Monday, 8 December 2014

Keating's Powder

From the Huddersfield Examiner, December 8th, 1914.


Writing to his wife, a customer of mine assures her that he gets as much good food as he can eat, more clothes than he can wear, more tobacco and cigarettes than he can smoke.
The only thing he asks her to send him is two boxes of Keating’s insect powder.  There’s a hint, an unpleasant one, I admit, but none the less useful, for those who are anxious for the comfort of the men who are doing the drudgery of the war. – Yours &c.

2, Cecil Street, December 6th, 1914.

Ad for Keating's Powder

["Keating's Powder Kills with Ease, Bugs & Beetles, Moths & Fleas."  Although  the ad doesn't specifically mention lice, I imagine that that was the problem that the soldier writing from the trenches had. ]   


  1. does anyone know why we cant buy keatings powder any more.
    I know we could buy it locally as of 20 years ago but havent seen or heard of it since.
    I wonder why?
    Was it found to be toxic and was quietly put 'away'?

    1. I had no idea it was still available so recently, but I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't toxic to other things as well as "Bugs & beetles, moths & fleas", including people.