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12 September 2012

Gas Masks..Intoxicating fashion


Gas masks, a symbol of the chemical war, of the fear of intoxication, contamination and consequently a symbol of death. This macabre accessory is a must-have in cyber gothic and industrial fashion. 

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HISTORY OF GAS MASKS: 

A gas mask, also known as a respirator, is designed to protect the wearer from harmful airborne substances, including viruses, poisons, bacteria and toxic chemicals. A filter on the mask strips the air of contaminants as they pass through it. In the 1850s, Scottish chemist John Stenhouse created a mask capable of removing toxic gases from the air. Stenhouse's mask used a powdered charcoal filter to clean the air. Workers in London chemical factories wore the Stenhouse mask. According to other font, James Bert Garner invented the modern gas mask in 1915. Garner was a U.S. chemist concerned about chemical attacks in World War I. He had done an experiment that showed wood charcoal could absorb toxic chemicals. After sharing his information with the British, the technology helped create masks for British soldiers during World War I. When U.S. soldiers entered the war, they wore the Garner mask as well. Stenhouse and Garner are only two of many people credited with creating the gas mask.



TYPES OF GAS MASKS AND RESPIRATORS:




  • This first kind of gas mask cover the whole face and has a big air filter on the front.

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    This girl has a modern design minimalistic respirator. Only covers nose and mouth.

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This kind of gas mask covers half the face and has two filters on the sides. 


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This last kind of mask provides full head coverage.

Of course then, there are other shapes. But these are the most common.

WHERE TO BUY GAS MASKS:

Usually real gas masks can be bought at flea, antique and stree markets. I got my full head gas mask for 10 euros at a street shop in Berlin, Germany.
 You can find fake gas masks and all the others kind of respirators with cool designs at alternative gothic shops in your country. Or you can either buy a real one and do the decor yourself!


Gas masks are also stylized as accessory like rings, pendants and even as bag.



There are many creepy pictures featuring gas mask that all of you lovers of the macabre will surely appreciate. Here are my favourites:

This photograph surely makes understand the level of terror for gas intoxication of that period (year 1938).

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