Blitz cans: Brand or type?

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Blitz cans: Brand or type?

Post by sam C. » Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:44 am

I've come across a 5 gallon can that has BLITZ marked on the side, below the X. Seller says no markings on the bottom.
I did a search here but I'm confused by what I'm finding. Some posts refer to BLITZ as though it's a type of can. Other posts refer to BLITZ as a brand.
What have I come across and is it WWII? Value in clean condition (painted red) with no leaks. It has a cam style lid with four tabs.
Any help is appreciated.

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Re: Blitz cans: Brand or type?

Post by Steve Webb » Mon Mar 02, 2020 3:18 pm

Blitz can mean anything

The company is defunct https://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/20 ... -business/

No marking doesn't make sense. Requirements for the gauge steel and capacity of the can have been around for a long time
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Re: Blitz cans: Brand or type?

Post by tipdog » Fri Mar 06, 2020 3:06 pm

During WWII, what we now call jerrycans, were sometimes referred to as "Blitz" cans. Here's an example:
http://www.radioflyerlink.com/apps/hist ... ge1940.asp

Post-WWII, "Blitz" was a brand/trade name/mark of the US Metal Can Company.
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Re: Blitz cans: Brand or type?

Post by tipdog » Fri Mar 06, 2020 3:10 pm

Here's an example of such a can - marked "Blitz" on the sides, and appears to be nothing on the sides.
https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/ ... -143300599

Screw-top, not cam lid.

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Re: Blitz cans: Brand or type?

Post by Rustman » Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:09 am

Pretty confident that if it says "BlITZ" on the side then it's a commercial can, no military connection.

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