'Tabloid' first aid kit used on an Antarctic expedition of 1928-1930, United States, 1925-1930

1925-1930 in United States
Burroughs Wellcome and Company Limited

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First aid kit, aluminium case in canvas satchel, used by Rear-Admiral R.E. Byrd on Antarctic expedition 1928-1930, made by Burroughs Wellcome and Co., 1925-1930

This first aid kit was used by Rear-Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888-1957) on his expedition to Antarctica in 1928-1930. Some of the bandages and equipment are labelled with the words “From Little America Antarctica Byrd Antarctica Expedition II Medical Officer”. (Little America was the base camp used for his expeditions.) The kit has been hardly used.

‘Tabloid’ brand first aid kits made by Burroughs Wellcome & Co were given to explorers and influential people packed with the company’s products in a shrewd attempt to promote the product.

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Materia Medica & Pharmacology
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case, aluminium and satchel, canvas
first aid kit and first aid (general)

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