Willy Jeep Canvas Patent Print
- Printed in the U.S.A. on canvas with archival ink
- 16 X 20 inch patent print
- Restored and digitally enhanced while maintaining the integrity of the original document
- Antiqued blackboard finish
Go four wheeling in your office, home, or garage with this 1942 Willy Jeep patent, printed on canvas with archival ink. It is finished with a distressed vintage effect bringing character and atmosphere.
In early 1940, the Army put out a call to automobile manufacturers to develop a running prototype in just 49 days of a four-wheel drive utility vehicle for the World War II effort. The Bantam Car Company, which had supplied some earlier reconnaissance vehicles to the Army, and Willys-Overland were the only two companies that responded to the call. Karl Probst, a Detroit engineer, accepted the patriotic challenge without salary and went to work for the Bantam Car Company on July 17, 1940. In just two days, he had completely laid out plans for the Bantam prototype, the precursor of the Jeep vehicle.
The patent act of 1790 established the rules for submitting a patent application. Each application had to be submitted with specifications, a patent drawing, and if possible a model of the invention. Eventually, models were no longer required.
The National Archives holds nearly three million patent case files from 1836-1956.