09/10/11 87 W, 1 I - + 6 - 3 Vajen-Bader Smoke Hood

Here's something you don't see every day. Photographed at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum in Aurora, IL, this is a Vajen-Bader smoke hood from the late 1890s. Leather construction with fleece lining. Mica eye pieces. Air furnished from compression tank attached to back. Read about the thing in this article written by ARFM Curator David Lewis. For a larger context, here's a Fire Chief article on the history of breathing apparatus by Michael J. Wallace. More museum photos coming soon. Click to enlarge:

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