Advert for WH Torrance's rusks, reverse side
Medium: Print on paper
Rusks were popular biscuits in the 19th century. Carried and eaten by soldiers during the Crimean War (and later the Boer War), the biscuits were light, travelled easily and, while thin, were very nutritious and filling. Because of their nutrient content, manufacturers often marketed their rusks at the mothers of infants or for the elderly and infirm.