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

Manufacturers, production numbers, configurations, etc.
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Post by Fritter » Mon Dec 21, 2015 10:08 am

This may be a dumb question, but where is this list and how can I see it?

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Post by Silly's MB » Tue Dec 22, 2015 4:13 am

I think it is on page 3.
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Post by Harms » Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:44 pm

gerrykan wrote:
Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:43 pm
old arkie,
Your description sounds like a 1941 galvanized can.
Not super rare, but usually more desirable than the 1942-45 standard cans.

1941 cans had a two lug(ear) lid with the chain riveted directly to the lid without the heavy wire bar seen on later cans.
The 1-inch indentation is thought to be an access hole for galvanizing the inside of the can.

It should be dated on the bottom 5-20-41.

Does it have a G(gasoline) or W(water) embossed into the side.
1941 screw lid water cans are rarer than 1941 gasoline cans.
I picked up one of these today. I saw the unusual cap and figured I would buy it and figure out if it was legit later.
On the bottom it is stamped ICC-5, Wheeling. I get those and know what those are, but the line under that, which I assume is the date of manufacture, says 20 51/4 41 (twenty, five and one quarter, fourth one). Why the 5 1/4 (five and one quarter)?
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Post by gerrykan » Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:36 pm

Harms,
The 5 1/4(five and one quarter) is near the actual capacity of the can.

The German inventors of the jerrycan designed an 'air gap' into the can to help with expansion and contraction caused by temperature differences, to lessen stress on the can.
It also allowed a full can to float if dropped into the drink(water).

ICC(Interstate Commerce Commission) regulations (ICC 5) regarding containers for explosive and dangerous articles shipped by common carriers(railroads, trucking companies, etc.) were to be marked with the nominal* capacity of the container.
* https://www.dictionary.com/browse/nominal

My opinion is that some USA manufacturers embossed the actual capacity because the civilian cans that they manufactured at the time were marked with the actual capacity of the can.

The 20 in front of the 5-1/4 is the gauge of the steel the can is made from, also determined by the ICC.

The 41 is the last 2 digits of the year of manufacture (1941), as you probably already know.
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Post by Paul Randazzo » Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:32 am

Hi Luca,
I think I may have another manufacturer to add to the list. PSD Co. which might be Point Spring & Drive Shaft Company. They have bin in business since 1926 located in Pittsburgh PA. I contacted them and they have no history of manufacturing Jerry cans. Who Knows, the company may have changed hands through the years and all of the company's history may be lost. Too bad. I enclosed some photos of the can. I hope this helps.
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Post by gerrykan » Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:23 pm

Paul,
Unfortunately Luca rarely appears here anymore like some other very knowledgeable folks.

P.S.D. Co stands for Pittsburgh Steel Drum Company
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Post by Paul Randazzo » Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:28 pm

Roy,
Thanks for the correction on the manufacturer. Now I know what I have
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