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Posted 6 years ago


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My grandparents used expression 'Puddle Jumper' for little cars.
So I looked it up:
1. a light plane, especially one traveling only short distances or making many stops.
2. an old, rickety automobile; flivver
I think the "Puddle Jumper" painted as advertisement here ties in w/ these photos I found of airplane on beach.


  1. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Interesting photos-- I am familiar with the airplane term, but I didn't know it could refer to an auto.

  2. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 6 years ago
    If you could guess a year, what year would you think these were taken?
  3. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 6 years ago
    I'm sorry, ScottveZ,
    I am horrid typist!
  4. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Based on the airplane, I would say about 1915- 1925. Can you read the writing on the side of the plane?

  5. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 6 years ago
    Wow. I can't see/read airplane, but I will try to get better image.
  6. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 6 years ago
    I am amazed, it reads, 'US COAST'
  7. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    "Guard" is hidden. You can see the same on the boat.

    The crest near the front also looks like USCG.

  8. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    I would suspect that this is one of the earliest US Coast Guard airplanes.

    Online research will probably reveal the exact age of the plane and this photograph.

  9. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 6 years ago
    oh my. Now I am going to have to go back and get more photos and negatives out of the huge jumble left in grandparents house, I thought I had all I wanted, but now....
    I want more, I really like photos that are this old.
  10. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    I looked on the USCG site to see if I could ID the aircraft-- it looks closest to the Aeromarine 40 (first aircraft on the link); however yours looks like an earlier version (less wing support).

    I'd contact the USCG History branch and see what they have to say!

    Link to site I looked at:

  11. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Historian Office link is on the left side top of the above.

  12. walksoftly walksoftly, 6 years ago
    Beaux get as many of the prints & negatives that you can you don't know what gems are waiting to be found.
  13. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Keep us posted if you contact the USCG Historian.

  14. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 6 years ago
    I havn't contacted them yet, I went back over to my grandparents house & retreived more photos & negatives. I've been sorting thru them, what a mess & shame. For decades they were kept organized in envelopes & then they were just removed from envelopes and looked at & tossed on floor. It is mega mess.
    I do beleive that these could be from 1927 or 1932 from markings on back.
    I think...Maybe....

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