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Art, Drawings, Sketches, Editorials, Paintings of Jeeps

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1949 Wagon Painting by Rex Brandt on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

The painting is noted and signed by Rex. As you can see here, other originals by Rex Brandt aren’ t quite priced so high on eBay, but most don’t have notes on them.

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“riginal 1949 REX BRANDT watercolor painting depicting a Willys Wagon kicking up sand in the desert (beach?). This is a CLASSIC California Scene Painting by one of California’s most famous artists. Painting comes directly from the estate of a close personal friend of Brandt’s. It is signed, dated and inscribed “To Jay – XMAS 1949 – with memories of many fine trips – REX”. Painting measures 10″ x 14″, is in pristine condition and has been professionally framed (frame is in good condition). You won’t find another one like this! Please call or email ANY time with questions. Acquired directly from friend of the artist.”

 
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2 Smokey the Bear Table Cloths **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Price was $16 for the pair.

(02/18/2019) Not one, but two 54″ x 96″ tablecloths.

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“TWO Vintage Smokey the Bear
Prevent Forest Fires Paper Tablecloths-
Both New Old Stock-
Hard to Find Collectible Items

Up for sale in this auction are TWO vintage paper tablecloths featuring Smokey the Bear. A hard to find item that will make a great addition to any Smokey the Bear collection….also great to use if you like. Definitely never opened or removed from the package.

I believe that both tablecloths are the same design…..they just look different due to the way they are folded within the plastic wrap. Made by the C.A. Reed Company….featuring “Futura Stylized Designs”. Only one tablecloth has the label on the back. The tablecloths measure 54 x 96 inches in size.
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Ed Pranger’s Artworks

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Jeff Pranger shared the following two wonderful paintings by his father, Ed. Ed Pranger was a WWII US Navy artist and cartoonist for The Hoist in San Diego. According to Jeff, after the war, when surplus Jeeps were plentiful (and Ed was single), his father and his buddies would go hunting and drinking in their Jeeps in the Yakima, Washington, area. Ed produced many paintings and some had Jeeps.

Both of these paintings appeared to have been painted in Anacortes, Washington, one year a part (each has Ed’s name, the year, and the location it was painted on it). The first was completed in 1988 and the second in 1989.

It being a small world, I traveled through Anacortes (to catch the ferry) both of those years, as I was working in the San Juans in 1988 and then got married in the San Juans in 1989.

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1960 Jeep Family Cartoon Brochure w/ Woman

UPDATE: Anyone have an original of this brochure? I’ve got someone who would like a scan of the page showing the woman. The pics below were part of an eBay auction and subsequent post from 2013 (I bid, but didn’t win the brochure).

“original part color catalog , 5.5 x 8 , 16 pages , interesting cartoon type catalog which concerns the word “Jeep” and its use as a registered trademark . Apparently the word “Jeep” was being commonly used generically to describe a Jeep type vehicle and the company thought it important enough to protect their property rights and trademark to produced this interesting catalog . It also lists countries around the world where “Jeep” has been registered .”

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10th Annual Willys Rally May 24-27th

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UPDATE: The Rally is this weekend. I hope everyone has a great time!

This year’s Willys Rally occurs late this month May 24th-27th in Moab, Utah. Roberto Flores produced another great bit of artwork for the event. T-shirts with this design are available for purchase.

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Smokey Bear Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Postcards

Cool postcard. Too bad the jeep isn’t more accurate. This is a tribute to artist Rudy Wendelin.

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“VINTAGE SMOKEY BEAR POSTCARD – TRIBUTE JEEP.”

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Canyonlands Poster W/ Wagon

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I found this Canyonlands poster while in Moab last weekend. I bought it there but you can find it online also. It’s 14″ x 22″, so it isn’t a huge poster, but I do like the artwork.

https://scenichwys.com/product/canyonlands-shafer-trail

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1948 Ad For the Nickel (found in Steel)

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

This ad for Nickel (as in the Nickel in steel the contributes to strength) appeared in the February 21, 1948, issue of the Saturday Evening Post, page 78.

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1946 Cartoon “Impasse in the Night”

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This cartoon was published in the November 02, 1946, issue of the Saturday Evening Post, page 112.

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January 1943 Cover of Collier’s Magazine

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Magazine, toys

Most of you have probably seen this, but for documentation purposes, this high-flying kid in a toy jeep made the cover the January 30, 1943, issue of Collier’s Magazine. There are a couple pretty cheap issues on eBay.

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Brook Stevens’ Command Cars

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During WWII Brook Stevens developed a couple different Command Car concepts. All the pics of these can be seen at the Milwaukee Art Museum’s site.

1. The first one is a 6×6 vehicle. It was made into an actual vehicle. I don’t know what happened to it. I’m pretty sure I have a press photo fo this vehicle somewhere, but I can’t seem to find it. This very well could be on the same platform as other 6x6s of the era.

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1953 French Ad for Underwear on eBay

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

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.

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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.

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

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3. This one was found on Pinterest:

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

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

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1950 Mechanical Bola Patent

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A patent for a Mechanical Bola was patented on September 23, 1952, by B.D. Manning with the purpose of helping a single person rope and manage cattle. The drawing reminds me of the early modified Texas hunting jeeps like this one.

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“A peculiar trait of such cattle is their curiosity with respect to motor vehicles. They soon become accustomed to jeeps, for example, and will come up to examine one, particularly if the motor is running. One can drive right up to a bunch of cattle in a jeep, without any of them taking the trouble to move, so long as the driverstays in the car.

With the device of my invention attached to aj eep or other auto vehicle, it is a simple matter to capture a single animal without waste of time, or if it becomes necessary to inspect or treat a large number of cattle for Screw-Worm or other disease, this may be done expeditiously, for if the rest runoff at the casting of one animal curiosity brings them back shortly if the driver moves his vehicle about a bit.”

 

 
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Willys Production Employee Award Pin on eBay

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Anyone familiar with these pins? Asking price is $295.

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“gold filled sterling silver. working screw pin back”

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My Heart Stood Still (Jeep on Cover) on eBay

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Carl found this one as well, a song from the Connecticut Yankee that has a jeep on it for some reason.

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“This is Extremely Rare original Sheet Music from the US for: ” My Heart Stood Still ” From The Musical: A Connecticut Yankee . This original sheet music is from 1957 and is in VG+ Condition. This sheet music is 5 pages long!!”

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Zamechatelno! & Meeting Russians’ Ads

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UPDATE: Mario shared this article on Facebook. The fact it mentions the term “Zamechatelno” and it’s translation (“swell”) made us both wonder if the article was the root of the subsequent WWII ad by Willys of the same name (shown below). 

The Zamechatelno ad was published three months later in the October 10, 1942, issue of Collier’s Magazine (and subsequently in the November 14, 1942, issue of the Saturday Evening Post).   Given Willys-Overland had to commission the work, ready the ad, then submit it for publishing, this timeline certainly suggests the new article could have been the reason for the ad’s creation.

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Original Post July 11, 2010: A couple ads from Willy’s-Overland’s WWII ad campaign related to Russians. (You can see a list of all the Willys-Overland WWII ads published, with dates, in the Saturday Evening Post and Colliers).

Here’s another Ad with a Russian theme. This one was published in the August 18, 1942, issue of the Saturday Evening Post. I did not find a similar ad in Collier’s Magazine.

 
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July 1961 Jeep Family Sales Brochure on eBay

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

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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Jeep Wood Engravings Darlington, MD $26

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Roger shared this unusual artworks for sale.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2382510764/permalink/10156218561915765/?sale_post_id=10156218561915765

“Jeep engravings on wood
Sealed with two coats of sealer.
Approx dimensions are 9×12 .

$26 shipped each to the continental US
They can be discounted some if multiples are ordered.”

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Dean Joy “60 Days in Combat”

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Gregg Stoerrie shared several stories and photos of his uncle’s time during WWII on his Facebook page.

One image shows a sketch by Dean Joy, a soldier who served with Gregg’s uncle. Dean went on to write a book, 60 Days in Combat, as well as sharing his story on youtube:

Here’s is Dean’s sketch of some jeeps during an ambush by 88mms. Dean wrote:

“Front Jeep took a direct hit, drivers headless torso still behind the wheel and other GI’s on the side. They hit the end Duce and a half. Col Wooten came running along the convoy yelling everybody off the trucks now. A few GI’s worked around to out flank the 88’s. The firing stopped as they captured the first 88 and found it was maned by kids. As they approached the other 88’s they could see the crews were dead and it was clear they were knocked out by their own guys. It was the first 88 who turned the gun on their own guys. We assumed that they knew the war was lost. Had they not it would have been a massacre.”

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Gregg also shared this photo taken by his uncle of a plane that was hit by Japanese flak. Greg wrote, “This picture was taken by my uncle joe Stoerrle during the Second World War. This is the tail section of his B25 bomber. He told me a story how they barely made it back after their tail was shot up from Japanese flak. Uncle joe told me how accurate the Japanese flak was. I would like to thank my cousin Shelly (uncle Joe’s daughter) for providing me with these pictures at a family get together on 1/6/18.”

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1954 Garage Print(?) from Germany on eBay

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UPDATE: Price dropped to $602.

(01/18/2019) Maury spotted this unusual print/illustration. From the description, I can’t quite tell if this is a print or an original illustration. The size is roughly 2.2′ x 3.25′

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“Mural Auto Mechanic Workshop Jeep Willysmb 99×66 ~ 1954 Vintage Mechanic Card (see more on eBay)”

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FC-170 Power Hoe Patent

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I had this post all completed, then went to add some background information when I discovered that Craig had already added the first page of the patent to his post about the FC-170 Power Hoe. So, lots of heavy lifting in terms of content can be found here, while below you can view the whole patent. I think the illustrations are pretty neat.

Craigs FC-170 Power Hoe page: http://www.thefcconnection.com/Historical%20Literature/Custom%20Built%20Vehicles/The%20Lafian%20Powerhoe/FCaaca/FCaaca.pdf

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October 1945 Cover of Maclean’s Magazine

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Canada’s Maclean’s Magazine featured an illustrated jeep on the cover of its October 1, 1945, issue. Though there’s no specific article about the jeep, you can read the entire issue online (and many other issues) here: https://archive.macleans.ca/issue/19451001#!&pid=0_1

As a side note, though Canada and the US (and Great Britain) all declared war against Japan on December 8th, 1941, on December 7th, 1941, four hours after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, 2000 Canadian troops along with 12,000 Chinese (and British?) troops, attacked a Japanese force of 52,000 strong in Hong Kong. The fighting lasted for three weeks. The Japanese prevailed, but they suffered significant losses.

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1943 Army-Navy Honors Willys Overland

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The CIO News out of Cumberland, MD, published a story on March 15, 1943, about the US Army and Navy honoring the workers of Willys Overland.

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1945 Cartoon “An Episode at Cape Gloucester”

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This February 08, 1945, cartoon published in the Roanoke Rapids Herald shares the tale of four GIs in Cape Glousester, New Britain.
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