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WORLD WAR TWO BRITISH COMMONWEALTH JOHNSON & JOHNSON “FIRST FIELD DRESSING” MANUFACTURED IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA:  This is a 1942 dated “FIRST FIELD DRESSING” as was issued to the British Commonwealth Forces during World War Two.  Manufactured in Sydney, Australia by Johnson & Johnson PTY, LTD., a subsidiary of the Johnson & Johnson parent corporation, this field dressing was the British Commonwealth counterpart to the US Armed Forces Carlisle First Aid Packets.   

This packet was found in a collection of US Army World War Two medical equipment discovered in an estate and it seems likely it was acquired when the balance of the supplies were picked up.  While I have no information to this affect, it seems reasonable that these dressings would have been supplied the US Forces in the South Pacific due to shortages or interruptions in the supply system.    

This packet is in excellent, unissued condition with all of the seams intact, the printed information and maker’s name and date fully legible, and the cloth is clean and strong with no weaknesses or deterioration.  The “PTY, LTD” in the maker’s name stands for “Propriety Limited”.   It is an Australian and South African form of corporation, designating a company that cannot have more than 50 shareholders and is restricted in the number of overall shares: hence the name.   

This British First Aid Dressing is an interesting World War Two medical item to add to your collection that has survived in remarkable condition.  (0218)  $25



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