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First Aid Kit


World War I First Aid Kit


Leather, Glass


Appleton Farms Collection, The Trustees

This issued first aid kit belonged to Francis Randall Appleton, Jr. who served as a Lieutenant Colonel in WWI. This includes bandages, aspirin, and quinine. These are very rare finds, as they were often used up or lost during the war. The materials reflect the time – leather, paper, and glass.

Appleton Farms (1638) in Ipswich is the oldest continuously operating farm in the United States. Informed by one of The Trustees’ largest archival collection of ledgers, receipts, diaries, photographs and correspondence of the Appleton family, The Trustees continues to operate this 1,000-acre property as a working farm with a dairy and a community-supported agriculture operation. The oldest house on the property, known by the family as “The Old House,” has been converted into a LEED eligible visitor center and offices. Items from the Appleton family collection are on display. The family’s fine and decorative arts collection includes 18th – 20th century furniture, ceramics, Appleton family portraits, equestrian clothing, and an extensive collection of equestrian and agricultural books. The family portrait collection includes works by Joseph Foxcroft Cole (1837-1892), Eastman Johnson (1824-1906), Ellen Emmett Rand (1875-1941), Franklin Brooke Voss (1880-1953) and many others. Photo albums and family objects deepened the understanding of the family members behind each portrait.

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