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M2A2 Gas Mask Shipping Crate
« on: June 29, 2017, 07:18:51 AM »
Hey all! Found this being used at a local shop as a display table. Shipping crate/container for the M2A2 gas mask, manufactured by Firestone.
 
I assume the crate would date anywhere from 1943-1944. It's in fairly good shape, minus a chip taken out of the front.
 
Haven't been able to find another example in online searches; was curious if another collector has stumbled upon one.
 
Gas mask in photo was not found with the crate.
 
Thanks in advance for any feedback!
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Re: M2A2 Gas Mask Shipping Crate
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2017, 08:17:29 AM »
Interesting find. I have a mint diaphragm gas-mask in it's kidney-shaped bag, just like that one, which came in an unopened cardboard box. I assume that crate would have been packed with a number of such boxes?
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Re: M2A2 Gas Mask Shipping Crate
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2017, 12:13:03 PM »
Interesting find. I have a mint diaphragm gas-mask in it's kidney-shaped bag, just like that one, which came in an unopened cardboard box. I assume that crate would have been packed with a number of such boxes?

Thanks, Ian.

I would imagine so. Box is quite deep, and it would make sense that the gas masks were in smaller boxes in the crate.

Unfortunately, can't seem to find a photo reference, from the period or modern.
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Re: M2A2 Gas Mask Shipping Crate
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2017, 02:11:09 PM »
Erik,

Chemical Corps museum up at Ft. Leonard Wood may be able to assist in finding information..

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Re: M2A2 Gas Mask Shipping Crate
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2017, 02:27:24 PM »
I was not able to identify the contract number that I see on the crate, but it was definitely a 1942 contract.

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Re: M2A2 Gas Mask Shipping Crate
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2017, 07:07:08 AM »
Erik,

Chemical Corps museum up at Ft. Leonard Wood may be able to assist in finding information..

Smitty

Thanks, Smitty. I'll reach out to them. I guess if anyone would have period images, it would be them!
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Re: M2A2 Gas Mask Shipping Crate
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2017, 07:07:41 AM »
I was not able to identify the contract number that I see on the crate, but it was definitely a 1942 contract.

Thanks, Alibi! I appreciate you looking into it.
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