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The naval clothing depot in New York, as several hundred civilian naval employees tried out a new type of gas mask, March 1941
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print with applied pigment on paper
7 15/16 x 6 1/8 in. (20.16 x 15.56 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.313

At the naval clothing depot in New York, several hundred civilian naval employees try out a new type of gas mask. Civilians in airports, storehouses, arsenals and navy yards will be equipped with these and trained to use them. You can see clearly through these masks, and they can be lifted off the face. If there’s no gas in the air, the masks can be toted around in a little kit worn at the side, by means of the chin flap, March 1941.

Sheet: 8 7/16 x 6 9/16

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