Protecting the Home Front


Steel "Little Doc" WWII First Aid Box by Gus J. Schaffner (LEO Design)

During World War II, Americans tightened their belts for the war effort, sacrificing certain "common luxuries" like butter, sugar, silk stockings, tires & gasoline, long dresses, and all manner of metal & rubber goods.  Citizens realized that giving-up such commodities at home—inconvenient as it was—meant that these products could be diverted to help fight despots and authoritarianism abroad.  There was also a zeal for self-sufficiency blowing across the nation; victory gardens were planted and civilians studied basic first aid and home nursing.  The Gus J. Schaffner Company, in Pittsburgh, developed home first aid kits including the "Little Doc" shown above.  The original first aid supplies, which came in the chest, are now gone, probably used-up over the years.  But the Army Green steel box still remains, as useful as ever.  It could be used to hold first aid supplies or on a desk (for office supplies), in a kitchen (for recipes) or at the bedside (for jewelry). Click on the photo above to learn more about it.


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