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Four in a Jeep — International Posters

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, Features

Die Vier im Jeep (Four in a Jeep) was the original title of this 1951.  It was filmed in Austria. Anyone seen it?  I found some neat posters about it. Here’s more on Wikipedia.

“In post-war Vienna, occupied by the Allies, four sergeants representing each of the occupying nations (USA, England, France, Soviet Union)patrol in the same Jeep. One day they are given the mission to capture and arrest a prisoner who has run away from a Soviet war prisoner camp. But when they learn the truth about Karl, the runaway, and Franziska, his wife, they decide to help him instead. The trouble is that the Soviet sergeant is held on a short leash by his superiors. He has strict orders not to let the fugitive slip away and he comes into conflict with his fellow military policemen. In these conditions, Will Karl and Franziska be reunited and live free again?”

You can find Four In A Jeep: Director’s Cut at Amazon.com

I found a variety of posters at comicartfans.com.  These were all posted by the owner of the originals, Roy Mann.

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Mass on a Jeep from the Catholic Harold Newspaper

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

The Catholic Herald Newspaper published this photo on page one of the November 17, 1944, issue. The caption reads, “MASS ON A JEEP! Troops of the West Yorks Regiment attending Mass conducted by Chaplain J. Nolan, of Bradford, Yorkshire, in a jungle clearing in Manipur State.

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1951 CJ-3A Compressor Post Card on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Postcards

Here’s a good shot of a compressor in a CJ-3A.

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Scramm Corporation Air Compressor Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This looks like the one in the postcard.

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1955 Farnsworth and Middlekauff Welder Brochure

Here’s a rare brochure that was sold on eBay a few years ago.

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Schwimmwagen Porto Azzurro, Italy on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Other 4x4s • TAGS: .

You’ll need to reach deep to purchase this rare vehicle.

“This car has never been restored since WW2, and in Italy is well known like to be the best example existing since the first ’50, there is also a car magazine that show this car for sale in 1968.Very original car and very nice body, never demaged, the car belonged to a FJ division and was founded in 1945 near Po river. Still original motor plate and gear plate, all original color inside motor area, original motor remade new 3 years ago.Unique and irripetible opportunity ti get a car like this one. Please, no curious or timewaster, only serious collectors. tel.  0039-320-4044732”

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January 1943 Popular Mechanics “Jeeps on the Farm” Article

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

Here is an early article that highlights the potential for jeeps following the war. You can see the online version at Google Books. I couldn’t find an issue for sale on eBay.

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January 1943 Pop Mechanics Jeep Flies Target Plane

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

A couple additional references to the jeep were made in the January 1943 issue of Popular Mechanics. You can see the online version at Google Books

1) Page 33: “Jeep Flies Target Plane to Help Gunner’s Aim”

Apparently, a plane was mounted to a jeep and driven across an open field.  I’ve never seen any other pictures of this.

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2) Page 64: Perhaps this is the first running model jeep? It certainly was an early one!

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Willys Overland Ad from the Advertising Archives

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Roberto spotted this unusual ad at the Advertising Archives website. Searches using Jeep and Willys yields some others as well, but none as unique.  There are no indications regarding which magazines published the ad.

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August 1953 Wild Jeep Desert Run Article

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images Jeeping • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This two page article describes the 5th annual Cavalcade event in 1953. It was published in an August 1953 magazine, publisher unknown.

“original magazine article , 8.5 x 12 , 2 Pages , describes Cavalcade from Hemit through Coyote Canyon to Calexico, CA”

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Goofy Driving a Willys Jeep Toy on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I tried to find another example of this toy elsewhere on the web, but had no luck.  Maybe that’s why it is priced at $100?

“Near Mint condition. 4 1/4” long. Says “Willy” on hood and windshield. Marx Logo on bottom. A RARE and Cool Goofy & Willy’s Collectible!

I have been a Goofy collector for over 30 years and have decided to sell my collection. Please check my store often as I am continually adding items! THANKS for looking!”

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1963 Ad for Tonka Toy Sets

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, toys

This advertisement includes a couple Tonka jeeps with descriptions.

“Great ads from a 1963 W D Gousset Co publication. These ads are over 49 years old and are excellent for framing. Pages are mostly good condition, see scans for details. Measures about 8″ X 11″. Combine orders at the same shipping rate for these ads no matter how many ads you buy at a flat rate of $2.99 in the US, $3.99 Canada & $5.99 Worldwide.”

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Barlow Jeep School in Arizona

• CATEGORIES: Features

Looking for something else, I happened across the Barlow Jeep School website today.  The school is also on Facebook.

According to the website:

Barlow Jeep School provides professional 4×4 driving instruction and training. Jeeps are our specialty, but all makes of 4wd vehicles are welcome.  Based in Arizona, regular group courses are conducted in the Table Mesa area, north of Phoenix, Arizona. Private, custom training or consultation is available at a variety of locations throughout the western U.S.

 
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Steve’s Christmas Mug

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Steve received this really neat mug from Santa.  It was a custom mug created by a local (northern California) artist. The artist will do other custom mugs.

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1944 GPW Jasper, IN **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPW (Ford MB)

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Here’s your Christmas Day laugh . . . Robin forwarded this amusing ad. Action figured included!

“PEOPLE ! PEOPLE ! PEOPLE ! WHO’LL GIVE ME ? A WW2 CLASSIC 1944 FORD GPW. I MESSED AROUND MILITARIZING CJ-2s FOR YEARS , I FINALLY LAY CLAIM TO THIS ORIGINAL FORD GPW 4 YEARS AGO ,THEN MY DAUGHTER DIVORCES MY MECHANIC ( I should’ve sided with him.) ESPECIALLY WITH ME HAVING THE MECHANICAL APTITUTE OF A GRAPE (I KNOW I should’ve sided with him.),…. SO INSTEAD OF PIECING HER OUT..SO HERE SHE SITS….. I’VE BEEN FORCED TO GIVE UP MY ORIGINAL PLANS,( REENACTMENTS, PARADES AND JUST A GREAT SHOOTING PLATFORM.) AND TURN MY PRIZE GPW INTO A HALLOWEEN DISPLAY. INDIANA TITLED AS A FORD, ORIGINAL GPW serial #ed 4 CYL. FLAT HEAD ENGINE (TURNS OVER EASY & FIRES RIGHT UP, NEEDS GAS LINE HOOKED UP…EXHAUSTHOOKED UP TO THE MANIFOLD& A COUPLE OF BELTS . HAS HAD A PREVIOUS UP GRADE TO 12 VOLT).. 12 VOLT… HAS ALL 3 SEAT FRAMES & CUSHIONS…CANVAS TOP & BOWS …NICE EXTRA RT. FT. FENDER…PINTEL HOOK…FIRE EXTINGUISHER… BLACK-OUT LIGHT…, AIR PUMP, HAVE PICs OF ENGINE COMPARTMENT NOTHING MISSING THERE, BUT THE EXHAUST PIPE, AND A COUPLE OF FAN BELTS…( I’VE BEEN TOLD MY AIR CLEANER IS UPSIDE DOWN , ( BUT THAT’S THE INTERNATIONAL DISTRESS SIGN, FOR I NEED A MECHANIC …. PROBABLY NEEDS A BRAKES JOB TOO, ..N EEDS AN EXHAUST SYSTEM , CLUTCH ? NEEDS A GAS TANK ( HAVE THE OLD ORIGINAL ONE WHICH HAS HOLES.) …. THE TUB IS IN GOOD SOUND CONDITION, IT’S NOT A RUST BUCKET… PLEASE ASK IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, ”

 

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Canadian Military Education Centre Chilliwack, BC, Canada

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPW (Ford MB), International, MB, Museums • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Originally published 12/24/2012

The Canadian Military Education Centre museum at Chilliwack, Canada, has three nicely restored jeeps.  Here is a nice set of pictures that shows a number of the vehicles they have: http://www.flickr.com/photos/unclegal/sets/72157627666293766/with/6142314877/

1942-45 GPW:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/unclegal/6142314877/in/photostream/

1942 MB:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/unclegal/6142887298/in/photostream/

1942 Slat Grill MB: http://www.flickr.com/photos/unclegal/6142889178/in/photostream/

 
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Happy Holidays!

• CATEGORIES: Biscuit, Features • TAGS: .

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Poor Biscuit has been run so little this year that we had to get him a new battery for xmas.  That perked him right up!  We took him for a spin between rain showers and snapped some pics.  There might be some updates on Christmas day . . . or there might not be.

 

 
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More on Circus Jeeps

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

Yesterday I received a book I purchased earlier this month called “Circus and Carnival Trucks 1923-2000″.  Though mostly about trucks, the book includes several pictures of jeeps.  One of the pictures shows a jeep modified into a performance  prop called the “Little Red School House”.  Essentially, it’s a mobile school house that can be brought into a performance and then quickly driven away.

Trying to find other examples of this, I discovered a great thread from the CJ-2A Page about a jeep ownerwho managed to track down the history of a early CJ-2A his father bought from the Ringling Brothers Circus.  After some help from the forum and some research, he discovered several photos of his jeep all dressed up as “Lilliput”.

The Illinois State University has some pictures of Lilliput.  Here are a couple.  You can view more pics and the entire thread related to the re-discovery of Lilliput at the CJ-2A Page.


1) http://digital.library.illinoisstate.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/circus/id/1073/rec/119

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2) http://digital.library.illinoisstate.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/circus/id/908/rec/109 (you can just see the pto bar sticking out from the rear of the jeep).

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Here’s another example of a performance jeep.  This is the “Little Red School House”. The picture is from the side.  The second looks more like a jeep.

3) http://digital.library.illinoisstate.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/circus/id/2651/rec/1

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4) This picture is on page 50 of the book I mentioned at the beginning of this post.

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1968 Rat Patrol Movie Poster on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I wish this hasn’t been folded.

“Original one sheet movie poster measuring approx. 27×41 inches. From the 1968 UA release of MASSACRE HARBOR. This is an original movie poster that would have been displayed by a theater. Not a reproduction. Folded as it came originally. This poster is in excellent unused condition. Photo is of the actual item listed. View my other items and combine shipping!”

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Intermittent Updates for the next week

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The kids are in town for Christmas, so updates will be intermittent.

My sister forwarded this picture of her chickens celebrating the holidays.

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Chuck’s 1951 CJ-3A

• CATEGORIES: Builds, CJ-3A, Features • TAGS: .

Chuck wrote me yesterday to share his good looking 1951 CJ-3A. He bought it last summer off of eWillys, choosing a 1951 jeep because that was the year he was born. The body, home built by the previous owner, is made from 3/16th steel. Chuck is currently rebuilding a Koenig hard top for it.

Chuck, thanks for sharing the pics. I look forward to seeing the top when you finish it!

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1964 Photograph of Guys and Guns on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This odd photograph shows guys with their guns o a CJ-2A.

“Operation: May 1964
Location: United States
Specialty: Young gun loving American male hunters with their trusty shot guns and classic Willys Jeep CJ5.
Identification: Date stamp along the border of the image.
Image Type & Dimensions: Single-Weight ~ Gelatin Silver ~ Color ~ 3.5″ x 3.5″
Condition: Very Good: Some discoloration on the reverse side with minor edge and corner wear.”

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Seasons Greetings from Canada

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The holiday spirit seems to have overtaken Lawrence and his 1929 Willys Overland Whippet. Lawrence hails from West Vancouver, BC, Canada.  I guess they take the holidays pretty seriously up there. This picture shows them getting ready to deliver Christmas eve presents in style.  And here, I thought he got the Whippet all dressed up just to land at the top of eWillys!  Lawrence is also the soon-to-be owner of FC-150.

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Africa in a Jeep by Joe Ceurvorst

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

I stumbled across this book written by French Author Joe Ceurvorst based on a trip in 1956.  I have found two different covers for it (shown below).  Most copies seem to be in the UK. The author was traveling around Africa about the same time as Dorothy and Louise.

Apparently, the writers of the Catholic Herald weren’t uber fans of the book.  Their review, in full, from March 9th, 1956, goes like this:

It may seem virtually impossible today to find real adventure, the French author of this book found it by irresponsibly taking an old liberation jeep, with a single passenger and a dog, on a round-African trip from Algiers to the Gulf of Guinea, thence to Lake Victoria, and back to Tunis via Cairo.

Our surprise, however, at his still being alive is greater than at the revelations of his story. It was worth writing, but the account is superficial. Good reading, perhaps. for a dull and oversafe train journey.

Abe Books has copies of this book

1) http://www.abebooks.co.uk/Africa-Jeep-Ceurvorst-J-Staples-1956/67949495/bd

2) http://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/author/ceurvorst/sortby/3/

3) http://www.abebooks.com/book-search/author/joe-ceurvorst/

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WWII Military Stamp Kit **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

The seller claims these were used for stamping Willys, MBs, Dodge during WWII.  I don’t know if that is true or not, but it is a neat kit.

“Found in estate sale, ww2 military metal stamping kit, all the numbers and letters are there with extra stamping tool. look at my other action for moor military items, thank you”

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