BBQ (Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens); Jeep, Shutterbug (1939)
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Subject: BBQ (Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens); Jeep, Shutterbug (1939)
>See "THE JEEP SPECIAL" in May 1939. It's about a model airplane(?).
Not surprising. "Jeep" was used in aviation circles in the '30s and '40s.
Mencken (Sup. II, p. 784) records that "jeep" was a slang term for the Link
trainer in the late-1930s. (Actually, he doesn't mention a date, but I infer
from the context that this is the period.) The Link trainer, patented 1931,
was the first true flight simulator. HDAS records a 1941 American Speech
citation for this sense. HDAS also records the term's use 1942-7 for a small
observation plane. There are also current references to 1940 uses of "jeep"
to refer to the Northrop N-1M, an mockup of an early flying wing design
(HDAS & http://www.nasm.edu/nasm/aero/aircraft/northN1M.htm).
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