Gas masks for babies, 1940


35 Responses to “Gas masks for babies, 1940”

  1. oasisob1 says:

    Left-arm claw isn’t, but it looks scary. As if the babies were to take up a weapon, maybe a grenade, and rush the enemy.

  2. jbond says:

    Are you my mummy?

  3. Diederik Werken says:

    Probably staged photos. The nurse on  the foreground has loose shoelaces.

  4. William Holz says:

    I love them and want several of these robot minions for my own!

  5. dave3 says:

    The easy to carry handle at the top is a good idea.

  6. awjt says:

    This reminds me of Monsters, Inc.

  7. wysinwyg says:

    I can’t imagine that the infant getting the “gootchy goo” treatment from the middle nurse is feeling particularly comforted by it.

  8. Narmitaj says:

     I doubt any of these babies is Ringo Starr, John Hurt, Angela Carter, Patrick Stewart or Tom Jones, but they’d be being babies at the same sort of time.

  9. macu01 says:

    This is obviously where Big Daddy from Bioshock was born.

    • Punchcard says:

      Yeah, I was thinking along the same lines. Can’t wait to face these guys as enemies in the next Bioshock installment. 

  10. dioptase says:

    Also handy for when mom and dad just needs a few moments of quiet.

  11. The obvious impracticality of this is one of the reasons for the government policy of evacuating babies and their mothers from cities in the south of England.

  12. fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

    I’m a little surprised that they went with a semi-body-shaped design(note exposed legs) rather than a bag/pod that would enclose the bassinet. Not only would that have been less sewing, Blister Agents(like WWI classic mustard gas, and various others) attack skin directly and their effects make diaper rash look like the warm caress of the first breezes of spring…

    • ISTR that the German design for babies was basically a small cot with a hand pump for the nurse/mom to operate.

    • bullfrog says:

      I’m glad you pointed it out as the blister agents were one of several things that crossed my mind when I saw this. The next  being unless there is some internal gasket that I can’t see I don’t know how those things seal.  I didn’t realize at first the filter required a pump and once someone pointed that out the looseness of the fasteners on the outside made more sense.

      The fact that the nurses put their uniform hats back on after donning the masks definitely adds to the photo-op feel. I can’t imagine anyone doing that in a real situation or a serious training drill.

      Handle is a nice touch. Definitely accentuates the forearm muscles when you can carry a baby around bent armed like that.

  13. vrplumber says:

    How can something be so cute and horrible at the same time?

  14. Pirate Jenny says:

    It got extra spooky when I noticed the eyes of the nurse in the foreground.

    • bullfrog says:

       The nurse “on point” is definitely projecting a combination of “Rosie the riveter / we can do it” and “Don’t F’ with us”.

  15. pjcamp says:

    If it goes all the way down to your feet, it isn’t really a proper mask, is it?

  16. bullfrog says:

    Am I mistaken, or are those tape marks on both sides of the lead nurse’s right foot? 

  17. That is a Dr Who episode waiting to happen.

  18. lishevita says:

    The most disturbing moment of my entire time in Israel (including the times when missiles were coming at us in the south) was the day that we received our family’s gas masks and chemical warfare protection kits. 

    Each kit comes with a needle full of some sort of antidote and instructions on how you pound that thing into a person who has been exposed to the gas. 

    The infant gas mask, for children birth to age 2, is in fact a suit that encases the child. They cannot eat or snuggle or play in that thing. All they can do is breathe, and if you ever have to use it, you had better just remind yourself that you are glad that your kid is going to survive, even though they’ll probably be screaming in terror and discomfort inside that thing. ugh *shiver*
    These pictures remind me of that. It’s an awful thing. 

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