One of the most commonly questions at Belmont Army Surplus is who buys these gas masks?
My answer: Lots of folks.
Collectors, survivalists, artists, fetishists, photographers, and stoners* are just the tip of the iceberg. A lot of people buy gas masks just because they’re fans of cool shit! And gas masks are, undeniably, cool shit. Their design is entirely unique because they were designed for function over form, so nothing looks like a gas mask but a gas mask!
We have what is probably the largest collections of vintage gas masks and filters for sale in Chicago. We have authentic US riot masks, iconic Cold War era Russian gas masks, military and civilian gas masks direct from the Israeli Defense Force, plus masks from the Czech Republic, France, and Switzerland.
*please don’t try to convert our gas masks into bongs. There’s a definite risk of suffocation, resulting from misuse, and there are plenty of great headshops in the neighborhood that carry imitation gas masks designed for smoking.
All the photos from this post were found over at an awesome site called Ectoplasmosis!