Gemini-era "Chocolate Pudding" Space Food Packet
This is an original Gemini-era Chocolate Pudding space food packet bearing all original labels and a white velcro square.
This original Gemini-era space food packet contains chocolate pudding that when hydrated would have been consumed by the Gemini astronauts had it flown aboard one of the missions. The original label bears the name of the food contents, as well as the WSD (Whirlpool Space Division) stamp with a stamped ID number reading "6187".
On the reverse is a label that reads "Serial No: FJ 046" and a white velcro square. Velcro was used on all food packets, tools and even checklists within the spacecraft so that they could be stuck down as to not float away while the astronaut wasn't looking. Unlike Apollo, only one color of velcro was used during Gemini; white.
Authentication Information: This space food packet is guaranteed to be Gemini-era. The germicide tablet is external, this was a feature used in space food packets throughout Gemini up to Apollo 7, though unlike Apollo 7, Gemini capsules were not fitted with hot/cold water. As such, the lack of reference to water temperature concludes that this space food packet was manufactured during the Gemini-era.
The food packet also came with original Melpar Inc. documentation, and while this documentation mentions the chocolate pudding food packet by name, it does not reference any identifying traits that can be used to guarantee that the paperwork was intended for this particular food packet. On that note, to our knowledge, no Melpar Inc. paperwork we have seen references any serial number in general.