I have just found this image of rescue masks from the 1800s that I wanted to share from the fantastic Retronaut as I research a lecture and workshop on Ghosts for second year students for my new post as Lecturer in Fine Art at Worcester.
The entry reads:
“This pair of early rescue masks dates from between the mid-1800s and WWI.
“The black leather helmet on the left is labeled “Respirations Apparat” by “G.B.Konic Altona,” and was made in Hamburg, Germany.
“The brass, three-quarter face mask to its right was made in Paris by J. Mandet. This type of breathing mask had a very simple apparatus, allowing only a short range of operation. When used, air would be forced into the helmet through no more than 13 meters of flexible tubing by means of a bellows operated remotely from the outside.
– Steve Erenberg