Gas mask bag, British, c1939

Leather and metal

During the Second World War, the requirement to carry a gas mask at all times was often neglected by the British public. A contemporary joke was that the only people in London carrying gas masks were German spies. Manufacturers sought to add to their appeal by producing fashionable bags specially designed to carry them.
Accession Number: SHM.2011.L.35 and SHM.2011.P.36.i (mask)

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