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I think they made stencils with masking tape (or frisket) for each helmet. The number of stripes varied on a lot of the helmets. So I would be surprised if they used the same stencil for many of them.

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I think they used some tape for the top and bottom of the stripes and hand painted each stroke with a brush. The pics of the screen used lids led me to believe this, as the stripes are often inconsistently spaced and there's bleed lines under some of the stripes.

 

Some say they were screen printed but that area of the cheek tube is too curved for screen printing and they don't really use screen printing for such small compound curves back then.

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