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Misc. WW I tinned rations circa 1917:

 

Bottom row, left to right: Canned Tomatoes, 4 paper & cardboard wrapped pre WWI packages of Hardbread Rations, Canned Corned Beef Hash, Canned Roast Beef, Canned Corned Beef Hash, Canned Sugar Corn, Canned Peas, more Hardbread, and Vinegar

 

Middle Row, left to right: Package of Dry Beans, Package of Cocoa, Canned Corned Beef Hash, Box of Dried Fruit, Canned, Peas, Canned Corn, Package of Sugar

 

Top row, left to right: Packet of either Pepper or Smoking Tobacco (I think), Package of Salt & possibly something else (pepper?), Package of Tobacco or Pepper, Canned Pork & Beans, more Tobacco or Pepper

 

Photo courtesy of the National World War I Museum

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A stick of Wrigley's chewing gum in packaging labeled "Compliments of the Knights of Columbus", which were intended to be handed out to the WW I Doughboys. The ad is from a 1919 edition of the "Stars and Stripes" newspaper.

 

Photos of chewing gum courtesy of Bay State Militaria

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I've seen three variations of the WW I hardbread tin. What I believe to be the early version is shown above in posts 3 & 4.

 

I don't have any solid information on this but I'm pretty sure that the sharp, square corners of the first pattern tin were rounded off because they snagged on, or tore the canvas fabric of the 1910 Haversack in which they were carried.

 

Anyway, here is one of the two styles of "round corner" hardbread tins that I've encountered.

 

I suspect that this one came first because one end, the end that was not supposed to be cut, was not clearly marked. It could also be that this pattern of tin was just the result of a different contractor.

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This is either a latter pattern of hardbread tin with both ends marked or it is just a variation used by a different contractor.

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An illustration circa 1910, showing how the hardbread was to be carried in the haversack in conjunction with the condiment and bacon can. Note the early 1910 pattern Bacon Can with hinged lid and square corners, as well as the pre WW I paper wrapped packages of hardbread.

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Here's my contribution..

 

The packing container for a Reserve Ration.. Too bad it's empty !

 

On a related note..

I have a restored U.S. Army Escort Wagon with a Field Kitchen.. I will try to get pics posted asap

 

Kration

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