This framed “WWII Gas Masks” poster is a reproduction, but it is so interesting we just had to have it. I found it in a Goodwill for $15. After doing some research, I discovered that it depicts a group of British school children all wearing gas masks. Apparently, by the end of 1939, 38 million gas masks were distributed in Britain in a cardboard box, complete with instructions.
They were to be used for protection against gas bombs by the Germans. Mustard gas had been used extensively during WWI, killing many soldiers, and officials feared that gas attacks could be used against civilians. Children received special gas masks. When I showed my British mother this poster, it brought back a lot of memories for her. Air raids, blackouts, rationing, hiding under tables and closets when the sirens went off. She was 12 years old when she received her gas mask and recalls that she had to bring it to school everyday. It was uncomfortable and smelly during the drills.
After finding, purchasing and restoring the old house of your dreams, you, of course, need old things to put in it. That’s the real fun of owning an old house ~ filling it up with treasures that touch your heart and spark a connection with times past. We sold our old Cape May, New Jersey, American Foursquare in February of 2016 and moved to a modern condo in California. The move forced me to sell most of my antiques. That hasn’t stopped me, however, from acquiring new old stuff that brings a smile to my heart. I’ll be showcasing some of those finds under $50 that I’ve recently added to my collection.”