U.S.A Gas Masks

 

 

 

 





Type: R.F.K (Richardson Floy Kops)

Made by: ???

Date: 1918

Filter: Fixed

Used by: Military

 

Type: MK.II (Head Canister type)

Made by: ???

Date: 1919

Filter: Fixed

Used by: Navy


The US Navy MK.II (Head Canister type) began production around the end of the first world war. This very odd design consisted of a rubberized fabric face piece with fabric that continued all the way over the skull. The filter was strapped onto a metal headpiece and the mask was attached to the metal headpiece by a few elastic straps. The hoses where the filtered air enters the mask are attached above the eye lenses (I assume this was done to help prevent fogging). Two smoke pads (the smoke pads where just square layers of fabric, each layer of fabric separated by mesh) would be attached to the side of the mask (Sadly missing on this example and frankly I've never seen one with them except for a few old photos from 1920), the smoke pads would have been attached to the filter via 2 hoses at the back using an attachment kind of like the one on the front I assume. The MK.II had two different types of filters a grey one and a black one, the grey one (pictured) was for most war gases while the black one was for protection against carbon monoxide. When the mask had to be stored away the mask would be folded into the head piece and then stored in a carry case.







Type: M1 Infant Protector

Made by: Unknown

Date: c. 1940's

Filter: Fixed to hose (missing)

Used by: Civilian


Sadly this is an incomplete example, however, if it were complete it would have had a hose attached to the top right which is what the filter would have been attached to. A pump would have been attached to the filter and used by the parent to supply air to their infant child.








Type:
non-combatant M2-2-1
Made by: Unknown
Date: 1943
Filter: Fixed
Used by: Child

 

 

 






Type: M5 Assult

Made by: D.R.CO

Date: 1944

Filter: 60mm

Used by: Military

 

 

 







Type: M24

Made by: MSA

Date: 1970's

Filter: Fixed

Used by: Aircrew

 

 

 





Type: M25A1

Made by: MSA

Date: 1970's

Filter: fixed

Used by: Tank crews