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 ‘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?