I went into a pawn shop the other day and found the oddest thing. A child’s gas mask from WW2.
I kept it in the garage overnight. Sounds were heard. Sounds that children make. The wife said NO. Get it out. Now. Took it to a collector friend and traded it right away yesterday. He needed it. I got some helmets. Win win. Still… it was unnerving. I’m a skeptical person but that thing gave me the willies.
Anyway- it was made in 1938 for the Blitz when London was being bombed. Coated in asbestos with a faulty hand pumped respirator, it ended up doing more harm than good for some children. What a sombering and eerie piece of history.