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6501.5 #19 DL Qual #8 1-7-13 8:54AM
Good morning! This day in Disney history, Jan. 7th, 1942. T.W. Smith, Jr., the owner of the Sun Rubber Company, & his designer Dietrich Rempel introduce a protective Mickey Mouse gas mask for children. It has been one month since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor & fears of saboteurs & submarines attacks on the U.S. are high. A critical need exists to protect the civilian population, especially children, from gas attacks. The design of the Mickey Mouse Gas Mask is presented to Major General William N. Porter, Chief of the Chemical Warfare Service. Upon approval, Sun Rubber produces sample masks for review. The Mickey Mouse Gas Mask was produced as part of the war production program. The Sun Rubber Company produced approximately 1,000 Mickey Mouse gas masks & earned an Army-Navy β€˜E’ for excellence in wartime production in 1944. Overall, production of the Noncombatant Gas Masks (and in fact, all gas masks) was one of the most successful production programs of the war. The masks however were never used and after the war they were distributed to senior officers as keepsakes. Have you seen one of these masks? If yes, Where?
I'd sport that on s&m night. - madsdad   1868.2 #97 1-7-13 9:12AM Like(7)  Reply
And the colors are divine! - MickeyFan  1205.7 #153 1-7-13 9:14AM
And what would the safety word be? - Waites4DodgerEars_CM  1002.5 #195 1-7-13 9:19AM
Omg nick! πŸ˜³πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - Duchess_SMK  6501.5 #19 1-7-13 9:21AM
Oh Nick and Wade! Hahahaha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ dt) X'D x5 - misschurro...  7272.1 #14 1-7-13 9:23AM
How are you single? - DisneyFanZoe  1249.3 #143 1-7-13 9:27AM
Wade. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - Waites4DodgerEars_CM  1002.5 #195 1-7-13 9:29AM
Safety word is "don't wreck it Ralph"! - madsdad  1868.2 #97 1-7-13 9:29AM
πŸ˜‚ Omg. - Waites4DodgerEars_CM  1002.5 #195 1-7-13 9:33AM
You dork!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - SueBayou  2019.0 #85 1-7-13 10:36AM
It puts the lotion on its skin... - ScubaSteve028  835.5 #224 1-7-13 11:16AM
Now this is a keeper. - vincentchase1  672.9 #310 1-7-13 11:19AM
I like this thread. - MousekaNinja  422.4 #542 1-7-13 11:41AM
Funniest thread EVER! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - Gia  802.0 #237 1-7-13 11:43AM
hahahahahaha! this thread just made my day! - pinkmonkeys  543.4 #396 1-7-13 12:10PM
Bahahahaha - Jacqueline  580.0 #363 1-7-13 12:50PM
πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - ima-pirateswife  827.0 #228 1-7-13 6:58PM
this is one piece of history I wouldn't like to own. - vincentchase1   672.9 #310 1-7-13 10:33AM Like(1)  Reply
You could totally Bane it with this keepsake, though. - Jacqueline  580.0 #363 1-7-13 12:51PM
although this mask would help me in fulfilling Ras Ah Ghuls Destiny..... I think I will reconsider. - vincentchase1  672.9 #310 1-7-13 1:38PM
I figured you would want something like this for sure to be a Bane inspired character! - LilSterner  5732.5 #23 1-7-13 4:53PM
Very interesting. Thank you. (I have never seen one of these) - GrumpyPirateDad   1938.8 #92 1-7-13 8:58AM Like  Reply
That would be such a great Disney collectable to own. So creepy, yet such a slice of history. America was so paranoid with people building bomb shelters and having air raid siren tests. - ScooterMike   1963.0 #89 1-7-13 9:00AM Like  Reply
Hi Mike,It was fun seeing you yesterday.It is funny that when you drive around Downtown LA and the surrounding neighborhoods you can still spots atomic shelters and old raid sirens still staggered around - pikarich  5904.6 #22 1-7-13 9:03AM
Many of the sirens were still tested regularly up to the 1980s. - ScooterMike  1963.0 #89 1-7-13 9:05AM
And, if you're "lucky" enough to live near a nuclear plant, you STILL have siren tests. 8) Gas masks aren't terribly useful for us, though. At least we're only in a protection zone now, instead of our original zone 3 location... - ThatStarWarsKimberly  408.0 #567 1-7-13 9:45AM
My hometown had designated trick or treat hours on Halloween and use the air raid siren to signal the start and end of the hours. Even as a kid it creeped me out, maybe because it was Halloween, but I'm glad I got to hear what it sounds like - ladylikesdisney  945.0 #200 1-7-13 9:46AM
Extremely valuable today I'm sure! - Duchess_SMK  6501.5 #19 1-7-13 5:15PM
Very interesting. - pikarich   5904.6 #22 1-7-13 9:01AM Like  Reply
I'm glad they were taking precautions, but those masks look absolutely terrifying - JRDrummer_CM   875.4 #215 1-7-13 9:02AM Like  Reply
I totally agree! ::shivers:: the tongue being out is especially weird! - Duchess_SMK  6501.5 #19 1-7-13 9:37AM
Imagine seeing one of those coming at you in a dark alley. *shivers* - mini_MINNIE   1165.8 #160 1-7-13 9:05AM Like  Reply
Thanks for that mental image! 😩 - Duchess_SMK  6501.5 #19 1-7-13 9:52AM
These are cool.:) - TINO   379.2 #611 1-7-13 9:07AM Like  Reply
Figures you would like them - mini_MINNIE  1165.8 #160 1-7-13 9:10AM
They almost look like tattoo :) - TINO  379.2 #611 1-7-13 3:16PM
I gotta say, Dutchess.. This must be your creepiest TDIDH you've posted... OMG!!! It did make me ::giggle:: a little though. Great post and where can I get me one of these!!! Thanks as always... you crazy MWer!! (Good thing we love ya!) - MickeyFan   1205.7 #153 1-7-13 9:11AM Like  Reply
LOL.. I said Dutchess. It's Duchess. I'll go back to SMK - MickeyFan  1205.7 #153 1-7-13 9:19AM
Teehee, didn't mean to scare ya MyPark! But I thought it was interesting! You can see these masks at a few museums, Very few of the Mickey Mouse gas masks survived. The US Army Chemical Museum at Fort McClellan, Alabama, has a hand-made prototype. The 45th Infantry Division Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has a production specimen on permanent display with other gas masks in the combat support area of the museum. The Walt Disney Archives, Burbank, California, has a facepiece without ears, lenses, or a canister. - Duchess_SMK  6501.5 #19 1-7-13 10:00AM
Scared?!? I'm not scared! I didn't say scared. - MickeyFan  1205.7 #153 1-7-13 10:07AM
Ok, creeped out πŸ˜‚ - Duchess_SMK  6501.5 #19 1-7-13 10:22AM
That's better LOL - MickeyFan  1205.7 #153 1-7-13 10:23AM
Ummmm....no. I'll take my chances being gased. πŸ˜¬πŸ˜„ - DisneyFanZoe   1249.3 #143 1-7-13 9:14AM Like  Reply
πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚creepy right?! The soldiers should have worn these! - Duchess_SMK  6501.5 #19 1-7-13 9:17AM
The stuff of nightmares! πŸ˜πŸ˜‚ - DisneyFanZoe  1249.3 #143 1-7-13 9:28AM
Oh my goodness--I don't really know what to say about this. These are a bit creepy, but I find it all very interesting. - Spoonful_O_Sugar   627.3 #336 1-7-13 9:19AM Like  Reply
I so agree, but an important part of Disney history regardless. 😊 - Duchess_SMK  6501.5 #19 1-7-13 10:25AM
You post the best stuff ! I could see that mask in a horror movie ! Lol - snakeinmyboot40   394.0 #587 1-7-13 9:20AM Like  Reply
What a nice thing to say! Glad you enjoy these. And muhahahahaha! I admit a bit scary! Lol - Duchess_SMK  6501.5 #19 1-7-13 5:03PM
Kreepy Kool!!! Thanks!!! - misschurro...   7272.1 #14 1-7-13 9:24AM Like  Reply
hahaha oh my gosh those are great! - Jillian   767.1 #255 1-7-13 9:27AM Like  Reply
I think you may be the only one who thinks so. πŸ˜‚ I find them facinating though. - Duchess_SMK  6501.5 #19 1-7-13 5:18PM
That's just a bit scary and weird. - PlutosBuddy   403.2 #574 1-7-13 9:34AM Like  Reply
Scurry! - VfxGenie   1556.7 #114 1-7-13 9:35AM Like  Reply
Creepy! - ladylikesdisney   945.0 #200 1-7-13 9:45AM Like  Reply
Just like another mouse we know. 😏 - SueBayou  2019.0 #85 1-7-13 10:53AM
Thanks for this... Umm.. interesting tidbit. - LaPearleNoir   2223.9 #74 1-7-13 11:25AM Like  Reply
That made me giggle! sorry my dear! - Duchess_SMK  6501.5 #19 1-7-13 5:04PM
πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - LaPearleNoir  2223.9 #74 1-7-13 5:20PM
Wonder what one of these would go for... 1000 is a very limited edition these days. - cynDOLEwhip   1175.7 #157 1-7-13 11:29AM Like  Reply
I never knew this. Thanks for posting. - polo33   80.3 #4023 1-7-13 11:33AM Like  Reply
Wow this is kinda creppy!! I wonder how much one of these is worth now?? Very cool and creppy info I never knew!! Thanks for the usual QC 😘😘 - CourtyAstroBlisters   807.7 #235 1-7-13 11:33AM Like  Reply
I would really like to have one of these to wake up my family in the middle of the night yelling. Wearing just the mask and a pair of tighty whiteys. See if they ever want to go back to DL - phillip...   1361.8 #135 1-7-13 12:09PM Like  Reply
They probably would. But you'd stay home. LOL - MickeyFan  1205.7 #153 1-7-13 12:12PM
I need this so I can scare my dog. Bahaha - AshleyLynn22   791.2 #242 1-7-13 12:53PM Like  Reply
******NOooooooooooo:( - MadameLeota  4513.8 #31 1-7-13 1:07PM
If love to see one in person! - MetalMermaid   156.6 #2665 1-7-13 1:05PM Like  Reply
This is a little scary IMO - LilSterner   5732.5 #23 1-7-13 4:53PM Like  Reply
This is so creepy! Very interesting though...what a scary time! Thanks as always for the history post!! 😊 - MinnieMousewife   916.3 #206 1-7-13 6:12PM Like  Reply
I'd totally wear this around the parks. - donnievegas   1132.7 #169 1-7-13 6:20PM Like  Reply
Yeah kinda creepy ....but cool in a way !!! I would wear it 🐭 - misskellington   132.6 #3060 1-7-13 6:45PM Like  Reply