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Ancient plague mask

Plague mask, 1600s Wikipedia/Public Domain

The plague mask was invented in the 1600s for doctors dealing with different types of diseases. The strange, elongated, beak-like nose, strapped around the face, was filled with herbs such as mint and lavender, dried flowers including roses and carnations, and as well different spices.

The mask was used to stop bad smells that they believed carried the plague. The outfit also came with a hat, gloves and a long, heavy over-coat that stretched to the ground.

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