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Brush your Teeth! Tooth Paste WWII-Vietnam

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Dental hygiene has been drilled into recruits and is often one of the first things they 'learn' to do the military way. Let's take a look at some of the toothpaste brands which may have found their way into a pack or footlocker from WWII-Vietnam.



Feel free to post toothpaste from your collections.



"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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"Craig-Martin" Tooth Paste, circa 1940s.


"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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"Colgate" circa 1950s.

 


"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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"Stripe" circa 1960s.

 


"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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"Cue" Toothpaste, circa 1965.

 


"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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Feel free to add to this thread.

 

RC


"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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RC, Good post!! Here is a WWII tube of Dr. West's toothpaste along with some cans of WWII tooth powder.

 

Bob

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"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb, bastard die for his country" George Pattons speech to the Third Army.

 

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"Feel free to post toothpaste from your collections."

 

Now that is funny, maybe a toothpaste reference thread. You are correct proper brushing and the use of dental floss is taught early in the service. Even more extreme was the proper use of toilet paper its application and technique.


 

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Very difficult to find these! A NOS original Dr. West's Miracle-Tuft toothbrush in the original glass vile with label. the plastic bottom end cap is missing but otherwise mint condition. These were commonly issued to servicemen during the war and now is part of my WWII footlocker display.

 

In 1938, DuPont Corporation began manufacturing synthetic bristle toothbrushes. Nylon yarn was used along with molded plastic handles. It was advertised as ‘Dr. West’s Miracle-Tuft Toothbrush’. DuPont claimed it was sealed in glass, waterproof, and guaranteed for a year.

With the invention of nylon During World War II, toothbrushes were marketed to the American homefront supporting the war effort with the slogan of: “Your American Duty…To keep well…and keep working!”

 

 

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Made a great and rare find/purchase today.. a pre 1938 Dr. West's Natural Bristle tooth brush still in the glass vial AND with the always missing plastic seal! Boar bristles were used until 1938, when nylon bristles were introduced by Dupont de Nemours.

No wonder no one liked to brush... hog hair taken from the back of a hog's neck! :D

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Who had that old advertising jingle that said: "Powder your teeth, don't paste 'em." ?


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I've got a wwi French language booklet printed by Kolynos


Looking for the following:

452nd and 447th Bomb Group items

Anything 12th Armored- especially uniforms

155th Assault Helicopter Company, Camp Coryell, or Ban Me Thuot Vietnam items[/center]


WWII US Navy Uniforms from the Battle Off Samar: USS Johnston DD-557, USS Hoel DD-553, USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413, USS Heermann DD-532, USS Dennis DE-405, USS John C. Butler DE-339, USS Raymond DE-341, USS Fanshaw Bay St. Lo, White Plains, Kalinin Bay, Kitkun Bay and Gambier Bay...


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I know this is out of the date range for this post but I couldn't resist. I've seen original WW1 photos of gear inspections where you can make out the "Pro-phy-lac-tic" brand name on the tooth brush handle. I found this one years ago in it's original 1915 dated box.

Tim

 

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Dr West, Kolynos and US Army marked toothbrushes

 

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