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Wed May 02, 2007 05:10

Thank you for posting the picture Ben.

Great shot.

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Sat Jun 30, 2007 09:17

Hi Guys,
I noticed that I forgot to mention the official designation for the Marmite Cans used for transportation of Whole Blood (cfr ETO Blood Bank) , it is : CONTAINER, ROUND, INSULATED, M-1941, WITH INSERTS, QMC Stock No. 64-C-1105 . Description : container used for transporting hot foods , capacity 7 gallons , following inserts with clamp covers are furnished ; three 1 3/4-gallon ; OR one 4-gallon and one 1 3/4-gallon ; weight of container w/o inserts > 30 lbs ; weight of container w/ inserts > 43 1/2 lbs . Above Food Container was replaced in 1944 by Container, Food, Insulated, M-1944, QMC Stock No. 64-C-1082 (very similar to current US Army version) .
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Thu Jul 05, 2007 03:21

Alain,

Pictures to go with your description.

I only use the inserts when doing a "mess" display. (In a plain M1941 pail of course)

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Great pictures ! Thanks for showing some of the can's contents .
Btw, I managed to find a good Food Can / Blood Can - bought it from a person who had purchased it with a lot of military junk and had no real use for it ! Still need to clean it, paint it, and add the necessary markings (still missing this ONE little word tough ... to complete the 'directions') .
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Wed Sep 05, 2007 15:43

Thanks to Bill for bringing the fact that the images in this thread were no longer working. I have now resolved the issue, and all of the images should once again be available for viewing and downloading.

Thanks,
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Did anyone figure out the full text for the back of the blood bank mermites?
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Sun Apr 20, 2008 22:51

Thanks for this discussion fellas..i managed to pick up for Michelle a nice 1942 dated Mermite container with one insert at a recent Malvern Militaria fair over here in the UK last month...just awaiting a stencil so we can stencil it up correctly.
I appreciate the input so far.

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Mon Jun 23, 2008 15:06

Hi all,

I have just tackled an incoming message from one of our readers, who was looking to restore an original Blood Bank Marmite that they have, and he asked whether or not I knew what the small instructive text said. I was able to help them with the majority, and simply indicated that I surmised the final word was "EMPTY." They were able to confirm that this was indeed the case, since the only word that they could read of the original text was this one!

As a result, I can now confirm that the instructive text painted on the Blood Bank marmites is as follows:

TO BE USED ONLY
FOR WHOLE BLOOD
RETURN TO DESIGNATED
AIRFIELDS WITH RECIPIENT
SETS IMMEDIATELY WHEN EMPTY

I hope that this will help some of you trying to restore yours, and it means I can now complete the wording on mine, too!

Thanks for the help of everyone on this, a truly team effort indeed :)

Best regards,
Ben 8)
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Mon Jun 23, 2008 15:47

WooHoo!

Another mystery solved! .... now if I can just find the Wherry box :(
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Mon Jun 23, 2008 16:00

Ben,

I too would like to express my appreciation for your persistence with this puzzle.

I can now properly complete my pails.

My intent is to have Rick Larsen Stencils make up a paint mask to do the lettering as it is a little large for the transparency stencils that I make.

I will put up pictures when complete.

Again many Thanks!

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Tue Jun 24, 2008 20:20

Message to ALL Forum members,
Just got back home (after some weeks off, Normandy + Belgian seaside) .
Glad to find out the last 'mystery' word has been solved !
I'd like to thank everyone on this Forum for their contribution - after all it was a team effort, and that's what counts !
Cheers everyone,
Alain :D :idea:
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Tue Jun 24, 2008 20:33

Bill -

Let us know when Larsen has the stencils ready. I would like to get a set myself.
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Tue Jun 24, 2008 22:15

Hi Guys,
I actually made the stencils for the large and small lettering myself, with reasonable success. I will post up some photographs of how the project turned out once I had completed the respray and overhaul.
Regards,
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Thu Jun 26, 2008 18:35

Hello all,

Here is a photograph showing my restored Blood Bank Marmite. I produced the stencils for this myself, since I was unable to locate the correct font to be used from commercial vendors. I would certainly welcome any comments that you might have on this.

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Thu Jun 26, 2008 22:12

That looks GREAT Ben ... especially with all the correct text!
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