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  1. I have a couple with star maps, and a Chicago city flag.

    A couple with a different attachment design I like — the elastics go across the back of your head, high and low. Not looped around an ear and back on same side. The straight across type is a little slower to put on but has no ear strain or worry of slipping off.

  2. @ Mitch4 – I (unwittingly) bought one of those “around the head” masks(*) from our local pharmacy, but it was impossible to don (or remove) without hand-to-face contact, so I only wore it twice before going back to “around the ear” disposables.
    P.S. (*) – Synthetic, but allegedly washable, and therefore overpriced.

  3. Thanks to the lengthy discussions here about the Magritte pipe painting, the related mask caused my laugh-out-loud of the weekend.

  4. I made our masks are made from leftover reenacting shifts/shirts, aprons fabric. I don’t keep track of the fabric content in most of the fabric I buy since I don’t care if they are cotton, polyester or a blend, but needed cotton for the masks and I know our reenacting clothing is all made from cotton and is all solid color fabrics. (Has to be cotton, linen, wool or silk are they are natural fabrics which when they burn turn to ash, polyester fabric and other “plastic” fabrics melt and will melt into the skin when burned. Important when around fires and firing black powder muskets, fowlers, rifles, and cannons.)

    I have thought of embroidering a smile on the front of mine though. Mom told me that my sister ordered all of her masks from Disney so they have Disney characters on them. (This is not due to having children, my nephew, her younger child, is 29.)

  5. (Has to be cotton, linen, wool or silk are they are natural fabrics which when they burn turn to ash, polyester fabric and other “plastic” fabrics melt and will melt into the skin when burned. Important when […]

    I was a little worried where this might be going! 🙂 But you don’t re-enact any burning of witches do you?

  6. Colony of NY was Anglican – not Puritan and we do late 18th century not 17th century so I guess we allow allow witches to suffer.

    We found out the hard way how important the natural fabric rule is.

    Our unit participates in an annual reenactment event which ends the week of events in memory of the Battle of the Brooklyn (August 1776) and takes place at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. The event our unit is part of is a small general reenactment of military battle in the period, with some civilian reenactors participating also. There is then a ceremony at the memorial to those who died on the British prison ships, which were anchored off the south shore of Brooklyn (under where the Verazzano Bridge is located now), supposedly part of the largest Armada since the Spanish Armada sailed to Britain in the 1500s and continued to be the largest until World War II.

    We became involved with this event as the unit that was bringing their cannon and firing it for the memorial ceremony could not no longer do so and our unit has a reproduction 18th century cannon. Robert and I have gone to the event a few times with our unit.

    One of the times we went it was terribly, terribly hot weather. So hot that the reenactors were glad to have the plastic bottles of ice cold water provided and many did not even bother to hide them or transfer the water to a period appearing drinking vessel. (I can just hold mine under my apron or else I have made small drawstring bags for us the size of this size to hide same in.) It was one of the time we had enough members show up at the event for most of a full cannon crew, so I was made the “powder monkey” which they often do not even bother to have at events. My job was to take a charge (aluminum foil with black powder and raw oatmeal in it – no, oatmeal was not used then and, yes, that means no cannon ball) from the box they kept in and bring it the fellow who was loading it into front of the cannon barrel. (Basically I had the lowest job there was on the crew.) I was sitting in the area back from the cannon while they were firing a shot.

    I suddenly noticed one of the crew furiously pouring his water bottle onto Robert’s arm. Robert had been firing the cannon and there was some blow back which set his shirt sleeve on fire. It was put out and he was unhurt. We were very glad we followed the fabric rules. Afterwards he asked me if I thought I could fix the sleeve – “Ummm, I made the shirt, so I guess I can figure out how to replace it.” And no, while this is at least 5 years ago – probably closer to 10, I still not have fixed that shirt. 🙂

    If anyone is interested and looks on Facebook they can find footage of the Battle of Brooklyn memorial event there from various years. While Robert and I are not in any of the footage – if you see a cannon – that is our unit.

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