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1950s There’s a Jeep for Your Job Video

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UPDATE: This video is making the rounds on FB, again, so, I figured I’d repost it.

Original Post March 2017: Listed as a 1940s promotional film, the inclusion of CJ-5s and the exclusion of DJs and FCs suggests to me it was created in 1955. There’s an extended look at a cargo personnel carrier near the end of the video There are also a variety of specialized equipment and hardtops shown.


9 Comments on “1950s There’s a Jeep for Your Job Video

  1. Mark S.

    Good video, seems like a little research by Periscope Films would easily identify the film as after 1955, but there is some earlier “40’s” footage included.

  2. Bob

    This has a lot of cool footage in it, stuff I’ve never seen, like the troop carrier or the large body delivery.

  3. colin peabody

    I noticed in particular, the pronunciation of the word “Willys” as “Willis”. My dad pronounced it “Willys -Willyeeze”, and I have always done the same and most folks I know pronounce it the same ways. I think if John North Willys’ ancestors had wanted it pronounced ‘Willis” , they would have spelled it that way! LOL!!!!!
    Just sayin’!! “Willys Overland” has a certain ring to it, better than “Willis Overland”.

  4. Bob

    Colin, I noticed that as well, the pronunciation is a big can o worms. “Willis” does not make sense to me either. Willeze sounds so much happier. There is a large debate on Facebook about this too. The first thing I ever heard was “Will-Eze” so I’m sticking with that.

    I have seen the forklift before. Some good thinking on someone’s part.

  5. David Eilers Post author

    I grew up with “Will-eze” also and prefer the pronunciation. I’ve yet to run across anyone west of the Rockies who pronounces it “Willis”. However, I do believe that “Willis” is the more accurate pronunciation.

  6. Dan B.

    That guy at 12:50 in must be really tired to sleep on the wood slats of the wagon. And as mentioned, that’s a sweet CPC at the end.

  7. Gayland Leddy

    I have heard it said that John Willis did not care how you pronounced the name of the car, as long as you bought one. Maybe someone here can find the correct quote.

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