First aid kit, aluminium case in canvas satchel, used by Rear-Admiral R.E. Byrd on Antarctic expedition 1928-1930, made by Burroughs Wellcome and Co., 1925-1930
This first aid kit was used by Rear-Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888-1957) on his expedition to Antarctica in 1928-1930. Some of the bandages and equipment are labelled with the words “From Little America Antarctica Byrd Antarctica Expedition II Medical Officer”. (Little America was the base camp used for his expeditions.) The kit has been hardly used.
‘Tabloid’ brand first aid kits made by Burroughs Wellcome & Co were given to explorers and influential people packed with the company’s products in a shrewd attempt to promote the product.