[World War One Small Box Gas Mask]

One of 17 objects in the series: Alvin Mansfield Owsley Collection, 1904-1972 available on this site.

Description

World War One-era "small box respirator" gas mask, consisting of a canvas or cloth face piece, with inset glass or resin eye lenses, and straps that wrap around the back of the head. The front of the mask has a valve located behind a cloth-covered tube that goes over the mouth and attaches to a small yellow metal box containing activated charcoal (made of peach pits or the pits from other stone fruits). The wearer would have breathed only through the mouth, inhaling air scrubbed clean by the charcoal in the box, and had their nose squeezed shut by a ... continued below

Physical Description

1 gas mask : cloth and metal

Creation Information

Creator: Unknown. [1914..1918].

Context

This physical object is part of the collection entitled: World War One Collection and was provided by UNT Libraries Special Collections to Digital Library, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 212 times , with 10 in the last month . More information about this object can be viewed below.

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Description

World War One-era "small box respirator" gas mask, consisting of a canvas or cloth face piece, with inset glass or resin eye lenses, and straps that wrap around the back of the head. The front of the mask has a valve located behind a cloth-covered tube that goes over the mouth and attaches to a small yellow metal box containing activated charcoal (made of peach pits or the pits from other stone fruits). The wearer would have breathed only through the mouth, inhaling air scrubbed clean by the charcoal in the box, and had their nose squeezed shut by a clip inside the mask.

Physical Description

1 gas mask : cloth and metal

Notes

The mask was donated with the Owsley Collection by the Owsley Family on behalf of Alvin Owsley.

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World War One Collection

Materials focusing on the WWI era from 1914 to 1918. In addition to materials that were actually created during the time period, the collection may include modern studies and commemorative works about the era.

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Creation Date

  • [1914..1918]

Covered Time Period

Start & End Dates

  • 1914 - 1918

Added to The UNT Digital Library

  • Sept. 4, 2014, 1:42 p.m.

Description Last Updated

  • Sept. 29, 2016, 1:28 p.m.

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[World War One Small Box Gas Mask], physical object, [1914..1918]; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc333049/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.