This triangular bandage was originally invented in Switzerland, but was popularized during the Franco-Prussian war by Friederich von Esmarch, Surgeon General of the German Army. He found that the triangular fabric could cover almost any type of injury. The bandage was later adopted by the Red Cross and other first aid organizations in the early 20th century, who produced an illustrated version containing basic first aid instructions. This example was used during World War One and was endorsed by Sir James Cantlie (1851–1926), an authority on the training of ambulance services and first aid for civilians.
Interestingly, no one knows where the name "Vernaid" came from. Simple, easy to stow, and indispensible in an emergency, we started stuffing these in our packs and found them as useful as Esmarch did. We are now offering Vernaid Bandages to our customers, too!