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Toothpaste Tube

Toothpaste Tube

Catalog #: 2004.0083.11    Accession #: 2004.0083
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 0.75" H x 5" W x 1.25" D

Physical Description

White metal tube of toothpaste with red printed foreign characters and red cap.

Specific History

This tube of toothpaste belonged to Captain James "Duffy" Hutton, U.S. Navy, who was a Prisoner of War from October 16, 1965 to February 12, 1973. The toothpaste tubes were made of lead and were used to make pencils among other things by the POWs.

General History

A Prisoner of War (POW) is someone who is captured and imprisoned by an enemy power during a time of conflict or war. The Geneva Convention in 1949 defined who was to be considered a POW and determined how they were to be treated. The policies brought forth by the Geneva Convention were based on the international humanitarian law, or laws of war.


Country: Vietnam
War: Vietnam conflict
Service: Navy
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