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Catalog Number 1971.226.005
Description Civilian Defense Helmet, c. 1942-1945. This metal helmet is round in shape and is in gray. In front of the top center portion of the helmet's head, there is a blue circle with a white triangle with red, bold painted text that reads "CD", which is the official symbol for Civil Defense. Above the symbol for Civil Defense, painted in white and bold, the text reads "BURLINGAME". Below the symbol for Civil Defense, painted in white and bold, the text reads "CALIFORNIA". Towards the middle bottom portion of the helmet, there are metal bolts that connect to the helmet's head and chinstrap adjustments and are spread out on each corner of the metal helmet. Inside the middle bottom of the helmet, it is painted in white with the metal bolts are connected to metal brackets that are rectangular in shape and holes in the middle of each one with leather gray straps with brass metal holes in between interlocking leather strap. The leather gray straps are looping around each bracket and connecting and tying to a circle made of brown knotted fabric. On the back of the helmet, on the left and right side, there are metal ends on each side painted in white, which are tied to a gray leather chin strap with a metal belt bracket loop on it holding the the fabric of the chinstrap. At the front of the back of the helmet, connected to part of the gray leather straps, is part of the brown leather head adjustment that has two gray metal small objects connect to it. Also at the front of the back of the helmet, engraved in white and bold, the text reads "U.S. GOVT PROPERTY".
Object Name Hat, Hard
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title Civilian Defense Helmet, c. 1942-1945
Date c. 1942-1945
Creator Unknown
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "CD" (painted in red, and bold on the Civil Defense insignia in front of the top center portion of the helmet's head)

"BURLINGAME / "CALIFORNIA" (painted in white and bold above and below the Civil Defense insignia in front of the top center portion of the helmet's head)
Provenance From Burlingame City Hall
Notes "Civil defense, civil defence or civil protection is an effort to protect the citizens of a state (generally non-combatants) from military attacks and natural disasters. It uses the principles of emergency operations: prevention, mitigation, preparation, response, or emergency evacuation and recovery. Programs of this sort were initially discussed at least as early as the 1920s and were implemented in some countries during the 1930s as the threat of war and aerial bombardment grew. It became widespread after the threat of nuclear weapons was realized." [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_defense- 12/27/2016]

Dimensions H-12.5 W-10.75 D-0.25 inches
Search Terms Civil Defense
Civilian Defense
Helmet
War
World War II
World War Two
Subjects Civil defense
Helmets
Soldiers
Volunteers
War
World War II