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1920′s “Pocket Canister” respirator, for use by railroad engineers and coalmen while passing through train tunnels. As advances in technology allowed for train tunnels to be longer, new problems arose in that some tunnels were turning into literal death traps, with the smoke produced by the engine becoming thick enough to suffocate crewmen.  These pocket canisters were one of many solutions to the problem, others including the use of surplus military gas masks, such as the AT shown in the 3rd picture.

Image Source:  Arno Carl Fieldner, Sidney H. Katz, Selwyne Perez Kinney. Test of gas masks and respirators for protection from locomotive smoke in railroad tunnels with analysies of tunnel atmospheres. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1922).

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“LESS WORK, MORE PLAY is the prescription for the King. His majesty’s illness has been attributed to too many public appearances. The King has been ordered to remain in bed for a few days. He is shown here watching a gas-masked gun grew during his visit to the fleet.”

– from the Toronto Star, July 11, 1938. Page 21.

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“Anti-Gas Demonstration,” Montreal Star. January 29, 1937. Page 05.

“An anti-gas squad trained by the London borough of Holborn to deal with poison-gas in the event of an air raid, gave a public demonstration of methods of dealing with liquid gas attacks. This Associated Press photo shows: The squad marching to the scene of operations, wearing their gas-masks and protective clothing.”

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“Contre les raids aériens,” La Patrie. December 16, 1935. Page 01.

“Dans toutes les parties de l’Allemagne on enseigne aux femmes et aux jeunes filles le moyen de sa protéger et d’aider les autres contre les raids aériens. Les jeunes filles que l’on voit tet sont élèbes de l’Ecole professionnelle de Berlin. L’un d’elles, suffoquée par les gaz asphyxiants, est portée à un abri par ses compagnes.”

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“This Horse Wears Goggles While Working,” Popular Mechanics. May, 1914 issue. Page 792.

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“Les Lapons se modernisent,” Photo-Journal. April 28, 1938. Page 08.

Swedish authorities have furnished Lapp families with gas masks, as a protective measure, in case of war.”

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“L’heureuse petite épousée de juin, en Europe,” Le Nord, July 2, 1938. Page 05.

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