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Tuesday Finds

The last Tuesday Finds post for a couple of weeks as I am of on holiday next week…in the meantime:

ARP First Aid Tin

This large metal tin box is typical of those issued to ARP posts up and down the country with a basic first aid kit in. The 1939 dated box is 11”x7”x8” and is made of (sadly slightly rusted) black enamelled metal.



There is a red stripe around the box with ARP on the front in white letters:


The lid is secured by two sprung catches:


Inside is a contents list, identifying its original origin as having been in Lambeth, London:
These boxes were produced in their thousands and would originally have housed dressings, ointments and other first aid supplies to deal with casualties from bombs and gas. One imagines that if this box was used in Lambeth there is a high likelihood that it was used in anger, due to the high level of bombing in London throughout the war.

First Aid Dressing

This 8”x6” first aid dressing came from the same dealer as the first aid box, suggesting the two items might be associated. It is a blue waxed paper packet with instructions printed on the packet:
It was made by Johnson and Johnson and it seems that this type of dressing was used both by civilian services and included in military first aid kits.


Again from the same seller is this 40s era tourniquet. A tourniquet is used to stem the blood flow to a wounded limb to prevent blood loss after a serious wound. This example is unmarked and is typical of military and civilian tourniquets of the period:
A buckle is used to fasten the tourniquet, and a bamboo stick can be wound to increase the pressure and prevent blood flowing.

Indian Army Photo

This delightful photograph shows a senior officer of the British Army with a well dressed older lady in the garden of a hotel in Lucknow:
The officers rank certainly has a pair of swords at the bottom, with either a star or a crown above indicating he is either a Major General or a Lieutenant General. The rear of the photo reveals it was taken on Friday 29th January 1905. The rest of the inscription is unfortunately very hard to read: