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Some eBay Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

1. This first image shows a Cowboy in front of a CJ-3B with the jeep’s hood serving as a temporary desk. There is no description or date provided. 

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2. These next three pics are included within one auction.  View all the information on eBay. given the signs in the first photo, it would seem possible to locate where it was originally taken. 

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“Original WW2 photos (2.5 x 3.75 inches), curled from age, with some handling wear. These belonged to Corporal Alton Gilbert, a soldier in Company A of the 506th Military Police Battalion.”

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3. These three photos were taken near a mine in 1961. Based on the terrain, my off-the-cuff guess is that the scenes remind me of the area around Cripple Creek, Colorado. Anyone who knows the area better have different thoughts?

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“3 1960s 35mm Slides Family Enjoys Off Road Jeep Willys Mining Town Tour 1961”

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1943 Hotpoint Ad ‘Join the Bond Wagon’ on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: Here’s another “Bond Wagon” ad for sale on eBay.

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“Grade per Six Grade System: Near Mint
Page size in English units (approximate): 10 1/4″ X 13 3/4”

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1955 D.L. Beck Mfg Hardtop Brochure

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

This 4-page brochure from D.L. Beck Manufacturing included a separate price list that dates the brochure around August 1, 1955. Curiously, the “Econo” hardtop was no longer featured in the brochure (see a 1954 example brochure at the bottom of this post). Apparently that “Econo” line of hardtops wasn’t good enough after all (see letter at the bottom that explains the reference).

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3 Late-1940s Jeep Ads from Portugal on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International

These three ads are each listed separately on eBay. Two of the ads are from 1947 and one is from 1948. All three are the same size, approximately: 13.5 x 18.5 cm (5.31 x 7.28 inches).

  1. 1947 advertising JEEP UNIVERSAL by WILLYS-OVERLAND original print ad
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  2. 1947 advertising JEEP UNIVERSAL by WILLYS-OVERLAND original print ad
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  3. 1948 advertising JEEP UNIVERSAL by WILLYS-OVERLAND original print ad
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Don Pratt Jeep Tours

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

UPDATE: As best as I can tell, it looks like 1963 was when Don Pratt’s Jeep Tours began working with the Kachina Cab company.  The article appeared in the August 13, 1963, issue of the Arizona Republic:

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Originally posted June 2019:  According to this Pink Jeep Tour site, Pink Jeep Tours is the oldest continuously operating Jeep Tour Company in the United States. It was started in 1958 by a Sedona Realtor named Don Pratt, who would drive clients to see homes at Broken Arrow Estates. The Broken Arrow tour is the original Jeep tour and is still today the most popular tour in Sedona.Why did he make the jeeps pink? Mr. Pratt got the idea while visiting the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach, where everything was pink.

But, that’s only part of the story. In her book Echoes of Sedona Past, Mary Lou Keller explains how her and her husband cleared the first trail and how, when Glenn Keller decided not to open a jeep tour business, their friend Don Pratt asked if he could do it instead. Mrs. Keller covers the story in five pages of her book available to read on Google.The book also includes the image below of Mary Lou Keller with her do Pico in her (probably) 1946 CJ-2A:

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Negative of MB/GPW w/ External Tank on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

The negative of this below image was spotted by Steve. I wonder if the handling felt odd when the tank was full?

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“Original one-of-a-kind amateur 2 1/4″ square negative.  Excellent condition. The listing image was created using PhotoShop to make a positive digital image.  I did very little adjusting; you should be able to produce a much better print/image than the one shown in this listing.”

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1953 Ad For Winter Willys and the Farm Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Oops .. this was supposed to appear on Wed morning … Oh well!

This ad for Winter Willys was published in the February 21, 1953, issue of the Sacramento Bee. It highlights the availability of the Jeep branded implements. some of which was saw in these ‘Jeep’ brochure posts.

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1946 GET A ‘JEEP’ Mailer

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This 1946 brochure was produced as part of the GET A ‘JEEP’ campaign that lasted through most of 1946.

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Battery Powered Toy Jeep Lexington, KY **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE: It turns out that I didn’t have to scoop this up this toy myself after all; Tom from Kentucky obtained it, then mailed it to me. It surely was a cool surprised. In this note to me he mentioned it still runs, so I popped in some D batteries. Sure enough, this jeep still goes backwards and forwards. The only glitch on it is the broken windshield, but I’ll see what I can do to repair it. Many Thanks Tom!

This appears to be a rare Andy Gard G I remote control jeep. If it was near me, I’d scoop it up.

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1943 Jeep Used For English Stag Hunt

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Steve shared this July 2, 1943, article in the South Western Adviser (Perth, WA, Australia) about a couple of soldiers in a jeep who decided to join an English hunt.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/149800975?

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July 02, 1943, South Western Adviser, Australia

“JEEP HUNT”
THE UNITED STATES ARMY JEEP, ITS DRIVERS SAY, CAN GO ANYWHERE, AND DO ANYTHING, BUT, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, ONE WAS USED TO RIDE TO HOUNDS IN AN ENGLISH | STAG HUNT.

It happened “somewhere in England,” as soldiers developed their shooting eyes for Jerries on a rifle range. A firing group had just taken up places;’ adjust rifle slings, and were aiming, when the officer in charge yelled, “Hold it, men!”

Directly across the row of distant targets bounded a , magnificent stag. Soldiers’ mouths fell open as out of the; woods a Jeep hurtled in hot pursuit. In it rode two yelling, khaki-clad Robin Hoods.

The sergeant driver sent his vehicle bounding across small streams, missing trees by inches. A few seconds later a pack of hounds appeared in full cry. In fourth place, and well out of the
money, dashed mounted huntsmen.

An officer promptly ended the Doughbouys participation in the hunt. Huntsmen made it clear that chasing stags in Jeeps is definitely frowned upon in England. They also added—politely—that hunting is done only by invitation.

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Albany New York Police Department Jeep Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old Images

Joe shared these two Albany Police Department police photos posted by Albany’s Times Union online newspaper. The CJ-2A riot jeep is pic #30 of 35. The Wagon is pic #2 of 35.

https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Photos-Historic-Albany-police-vehicles-7213620.php#photo-9716797

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Original Road Warrior Camera Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old Images

Roger Martin shared this photo of, most likely, a CJ-2A or CJ-3A that was modified and outfitted with a camera. He spotted on Facebook. It was used on the set of the original Road Warrior Movie.

I was unable to find another photo of the camera jeep, but I did find a modified CJ-3B used for the Road Warrior (Fury Road) remake.

 
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1945 Article on Jeep Jealousy

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

Steve discovered this short article on a problem caused by jeeps in the Philippines (though this is a more complicated situation than just the existence of jeeps). The article was published in the October 11, 1945, issue of the Guinea Gold, a newspaper out of Australia. On the same page, there were two additional stories about Australian war brides getting preferential treatment for their trips (one article noted ‘secret’ trips by ship and another by a few women who got to fly to Hawaii) over returning service men.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/250680929?

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October 11, 1945, Guinea Gold

“Filipino men are trying to put US jeeps cut of bounds to all their women under 40 years, states Ray Johnston, war correspondent, in Brisbane Sunday Mail.

Almost any hpur of the day and night, American jeeps carrying attractive Filipino girls can be seen in Manila’s grievously war-damaged streets. Timorous mothers and jealous boy friends have been complaining against the attraction the jeep exercises on local girls.

In China, Government officials and citizens became alarmed over the fact that the Chinese took to jeeps, as ducks to water, so they prohibited their girls riding inthem.

“Maybe such a law would be considered rude in Manila, but we should do something about the
situation,” says the Manila Chronicle. “After all, we don’t want it said in future that the jeep won the war and our women, too!”

 
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Tonka Fire Jeep Collegeville, PA $100

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Steve shared this ‘all original’ Tonka Fire Jeep. It appears in good condition, but it’s missing a few items, including the ladder, the hood light, and one of the vertical cylinders on the back bumper.  The rear bumper unit is also bent backwards.

https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/atq/d/collegeville-awesome-early-60s-tonka/7174968022.html

“BEAUTIFUL RED TONKA JEEP, BETTER CONDITION THAN MOST, I HAVE HAD IT FOR YEARS BUT I AM MOVING AND SELLING OFF SOME TOYS – LOCAL PICKUP”

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1968 Democratic Convention Photo M-38A1 & M-151

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Bill shared this photo taken by a young Jefferson Siegel during the 1968 Democratic Convention. He wrote about being a 16yo photographer during the eventful convention.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/15/chicago-1968-democratic-national-convention-photographs

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6am, the morning after intense street battles in downtown Chicago. Photograph: Jefferson Siegel

 
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October 1941 Color Slide of Willys MA on eBay

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

A color slide from 1941? That’s a rarity.

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“Original 35mm film slide.
Subject: U.S. Army MP Willys Jeep at Camp Sibert (or Siebert) in Boulder City, NV.
Date: Oct. 1941
Mount/Film Type: Kodachrome, red border
The scan below has not captured all detail, but shows the relative sharpness of the slide. The green text reading “embitt scan” was superimposed after scanning.”

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1956 Willys Export Company Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This ad just expired on eBay and will likely be reposted at some point. It’s a Willys Export Company magazine ad, but unclear to me who the audience was. If this were a Canadian ad I imagine it would be tagged with a Kaiser Willys of Canada moniker, so it’s unclear to me what magazine this might have been.

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“1956 4 Wheel Drive Jeep Vintage Print Car Ad – Rare International Life Mag Ad
Aprox 10″ X 14 ” – Excellent condition
This is an ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC print ad from a Life or Saturday Evening Post Magazine. Not a reproduction or copy. There may be some yellowing or chipping around the edges.”

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1961 Structo Ride-on Fire Jeep Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is a good ad for the Structo Ride-on Fire Jeep. It appeared in the September 1961 issue of Playthings magazine.

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“You get 1 sheet, 2 pages.”

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1955 CJ-5 Winchester, ID $9000

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features • TAGS: .

What caught my eye about this one was the unusual hubs. Maybe an early Dualmatic (or dalmatic knock off?

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/328676541631581

“Listing for a friend. 9k OBO”

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1949 Jeep Trip from South America to Alaska

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An October 18, 1949, article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram announced Daniel M. Towns decision to drive a jeep from Magallanes, Chile, to Fairbanks, Alaska, then drive to Washington, D.C. He is hoping to be able to cross the Darien Gap rather than boat around it. He plans to use tracks on a jeep to get through the Gap. As of the date of the article, Willys-Overland (or a dealer) had already agreed to supply a jeep.

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A few weeks later, Towns received some advice from Frank Buck, as described in a November 07, 1949, article in the Forth Worth Star-Telegram. Frank Buck died a few months later.

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DJ-3A Front Seat Installation Instructions from 1956

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Documents, Features

Somehow, I never posted these Instructions for installing DJ-3A seats that Terry sent me. So, here they are in a post of there own. These are the official instructions dated June 15, 1956, for the front passenger seat installation on a DJ-3A using Field Kit Attaching Parts No. 696529:

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1946 Ad for Olympic Spark Plugs

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: Steve spotted this interesting post that shows a hoard of envelopes sent by customers and dealers to Olympic that was found. It’s kind of cool.

“There were over 100 covers here, and I have scanned a number of them above to share with members. A few were pre-war 1930s.

There are amazing array of origin country, commercial covers from the 1940s mainly. They have never been near a stamp dealer for ~65-75 years.

Burma, Portuguese India, Iran, Iraq, Cyprus, Malta, Southern Rhodesia, Thailand, Malaysia, France, China, Netherlands indies, Sarawak, Uganda, Belgium, Portugal, Turkey, a real early Israel cover, Egypt, Trinidad, Fiji, South Africa, Argentina, Sudan (several!), Lebanon, Ceylon, Greece and

There is a 1949 India Gandhi commercially used – a $50-$100 cover in today’s market. Who would know – 1949 Gandhi stuff is white hot.

Includes Registered mail and Postage dues assessed etc. Pretty much all of them sent to Olympic Spark Plugs Pty Ltd in Melbourne.”

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This May 29, 1946, ad out of Australia in “The Bulletin” shows what I believe to be a depiction of two Chinese women driving a jeep.

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“Olympic Spark Plugs Large Full Page Original Advertisement removed from a 1946 Australian Newspaper and in good condition for age having some marks and creases and age yellowing and minor damage around the edges. PLEASE NOTE the minor damage around the edges. Size of the paper which the advertisement is on is 43 cms x 27 cms. It would look good framed on your wall or displayed with your Olympic Spark Plug Collection or if you collect Spark Plug Memorabilia. This advertisement would be hard to find in this size.”

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1953 Column by Dick Sanburn about the ‘Old’ Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles
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Photo Credit: http://umanitoba.ca/libraries/units/archives/tribune/photographs/display_photo.php?id=5001 … This is a 1945 photo from VE Day as the paper prepared for the special “extra” paper announcing the end of the war in Europe. Richard “Dick” Sanburn appears to be the follow standing int he back, slightly bent over without a jacket, fourth from the left. He would go on to become editor of the Calgary Herald.

An April 20, 1953, column by Dick Sanburn out of the Calgary Herald, from Calgary, Canada, shared the news that a new type of jeep, the Mighty Mite, had been introduced. This led Dick to reminisce about the capabilities and rough ride of the jeeps he experienced during WWII. I thought his take on the customization of jeeps by their drivers (or jockeys as he refers to them).

Dick Sanburn’s column “Take it From Here” was launched after the joined the Calgary Herald in 1951. It became a local landmark. According to his obituary, “People either loved it or hated it, but they were never neutral. And that was because Sanburn never pulled his punches.”

During his earlier years as a war correspondent, he was frequently under fire. By the end of the war he had been made a member of the Order of the British Empire. Dick passed away on October 1, 1982 (his obit is at the bottom of this post, along with two of his articles).

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August 1958 CJ-3B Farm Jeep Ad **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International, Magazine

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This ad was published in an Australian farming magazine.

“Australian Jeep Original Advertisement removed from a 1958 Australian Farming Magazine and in good condition for age having some marks and creases and age yellowing of the paper. Size is 18 cms x 24 cms.  It would look good framed on your wall or displayed with your vehicle at a car show.”

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Several Lots of Full-Size Jeep Brochures

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

An eBay seller has several lots of full-size jeep brochures for sale.

  1. 2 different lots of 8 12-page 1966 Jeep Wagoneer brochures for $25 (plus shipping)
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  2. 2 different lots of 8 12-page 1966 Jeepster Commando brochures:
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  3. 2 different lots of 8 8-page Gladiator brochures:
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