dmsusuki Posted September 18, 2021 Share #1 Posted September 18, 2021 First-Aid Packet Carlisle Model “Carlisle bandage” While searching through my garage, I discovered a dusty box with my World War 2 Medical items. This is one piece of United States field gear that has been “overlooked” and placed at the end of the line in the militaria collector’s inventory. This “overlooked” equipment was carried by every member of the armed forces during World War 2 and if not directly then indirectly in first aid kits, aeronautical first aid kits, vehicle first aid kits and applied with bravery by combat medics, navy corpsmen, a battle buddy, and those medical personal serving in front line positions. The overlooked First-Aid Packet Carlisle Model “Carlisle bandage” was developed by the government to render aid to a wounded personal by others to increase a higher percentage of survival and hinder the introduction of infection. More information and history can be found at the following url: https://www.med-dept.com/articles/history-development-of-the-carlisle-bandage/ My brief comments are based upon this website since it is the most complete and factual in my opinion. There is much to know and learn of the many metal variations and the ingenuity of the private sector in package technology and the use of alternative materials to keep the integrity of the Carlisle bandage. Figure 1 Lower Left - First aid package - US Navy Contract June 30, 1915 Lower Right - First aid package – US Army Contract August 1918 Bauer & Black – Chicago, USA Pouch, First Aid Packet – M1910 Figure 2 Different manufactures of the First-Aid Packet Carlisle Model “metal Carlisle Model Bandage” post WW1 through early WW2. Picture illustrates front and back Medical Department Equipment Laboratory [lower left – made with brass] Bauer & Black – Division of the Kendall Company, Chicago, Illinois [upper left and bottom center – OD can made with copper Orange painted can made with brass] Handy Pad Supply Co., Worchester, Massachusetts [lower right - made with copper] Johnson & Johnson – New Brunswick, New Jersey and Chicago, Illinois [upper center - made with copper] Acme Cotton Products Company – New York, New York [not mentioned in the above website] [upper right single container - made with copper and not embossed on the rear] Figure 3 “Tenite” manufacture of the First- Aid Packet Carlisle Model “non-metal and copper Carlisle bandage” Acme Cotton Products Company – New York, New York Upper Left - Acme Cotton Products Tenite front. Upper Right - Acme Cotton Products Copper version front and reverse contain no embossing “with sulfanilamide” Lower Left and Right – Acme Cotton Products Tenite reverse with different language denoting sulfanilamide content. Figure 4 The content of First-Aid Packet Carlisle Model “metal Carlisle bandage” Bauer & Black – Division of the Kendall Company, Chicago, Illinois [orange steel can and od green copper cans]. Same manufacturer different metal [copper verses steel] and font. Crystalline Sulfanilamide manufactured by Hynson, Westcott & Dunning, Inc. – Baltimore, MD Figure 5 First-Aid Packet Carlisle Model “metal Carlisle bandage” Red verses Orange Left – Johnson and Johnson – New Brunswick, NJ Chicago, ILL. [copper] Right – Bauer and Black DIV. of the Kendall Corporation Chicago [brass] There is a distinct difference between the colors of orange and a burgundy red as illustrated in the Pantone color chart. If the majority of the orange cans on the internet denote repacked with sulfanilamide, the maker overwhelming is Bauer & Black. I have not seen a Medical Department Equipment Laboratory made can repainted orange. Why repaint the cans burgundy red when the notice “with sulfanilamide” is stamped on the reverse? The majority of these burgundy red cans I see on the internet were contracted from Johnson and Johnson. One of the many mysteries of the collecting world. There are no absolutes without factual evidence and conjecture is not proof. Figure 6 Other fascinating collectable medical related items Collectables obtained and put into that box in the garage. Please note the M1942 medical pouches and the two styles of First-Aid Packet Carlisle Model and wound tablets. These artifacts were carried in the pacific theater and brought home. Will post a bio later including the M1942 pouch bring back artifacts. I hope you enjoyed this peek into our historical past. This is not the tell all factual history of First-Aid Packet Carlisle Model “Carlisle bandage”. There are many other examples which remain hidden in a government warehouse [foreign and domestic] or in your own collections. Would it be wonderful to expand our military historical knowledge on this topic? I hope you enjoyed this quick overview of the contents from the dusty box in my garage. respectively, Mark Susuki aka dmsusuki Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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