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1962? Gladiator Brochure/Pamphlet

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Documents, Features

UPDATE: After reading this more carefully, I agree with Don that this is likely something that was aimed as dealers. It is an odd piece for sure.

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Summer 2020 Dispatcher Magazine

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

The Sumer 2020 Dispatcher Magazine arrived in my mailbox this weekend. Jim Allen’s feature article on the Jeepster Commando designs was particularly interesting. I knew there were a variety, but I didn’t know there were this many!

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Feb 1958? Kaiser-Willys of Canada Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International

This ad came to me from eBay and has “KW 258” printed in the lower right, which I am interpreting as February 1958 (but I could be wrong). It is more of a “use your jeeps on the farm” type of ad, which Willys Motors seemed to be going away from in the US by this time.

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Kristi KT-4G Snow Cat Salem, OR $25,000

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

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://salem.craigslist.org/snw/d/salem-1960s-kristi-kt-4g/7174497700.html

“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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Some Random Jeep Parades

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles, Women & Jeeps • TAGS: .

Just this one post for Tuesday …

A search of Jeep parades at Newspapers.com revealed endless WWII and post-WWII jeep parades for a myriad of causes. Below is a sample:

This August 08, 1943, photo and article published in the Charlotte Observer highlights a jeep parade held for Army Air Force recruitment.

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A June 17, 1942, blurb in the Marysville Journal Tribune noted that Marlene Dietrich and 100 jeeps would be parading in Toledo for a War Bond drive.

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Sinbad the dog, a decorated 8-year veteran of the Coast Guard, got his own jeep parade according to a January 09, 1946, article in the Marysville Journal-Tribune out of Ohio.

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The March 06, 1946, issue of The Leader-Post out of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, reported that the first 100 jeeps to be imported into Colombia formed a parade in Bogota.

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1953 Article on the Hemet-Borrego Jeep Cavalcade

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

This April 21, 1953, article in the News-Pilot out of San Pedro, California, gives some background on the Annual Jeep Cavalcade trip to Borrego, California. The group totaled 175 jeeps and 600 hundred people.

The article’s author makes a pretty blatant plug for the vehicle one of the reporters was driving, noting that the “powerful new Chrysler Sedan provided by Kroll Motors handled with ease and driving comfort that are characteristic of Chrysler engineer.” (insert eye-rolling emoji here) ….

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2020 FC Jamboree Still on Track to Be Held Sept 11-12

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

We are a month away from the FC Jamboree. Dan still plans to hold this year’s FC Jamboree at his place Lake Mills, Iowa. The theme is “sick” FCs; some dark humor for some these pandemic-days.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1003832893384124/

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1951 Photo of a Young Korean Girl in a Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

Sounds like this young lady was a handful!

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“This is an original press photo. Boyle, Hal (Correspondent). Tiny Shinn Chung Sook, better known as “Snooky,” looks bewildered as she sits in a jeep in the Seoul area with Associated Press correspondents Hal Boyle (foreground) and Bill Waugh (right), two of the American newsmen who adopted her. In left background is Snooky’s real uncle, Bill Shinn, Korean reporter for the Associated Press. Waugh, designated as the child’s official godfather, gave Boyle the assignment of escorting her to safety in Taegu. Waiting at latter city for Snooky, who had twice before disappeared, was her real father. Photo measures 8.75 x 6.75inches. Photo is dated 1-3-1951.”

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1944 MB Williamsburg, OH $23,000

• CATEGORIES: Features, MB • TAGS: , .

This MB was restored by the seller’s father who served in Japan. If you live near Williamsburg or are/were an MVPA member, you may have seen it in local parades.

https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/cto/d/williamsburg-1944-willys-ww-ii-army/7161258899.html

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“1944 restored Willy’s Army Jeep. My late WWII Veteran Father purchased this restored Jeep in 2000 from a Gentleman in Louisville KY. My Dad drove one like it in Japan during the War. He used this one for local parades.
He had a stroke in 2008, and I became his driver for the events. He just passed this April at 94. It needs to go to someone who can appreciate it and use it like my Father did. Selling to help settle his Estate.

New Tires put on 10/2017 Coker 6.00-16 Military Tires
All oils changed two years ago. We only did about two Parades a year, dependent on the weather. Last parade we did was in 2019.

Everything works at it should. Very low maintenance vehicle.

Was stored in my climate controlled drive-in basement.”

 
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Former Electric Stainless Flattie Sausalito, CA eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Features, stainless/jewels • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available. This is only for the body and parts.

(01/20/2020) The body includes additional parts.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/539638033394907/

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Here’s what it looks like when was together.

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This is how the chassis looks:

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“Hi I have stainless steel CJ3A body for sale complete including windshield and Omni wipers installed with 12v wiring included. I believe I bought Del@OMC last CJ3A from him in Oregon a few years ago before he passed away (rip).

Del owned the factory in the Philippines where they were made and exported to U.S. Great construction his bodies will probably out-last you and I!:) I built it for a EV prototype for a classics EV startup but all future models will use aluminum body out of Canada BC (stretched ~ 1 foot for more legroom up front) so no longer need this body. It’s just been a demo vehicle max 50 miles on it it’s like new see pics (does has vinyl EV stickers on hood those should heat gun off I haven’t bothered yet don’t have the time))”

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Here’s the Baby-jeep — A Bassinet from Holland

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This unusual brochure shares information about the Baby-jeep, a bassinet available in three colors–blue, ivory, and salmon–that was produced out of Holland. The brochure includes a small, illustrated jeep on the cover. It’s printed on thick paper that makes for a nice brochure, but I’m still not sure why it is call a “Baby-jeep”.

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1953 Post Kaiser-Willys Merger Ads

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

These three Kaiser-Willys ads demonstrate a national campaign ad offering to dealers who wanted to share the news that Kaiser and Willys vehicles were being sold under the same brand. Though the purchase was announced in the spring of 1953, the ad campaign was introduced until the fall of 1953 after the sale was completed (See the June 1953 ad at bottom that introduces a new dealer, but doesn’t mention Kaiser).

The imagery and order of the blocks is interesting. Though Kaiser purchased Willys-Overland’s assets, for the extensive network of Willys dealers the experience was the opposite; they were adding Kaiser products to their Willys sales portfolios. I expect this explains why the Kaiser block is pictured being added to the Willys block rather than the other way around.

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This ad was published on November 05, 1953, in The Times out of Shreveport, Louisiana, by Dixie Kaiser-Willys.

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This ad was published on October 08, 1953, in the Birmingham News, out of Birmingham, Alabama, by the Roy Bridges & Co., Inc.

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This ad was published on November 15, 1953, in the Great Falls Tribune, out of Montana, by Robinson Motor Co.

A June 5, 1953, full-page ad out of California introduced Haley Motors, a new “Willys” dealer. Though the merger had been announced, it wasn’t finalized until the fall of 1953; this likely explains why there was no mention of Kaiser in this ad.

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Reprint Photo of Medic Jeep in France & A Brazilian Medic Jeep model

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Models, Old Images

Steve shared this photo. Though it is an undated reprint, it’s one I hadn’t seen. The photo is only 5″x5″. I’m surprised it isn’t reproduced as a 8″x10″ photo.

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“This is a nice reproduction of an original World War Two photo showing US soldiers in a Jeep reading a sign prepared by French citizens expressing gratitude for the liberation of France from the Nazi’s. Great photo! Size of photo is about 5″ x 5″.”

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The photo above sent me on a quest to find another example of a medic/ambulance jeep with a cross painted onto the grille. I finally found one on a model, one built to replicate a Brazilian Expeditionary Force jeep ambulance from 1944 Italy. The author of the post did a good job retelling the history of the jeep (and didn’t fall for some of the incorrect history on the internet).

http://panzerserra.blogspot.com/2013/04/jeep-14-ton-4×4-ambulance-brazilian.html

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This illustration is one of the inspirations for the model.

 
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Battery Powered Toy Jeep Lexington, KY $15

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

If it still works, it seems like a good price. I believe it is a rare Andy Gard G I remote control jeep. If it was near me, I’d scoop it up.

https://lexington.craigslist.org/clt/d/lexington-vintage-1950s-battery/7167575778.html

“I’m selling this Vintage 1950s Battery Operated Army Jeep 6 inch long asking $15”

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1953 Article on 1/2 Scale Jeep for Daughters

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

Andy McIntyre built this model jeep with ingenuity and scavenged parts to help teach his two daughters, Ann and Phyllis, how to drive and use hand signals. He also planned to introduce them to local law enforcement. Eventually, he wanted to teach all the kids how to properly drive, as he noted in the article “Children of today are born into an age of speed … Everyone needs to sharpen his wits to keep step with this age of machines.” It sounds like Andy and his wife raised their girls to be tough and independent!

It sounds like the family had a third daughter, Joy, who passed away in 2008, proceeded by the deaths of her parents Andy and Cora McIntyre. The older sisters, Ann and Phyllis, were still alive as of 2008.

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August 16, 1953, article in The Independent Record, out of Helena, Montana.

 
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Carl Sandburg’s 1962 CJ-6 in Flat Rock, North Carolina

• CATEGORIES: Features

Pulitzer Prize winning poet and author Carl Sandburg was the owner of a CJ-6 which can still be seen at his form home, now a National Historic Site, in Flat Rock, North Carolina (presently closed to tours due to Covid). It looks like a beautifully persevered CJ-6.

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From this page which has some beautiful photos of Carl’s estate: https://lavilo.com/travel-book/carl-sandburg-home

According to a 2016 comment on Pinterest, “This 1962 Willys Jeep was a gift to Carl Sandburg for his help in writing the script for the movie The Greatest Story Ever Told. It is on display in what was once the Goat Dairy building at Connemara, his home and farm for the latter years of his life in Flat Rock, NC.”

 
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1953 Photo of Mighty Mite w/Helicopter

• CATEGORIES: Features, Mighty Mites, Old Images

This photo appeared in the August 19, 1953, issue of the Dayton Daily News (Ohio). Interestingly, the original press photo does not have the helicopter in the background …

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PHOTO CREDIT: August 19, 1953, issue of the Dayton Daily News (Ohio)

Here’s what appears to be the original photo:

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“Photo is 10″x 8″in size.”

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Old Photo (Negative) of CJ-2A w/ Wilt Ranch Lettering

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo sold recently on eBay for $15.49. I tried to learn more about Wilt Ranch, but was unsuccessful.

“1940s era photo Negative Willys Jeep AUTO Car WILT RANCH Owner gives TOUR.”

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1953 Article on the Air Force’s M-38 “Jiffy Fix-it” Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

Anyone seen other pics of this modified jeep?

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Grandpa Crosses the Golden Crack

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

This video from 2019 proved popular enough that several folks have sent it to me. Stock jeeps can do some impressive things, especially when driven by someone who knows what their jeep can and can’t do.

 
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1947 Photo of Nita Electric “House Jeep”

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Wood bodies

Steve spotted this photo from the University of Kentucky’s archives. It shows a modified MB/GPW with a ‘house’ over it for weather protection.  I assume the owner of the jeep was also the owner of Nita Electric. The image below shows only the jeep; you can view the full photo here.

Someone spent took some care to do a nice refurb of this jeep. The bolt details on the rims and frame look really good.

 

 
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1953 Willys-Overland Dealer Ad Mats for Newspapers

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

In 1953 Willys-Overland shared these mat examples of ads on one page (15″x20″) with its dealers. I’m amazed that any of these surprised, as it is printed on newspaper.

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Photo of Tour Jeep Navigating the Chimney Rock Jeep Trail on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Started as a private endeavor, Chimney Rock was a tourist attraction for most of the 20th Century (more history here). In 1963 a Jeep Trail was added to the Chimney Rock and a tour jeep began ferrying tour groups up the mountain. The tour company had three modified CJ-6 tour jeeps. This photo was likely taken between 1963 and 1977, when the jeep trail became a walking trail. In 2006 Chimney Rock became a North Carolina State Park.

The photo below was taken from the website, but no longer appears on the history page itself.

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This same photo is available on eBay

“You are bidding on an original press photo of Forest Jeep Trail Chimney Rock Park North Carolina. Photo measures 8 x 10 inches and is not dated.”

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There’s another press photo that is also available on eBay which shows a tour jeep at Hickory Nut Falls, a stop on the way to Chimney Rock:

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“You are bidding on an original press photo of Hickory Nut Falls Tourist Jeep Chimney Rock Prk North Carolina. Photo has creases right corners & slight waving top edge due to too much glue being used to attach the information sheet onto the back of the photo. Photo measures 8 x 10 inches and is dated 8/5/1969.”

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Wannatoy Wagons by Dillon Beck Manufacturing

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE II: I managed to track down all four colors of wagons on eBay.

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The four known colors of the Wannatoy Wagons by Dillon Beck Mfg.

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UPDATE Posted July 2020:  It turns out that I I had “Wanna Toy” as two separate words, but the brand name is actually “Wannatoy”. 

From Chriscollectibles.com: Wannatoy, the trademark of Dillon Beck Manufacturing Co., produced toys made of acetate plastic.  Based in New Jersey, they manufactured numerous toy vehicles (as well as doll house furniture, pot and pan sets and possibly other toys) after the end of WWII through the late 1950s.

From “O’Brien’s Collecting Toy Cars & Trucks” book, 1990, “Wannatoy was among the first toy makers off the starting block at the end of World War II. Of the millions of children born during the war, and the millions more who arrived soon afterward, a good percentage played with Wannatoys.

What seems to have been the company’s first offering, the twenty-five-cent futurist Coupe, was a hit toy for Christmas of 1945, selling a million units that season. With streamlined, Deco-influenced body and bible top, the Couple continued to sell well into the 1950s.”

Here’s an ad (thanks to Andy) from 1952 (available on eBay). The ad suggests there were only three colors of wagons, but doesn’t indicate what those were. So far, I’ve identified four colors (red, green, blue, purple … see them at the bottom of this post).

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And this is an example of the packaging. The company targeted both girl and boys:

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And this is an example of a display box (available with toys on eBay):

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And now for the wagons …Here’s a photo of a blue wagon I just picked up.

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And, this is an example of a (florescent looking) green wagon that I hope to acquire in a few days:

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Cutlas 1961 Power-Lock and Selective Drive Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features • TAGS: .

The Form-104 Selective drive brochure I’ve seen previously, but I’ve not seen the 1961 Power-Lock brochure.

This Power-Lock brochure is a tri-fold brochure that folds from 3.5″ x 5.5″ to 10.5″ x 5.5″

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This folded Cutlass Selective drive brochure has a form number of 104, but lacks a date. It is small, only folding in half from 3.5″ x 5.5″ to 7″ x 5.5″

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