A lucky militaria collector stumbled over what looks like a vintage military first aid kit that goes way past band-aides and salt tablets.
“I recently went to an estate sale for an old 1920’s mansion in Southern California,” they wrote in the Imgur post. “The person who last owned the house was a bit of a hoarder but the house/mansion was extensive and many items had remained in the house since the 1930’s without having ever really been disturbed. I found this first aid kit and picked it up for $5 with the person selling it saying it was ‘Just some old bandages.'”
The gray wooden chest is filled with WWII-era medical supplies including Sulfadiazine tablets and shaker packs which were used to prevent infection of severe wounds, boric acid for cleaning wounds, bandages and compresses, catgut sutures, and morphine syrettes (which are almost comically noted as “may be habit forming”). The morphine still has the blue 1-cent government narcotic label attached.
Individual first aid kits included a single syrette while officers, medics and senior NCOs carried the five-pack as shown in the pictures.
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