Our reproduction Spanish Flu Mask is based on original articles about mask construction along with original photos of soldiers wearing masks. We then incorporated modern COVID mask recommendations to create a mask that’s both historically correct and offers some protective value against COVID-19.
The mask is 100% cotton and reversible. It’s bleached white on one side and aged white on the other. It has interfacing inside to add additional protection. The mask can be machine washed and dried. These masks are much bigger than modern masks and fit more like a bandana. The second tie goes around your neck instead of under your ear.
Each mask comes with a cheesecloth covering for a more authentic look. The cheesecloth is NOT attached since cheesecloth can’t be machine washed and is not, by nature sterile. We recommend you attach it with water-soluble school glue, which will dissolve when soaked in water, allowing you to wash the mask. You can also pin it or just tuck the cheesecloth.
Originally, cheesecloth was a recommended material because of its loose weave. Ironically, today cheesecloth carries a suffocation warning. So don’t inhale the cheesecloth!