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Radio malt

Radio-Malt was an early to mid-20th century brand of malt extract preparation that followed the Minadex trend.[1] Produced by British Drug Houses, it contained Vitamin A, aneurine hydrochloride, riboflavin, and calciferol[2]. The contents were sickly sweet, with a consistency between molasses and treacle. It is much loved by the classic character Molesworth[3].

Radio-Malt was being sold in the UK by the mid-1920s[4] and was studied at this time as a treatment for rickets[5]. In India it was trademarked in 1942.[6]

A favorite of film producer and politician David Puttnam,[7] Radio Malt was often used in English boarding schools in an attempt to change skinny, young coeds into prettier roundness[8] and given to post-World War II children to give them more bulk.[9] Radio malt still is being sold at Post-War World - a store in England.[10]


  1. ^ Newnham, David. (October 23, 2002) Nursing Standard Outside in Volume 17; Issue 6; Page 31.
  2. ^ Malt Extract (Barley). Herbdata New Zealand (2002). Retrieved on 2007-09-25.
  3. ^ Molesworth - Page 94,96,241 and 391
  4. ^ Monthly Memoranda (points for propaganda) (1926-1927). Retrieved on 2007-09-25.
  5. ^ Redman, Thirza, " ", Biochemical Journal 23 (2): 256-260,
  6. ^ Register of Trademarks Indexed on Class & TM No. (p.176) (pdf).
  7. ^ Freud, Clement. (February 6, 1993) The Times Local hero with a finger in every pie; David Puttnam; Gut Feelings. Section: Features; Page SR.
  8. ^ Davenport, Philippa. (February 10, 1996) Financial Times Food and Drink: Puds to make a Briton proud - Cookery. Page IV.
  9. ^ Bovey, Shelley. (January 15, 2000) The Scotsman AB Flab.
  10. ^ Kington, Miles. (April 17, 2006) The Independent Pandora: A place where nostalgia is just what it used to be. Section: Features; Page 30.
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