Amongst the many problems encountered in the jungle, keeping opened food in a good enough state to eat is a major headache. Not only are jungles so damp that food soon turns soggy, but the local bug life makes a bee line for any open food in a matter of minutes. Whilst there is no truly effective remedy for this problem, waterproof sealable bags can help drastically reduce the chance of food spoiling and the British introduced rubberised bags as part of their root and branch reforms of jungle equipment and uniforms in the dying months of the Second World War. The food bag is made of green rubberised cotton:With two cotton tapes just below the neck to allow the top of the bag to be secured:The inside of the bag has a black rubberised lining to help waterproof it:
There is a large white maker’s stamp for the Victoria Rubber Company Ltd of Edinburgh, date of 1966 and /|\ mark on the inside of the bag:The stores code A6/AF/0003 is listed as ‘Bag, Food, Waterproof’ in the stores catalogue. The Victoria Rubber Company was founded in 1879 at Leith Walk in Edinburgh and specialised in rubberised fabrics, this rather wonderful advert dates from 1924: The company’s factory still exists and is now a listed building. These bags were clearly made for quite some time after the initial introduction of the 1944 pattern equipment- indicating they were found to be a useful item, and they are still available cheaply from quite a few dealers- this one came from eBay for a few pounds.