U.S. GAS JERRYCAN MANUFACTURERS LIST (41-45)

Manufacturers, production numbers, configurations, etc.
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Post by gpw_42 » Fri Oct 22, 2021 6:30 am

$16.2M Total contracts
$439k Fuel containers to the Air Corps
$431k Water containers to the QM
$1.4M Gas drums to the ORD (what SIZE drums?)
$955k Steel drums to the QM
$472k Fuel containers to the Air Corps
$2.4M Gasoline drums to the QM (2 contracts, I'm combining; what SIZE drums?)
$372k Steel drums to the QM

These contracts ran from March 42 to November 44.

Other than the Air Corps fuel containers (which may well not be Jerry cans), it's hard to guess what mix of these drums were actually Jerry cans.
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Re: U.S. GAS JERRYCAN MANUFACTURERS LIST (41-45)

Post by gpw_42 » Fri Oct 22, 2021 6:41 am

Sorry these first five are out of alphabetic order - I first went for Cavalier due to brand recognition.

Let me know if this is an interesting and/or useful series of posts. I can do some other manufacturers in the future.

I found that BOYCO (Boyle Manufacturing Co Los Angeles-Alameda California) is not listed in MWSC Book 1. There is no Boyle Manufacturing in any city; the other Boyle ___ companies listed were for clearly unrelated products, such as lighter fluid or cranes. However, BOYCO clearly made Jerry cans, so that will take some more investigation to identify the name of BOYCO. OR, the Leger website lists the company name correctly, and they had less than $50k in contracts. They show cans observed with MFG dates in 42, 43 and 44, so it doesn't make sense to be less than $50k in contracts.

The Leger website is a tremendous resource, so I do NOT mean to impugn them. Quite the contrary, their information is useful! I just found information which was different from what they're working with. In the case of BOYCO, there's definitely more research to be done.

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Re: U.S. GAS JERRYCAN MANUFACTURERS LIST (41-45)

Post by gerrykan » Sun Oct 24, 2021 5:16 pm

Thank you very much for taking time to gather this information and post it.

One thing that aroused my curiosity is the the Aluminum Cans listed at the bottom of the CONCO page.

If I understand correctly, this contract was from May 1945 thru April 1946.
Could this possibly be for the undated CONCO/U.S.M.C. aluminum water cans with the large camlock lid and pour spout?

The earliest dated photos I have seen are LIFE photos from 1959.
Being made at such a late date they may have gone into reserve stock for later use, as the cans likely did not have time to make into the war.

Ignore the paint markings and you can see it has U.S.M.C. embossed in the lower side.

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Bottom.

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This can does not have the correct lid, but you can see the molded pour spout that most water cans did not have.

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Just a possibility, as the contract description is rather vague.
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