From the ballet to the boardroom… we’ve got your gas mask needs covered

1 Feb

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!

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4 Responses to “From the ballet to the boardroom… we’ve got your gas mask needs covered”

  1. grittygarbsociety March 29, 2010 at 4:01 am #

    I’m doing a lookbook for a clothing line i’m starting. I want to put gas masks on the models. How much are they (on average)?

  2. belmontarmy March 30, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

    The average price is $30 for a mask and filter.

  3. Ashley Lynn Fry April 18, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    my brother bought a gas masks from an army navy store in boston… it looks german or russian (here is a photo: http://twitpic.com/1gco0i) & i put it on as a joke (roughly 5 minutes). now my lungs hurt & my throat is itchy- is it possible that i inhaled something harmful?

    (after i took it off I inspected the bottom canister part… it was rusted on the grates- FYI )

    thoughts?

  4. Ashley Lynn Fry April 18, 2010 at 3:14 pm #

    sorry it appears the link did not work. here is is again-

    http://www.twitpic.com/1gco0i

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