Saturday, August 20, 2016

DIY Plague Doctor’s Mask

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During the 17th and 18th centuries the bubonic plague raged across Europe killing 50 million people.  Plague doctors who treated the afflicted wore  an early version of a hazmat suit, with a full-length leather coat, a mask with glass eye openings, and a big, broad hat.

The strange beak acted as a respirator/gas mask, filled with straw, herbs and spices to keep the stench of death from the doctor’s nose (and hopefully prevent him from inhaling plague germs.)

And now you can make your own! Instructions here

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