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Name/Title Tin, foot powder
Measurements H 33.3 W 21cm (H 1' 1 1/8" W 8 1/4")
H 12 W 3.5cm (H 4 3/4 W 1 3/8")
Media/Materials paper
Description Tin of Wawkphar antiseptic military foot powder. Tin with lid and brown paper cover features couple dancing on one side and and couple hiking on the other side. Label wording is as follows: "An Antiseptic Military Foot Powder recommended by the War Office for use by the troops. For tender feet or feet liable to swelling, overheating, blistering or excessive perspiration. Adds to endurance and comfort in walking and relieves all whose work demands long standing or severe strain upon the feet. Supplied to all his majesty's forces by authority of the medical officers.
Directions: Dust the powder into the foot of the socks. Each morning rub out of the socks the powder and replace with fresh. Prics 6D. Wholesale: Wawkphar Co, 39, Victoria Street, Westminister, S.W."
With troops required to march for miles at a time, keeping their feet in good order was important so they could ‘walk far’ (‘wawk phar’). This antiseptic foot powder would have been used by troops serving abroad to protect their feet from ailments such as trench foot and gangrene.
Theme Our History --South Lanarkshire History --South Lanarkshire Health
Accession No CAM.K231