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I have a tube of Lip Balm that I acquired with a group of WWII and Korean war medical supplies. The tube has the manual push at the base, as opposed to the twist knob, and appears to be an earlier issue than the push tubes that were issued in the early 1960 First Aid kits that were issued to Marines. The photo shows a side by side comparison of these two tubes, note that while both tubes are metallic have the exact same Federal Stock Number, they are different in length and diameter. Is this a Korean war era issue?

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There appears to be no ZipCode in the company address so it would be pre-1963 and the Federal Stock Number makes it post-1957.

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On ‎6‎/‎8‎/‎2020 at 6:41 AM, QED4 said:

There appears to be no ZipCode in the company address so it would be pre-1963 and the Federal Stock Number makes it post-1957.

Neither of them have a zip code. The one on the bottom was in an early USMC issue First Aid Kit in a WWII pouch dated 1945 that was reissued in the early 1960's. This kit contained both Korean War stock numbers (2-003-180 bandage), 1961 dated Water Purification Tablets, and early DSA (1962) medical items. I was able to date the bottom one to April 1961 based on the package in the attached photo. My research indicates that the 11-digit Federal Stock Number was first used by the Defense Munitions Board's Cataloging Agency in 1949 to identify items in the Joint Army-Navy Catalog System. I tried to locate the date that this FSN was assigned to no avail. I believe the top one is a pre-1961, mid to late 1950's issue that was still in use during the Vietnam era.

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