Radio Malt was an early to mid-20th century brand of malt extract preparation that followed the Minadex trend. Produced by British Drug Houses, it contained vitamin A, aneurine hydrochloride, riboflavin, and calciferol. The contents were sickly sweet, with a consistency between molasses and treacle. It is much loved by the classic character Molesworth.
A favourite of film producer and politician David Puttnam, Radio Malt was often used in English boarding schools in an attempt to change skinny young girls into prettier roundness and given to post-World War II children to give them more bulk.
At King's School, Peterborough in the 1960s, the School House boarders' sick-bay would dispense Scott's Emulsion, a cod-liver-oil preparation, to those who could not stomach Radio Malt. Otherwise, the only alternative elixir was "two aspirins".
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