Army surplus flamethrowers

It’s hard to imagine the amount of equipment the US Army decommissioned after World War II: parachutes, diesel engines, Jeeps, etc. Apparently even flamethrowers were up for grabs.

An enterprising merchant in Quakertown, Pennsylvania ran a newspaper ad for military flamethrowers, pitching the weapon as a handy household gadget that “destroys weeds, tree stumps, splits rocks, disinfects, irrigates. 100 practical uses. $22 for 4 gal. tank, torch, hose.”

Source: Bright Boys: The Making of Information Technology, page 145.

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