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1958 Trip Through Needles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old Images Jeeping, Old News Articles

This article featuring a Kent Frost jeep tour through Needles was published on May 2, 1958, in the San Juan-Record out of Monticello, Utah. At the bottom I’ve included an image of the whole paper as I thought the illustrated header of the paper was well done.

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“Dull” Town of Monticello, Utah, “Explodes” with Excitement in 1935

• CATEGORIES: Features

Search for more information on Kent Frost, explorer by foot and jeep of Canyonland National Park, was injured by an exploding water tank in this unusual turn of events in the normally dull town (probably) of Monticello. The instigator of the fire was only try to fix a lamp….

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CREDIT: November 26, 1935, Salt Lake Tribune

 

 
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Nov. 1941 Photo of Ford GP on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

A Ford GP captured in action.

View all the information on eBay

“1941 Press Photo soldiers drive a jeep thru rough terrain pulling anti-tank gun This is an original press photo. This unit was organized by the 2nd Corps as a weapon of opportunity to combat hostile mechanized threats at any part of the front where the enemy might break through, and is also used against paratroops (parachute troops) or any unexpected threat. The unit is 100% motorized, consisting of three 37 mm batteries, one 75mm battery, one Infantry Battalion, one Engineer Platoon, one Anti-tank Platoon, all equipped with radio communication. Photo shows a jeep crossing rough terrain pulling 37 mm anti-tank gun. Battery D, 44th Division Anti-Tank, Second Corps. (Commanded by Major H.R. Johnson, Wadesboro, N.C. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 11-03-1941.”

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Child in Christmas Hamilton Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Steve shared this photo of a child in his new Hamilton pedal jeep. The photo seems to make the jeep look extra glossy.

 
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“Tiger” Pedal Jeep Cutchogue, NY $399

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Bill shared this original looking, but rough, pedal jeep.

https://newyork.craigslist.org/lgi/atq/d/peconic-jeep-tiger-peddle-car-original/7213353558.html

“Jeep Tiger Peddle Car .
Original paint .
Please refer to the pictures for condition.
Please feel free to ask questions
Item sold as is.
Cash deal .
No scammers please .
If this ad is up the car is still for sale.
No low ballers….”

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1947 Photo of Jeep-turned Sedan in Japan

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Sedan-jeep

It’s too bad this photo isn’t sharper as I’d like to see if those are wheels and hubs truly look like they are from a jeep. It looks like that body fits the jeep chassis pretty well. This photo appeared in the February 27, 1947, issue of the Brooklyn Citizen.

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1946 Showa, Japan, Army Air Base Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

This photo and caption out of the February 11, 1946, issue of the Herald-Journal (Logan, Utah), shows the press photo that was for sale on eBay back in 2013.

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Originally Published September 18, 2013:  According to the attached information, these jeeps were winterized with left over Japanese transport plane materials.

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This 1946 photo was also available in 2013. It too was taken at a Japanese airbase, but it’s unclear to me if it is the Showa airbase or not.

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This press photo was taken in 1946 in Showa as well.

“This is an original press photo. Instead of manufacturing cargo planes for Japanese use, this assembly line is making US Jeeps fit for winter use. Japanese stocks of aluminum, plexiglass, rivets, iron rods and fabric are being fitted to jeep use. Photo measures 9.25 x 7 inches. Photo is dated 2-6-1946.”

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Willys Sales and Service Sign

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Caveat Emptor: This 11.75″ Willys Sales and Service Sign is one neither Maury and I have seen. It sold on eBay yesterday.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-WILLYS-JEEP-PORCELAIN-DEALERSHIP-SIGN-ARMY-GAS-OIL-IH-WRANGLER-ARMY

“Willys Jeep porcelain dealership sign in great condition. This noteworthy sign is revered by collectors of all types, when it comes to gas, oil, and automotive advertising. This sign measures 11.75” in diameter. This is truly an amazing sign to add to your collection, the sign displays really well, and adds a lot of charm to any environment it’s used in!

I’m parting with my vast collection of signs right now, including “pump plates”, “service station signs”, “lubester signs”, “automotive dealer signs”, and “aviation sign” so check out some of my other auctions for more great deals. ”


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Model/Prop Jeep Elk Grove, CA $200

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

UPDATE: Price dropped to $200.

(10/09/2019) This is fun and a reasonable price, too.

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/tag/d/elk-grove-jeep-replica/7217471675.html

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“This replica Jeep is 3/4 scale model loosely based on an early 40’s Willy’s Jeep. I built it for a prop for kids to play on at Vacation Bible School. The frame and body are wood construction plenty sturdy for kids (and small adults!) to sit in / play on. Tires are made of styrofoam, plastic lids, and irrigation drain pipe. No, it does not roll; it is stationary, although with a some imagination and skill you could modify it. There are headlights and marker lights in front connected to a 12v battery and switch in the dash.

Would love to keep it, but don’t have the space for it. Could be for a kid’s playroom, or maybe a Jeep dealer could use it for a kid space!”

 
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Circa 1963 Photo of CJ-5 at Canyonlands

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old Images Jeeping

This photo of a CJ-5 with a bed extension (possibly Kent Frost’s jeep) was taken in the Needles District of Canyonlands in 1963 or 1964. It can be viewed more in-depth at the Utah State Historical Society’s website.

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CREDIT: Utah State Historical — Society https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6zw391g .. “Jeep party is shown ascending steep pitch through Needles area of projected Canyonlands National Park.”

 
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1945 Article About Jeep Drivers

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

This October 14, 1945, article by Earl Albert Selle (more on him below) in the Honolulu Advertiser shared a few stories about the dangers faced by jeep drivers in the Pacific Theater. Brown University has a collection of Earl Selle’s correspondence, articles, photos, and other materials. The collection also contains materials from William Henry Donald, about who Selle wrote a book called “Donald in China” in 1948 (which sounds like an interesting book, also available here). There are pics of the book on Etsy.

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Earl Albert Selle, was born around 1887 in Seattle. His early life was full of adventure. During WWII he went blind, as was probably blind when he wrote the above column. But, that didn’t stop him from being adventurous. It is claimed he made news in 1961 when he wrote about becoming an aviator and flying a plan with the help of a seeing-eye-pilot. You can learn more about Earl in this obituary:

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1942 Photo of Gunnery Target at Wendover Airfield

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Thanks to Roger Martin for spotting this photo on Facebook. This 1942 photo shows a jeep carrying an elevated target to help with shooting practice at Wendover Airfield. The photo was posted on Facebook by Damon Viola after he visited the The Historic Wendover Airfield Museum in Utah. He added, “This is a WWII Army Air Base dedicated in part to training the flight crew of the Enola Gay for the atomic bomb drop in Japan. If you’re ever in Western Utah I urge you to stop and check it out.”

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Moving Target, Gunnery Range on Wendover Airfield, 1942. Courtesy of the Utah Historical Society.

 
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Photo of a Fire Department Jeep in Parade on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: This is back on eBay.

This looks to be a press photo of a fire department jeep from the city of Columbus, Georgia, The date of the photo appears to be March 27, but I can’t make out the year on the right side of the photo (maybe ’53). I think the posters on the grille read “Don’t let FIRE lick YOU”.

View all the information on eBay

“Press Photo Fire Department Jeep Col92671 10X8 Photo Photo Is Undated.”

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Marx M-38A1 Toy Jeep w/Box Winchester, KY $125

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Tom spotted this toy M-38A1 with what appears to be the original box.

https://lexington.craigslist.org/tag/d/winchester-1960s-marx-jeep-in-box/7193799628.html

“Made for Marx Buddy Charlie, GI Joe, and other 1/6 scale figures. Jeep is in extremely good condition. Box in very good condition with cardboard inserts. Only real box damage is on a end flap. Tear on corner. $125 firm.”

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1945 Article About Americans Out of Luck on Buying Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

This article appeared in the June 19, 1945, issue of the Tucson Citizen out of Arizona. One bit of info mentions that a Chicago junk dealer bought “a small mountain” of smashed jeeps. Could that have been the King of Jeeps himself Hyrum Berg?

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Jeeps in Japan Given Facelifts

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

An article from January 4, 1947, in the Honolulu Advertiser (and other publications) shared the news that the Japanese were customizing jeeps for civilian use.

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Kristi KT-4G Snow Cat Salem, OR $20,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $20,000.

(08/12/2020) Marty spotted this rare (only one of two according to the seller) Krisit Company KT-4G Snow Cat. It uses a CJ-5 body with a Meyer hardtop.

https://www.facebook.com/commerce/listing/400469641357791/

“This is 1 of 2 ever produced KT-4G units

Perfect item for a snowcat collector who’s looking for a unique snowcat or a very rare Kristi cat, and Yes… this is a Jeep CJ cab on it, which makes it all that better and more rare – fitting in with your Jeep collection as well.

Running engine when parked few years ago, tracks still got life in them if one wanted to simply get it started and run it for a season or more. Some rust on floor pans, but nothing that cant be quickly fixed/repaired for upcoming seasons use, or put this machine through a proper restoration and make it a museum peace for everyone to envy.

Its very complete with all of the original parts, rest can be easily purchased at most auto-part stores.

Unit is not oversized, thus making it easy to transport and deliver”

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1946 Ad in Alabama for the new ‘Jeep’

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old News Articles

This June 27, 1946, ad by the Little Motor Company in Alabama’s The Baldwin Times Bay  newspaper is one of the better full-page adds that I’ve seen.

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1946 Article About Buying a Jeep in Europe

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

It’s not clear to me who the author of this article is, but he describes the “red tape” he and other must overcome to purchase jeep in Europe.  His story appeared in the May 30, 1946, issue of the Tipton Daily Tribune out of Tipton, Indiana.

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1946 Opening of Carl’s Motor Company in Wilmington, CA

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

UPDATE: Well, clearly the exhaustion got the best of me on this post. I thought this was a North Carolina story, when in fact it was a California story.

This November 11, 1946, article in the Wilmington Daily Press Journal highlights the opening of Carl’s Motor Company. I’d love to see an original of that photo.

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1946 Article on Jeeps (& etc) Keeping Docs Busy

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

This article in the April 14, 1946, issue of the Daily Oklahoman, highlighted jeeps, among other issues, with causing injuries in Tokyo.

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June 1946 Surplus Jeep Sales w/ Serial Numbers

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features, Old News Articles

UPDATE: I’ve added high-resolution examples of each of these articles. You can download the zipped file here: jeep-serial-numbers-sale-in-hawaii.zip

This is a cool find. It announces the first sale of jeeps to veterans in Hawaii for personal use (as well as business). There have got to be a few jeeps still around that originated at this surplus sale. This was published in the June 01, 1946, issue of the Hawaii Tribune-Herald (page 4). I’ve divided up the list into multiple images. At the bottom of this post is a link for the entire clipping.

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FC-150 Outside Bar & Grill in Rawlins, WY

• CATEGORIES: Features

No Updates today, but Ann flew into MN and will accompany me back, so there should be some updates in a day or two.

While trying to locate a place for Betty Page to pee on the way to MN, I ran across this FC-150 outside Big City Bar & Grille in Rawlins, Wyoming.

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And from this angle …

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Jack & Doreen’s 1958 Wagon Trip from Australia to England

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Gil’s hoping to reconnect with he Shakespeare family, so I’m reposting this in the hopes some family member might see it.

Original Post January 18, 2017 — Bill shared the video below from Jack and Doreen Shakespeare. Together, the couple recount their 1958 journey in a late 40’s wagon from Australia to England. The trip took them 114 days. Fortunately for us, they filmed much of the trip. It’s a great story.

 
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1969 Jeep Wagoneer **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features

This 1969 Jeep Wagoneer was spotted by Dan. It’s already sold, but still worth a look:

https://barnfinds.com/54k-mile-1969-jeep-wagoneer/

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