Garrett Morgan: Modern Gas Mask

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In 1914, Morgan patented a breathing device, or “safety hood,” providing its wearers with a safer breathing experience in the presence of smoke, gases and other pollutants. Morgan worked hard to market the device, especially to fire departments, often personally demonstrating its reliability in fires. Morgan’s breathing device became the prototype and precursor for the gas masks used during World War I, protecting soldiers from toxic gas used in warfare. The invention earned him the first prize at the Second International Exposition of Safety and Sanitation in New York City.

http://www.biography.com/people/garrett-morgan-9414691#ga-morgan-hair-refining-company

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/theymadeamerica/whomade/morgan_hi.html

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Garrett_Morgan.aspx

http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/garrett-morgan-inventor-one-first-traffic-lights

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