Item:
ON13344

Original U.S. WWII Motor Vehicle 24-Unit Emergency First Aid Kit

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Prior to WWII the standard vehicle first aid kit was called the Type D. The Motor Vehicle First Aid Kit (24 Unit) was very similar to the 12 unit kit, but in a larger chest and stocked with more supplies. The original stock number was 97771, then 9777100 with red caduceus on white circle cover markings similar to the 12 unit model. Later production bore stock number 9-221-100. This box does not have the stock numbers painted on the cover. It measures 10" x 9 1/2" x 2 3/4".
 
21 individual units of the original 21 units are still present and intact with this first aid kit. However, they may not be original to the case.
 
Overall condition is very good.
 
The Original Contents list is visible on the inside of the cover, if you should choose to add the missing items to the container.
 
Idiot Clause - the contents of this kit are pre-1945 manufacture and are NOT suitable for use. They are being sold as novelty collector pieces only.

A fateful conversation inspired the creation of Johnson & Johnson’s First Aid Kit, which was released in 1888. Aboard a train heading to Colorado for vacation, company founder Robert Wood Johnson struck up a conversation with the Denver & Rio Grande Railway’s chief surgeon. The doctor explained to Johnson the dangers of railroad construction and the lack of medical supplies to treat the unique industrial injuries that were often incurred great distances from hospitals. From this exchange, Johnson saw an opportunity to both advance the field of healthcare and build his young business. And from this modern need, the commercial First Aid Kit was born.

In 1913 the U.S. Army developed a medical belt to be used on the battlefield. The belt had ten pockets which contained a tourniquet, adhesive plaster, safety pins, iodine, gauze, field dressing, bandages, ammonia, pins and diagnosis tags. A canteen hanger and ax carrier were also a part of the belt, along with various other accessories.

But during WWI, it became evident that the medical belt design was not effective. It did not withstand the trials of war. Both the packaging and the contents were considered utterly useless in the field, and the medical belt was no longer used by the U.S. military.

By World War II, medical corpsman wore just two medical pouches at the waist, which wouldn’t interfere with mobility – a lesson learned by the failure of the medical belt. Johnson & Johnson continued evolving the first aid kit for widespread use by every individual and industry.

As technology continues to advance, the contents of the medical kit continue to advance as well. But many of the original items have stood the test of time. Although tourniquets, dressings and other items have changed throughout the years, the general concept of the medical kit remains the same – to save lives.
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