Remembering The Plague Doctor

The Plague Doctor costume has been something that has always intrigued us. Given the current global condition we decided to do some research into this historical character and his/her outlandishly designed protective gear.

Dating back to our 17th and 18th centuries, ‘Plague Doctors’ who had the unenviable of caring for the sick, invented masks to protect themselves from “bad air” and prevent contagion. These masks had lenses on the eyes and a long cavity in the nose, which was filled with drugs and aromatic items. This cavity measuring about half a foot in length, had 2 small vent holes, and its shape was very similar to beaks of birds. At the beak were used substances such as ambergris, mint leaves, styrax, myrrh, laudanum, rose petals, camphor, cloves and straw.

Can you imagine wearing this? Muust have been intense…

You can score your own Plague Doctor Masks here

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