SEEK 1 & 2
Survival, Evasion, Escape Kit Parts One & Two
Here we have a very old Survival, Evasion and Escape Kit in two parts. Survival, Evasion and Escape Kit, SEEK for short.
When you open one of these things up and you're the type of person that I am, you get this awesome sense of history.
And, if you read the labels provided with both of the kits, you will see that there were some drugs originally in the kits. These were removed before I purchased them, thankfully. I have no desire to try out 40 year old drugs and would have just thrown them in a dumpster immediately, anyway. The Department of Defense removes the drugs before these things are sold off as surplus, that is my understanding of the situation anyway. So, disregard the list - I have nothing to do with the complete contents of the kits - just the hardware goodies that don't go bad like compasses, etc. Although I have on occasion examined 30 and 40 year old Hershey's Tropical Bars and various gravy packets and whatnot. I don't have pictures of the original containers for the prescription drugs so you picture collectors out there will have to ask elsewhere for them.
Originally, those drugs did have a lifesaving purpose in these kits. If you were a pilot and you were shot down over enemy territory, you would have to keep going for hours on end, walking and sometimes running with very little rest. The price you would pay for not doing this would be capture, imprisonment, torture and perhaps death. For this reason, these kits oftentimes contained amphetamines. Likewise, a painful injury could slow the Evader down so there was also pain medication in the kits. Nothing too spectacular but enough to lessen the pain of minor injuries, etc. Some of the kits had much more powerful painkillers in them, obviously, but that is not the case with this small type of kit.
SEEK- Container 1
The contents list for SEEK Container Number One...
The list is self-explanatory but the reader should remember that there are items on that list that are every-day items that are so boring to us all - but in a survival situation, they would be priceless.
The aluminum dish was shaped to fit inside of the waterproof plastic container perfectly. You just lifted it out of the container and then you could boil water in it to purify the water or cook small chunks of fish or other small game in it.
A hard plastic case with a waterproof seal is the basis of Container 1 and 2.
The container's gasket seal was pressurized by compressing the lid in place and then sliding on the aluminum pieces you see to the left in the picture directly above. The plastic containers had "rails" or "guides" that the edges of the aluminum pieces mated with for a perfect fit.
In the picture below you see the pressure valve on the container, modern-day waterproof boxes like Pelican Boxes and Otter Boxes have similar devices as well.
It's old, isn't it? Back before it was "FRAASS SURVIVAL" it was "FRAASS SURGICAL."
The picture below has the 4X4 inch compress, the wire saw that doubles as an animal snare. Then in the lower portion of the picture from left to right you have a candle, a bundle of matches, a small roll of compressed (smashed) tape, then a glass signal mirror with lanyard and a single edged razor blade in a paper wrapper.
A close up of the signal mirror.
The back of the signal mirror with instructions.
A close up of some of the items above.
In the picture above, from left to right, you see a candle, a bundle of matches, a flattened roll of surgical tape, a single-edged razor blade and a wire saw with ring handles which also doubles as an animal snare.
SEEK- Container 2
The contents list for SEEK Container Number Two...
In the above picture and to the right in the bottom portion of the container you will find spare matches bundled and placed in a plastic wrapper along with two spare fishing sinkers and a single edged razor blade on top of a plastic wrapped "chamois."
On the lid of the container which you see to the left (still picture above) you will find a bundle of braided fishing line, a small sewing kit with two sewing needles and a small spool of thread along with a match striker.
In the picture above, at the bottom of the picture (left to right), you see a rolled bandage in a sealed piece of plastic, a Waltham Wrist Compass, a pair of pliers/wirecutters manufactured by Boker and a small fishing kit which includes hooks, spinners, flies and wrap around lead weights. These types of lead weights, in the form of long, easily bent strips, are usually what you see in tropical fish stores to weight artificial plants so they don't float to the top of the tank.
In the picture below, you see two lead fishing sinkers of more conventional design, plastic wrapped matches, a plastic wrapped "chamois" cloth and a paper wrapped, single edge razor blade.
Two sewing needles with heavy duty sewing thread along with braided fishing line is shown below.
A rather cool and effective little fishing kit is shown below. A sub-kit within the kit. I've been fishing since I was a little kid, if you cannot catch fish with the stuff in this survival kit and this sub-kit, you probably can't catch fish at all.
See how good we have it nowadays? I mean, we have so many multi-tools to choose from. Back in the early 1960s, this little pair of pliers was state-of-the-art.
As always, examine the contents and by all means, enjoy the trip back in time, but look at the kit and take from the contents and ideas for your own kits. Back in the last quarter of 1964, this is what the survival experts thought was necessary to give a downed pilot a chance to escape, evade and survive. This kit is quite comprehensive compared to some of the other kits which basically have a gravy packet and a prayer inside of them.
©Don Rearic 1999-2012
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