Original Komsomol Poster - Gas Mask

Original Komsomol Poster - Gas Mask


An original Soviet-era poster, entitled 'Be able to Use a Gas Mask.'

During the Soviet period, school children were expected to be members of Komsomol, the informal title given to the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League. They would attend special classes dedicated to the civil defence of the USSR, where they would learn first aid and practise  emergency procedures to be enacted in the case of a Western attack.

This poster is from a series dedicated to the activities of Komsomol. It illustrates the proper way to put on and use a gas mask.

The poster has some small folds and some damage to the edges consistent with age and use. 

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