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Two Cans of Impregnite Shoe M1 - WWII Military Collectible

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Two Cans of Impregnite Shoe M1 - WWII Military Collectible

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  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: metal, polish, oil
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Two cans of IMPREGNITE, SHOE, M1 a wonder substance developed prior to WWII and designed initially to "provide several hours of protection against liquid vesicants"(i.e. mustard gas).

In the early part of 1944, work was informally conducted by the Quartermaster Corps in an effort to provide a single substance which would seve both as a shoe dubbing and as a shoe impregnate. Based on a report of this preliminary work, the Quartermaster General set up a cooperative project with the Chemical Warfare Service to develop a single substance which would satisfactorily serve the purpose of both regular dubbing and shoe impregnite. This effort was addressed in a memo to the Chairman of the Chemical Warfare Technical Committee that was subsequently declassified. The subject header of the memo - "Reclassification of Impregnite, Shoe, M1".

I share this information because it shows that the original cans of Impregnite carry the "M1" designation with both a flamable and poison warning on the front as well as detailed instructions in small font size. Later versions were not designated "M1" because these were produced AFTER the reclassification of "Impregnite, Shoe, M1". Those cans do not carry the "M1" designation or the dual warning. Later cans also carried a more brief set of instructions.

Impregnite consists of ester gum, neats-foot oil, parafin wax and solvent. The original can size of eigth ounces was adopted because that size was generally thought to be the correct amount to apply to the inside and outside of one pair of shoes. Impregnite was so versatile, that it found other informal uses such as: uniform sealant, tent waterproofer, fire starter, lubricant, foot salve to prevent trench foot, torch fuel, and even emergency wound care, etc. I was touted as having 101 uses. I sell a lot of these to campers as this material is a great fire starter.

The particular cans in this listing were recently removed from their original wooden crate. The crate was dated 1943 and contained 50 cans. These are 8 ounce cans in almost prefect shape. They may have one or two very small spots of rust - but they are otherwise pristine. These cans carry the original print, poison and flamable warnings, as well as the appropriate detailed instructions that accompanied the early WWII cans of impregnite prior to their "reclassification". These are authentic. The listing is for two cans.

I hope my research is appreciated by the collectors who require an authentic piece.

We ship within 1-2 days of purchase. Thank You!
Two cans of IMPREGNITE, SHOE, M1 a wonder substance developed prior to WWII and designed initially to "provide several hours of protection against liquid vesicants"(i.e. mustard gas).

In the early part of 1944, work was informally conducted by the Quartermaster Corps in an effort to provide a single substance which would seve both as a shoe dubbing and as a shoe impregnate. Based on a report of this preliminary work, the Quartermaster General set up a cooperative project with the Chemical Warfare Service to develop a single substance which would satisfactorily serve the purpose of both regular dubbing and shoe impregnite. This effort was addressed in a memo to the Chairman of the Chemical Warfare Technical Committee that was subsequently declassified. The subject header of the memo - "Reclassification of Impregnite, Shoe, M1".

I share this information because it shows that the original cans of Impregnite carry the "M1" designation with both a flamable and poison warning on the front as well as detailed instructions in small font size. Later versions were not designated "M1" because these were produced AFTER the reclassification of "Impregnite, Shoe, M1". Those cans do not carry the "M1" designation or the dual warning. Later cans also carried a more brief set of instructions.

Impregnite consists of ester gum, neats-foot oil, parafin wax and solvent. The original can size of eigth ounces was adopted because that size was generally thought to be the correct amount to apply to the inside and outside of one pair of shoes. Impregnite was so versatile, that it found other informal uses such as: uniform sealant, tent waterproofer, fire starter, lubricant, foot salve to prevent trench foot, torch fuel, and even emergency wound care, etc. I was touted as having 101 uses. I sell a lot of these to campers as this material is a great fire starter.

The particular cans in this listing were recently removed from their original wooden crate. The crate was dated 1943 and contained 50 cans. These are 8 ounce cans in almost prefect shape. They may have one or two very small spots of rust - but they are otherwise pristine. These cans carry the original print, poison and flamable warnings, as well as the appropriate detailed instructions that accompanied the early WWII cans of impregnite prior to their "reclassification". These are authentic. The listing is for two cans.

I hope my research is appreciated by the collectors who require an authentic piece.

We ship within 1-2 days of purchase. Thank You!

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