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Couple Brochures from eBay

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I won these two brochures on eBay. I’ll share them once I receive them.

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1953 Fields and Streams Ad For the CJ-3B

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This ad appeared in the Heppner Gazette Times (Oregon) on April 23, 1953.


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1956? Jeep Perkins Diesel Brochure

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This just sold on eBay for $31.00. It was listed as a 1955 brochure, but given it includes the CJ-6, it seems more likely it was 1956 or later.

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1963 Wagoneer Brochure on eBay

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I don’t collect Wagoneer brochures, but if I did, this looks like a nice one.

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“1 – Pre-Owned, Vintage Kaiser Jeep Wagoneer Brochure Fold-out Poster
Pictures are of the only one of this item I have to sell at this time.
Unfolded the vintage paper item measures approx. 22.25″ x 11″
Examine all pictures.
NO tack holes or tears.
FREE Shipping to lower 48 States.
Thank you for looking, please view my many other items.”



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Ads & Brochure Wisconsin Dells, WI $20

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This seller has three ads and one early brochure for sale for $20. Seems a good price. The fifth item is a worthless news story.

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Circa 1951 Framed Wagon Ad Mt. Joy, PA $10

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Given it’s framed, it seems like a good price for someone.

“vintage car ad, Willys Statin Wagon,”


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Jeep w/ Perkins Diesel Brochure

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Here’s a better look at the Introduction to new ‘Jeep’ Universals with Perkins Diesel Power brochure.

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1962 Military Vehicles Brochure

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UPDATE: Here’s the scanned version of this January 1961 military vehicles brochure, It highlights the M-38A1 and M-170.

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1956? Four Reasons Brochure

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This brochure came from eBay. I’m guessing it was published sometime in 1956, given it describes both the DJ-3A and the CJ-6 as new models. The brochure folds out horizontally.

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1953 French Ad for Underwear on eBay

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I’m not sure how a jeep is supposed to help sell underwear, but maybe they have extra padding?

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“This is an original 1953 print ad
size : 6.7″ x 5.1″
condition : Excellent”


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1946 Willys-Overland “GET A ‘JEEP'” Campaign

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, Features

NOTE: This post is a summation of what I’ve assembled on the topic, but still needs more research and more cartoons. If you have ones not shown below, let me know!

UPDATE: As Terry pointed out, the Get a ‘Jeep’ campaign was likely a play off of the popular phrase Get a horse, the popular cry that greeted almost every automobile which appeared on the roads during the early years of the automobile. A 1930 article from the Saturday Evening Post also highlights the use of this phrase.

Starting in January of 1946, Willy’s Overland introduced the GET A ‘JEEP’ phrase to their Collier’s and Saturday Evening Post full-page ad campaign.


Examples of the GET A ‘JEEP’ campaign in the full page ads of the Saturday Evening Post.

The company also introduced a subtler GET A ‘JEEP’ magazine marketing strategy in the form of small cartoons.

So far,  I’ve only identified the publishing date of one cartoon, but I’m sure with time we can identify the others. As of a November 13, 1946, the cartoon ad campaign was still being used, but the December 14, 1946, full-page ad does not include that phrase.

  1. This GET A ‘JEEP’ ad appeared in the October 12, 1946, issue of Collier’s Magazine. Strangely, the only attribution is the “A product of WILLYS-OVERLAND MOTORS”. My conclusion is that this was a sneakier “ad” for the new jeep.


2. This version of the ad was published in a 1946 magazine. The cartoon print is available on eBay.


3. This one was found on Pinterest:


4. I’d published this one a few years ago. It was being sold on eBay.


5. This was posted on eBay for sale and labeled a 1946 ad:


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1954 “In Uruguay” Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old Images

This two-page ad is supposed to be from a 1954 magazine. The seller does not provide the magazine or specific issue date.

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The Whens and Whys of the Willys-Overland “J” Logo

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UPDATE II: I’ve added two examples of ‘dark’ “J”s, dark (blue or black) background with white letters. Now that I think about it, I guess this is similar to the black and white newspaper versions.


CREDIT: Douglass, Neal. Harry Payne Motors, photograph, June 3, 1942; ( accessed April 7, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library. … MY NOTES: The photo year is more likely late 1947 or 1948.


From Willys World March-April 1991 issue.

UPDATE: This is best described as a working draft that Maury Hurt and I have constructed in the hopes of understanding Willys-Overland’s “J” logo better …. If you have input, please email me or add it in a comment at the bottom of the post.

In January of this year, Maury emailed me about a Willys/Cars•Trucks/Jeep logo that he was hoping to reproduce, wondering if I had any better examples of it. That simple email turned into a mission: Find out the history behind the logo.

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I have one of these patches. Not sure who created them or when.

It turned out that we could find no articles or discussion about the evolution of the logo. So, we spent a month looking through old brochures and advertisements to develop a theory of what it should look like, when it was used, and why.

What’s the logo supposed to look like?

Our first challenge was to determine what the logo was supposed to look like. As these examples show, different fonts and slightly different looks were used in the printing of the logo.

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Another patch example.


This was from a January 1946 magazine ad.


or even this one …


Our suspicion is that this is from overseas, possibly Australia? We don’t have a time frame on this one.

And, the list would not be complete without some matchbook covers:


How should the “J” look?

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1954 Wagon Brochure on eBay

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This no reserve brochure is only $.99 (plus shipping) right now. It’s a good price on a nice brochure that folds out pretty large.

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“1954 Willy’s Jeep Station Wagon Original Sales Brochure. Condition is Used. Great condition! Shipped with USPS First Class Package.”




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Thermos Powered Jeep Production

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This ad by the American Thermos Bottle Company was published in the May 22, 1943, issue of the Saturday Evening Post. I believe the takeaway from this ad is, If Thermos products are good enough for workers building jeeps, than they are good enough for the average American. However, there seems to be a lack of evidence that Willys and Ford employees were using Thermos products.



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1950s Morrison-Built Snow Plows

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Newgren featured this Morrison-built snow plow in an early Willys-Overland Equipment booklet.

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These SnoDozer brochures were posted to eBay on February 08, 2013:

This Morrison-built SnoDozer snow plow was manufactured in Buffalo. This snow plow employed metal bars that reached all the back to the PTO bar.



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Han-D-Crane by the Construction Machinery Company

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Anyone ever run across one of these cranes. It was manufactured by the Construction Machinery Company out of Waterloo, Iowa.

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1966 Jeep Ads in Popular Science

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Blaine shared these two ads from the February 1966 issue of Popular Science. The jeep ad appears on page 71 and the engine adapter ad was published on page 227.


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July 1961 Jeep Family Sales Brochure on eBay

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This auction starts pretty cheaply on this very 1960s looking brochure (pics are from an older auction)

“Up tonight I have more from several lots of literature I recently Acquired. Here I have a 1961 Jeep Brochure. This is 7 and 1/2 by 11 inches folded, opening up to 15 by 22 inches. Decent shape with wear as shown. A neat piece of Advertising to display with your classic.”

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1944 Post-War Anecdote

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In a column titled Underwater Puzzle: A  Post War Anecdote, an article shares the story (true?) about a lost jeep. This appeared in the December 1, 1944, issue of the Saturday Evening Post.



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1943 Ad for Weiners in Ford GPs

This ad may have appeared multiple times, but appear at least once in the January 30, 1943, issue of Colliers magazine on page 29. Included below is a color version supposedly published in 1942.




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1942 Gulflex Ad in the Saturday Evening Post

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This ad was published in the February 7, 1942, issue of the Saturday Evening Post, pg. 31.


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Willys-Overland Ads in Collier’s Magazine 1941-1946

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I spent some time searching for and assembling these Collier ads into two directory graphics, similar to the Saturday Evening Post graphics (updated in the post below). Unfortunately, the only archive I could find scanned them in black and white. And, the archive was missing some issues, so I suspect there were a few more published than shown below. Still, there are some differences between the ads, sometimes as small as changes in a few words of text, make these images useful for research.



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Willys-Overland Ads In the Saturday Evening Post 1942-mid1946

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UPDATE: I’ve updated these images with corrections and four additional ads. You can a similar listing of Collier ads in black and white.  I’ve added two ads that only appeared in the CIO-News, one that only appeared in Colliers, and one Sat Evening Post ad that I’d missed.

Original Post (03/01/2019): I tried to find a listing of all the Willys-Overland ads and their issue dates that were published in the Saturday Evening Post during and after WWII. Unable to find any good resource, I spent the last three days surfing through 250 issues of the magazine using the Saturday Evening Post non-profit site, which costs $15 a year to use. Then I organized them in a way that I hoped would make it easier for me to study them. Hopefully, it’s handy for you all, too. For expediency and bandwidth size, I used low-resolution images to create the files below. Eventually, I’ll go back and replace them with hi res images so that everything is clearer when viewed more closely.

The ads started in May of 1942 (at least that’s the earliest I found) and were published on average once a month. All ads published up to November of 1945 were placed on the inside of the back cover.

On November 10, 1945, Willys-Overland formally introduced the CJ-2A to Saturday Evening Post readers with a more centralized, two-page ad. After that, one or two-page ads for the CJ-2A appeared until August of 1946, when the first wagon ad appeared in the magazine.



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1979 EasyLok Hub Brochure

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A big thanks to Jim for finding this brochure in old box of files, then sending it my way gratis. It shows the EasyLok Hub, manufactured by the Mechanex Corp, a devision of Tenneco, out of Englewood, Colorado.  You can learn a little more about the EasyLok hub’ s history in this post.

Mechanex Corp patented another hub in 1978, but I don’t recognize the hub.

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