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This kid's scooter is a post-WWII riding toy made from surplus 100-lb. practice bombs. It measures 35 1/2" long and stands an average 14" tall. This scooter was apparently manufactured in late 1945 or 1946. Some ads began appearing in December of 1945 advertising a "Jet-Mobile" for kids, but so far there are no accompanying images to confirm it is for this scooter. However, in late 1946, ads began appearing mostly in Texas with images. The price of a Jet-Mobile in 1946 usually ranged from $7.95 to $12.95. By Christmas of 1946, they were selling for a reduced price of $5.95 and by the spring of 1947, some locations had a further reduced a price as low as $3.95. The reduction in price possibly indicates they were not very popular or a hard to sell item. At the end of the war, surplus WWII 110-lb. practice bombs were very easy to obtain. Some surplus stores were selling them for as little as $1.50 each. It is possible that the simple design was replicated by anyone with some mechanical skills who bought their own surplus bomb. Today, many WWII-era practice bombs fetch upwards of $300 on internet auction sites. Jet-Mobiles are rare and seldom found. It might not be unusual to see once priced as high as $500 due to their rarity. It all depends upon what the buyer is willing to pay.

I have not been able to find any advertisements beyond the spring of 1947 for the "Jet-Mobile" scooter. The manufacturer is still unknown, but it seems they might have been made somewhere in Texas. The name "Jet-Mobile" might not have been trademarked since a completely different stand-up type of scooter began appearing around 1955 with the same name. During the filming of the History Channel's program American Pickers, one was purchased by picker Frank Fritz for $150 in Kansas. This program aired on November 6, 2013, with the episode title of "Dani Smells a Rat Rod". If anyone has any additional information on this toy or photos they would like to share, please contact me and I will update this page.

This photo was taken in 1947 at Stout Army Air Field near Indianapolis, IN.
Courtesy of Eric Alm

This photo was taken between 1946-48 in Dallas, TX.
Courtesy of Roy

This Jetmobile was purchased for $25 about 30 years ago at an estate sale.
Notice the original blue paint and stenciling coming through the faded red paint. - Courtesy of Frank V.

Story about the Jet-Mobile scooters from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. - 12/10/1946.

Advertisement from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on 12/11/1946.

Christmas ad from White's Auto Store in Vernon, Texas. - 12/4/1946.

Lowest price from advertisement in Lubbock, Texas. - 12/20/1946.

Advertisement from 12/05/1946 with a much higher price in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Advertisement from 4/03/1947 in El Paso, Texas with a very low price.

This different type of scooter with the same name "Jet-Mobile" began appearing around 1955.

The images below are courtesy of Tom Miller who purchased his Safe-Play Jet-Mobile scooter in Columbus, Ohio.
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