
cent by volume in air, in any place where
the oxygen content is so low that
safety lamp will not burn.
The gas mask comes in an Adult Version as well as a
Combat version . There was also a
British civilian gas mask available.
This WWII US military collectible may be currently
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because
the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with
the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item.
Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of
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