'Tabloid' first aid kit used on Alcock and Brown's first transatlantic non-stop flight

Made:
1919 in London
maker:
Burroughs Wellcome and Company Limited

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Part of a Tabloid first aid kit used by Alcock and Brown, on their first transatlantic non-stop flight, by Burroughs
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Sponge. Part of a Tabloid first aid kit used by Alcock and Brown, on their first transatlantic non-stop flight, by
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Part of a Tabloid first aid kit used by Alcock and Brown, on their first transatlantic non-stop flight, by Burroughs
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Metal case containing six glass tubes (pts 3-8) for tablets, by Burroughs Wellcome and Co. , English. Part of a Tabloid
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Metal case containing six glass tubes (pts 3-8) for tablets, by Burroughs Wellcome and Co. , English. Part of a Tabloid
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Glass tube of bismuth salicylate tablets with cork bung, by Burroughs Wellcome, English, ( in part 2). Part of a
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Glass tube of bismuth salicylate tablets with cork bung, by Burroughs Wellcome, English, ( in part 2). Part of a
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Glass tube of soda mint tablets with cork bung, by Burroughs Wellcome, English, (in part 2). Part of a Tabloid first
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Glass tube of soda mint tablets with cork bung, by Burroughs Wellcome, English, (in part 2). Part of a Tabloid first
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Glass tube containing roll of court plaster, with cork bung. Part of a Tabloid first aid kit used by Alcock and Brown,
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Glass tube of bismuth salicylate tablets with cork bung and glass tube of soda mint tablets with cork bung, by
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Packet containing triangular bandage, by Burroughs Wellcome, English. Part of a Tabloid first aid kit used by Alcock
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Packet containing two pieces of absorbent cotton, by Burroughs Wellcome, English. Part of a Tabloid first aid kit used
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Packet containing pleated compressed bandage. Part of a Tabloid first aid kit used by Alcock and Brown, on their first
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Metal pocket dispensary for carron oil, castor oil, protective skin, waterproof jacket (only carron oil left) by
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Metal pocket dispensary for carron oil, castor oil, protective skin, waterproof jacket (only carron oil left) by
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Tube of carron oil, by Burroughs Wellcome, English, (in part 13). Part of a Tabloid first aid kit used by Alcock and
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Tube of carron oil, by Burroughs Wellcome, English, (in part 13). Part of a Tabloid first aid kit used by Alcock and
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Two pins. Part of a Tabloid first aid kit used by Alcock and Brown, on their first transatlantic non-stop flight, by
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Four safety pins. Part of a Tabloid first aid kit used by Alcock and Brown, on their first transatlantic non-stop
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Case for Tabloid first aid kit used by Alcock and Brown, on their first transatlantic non-stop flight, by Burroughs
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Case for Tabloid first aid kit used by Alcock and Brown, on their first transatlantic non-stop flight, by Burroughs
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Tabloid first aid kit used by Alcock and Brown, on their first transatlantic non-stop flight, by Burroughs Wellcome and Co., 1919

This first aid kit was used on the first non-stop transatlantic flight on 14-15 June 1919 by Sir Arthur Whitten Brown (1886-1948) and Sir John William Alcock (1892-1919). Alcock and Brown completed the treacherous crossing in 16 hours 27 minutes. The flight was a matter of national prestige. The men shared the £10,000 prize from the Daily Mail, which had been set up to encourage British aviation.

The kit contained bandages, dressings, cotton wool, court plaster, and drugs for pain relief, upset stomachs and nausea, and antiseptics. It also contained carron oil made from linseed oil and lime water for burns and scalds, which were among the most likely injuries on an aircraft full of hot metal; in fact the tube is half empty.

Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
A700023
Materials:
paint and steel
type:
first aid kit
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
On loan from the Wellcome Trust

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