One issue that early settlers and others faced was insect damage to clothes and blankets. One solution was to put camphor “balls” in cupboards and drawers as an insect repellent. These were known as “moth balls” which were in fact camphor crystals. Camphor has a distinct smell that is easily recognised.
Camphor has a number of issues – it was used by the Egyptians as part of mummification, as a rust preventative and in cooking.
This packet dates from the 1940’s.
Item kindly supplied by Tinakori Antiques.