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Catalog Number 1976.085.003
Description Air Raid Warden's Helmet (WWII), c. 1914-1918. This metal helmet is round in shape and is painted in gray. In front of the top center portion of the helmet's head, there is a blue circle with a a triangle with a red symbol resembling some wings over four long round shapes, which is the symbol for Civil Defense Medical. On the back of the helmet on the inside border, it is surrounded by white metal bracket ends with holes connecting to small brass knobs with a brass wire bent on each. The brass knobs are tied to the brown leather head adjustment with a yellow cloth fabric stitched underneath. The brown leather head adjustment has four silver holes towards the back of the helmet that is tied together with brown shoelaces made of fabric. On the left and right side of the back of the helmet, there are two metal brackets painted in white tied to metal loops on each side that are tied the yellow fabric chinstrap in the middle that goes around the brown leather head adjustment. Part of the yellow chinstrap has a metal loop bracket to adjust the chinstrap. In the top middle of the back of the helmet, in a white and blue circle, above a big "V", printed in blue and bold, the text reads "VICTORY / HELMET / BAILEY / HAT CO. / L.A.". On the outside border of the left side back of the helmet, engraved in bold, the text reads "S S F", with the words "S S F" is spaced out. On the outside border of the right side of the back of the helmet, engraved in bold, the text reads "F A 19", with the words "F A 19" is spaced out.
Object Name Hat, Hard
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title Air Raid Warden's Helmet (WWII), c. 1914-1918.
Date c. 1914-1918
Creator Bailey Hat Company, Los Angeles
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "VICTORY / HELMET / BAILEY / HAT CO. / L.A." (printed in blue and bold in a white and blue circle above a big "V" in the top middle of the back of the helmet)

"S S F" & "F A 19" (engraved in bold on the outside border of the left and right side of the back of the helmet)
Provenance
Notes An air raid warden is "a civilian having special duties during an air-raid alert, as directing people to air-raid shelters." [http://www.dictionary.com/browse/air-raid-warden-10/13/2016]

"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." [http://blitzschool.co.uk/air-raid-warden/4578806750-10/13/2016]

"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. http://www.printmag.com/j-j-sedelmaier/charles-t-coiner/-10/13/2016]
Dimensions H-12.25 W-11.25 inches
Search Terms Air Raid Warden
Air Raid Warden’s Helmet
Helmet
Military
War
World War 1
World War One
Subjects Helmets
War
World War I
Soldiers