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    Rare Helmet Respirator


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    Post by jholl72 Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:00 pm

    Hey guys,
    I didn't even know these existed until I saw this one for sale.

    A summary

    Britain appears to have been the only nation that actually considered the needs of those suffering from various medical conditions, with a view to realistically providing protection for them.

    This strange device was designed for those who suffered from facial distortion, heart problems, chronic asthma, or who had a tracheotomy, thereby needing protection that covered the throat.

    The same filter and bellows system used with the Baby Protective Helmet were fitted to the front of a rubberised fabric hood with fabric cape that was secured around the back and chest by a drawcord. The front panel was stiffened to take the weight of the bellows. As with the Baby Helmet, the idea was to induce a positive pressure inside the helmet, allowing air to leak out from under the cape.

    A drawback of the helmet was the fact that it was only made in one size, and was for both children and adults to wear. Combined with the twin eyepieces, children and smaller adults found it hard to wear the helmet, as it was bulky and they found it difficult to see out. The fact that the wearer's face couldn't be seen properly also drew criticism.

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