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Author:  chenab [ Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Quick Question on Mickey Mouse Gas Masks

Can I ask a favour from anyone lucky enough to have one. I know there are date stamps etc on the underside of the nose but what I'm interested is the name of the manufacturer which should be moulded on the inside of the mask near the middle of the two eyepieces.

From the small sample I've looked at the red ones are made by Avon and the black ones are by L & BR Co.

So if anyone has one and is willing to take a look then it would be much appreciated,

Thanks,
Tony

Author:  stirrup-pump [ Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:38 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Quick Question on Mickey Mouse Gas Masks

Tony,
Sorry to put the boot into your theory. Of the two red masks I have to hand, one is made by Avon (dated 10-42) and the other is by L&B R Co (dated 9-41). I do not own a later black Mickey.

For reference, L & B R Co, is the Leyland and Birmingham Rubber Company.

All the best,
Andrew

Author:  chenab [ Thu Jan 16, 2014 15:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Quick Question on Mickey Mouse Gas Masks

Andrew,
Thanks for that - this is what theories are there for to have boots put into them :-) Thus far though no black Avon's have turned up. Nor has any Mickey made by Siebe Gorman been reported back to me.
I may at some point ask nicely for a photograph of the L & BR marking on the red one. I may not succeed but at the moment I'm having a go seeing if I can find the L & BR records if they still survive.
Much appreciated.
Tony

Author:  utilityjude [ Fri Jan 17, 2014 0:51 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Quick Question on Mickey Mouse Gas Masks

Tony, my red one is L and BR too.
Jude

Author:  stirrup-pump [ Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:53 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Quick Question on Mickey Mouse Gas Masks

Tony,
Glad to help a homefront fellow anorak.
Just ask and I am happy to take some better photos when time permits.
As to Siebe Gorman, I always thought that they only made the moulded "Civilian Duty" respirator.
All the best,
Andrew

Author:  chenab [ Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:38 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Quick Question on Mickey Mouse Gas Masks

Thanks for all of this.

I'm not totally sure what Siebe Gorman did but I've seen pictures of a normal civilian one said to be by them.
Hopefully I now have a L&BR red on the way to me now - so it will be interesting to compare with the black one.

All we need now is a black one by Avon and the theory totally bites the dust.


Still it is possible everything we know is wrong anyway - I came across a picture on a supposedly educational site yesterday showing a doll inside a gas mask to illustrate the use of the babies gas mask - great idea, my mother does a similar thing...

It's just that I can't help feeling it would have been so much better if they'd actually used a babies mask rather than managing to get a doll inside the Invalid Helmet Respirator :lol:

I did send them an email - no response so far though.

Author:  stirrup-pump [ Fri Jan 17, 2014 13:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Quick Question on Mickey Mouse Gas Masks

There is a small museum, that shall remain nameless, which used to display (and may still do!) a babies hood type respirator as a wartime fireman's breathing apparatus helmet. I will have to find the photos.
All the best,
Andrew

Author:  stirrup-pump [ Fri Jan 17, 2014 14:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Quick Question on Mickey Mouse Gas Masks

I found the photo quicker than expected. It was worst than I remember, as the hood is described as a 1960's helmet. I do hope you can blow-up the text. And what about that carpet.

I hope this isn't steering the thread away too much from your search for Mickey Mouse gas mask wisdom.

All the best,
Andrew.

Author:  chenab [ Fri Jan 17, 2014 17:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Quick Question on Mickey Mouse Gas Masks

That is utterly brilliant in a bad way. It's made my day :lol:

I do hope they took the babies out before they used them!

Author:  chenab [ Fri Jan 17, 2014 21:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Quick Question on Mickey Mouse Gas Masks

Quick update - have now had an email back from the site I mentioned earlier - they are somewhat red-faced and will get it sorted.

Author:  chenab [ Thu Jan 30, 2014 17:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Quick Question on Mickey Mouse Gas Masks

Red L&BR mask has arrived today so have yet to compare it with the others. It looks as though Avon only did red ones though.

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