A rubber copy of the WW2 jeep used as a decoy to fool the enemy.
Tricking the enemy required a lot of effort. One effort included the use of various types of decoys. These rubber decoys were relatively light weight and could easily be moved by allied troops. There were rubber copies of jeeps, trucks, tanks and guns–all put to good use in fooling the enemy into thinking we were where we weren’t!
The original caption from the St. Petersburg Times – Dec 22, 1945, “Synthetic JEEPS – Here’s a jeep you simply blow up like you do a tire. It doesn’t go anywhere, of course, but it is designed to deceive at distances up to 500 feet. Pneumatic jeep, high fidelity model, is one of many used as decoys during the war. Tanks and guns were also made of rubber for purposes of subterfuge. (Signal Corps Photo from Acme.)”