Boris Plotnikoff's Gasmask Collection
November 11, 2006 3:15 PM   Subscribe

Terrifying, thanks!
posted by fire&wings at 3:24 PM on November 11, 2006

In Britain during the blitz, some kids were issued special gas masks (called Mickey Mouse) to keep them from getting too freaked out.

Those Heavy Rubber models look far more recreational though!
posted by ernie at 3:30 PM on November 11, 2006

Very cool. Was anyone else struck by how well France and Italy were represented? Is it just that they have such a wide variety or that this collector tends to favor them?

I have a really nifty soviet ones (not entirely unlike this one). It makes for a great Halloween costume when combined with a black hood and long black coat. Very post-industrial Grim Reaper like.

In my secret heart of hearts, I've always wanted one of these, but since I don't handle toxic material (dog poop not counting) I can't justify the cost.

[Brass goggles and now gas masks? MeFi is airing out all my fetishes today.]
posted by quin at 3:31 PM on November 11, 2006

Caption contest entry #264:

"Okay, who farted?"
posted by LordSludge at 4:35 PM on November 11, 2006

This on jwz's blog in 3...2...1...
posted by NewBornHippy at 5:00 PM on November 11, 2006

I've always found gas masks to be disturbing. When worn I mean. Especially the ones with the canisters on the front.
posted by DieHipsterDie at 5:15 PM on November 11, 2006

"Those Heavy Rubber models look far more recreational though!"
Yeah, are those pervwear or practical?
posted by Iron Rat at 5:41 PM on November 11, 2006

Definitely kinkwear for the well-heeled. Check the main Studio Gum site.
posted by jet_silver at 6:53 PM on November 11, 2006

We've gained a new insight on you, hama7.
posted by wsg at 10:49 PM on November 11, 2006

Whenever I see gasmasks now, I'm always reminded of the end of Gods and Monsters.

Interesting link.
posted by The God Complex at 11:13 PM on November 11, 2006

quin I also have one of those old Soviet gas masks, complete with (musty) canister, which I bought in a weird German discount store in the early '90s. It clearly had "fallen from a Red Army truck"...sort of makes me wonder what other Soviet military equipment found its way to the market in the same way...
posted by Skeptic at 11:37 AM on November 12, 2006

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