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Article about: Hi Guys, these respirators will never be rare as they were issued in their millions to every adult in Great Britian proir to and during WW2. Around 30 million were made. Thankfully they were

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    Hi Guys, these respirators will never be rare as they were issued in their millions to every adult in Great Britian proir to and during WW2. Around 30 million were made. Thankfully they were never used in anger!

    They came in a carboard box which should have been carried at all times. At the outbreak of war and for the first year or two everyone did. Optional private purchase carrying bags or tins were available commercially.

    If buying one of these, always go for an example in good condition. The rubber will often have perished due to bad storage. The usual warning, as with all WW2 era gas masks, about the dangers of asbestos applies. Hand with care and NEVER try it on.

    This one from my collection is dated 1938 and is a large size example (see stamp on the straps) and has the original owners name & address written on the box lid. I was kindly given this one by a neighbour when I first started collecting when I was aged 15.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    BTT for Glen

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Cheers Ade what a lovely example and in GREAT condition,
    Thanks, Glen.

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    They had these in Ireland, but i recall my aunt saying after the war she had to give it back.

    cheers,
    Pat

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    Hello ade

    Thins form posting your gas mask are these dangerous to collect ?

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    Quote by banksy View Post
    Thins form posting your gas mask are these dangerous to collect ?
    The contents of the filters can be potentially hazardous, but if you have common sense they're not dangerous at all I used to have 5 different examples of the Civilian Respirator, I'll see if I can find the memory stick with the photographs on them and upload them later on.

    Thanks

    Danny

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    very nice ade thanks for sharing not rare but still nice and a good collectiable that is rising in price slowly

    tom

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    Just thought I'd add this info to go with it, from an ARP book.
    Aaron
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    Thanks Arron, always nice to have original period info.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    A great piece in great condition! Thanks for showing.

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