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Posted: 9/29/2014 1:44:15 AM EST
browsing through a September 1985 Popular mechanics magazine and came across this article.
I wonder if this is the same MFR that is making the cans today,, and ironically selling for the same price,,
but inflation would have the old price over 60 bucks a can today.
Link Posted: 10/3/2014 1:36:45 AM EST
And I thought they were expensive in today's dollar.
Link Posted: 10/3/2014 6:38:32 AM EST
From another article:

"Jerry cans" are so-named because they were originally designed and stockpiled for the German Wehrmacht during the build-up to WWII. Transporting and storing fuel in combat conditions was a critical problem as armies became mechanized, and Jerry cans were a secret project ordered by Hitler. They can be stacked with little wasted space. Their three handles allow easy carrying by either one or two people. The small built-in air space allows for expansion while minimizing condensation, and ensures that they'll float even when full. A traveling American engineer recognized the value of the ingenious design and stole three of them during an adventure that reads like a spy novel. They were subsequently delivered to America and Britain and reverse-engineered.
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