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Image from Bishop Museum Archives, Honolulu, Hawaii. Images are not to be re-used without permission.
Poison gas had been used on the European battlegrounds of World War I. It was considered such a horrific weapon that it had later been outlawed by international treaties. Even so, most countries prepared for possible poison gas attacks in World War II. In Hawaiʻi, every person was issued a gas mask, which was supposed to be carried at all times. Most people stopped doing so within a few months since the masks were heavy and awkward to carry. And fortunately, the masks were never needed.Collection: General Photograph Collection