U.S. WWII Tanker Goggle: Polaroid All Purpose Goggle No. 1021
Original Item: By early to mid 1944, the majority of U.S. tankers were wearing the Polaroid All Purpose Goggle No. 1021. Photos of 752nd tankers specifically show the 1021 model as the standard tanker goggle through the end of the war. The Polaroid 1021 goggle was developed mainly for use by the Army Air Corps, but it found widespread use in all Army branches. The 1021 all-purpose goggle kit featured a comfortable light-weight foam and rubber frame, held in place by a thin elasticized strap. In addition to improved comfort over the earlier M-1938 goggles, the Polaroid 1021 featured a single one-piece lens for better visibility, and four different removable lenses were available for better visibility under a variety of conditions. A non-polarizing clear lens was available for protection against dirt and grime under normal conditions where no glare was present. A light green lens was available for glare protection on normal days, and a dark green polarizing lens was available for glare protection on "exceedingly brilliant" days. Finally, a red non-polarizing "dark adaptor" lens was available for adapting the eyes to night vision.
IMA has found a very small quantity of these goggles that appear to be unissued. However, they are very fragile. We include the case, nicely marked POLAROID ALL-PURPOSE GOOGLE, the rubber frame, elastic band and one lens (our choice of tint). Any additional lens may be broken or cracked but you will get at least one complete lens. Due to the nature of these goggle, please be aware that we recommend them as a curio only- not for wearing.
They are fragile and can easily break. We inspect each one before shipment, so if you break a lens when handling, we will not replace it. The goggle photographed here was treated with an oil based restoration solution that greatly added in returning both the celluloid lens and rubber frame to a more pliable condition, making perfect for a static display.
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