In 1942, T.W. Smith Jr., the owner of the Sun Rubber Company and his designer Dietrich Rempel, with Walt Disney’s approval, introduced a Mickey Mouse Gas Mask for children. The company produced approximately 1,000 of these gas masks, and earned an Army-Navy “E” for Excellence in wartime production in 1944. (via io9)
Japanese Buddhists monks at the Sensō-ji temple in Asakusa district wear gas masks during training against future aerial attacks as Japan prepares for the Second Sino-Japanese War. Tokyo, Kantō region, Honshu, Japan. 30 May 1936.