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    In World War I, gas masks were an important tool for soldiers to protect themselves. The soldiers carried their masks at all times in the pouch shown. The masks would be worn over the face, and the green tin would hold activated charcoal, which could effectively filter out deadly gas. The Germans used poison gas, typically some type of chlorine gas, attacks very commonly, and these attacks were highly feared because the gas would cause agony in its victim for days before they finally died.

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    The American government got peach pits out from California. The California Nursery Company sold many of these pits, which were then turned into activated charcoal. The clear container on the right contains charcoal removed from a gas mask. This charcoal gas mask invention provided an affordable, life-saving situation to the horrors of gassing in World War I.

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