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Catalog Number 1971.226.001
Description Civilian Defense Air Raid Warden Helmet, c. 1942-1945. This metal helmet is round in shape and is painted in white. In front of the top center portion of the helmet's head, there is a blue circle with a red/white striped triangle, which is the symbol for Civil Defense Air Raid Warden. At the back of the helmet, there are bolts painted in white that connect to the helmet's head and chinstrap adjustments and are spread out on each corner of the metal helmet. Inside the middle of the helmet, the white painted bolts are connected to metal brackets that are slightly bent, in which connects to a head adjustment made of leather that covers the head. The leather head adjustment is next to and parallel to the straps of white fabric which is tied to a circle made of black fabric. The middle straps of the white fabric are tied to a brown chinstrap with a metal loop bracket adjustment for the chin with a metal nail holding the strap. The chinstrap also has a metal black circle on each end that connects it to the slightly bent metal brackets on each left and right end of the metal helmet. At the bottom front portion of the back of the metal helmet, engraved in white and bold, the text reads "...No 217714 / No D113432...". At the bottom portion of the back of the metal helmet, engraved in white and bold, the text reads "...MCDONALD CO / LOS ANGELES".
Object Name Hat, Hard
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title Civilian Defense Air Raid Warden Helmet, c. 1942-1945
Date c. 1942-1945
Creator McDonald Co., Los Angeles
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "...No 217714 / No D113432..." (Engraved in white and bold at the bottom front portion of the back of the metal helmets)

"...MCDONALD CO / LOS ANGELES" (Engraved in white and bold at the bottom portion of the back of the metal helmet)

Provenance Civil Defense Helmet from Burlingame City Hall
Notes An air raid warden is "a civilian having special duties during an air-raid alert, as directing people to air-raid shelters." []

"Air Raid Wardens had several main duties that they were trained to perform, which were all very difficult and time consuming tasks. They had to supervise the blackout, and report people to the police who continually ignored it. They had to sound the air raid sirens so that everybody knew that they had to get to the shelter, as well as supervising people getting in and out of the air raid shelters. They also had to check that everybody had their gas masks, and that they were all fitting properly, as well as sounding alerts if there was a gas attack. In addition to this, they also had to evacuate people away from unexploded bombs, and report the bombs and other damage to the warden control center." []

"The Air Raid Warden is chosen carefully. The position of Air Raid Warden may be filled by either a man or woman, provided the person chosen is capable of performing the duties. One of the most important duties is to set an example of controlled activity and cool efficiency under all conditions. Training is given all Air Raid Wardens in gas and fire-bomb defense, first aid, and general organization of air-raid services. The stripes in the insigne of Air Raid Wardens signify "many duties"." [Smith, Cleveland H. and Taylor, Gertrude R. United States Service Symbols. p.97.]
Dimensions H-12.5 W-10.75 D-0.25 inches
Search Terms Air Raid Warden
Air Raid Warden’s Helmet
Civil Defense
Civilian Defense
World War II
World War Two
Subjects Civil defense
World War II