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1942 Santa w/ Kids in a jeep

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

This 1944 newspaper photo of Santa in a jeep shows a military jeep with a taller-than-normal windshield, almost 2A like. This was published in the December 28, 1942, in the Bull Horn out of Norman, Oklahoma.

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1947 Press Photo of Japanese Kids in Toy Jeeps on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This press photo was taken March 30, 1947, at a Japanese department story where kids got to test out riding jeeps from a Japanese manufacturer who added “Kiroy was Here” to the dash. I don’t think these models of riding jeeps have been documented.

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“1947 Press Photo Children playing with toy jeeps at a department store in Japan. This is an original press photo. Japan (General). Japanese children, visiting a Tokyo department store, try out toy jeeps bearing the slogan “Kilroy was here,” placed on them by the Japanese manufacturer.Photo measures 7 x 8.75inches. Photo is dated 3-30-1947. ”

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I was able to locate a corresponding photo in a newspaper. This one appeared in the March 31, 1947, issue of the Des Moines Tribune out of Iowa:

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November 1946 Carl’s Motor Co. Dealer Ad

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

This looks like it may have been a full-page ad for Carl’s Motor company, despite the news stories sprinkled within. Note the photo of Bob Hope in a CJ-2A that seems to be promoting Carl’s Motors (I wonder if Bob Hope knew it).

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1946 Photo of Jeep Supplying Rural WV Schools

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

As of December 1946, Wyoming County Schools in West Virginia still had 52 one-room schools attended by 1200 students. To serve and maintain those schools throughout the year, the county purchased a CJ-2A.

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More details about the rural schools in this article from the December 27, 1946, issue of the Beckley Post Herald out of West Virginia.

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DJ-3A Gala in Ride the Wild Surf

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos • TAGS: .

Roger Martin pointed me to a Facebook photo from the 1964 movie Ride the Wild Surf. Pictured is Shelley Fabares (who had a higher billing than her female co-star) and Barbara Eden. The beach party movie also starred Fabian and a DJ-3A Gala.

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This is a video clip from the beach scene:

Here’s another short video clip of a Gala in the movie:

 
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Philadelphia’s Road Patrol Service

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images

This article in the June 28, 1948, issue of Newsweek covers how the Keystone Automobile Club’s three jeeps were transformed into mobile video units for the 1948 Republican and Democratic Conventions that were being held in Philadelphia.

Six months earlier in January, the same jeeps had been setup with radios to help manage road patrol issues (multiple news articles mentioned this), so adding television service expanded, albeit temporarily, the capabilities of the jeeps.

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Last year we saw a different pic of one of the jeeps that is housed in Philadlephia’s free library:

 
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1972 The Salzburg Connection Jeep Scene

• CATEGORIES: Features
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Screen shot from The Salzburg Connection.

Bill spotted a scene with a jeep in the 1972 movie The Salzburg Connection (it might appear other places, as I didn’t have a chance to watch it). You can see the jeep scene between 41:45 and 42:35. It looks to be an MB.

By the end of the scene, the driver is deliriously (Psychotically?) happy. Maybe he was just really happy to be driving a jeep?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7RyQw1g8fU

Here’s a photo that was posted to the IMCDB site:

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Unusual Exhaust Modification

• CATEGORIES: Features

Jay just purchased a WWII jeep with this unusual exhaust modification. There are lots of guesses on Facebook about what it is or why it existed. Any thoughts?

(This is the only pic he currently has, as he is still awaiting delivery of the jeep.)

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1943 Santa, Jeep, War Bond Card on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

This Merry Christmas card with Santa in a Jeep promoted war bonds for the 1943 Christmas season.

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“1943 Santa Claus World War II Military Jeep Buy War Stamps Merry Christmas Card. has some glue and paper on the back from the scrapbook it was in. See photos for details.”

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Old Christmas Photo Card w/CJ-2A on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Postcards

The Dolds’ family wishing their friends and family Merry Crhistmas. The windshield and the passenger step have already both been modified on this jeep.

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“This Auction is for 1 VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH TYPE CARD
1950’S-60’S ERA? MIGHT BE BY BROAD RIPPLE, INDIANA?
CHRISTMAS CARD-JEEP-DACHSHUND DOG IN INDIANA

THE PHOTO IS CLEAR 1-2 FEET AWAY, THE PHOTO IS CLEAR UNDER MAGNIFY GLASS, BUT DARK. OPEN FACE CARD, BLANK BACK, WITH CAPTION. THESE CARDS WERE MADE MOST LIKELY FROM A DEPARTMENT STORE AND GIVEN TO NEIGHBOR’S, FAMILY & FRIENDS DURING THE HOLIDAYS.

CAPTION:” THE DOLDS? ”

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1942 Tobe Deutschmann Ad w/ Slat Grille MBs on eBay

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

A whole ‘flock’ of Slat Grilles flying over a battle field.

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“What It Is
A wonderful original magazine ad from 1942 for
Tobe Deutschmann Corp. Filterettes and Capacitors – Canton, Massachusetts
wonderfully illustrated by Walter Richards
Those Jeep Riders have an ear cocked for radio instructions.

Specifications
Ad is about 7.5 x 11 inches
Condition Note
It’s rather difficult to get the color and the contrast of the original in a scan AND preserve any flaws, which tend to get muted, so this text will describe flaws, if any.”

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Damn the Torpedo ‘Fuel’, Full Speed Ahead

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

A September 23, 1956, article in the Lansing State Journal (Michigan) tells the story of an auto parts dealer who bought some surplus fuel, only to find out it was a special type of fuel.

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1962 Service Bulletin: The 1000-Mile Inspection

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

Mike shared this June 18, 1962, Willys Motors Service Bulletin that has an updated 1000-mile inspection checklist. It’s both a handy checklist for the inspection of your current vintage jeep or for use when checking out a new jeep.

PDF Version of Checklist
(or an Alternative Checklist create by a reader years ago)

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1942 Photo of NY Gov Lehman in Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo shows New York Governor Lehman and Col. Broadus sitting in a jeep.

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“1942 Press Photo New York Governor takes ride in military jeep. This is an original press photo. New York – jeep – Lieutenant … reviews, Colonel Broadus salutes, Governor Lehman takes a ride Photo measures 8.25 x 5.25 inches. Photo is dated 04-07-1942.”

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1955 Ad w/ Mocked CJ-5 From Prev Photo

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

A 1955 newspaper ad for jeep looks familiar to me. Noticing that the spare tire was mounted like that of a CJ-2, I realized that the CJ-5 portion of the photo had been illustrated and an extra tree added.

Here’s how the ad looks, edited and cropped, in 1955 (ad is on eBay):

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Here’s how the original 1945 press photo looked:

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Newest Jeep Stuff

• CATEGORIES: Features

A guy in Seattle sold several lots of jeep stuff from his collection on eBay and I was a the fortunate recipient. So, Merry Christmas to me! The items that particularly interested me were the two different Baier lighters and the two wooden jeep pipes.

The Baier lighters were heavier and in better shape than I expected, while the two wooden pipes are both from France, each with engraved differently on the bottom.

The jeep toys range in quality, but I didn’t have any of them, so they were just a fun bonus. 
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Here’s a close up of the two Baier lighters. To ignite the lighter on the large jeep with the map on the top, you turn the door handles (either the passenger side and drivers side). Turning the handle releases the hood piece, causing the lighter to spark (no fuel in it currently). The smaller jeep is the same principle, only there’s a single button above the driver’s door and the lighter piece that pops up is in the top, not the hood.

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My growing collection of jeep lighters and smoking related jeeps hasn’t been planned, but does seem to be growing….

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Hallmark’s Sesame Street FJ-3 Ornament $19.95 (and more)

• CATEGORIES: Features, FJ

Jesse shared this FJ-3 ornament information. Last year, I posted about Sesame Street’s use of an FJ-3 as Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck. What I didn’t know was that Jesse sold an FJ-3 that was renovated into real Cookie Monster Foodie Truck that is now at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. But, it doesn’t serve food. Instead, it is a kids interactive challenge (there’s an online version at PBS):

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Cookie Monster food truck interactive spot. (photo by @bioreconstruct from this website).

Here’s another one:

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When you momma and poppa frogs hop in line for food, let the tadpoles play at the nearby foodie truck challenge. Help Cookie Monster and Gonger prepare delicious meals by following along with the video instructions and pressing the correct buttons for the right ingredients! Photo Credit: Undercover Tourist.

As for the ornament, you can order it here: https://www.hallmark.com/ornaments/keepsake-ornaments/sesame-street-cookie-monsters-foodie-truck-ornament-with-sound-1999QXI2734.html

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And, if you don’t want an ornament, you can buy a kids FJ-3 Cookie Monster Food Truck at Target for $14.99:

https://www.target.com/p/sesame-street-cookie-monster-39-s-foodie-truck/-/A-76614704

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Or, for only $6.99, you can purchase a Cookie Monster Board book:

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Photo of 2 Ford GPs on eBay

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

Nice photo with some history showing 2 Ford GPs.

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“Offered is an original WWII time period photograph. It belonged Lt. Salvador Joseph Cuttitta who was enlisted with the 6th Armored Infantry and trained with 1st Armored Division. He was then transferred to serve with the 5th Armored Division. There is some tape on the corners. Picture measures approximately 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ inches.”

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NOS San Angelo Gun Rack No. 10 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Here’s a great add-on for a vintage jeep. Not many of these NOS San Angelo gun racks around. The No. 10 rack appears to have been an entry rack model.

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“Vintage Jeep vehicle gun rack No. 10. Willys . Contains 1 bracket for the dash and 1 for the floor.- New Old Stock- Un-opened, still wrapped with the original plastic. Made by San Angelo Co. Original box has slight discoloration in some areas. Plastic wrap has some small holes and splits.
The Pictures show item as it is being sold.”

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1980s Jeep Parts Poster on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

This unusual poster shows a pretty complete list of production civilian jeeps (though no FC-150). It advertises Jeep Parts out of Portland, Oregon, and is priced at $99, but the seller is accepting offers. It was an Oregon company.

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“Jeep Parts Ad Vintage 1981 Wrangler & Sexy Bikini Girl Poster Oregon 18 x 24
The company’s name is Jeep Parts. I can not find a date on the poster but the most recent model listed for part available is 1981. Lots of great old Jeeps depicted: Wrangler, Cherokee, panel delivery, fc170 truck, commando, 2500 truck, jeepster, scrambler, 475, f4-134, tuxedo park mark IV, universal, dispatcher, surrey, station wagon, cj-7, cj-3, cj-6, cj-2a, cj-101, …awesome!
The arrow is pointing at an old disintegrated rubber band mark near the top.

Size / dimensions :
18 x 24 inches
46 cm x 60.5 cm”

 
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Christmas and New Year Jeep-O-Grams

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

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In 1942, the Amarillo Globe-News and the Amarillo Daily News published messages called Jeep-O-Grams in both the hometown newspapers and a special Holiday Greeting edition of the Globe News Jeep. They did it as a way for families to send their family members world-wide Christmas wishes (though they did charge 4 cents a word).

What is the Glove News Jeep? Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to track down an example. According to the Volume 20 (sometime in 1942) issue of Newsweek, “Employees of The Amarillo ( Texas ) Globe – News get up a weekly soldiers ‘ and sailors ‘ edition in their spare time called Amarillo Globe – News Jeep . Carrying no advertising , the eight pages are packed with pictures and stories of men in the military”. 

While acknowledging it was an imperfect system for sending greetings to soldiers, the Amarillo Daily newspaper noted that the cable systems were expected to be jammed with messages during December 1942. So, a Jeep-O-Gram in the holiday edition of the Globe News jeep was better than nothing.

I’ll start with the published page of Jeep-O-Grams and then work backwards. The messages in the N-Z image are easier to read. I can publish a link to a higher res version of A-N if anyone is interested.

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March 1941 Popular Mechanics Article on Pygmy

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

This article on the Ford “Pygmy” was published in the March 1941 issue of Popular Mechanics. You’ll note there is no reference to the vehicle being called a “GP” (though, to be fair, the term GPW never appears in the magazine either), nor is there a reference to it being “General Purpose”.

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Walt Disney Driving a “Lefty” CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, videos

These photos popped up one Facebook recently, likely pulled from the Just A Car Guy blog. I believe these were originally from some kind of video of Disney driving, because I was able to find an animated gif on Pinterest of the same event. I could not locate the original video, but I’m sure it is digitized and out there on the net somewhere …

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Photo of Slat Grille Jeep Being Loaded onto Plane on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

No date on this photo of a Slat Grille MB being loaded onto a plane.

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“Press Photo Military personnel watch Jeep being loaded on aricraft. This is an original press photo. Military personnel — Jeep – aircraftPhoto measures 10 x 8inches. Photo is dated –NONE.”

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Feb 1957 Science and Mechanics FC-150 Blurb

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

The February 1957 issue of Science and Mechanics introduced readers to the FC-150 with this short article.
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