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Article about: I just bought a WW2 gas mask from 1941 made by the Macdonald Plant in Toronto. I was wondering if these masks contained asbestos? Or do all WW2 era masks contain it? If so how safe is it to

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    I just bought a WW2 gas mask from 1941 made by the Macdonald Plant in Toronto. I was wondering if these masks contained asbestos? Or do all WW2 era masks contain it? If so how safe is it to be around?

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    Here is a picture of it if that helps.

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    From what I have heard afew do contain Asbestos but I dont know which do. Personally I treat them all as they do. I have heard people pour white glue into the filters to seal them as it dries clear so it doesnt effect the look. I just dont play them them, or wear them of course

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    I would say yes it does and it is safe as long as you don't put it on and breath through it.

    Eric
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    Thank you, do you guys know any other information about it? Like what it would be worth or where it may have been used?

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    Nothing special about it, standard Canadian gasmask, same model and british and Aussie, would have been issued in a carry bag. Value around $50 - $60 I would say

    Jason

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    See here for a complete example from mine and my wife's collection:

    Totally complete 1940 dated British respirator with known history

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    Like Volksjager said, treat them all as having asbestos...so long as the filter is intact and not damaged or cracked it is safe......if it is damaged, seal it in a plastic bag and dispose of it safely.

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    Even if these masks didn't have asbestos, I wouldn't want to breathe ~70yrs of dust and gunk.

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