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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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Canfield Tow Company Wrecker Mailers & Documents

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

UPDATE: Mike shared some additional Canfield information, which I’ve added to this post. 

1. Mike’s Canfield Wrecker Mailer Postcard. 8 x 9 Folded , 11 x 9 Unfolded. This is the outside back and front. Note the Overload Springs and Push-Plates (aka Push-Bumpers), which Canfield marketed for years (Koenig also had push plates/bumpers, but with slots for a winch). 
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This inner portion allowed recipients to resend the postcard back to Canfield for more information.

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2. Canfield Wrecker Mailer Postcard from eBay. These images came from eBay and don’t show the whole card. From the eBay ad:  “original Postcard, 8.5 x 5.5, Canfield Tow Truck Equipment.”

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3. Additional Canfield information. Mike provided these bulleltins about how to sell the Canfield wrecker to prospects. These first two pages deal with incentives for Jeep dealers for installing Canfield wreckers.

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Dec. 1945 Outdoor Life Magazine Story on the Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Magazine

UPDATE: Originally Posted July 26, 2014. There is currently an issue for $7 on eBay.

The December 1945 Issue of Outdoor Life Magazine contained an article titled “A Jeep Will Get You There”. It is filled with photos of a VEC CJ-2A used for a fishing trip. The photos aren’t the best, but still an interesting article. Outdoor Life also featured the story on the front cover.

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1944 Photo of Jeeps in Mud Advancing on Germany

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This photo of a couple jeep maneuvering through mud and over a series of logs was published in the  October 14, 1944, issue of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Western JEEP Toy Ads on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, toys

UPDATE: Here are three Western JEEP toy ads on eBay.

1. This ad appeared in the May 1946 issue of Toys and Novelties. It looks to be an early ad for the Western Jeep. I didn’t realize it was manufactured out of Seattle.

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2. This ad appeared in the Playthings Magazine in September of 1946. It announced that the Western Jeep had proven too popular and was sold out. There was a kiddie ride called the Western Jeep that look like it used this style of jeep (see post below this one).

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3. This ad appeared most likely in a 1946 issue of Toys and Novelties. The seller of this ad is purposefully obscuring the date and magazine, so it isn’t clear whether when this ad was published.

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4. This ad appears in a 1947 magazine, probably Toys and Novelties. It announced a new low price (though the price of the ad on eBay is anything but low):

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Coast Guard’s Miracle Jeep aka Invader Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, videos

The Coast Guard’s “Invader Jeep” (with photos here and photos/article/film here) was apparently also called the “Miracle Jeep”. The designer was Chief Petty Officer Charles D. Benjamin.

For starters, this short news reel clip has a reference to it in the Descriptive Log as a Miracle Jeep: https://www.historicfilms.com/tapes/14555_1773.97_1798 . Here’s a screen shot:

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The March 18, 1944, issue of the Dayton Herald refers to the Coast Guard Super jeep as a “Miracle Jeep” as well:

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The June 25, 1944, issue of the Indianapolis Star also refers to the jeep as the “Miracle Jeep”.

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1979 Spain Jeep Rally video

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing, videos

Here’s another, less exciting video with more safety equipment.  I don’t understand why they are racing with the windshield in place? And, I’m glad when I raced I didn’t have so many people so close to the track.

 
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Desert Foxes Jeep Club Patch on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Currently priced at $149.99, it looks like a club jacket patch. According to the California 4-Wheel Drive Association’s history page, the Desert Foxes formed out of long reach prior to April of 1959. The club was one of the charter members of the Association.

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“Original Desert Foxes Jeep Club Member Embroidered Patch Iron-On Sew-On 7 1/2”. Condition is “Used”.”

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Willys-Overland Inscribed Lighter on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

This is priced at $750. This has a late 1940s-early 1950s Willys-Overland logo along with the cursive inscription of Liz Hunnicutt. I tried to matched Liz Hunnicutt with Willys, but I didn’t have any luck with Google searches.

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“Rare Zippo Lighter Willys-Overland Automotive Advertising 1937/1950
Pat. 2032695
The Insert is a 2517191
Good Condition with Good Snap
Inscribed Willys-Overland On One Side
Inscribed Liz Hunnicutt on The Other
VERY RARE LIGHTER – ESPECIALLY INSCRIBED WITH LADY’S NAME (POSSIBLE WAR TIME)”

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1950 Sunset Fishing Line and Twine Contest Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: Still Available.

(07/07/2020) In May of 1950, Fishing Line and Twine sponsored a contest that is described in the Field and Stream ad below . The grand prize consisted of a Willys-Overland Station Wagon, Trailorboat, Harris Trailer, 7 1/2 h.p. Marting outward motor, My Buddy tackle box, Hodgman wader, Montague rod, Ocean City reel, set of Voo Doo Lures, and a spool of Sunset fishing line.

To win the contest, a person simply had to write down their favorite fishing ‘tall tale’ in 150 words or less and send to the Sunset Line and Twine, located in San Francisco. There were 22 weeks of weekly prizes and then the five top prizes.

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“1950 Print Ad Sunset Fishing Line Willys Overland Station Wagon Contest”

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