Vintage Star Wars Steampunk-Masks

Ben Marks schreibt mir: „One of our Guest Bloggers noticed that a pair of late-1800s smoke masks, worn by firefighters, bears an uncanny resemblance to the costumes created for Darth Vader and C-3PO. And, as it turns out, one of the main manufacturers of these devices was a company called Vajen-Bader, which is not all that far removed from Darth Vader, right?“

The black leather helmet on the left is labeled “Respirations Apparat” by “G.B.Konic Altona,” was made in Hamburg, Germany, and has the look of an African Dan mask. The brass, three-quarter face mask to its right was made in Paris by J. Mandet. This type of breathing mask had a very simple apparatus, allowing only a short range of operation. When used, air would be forced into the helmet through no more than 13 meters of flexible tubing by means of a bellows operated remotely from the outside. Both of these masks have mica lenses to help protect the eyes from heat.

Before Steampunk: Star Wars’ 1800s Roots (thanx Ben!)