Month: October 2017

The development of mask fashion Part I: The 20th century

At what point did mask manufacturers begin seriously thinking about masks as a utilitarian fashion accessory? It’s not clear. But it is clear that the development of mask fashion has accelerated throughout the decades. While originally for industrial and medical purposes, protective masks seem to have been available to the American consumer throughout most of…




surgical mask capabilities are much lower than most realize

Most people never think about wearing a mask until they suddenly discover that something they’re breathing is bothering them. Often times, the first thing that people will reach for is a surgical mask, because they are easy to find in any drugstore. Unfortunately, surgical masks capabilities are limited, and people often discover this the hard…




with autumn allergies, a mask can be crucial

I wrote a few weeks ago about the ragweed season.  Now it’s officially autumn, and the leaves are falling in my area. And leaf mold and ragweed are now tag-teaming me to bring misery to my airways and sinuses.  I have already had one fall cold and continue to struggle to feel well.  And I’m…