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Jerry the Jeep by Edith Thacher Hurd on eBay

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UPDATE: This is a first edition of Jerry the Jeep, but it isn’t in very good condition (and very high priced).

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“Jerry the Jeep lived in a big Army camp. He was a new jeep and a strong little jeep but he was always doing things that he shouldn’t. He went down hills when he was supposed to go up them. He blew his horn “peep-peep” when nobody wanted it and he was always dropping nuts and bolts like a ………”

book measures about 9 1/4″ by 10 1/2″”

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Edith Thacher Hurd (September 14, 1910 – January 25, 1997) was an American writer of children’s books.Edith Thacher was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1910 to John Hamilton Thacher and Edith Gilman Thacher. She had one older brother, John Jr., and one younger brother, Nicholas, who served as the United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1970 to 1973.[3] She attended Radcliffe College and the Bank Street College of Education, where she first met Clement Hurd and Margaret Wise Brown. Thacher and Hurd married in 1939, collaborated on over fifty books, and had a son, Thacher Hurd.[4] Hurd also co-wrote with Brown, under the pseudonym Juniper Sage.[5]She died on January 25, 1997 in Walnut Creek, California, aged 86


Original Post from 2012:  This is a hardcover children’s book called Jerry the Jeep written by Edith Thacher Hurd and published in 1944.  She wrote a variety of children’s books.

“This hardcover book is in  good used condition considering it is 67 years old.  There is some wear on the top and bottom of the binding, some wear on several of the pages, some smudges. This is a library book so contains a library card and a stamp.  There are a lot of colored pictures in green, gray and black.  Basically  this book is in used  good condition.”


6 Comments on “Jerry the Jeep by Edith Thacher Hurd on eBay

  1. Steve E.

    I used to buy “Sheep In A Jeep”, for some of my friend’s kids when they were learning to read. It has good rhyming and easy to read, but it’s not a good story with no moral lesson, and it has a sad ending…… the stupid sheep destroy the Jeep. (lol.)

    Jerry The Jeep looks like good reading…..


  2. deilers

    My kids were brought up on Sheep in a Jeep. Yeah, those sheep were bahhhhhaaad . . . lol

  3. Mike

    Gee, I never heard of any of these books, when I was a child, my Uncle Joe read to me Barbar the Elephant, and Barbar drove a Nash Rambler,… so did Uncle Joe. Maybe that explains it.

  4. Bingo

    Sorry to beat da ‘Jeep’ thang to death Dave, but I can’t help but wonder why she wasn’t required to use those apostrophe/quotes punctuation marks?! Maybe Willys only did it to avoid any arbitration w/Ford’s land sharks.

  5. David Eilers

    No need to apologize.

    1) The book above was written in 1945. At that point, no one had any control over the Jeep or the ‘Jeep’ trademark.

    2) Once W-O did have control over the Jeep trademark, it would only be in the automotive category. So, the author was still clear to use the word Jeep.

    3) Even if W-O trademarked the name across multiple categories, including automotive booklets (done during the AMC era), a writer of fiction would still have quite a bit of leeway to use the Jeep name. As long the writer’s work wasn’t doing any product disparagement, wasn’t diluting the trademark in some way and wasn’t tarnishing the trademark, then there’d be little basis for W-O (or their descendent companies) to complain.

    4) This may further explain why Jeep went with ‘Jeep’, as it was a stylistic property unique to W-O. My searches in the USPTO suggest that Willys never trademarked ‘Jeep’, only Jeep. (though the company did trademark ‘Jeep’ NEWS).

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