A Black Leather.bird mask.  Why is it scary?  It certainly looks creepy, and not without reason.  During the Black Plague, Italian doctors wore these to keep from inhaling airborne contaminants.  Bubonic plague had a sister virus called pneumonic plague, which was airborne, and therefore twice as deadly.  In those days they didn't know viruses worked, but they understood contagion!

Plague Doctor Hat in Black Leather

A Black Leather.bird mask. Why is it scary? It certainly looks creepy, and not without reason. During the Black Plague, Italian doctors wore these to keep from inhaling airborne contaminants. Bubonic plague had a sister virus called pneumonic plague, which was airborne, and therefore twice as deadly. In those days they didn't know viruses worked, but they understood contagion!

Steampunk Plague Doctor Mask in black "Ichabod" by TomBanwell on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/listing/78161736/steampunk-plague-doctor-mask-in-black

Steampunk Plague Doctor Mask in black "Ichabod"

Steampunk Plague Doctor Mask in black "Ichabod" by TomBanwell on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/listing/78161736/steampunk-plague-doctor-mask-in-black

Plague Doctor by DeadInsideGraphics monster beast creature animal | Create your own roleplaying game material w/ RPG Bard: www.rpgbard.com | Writing inspiration for Dungeons and Dragons DND D&D Pathfinder PFRPG Warhammer 40k Star Wars Shadowrun Call of Cthulhu Lord of the Rings LoTR + d20 fantasy science fiction scifi horror design | Not Trusty Sword art: click artwork for source

Plague Doctor by DeadInsideGraphics monster beast creature animal | Create your own roleplaying game material w/ RPG Bard: www.rpgbard.com | Writing inspiration for Dungeons and Dragons DND D&D Pathfinder PFRPG Warhammer 40k Star Wars Shadowrun Call of Cthulhu Lord of the Rings LoTR + d20 fantasy science fiction scifi horror design | Not Trusty Sword art: click artwork for source

Worn during the middle ages, the beak was thought to protect the doctor from the plague.

Anatomy of 14th Century Bubonic Plague Hazmat Suits

Worn during the middle ages, the beak was thought to protect the doctor from the plague.

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