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WEST-CRAFT Super Jeep Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Models

I found this ad for a WEST-CRAFT Super jeep on eBay.  After some searching, I also found a model kit for sale on ioffer.com.

Here is the AD: View all the information on eBay

This is the model kit I found on ioffer.com.  I’ve never used the site: http://www.ioffer.com/i/west-craft-super-jeep-kit-3842404

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1950s Fort Worth Willys Matchbook Cover

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on ebay

How about this unusual matchbook cover from Fort Worth Willys showing a CJ-5 and a PTO/Post Hole Digger in action.

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College Students Restoring a 1943 Willys

• CATEGORIES: Features, News

I ran across this article yesterday.  Some college students at the Ontario, Canada, college of Notre Dame plan to restore a 1943 Willys.  The picture comes from the Welland Tribune’s online article.


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1960s? Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, MI Jeep train Postcards

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, DJ-3A, Features, Postcards • TAGS: , .

Here are a couple different postcards of a DJ-3A Surrey towing some kind of visitor car at the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, MI.  The Bavarian Inn is still there.  I wonder what happened to the jeep?

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Photograph with a Couple Willys MAs

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

Pictured here are a couple Willys MAs.  I spotted the pictured at http://med-dept.com/testimonies/harold_okeefe.php

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Wood Model of Jack Daniels 1957 Willys Truck on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

This is located in Israel.  It’s just kind of unusual, so I thought I’d highlight it.


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Fantastic Cavern’s Display Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums • TAGS: , .

Hugh unearthed a couple pics of an old cave jeep on display at Fantastic Caverns.

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Cut and Paste Jeep – Fund Raising during WWII

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

From the National Archives comes this photograph of a document used to record funding raising for jeep parts. There is supposed to be a corresponding blueprint, but I haven’t found the document yet.

“Cut Out Appropriate Photo and Paste Down Over Corresponding Blueprint on Jeep Poster as Each Part is Paid For”


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An Armoured CJ-5 Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features • TAGS: .

Steve spotted this photo of an Armoured CJ-5 used by Armoured Banking Services to transport cash.  On July 26th, 1966,  this jeep was used to ferry cash to the Veterans Administration. A couple of men decided to make a withdrawal from the two employees carrying the cash into VA building, knocking them down with a submachine guns.  You can read the whole story in the article below the eBay photo.

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This is an article I found online about the robbery:

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Guillermo Forchino Tour of Duty Sculpture on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, International

Craig spotted this unusual sculpture by Guillermo Forchino.  Born in Argentina, he now lives in France. You can read more about Guillermo at his website.

“COMIC ART OF GUILLERMO FORCHINO TOUR OF DUTY ARMY TRUCK JEEP Brand new with the certificate I Was going to start collecting his work but I changed my mind this is a great piece comes in the original packaged material limited edition 5,000 I have a fair reserve price if it gets close to that I will drop the reserve If it is getting close to what I am asking what I’m asking is cheaper than paid and cheaper than anyone has on the internet Guillermo Forchino Tour of duty art army truck jeep sculpture military”

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FC Tour Jeep Post Card on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

Craig forwarded this link.  He says the FC in this postcard is his now (and he already has several of these postcards).  This is another shot of the Ouray, Colorado,area.

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Bristo Screws and the Ford GP

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old Images

I was searching the National Archives and managed to find a few interesting items.  This little treasure shows Bristo Screws proclaiming its support for the Ford Jeep.


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Fantastic Caverns Jeep Train

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s, Women & Jeeps • TAGS: , .

Craig forwarded the below excerpt and photo from his local coop paper.  I went to the website and spotted an additional photo (above). Here’s the location of the caverns.

Here is the text from Craig’s news article:

“Missouri is blessed with a number of remarkable show caves open to the public. One of the most unique is Fantastic Caverns, located just north of Springfield. The cave, which is served by Ozark Electric Cooperative, was first discovered in 1862 when a farmer’s dog crawled through what was then a narrow opening.

It wasn’t fully explored until 5 years later when a group of intrepid women responded to a newspaper challenge. What makes Fantastic Caverns so unique are the Jeep trams that carry visitors through the cave on a guided tour. This makes the 1 mile, 50-minute tour accessible to just about anyone, including seniors, children and those in wheelchairs.
Inside the cave are natural wonders created by the constant drip of acidic water through soluble limestone. Tour guides point out stalagtites and stalagmites, towering columns with colorful mineral stains, large deposits of flowstones and delicate draperies.

They also tell how the auditorium room was once used for weekly country music concerts in the 1950’s and mid-1960’s. A trip through Fantastic Caverns combines equal parts of awe and wonder with a lesson in history and science. In fact, the cavern is known as “Missouri’s oldest classroom.”

The tour costs $22.50 for adults and $14.50 for children. A discount for groups of 20 or more is available. The cave is open from 8 a.m. to dusk year-round except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.
For more information, call 417-833-2010 or visit www.fantasticcaverns.com

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Jeep Capital of the World Plate

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Dave saw the Ouray Postcard I posted the other night.  So, he forwarded a picture of a plate he bought there forty years ago. It’s a great sign.  Craig, don’t you have one of these, too?

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Scenic Jeep Tour Service Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, CJ-6, Features, Postcards • TAGS: .

Here’s another Ouray tour jeep post card.  This postcard pictures a CJ-6 and the Scenic Jeep Tour Service.

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Smithsonian Museum Bantam Postcard

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Museums, Postcards

UPDATE: This post card was for sale on eBay in 2012.

Even the Smithsonian didn’t get the ‘original jeep’ correct as evidenced by the postcard below.  To their credit, this Bantam BRC-60 just might be the next best thing.  I compare all three Bantams here.

For comparision, here’s another good shot of a BRC-60:

And this is the original Bantam BRC — Jeep #1.  The round fenders and scalloped side are two of the biggest differences:

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Postcard with a Bantam BRC-60 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Postcards

The jeep on the far right has a grille that looks like a BRC-60 to me.  In the foreground is a jeep that looks like a BRC-40.

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1944 Meier & Frank Ad for United War Chest on eBay

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

This is an original ad published in a Portland, Oregon, Newspaper.

“Full page newspaper ad by Meier & Frank Co. is approx 22″ x 16″ and original….1 page only. These came from a very well preserved collection of WWII Portland Oregon newspapers. All are in good to very good condition…this one has some wrinkles toward the middle. Scanned images are blurrier, may appear trimmed, colors darker, lighter or uneven but actual items are not. They are bigger than our biggest scanner so used camera shot and even that doesn’t quite get it all.”

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UAL Modified Flatfender Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual

UPDATE: Marc spotted these pics of the same jeep on Flickr:


Original Post: Terry’s brother works at the United Maintenance Base for United Airlines in San Francisco.  His brother said this was a CJ-2A that still roams the airport.  Terry himself owns a former CJ-3B Belt Loader that still has the United Airlines Hobbs Meter on the Dash.

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Tonka Toy Fire Jeep in Unopened Box on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

There just can’t be many of these around.

“This was found in a house I just purchased.The box has not been opened. This is a rare opportunity. Early Tonka Toys Jeep Fire Pumper Truck No. 425 V RARE 60’s UNOPENED in box.”

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#### If you want to know what this truck looks like or bid on one without a box, here’s an option: View this fire pumper jeep on eBay

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Flatfender Model on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

Here’s a nice little flatfender model.

“Vintage 1/25 MPC. Not complete. Very nice scratch-built roll cage. Roll cage not glued to body. Great Box. What you see is what you get. Will be packed very carefully. Any ??? please ask. From my personal collection. Combine to save $$$. Please see pics for condition.”

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1965 Ad for Government Surplus Sales

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is a copy of an ad from a 1965 Cleveland Press TV Guide for sale on eBay.

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July 1960 Issue of SAGA

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This is the first I’ve heard of this magazine.  It’s called SAGA: Adventure Stories for young Men. One of the articles in the magazine is about the Jeep.

“Saga Magazine from July 1960
Cover by Phil Ronfor
MOONSHINE MILLIONS AI Silverman, art by Paul Webb
WE ARE IN THE HANDS OF GOD A. A. Hoehling, art by Ed Valigursky
GOING GOING GONE! Carl Winston, art by Paul Granger
THE INCOMPARABLE JEEP Jack Orr, art by Phil Ronfor and Bill Mauldin
DODGE CITY Charles Hewes, art by Brendan Lynch
THE PURITANS RAISED A LITTLE HELL Jacquin Sanders, art by Charles Waterhouse

Barbara Valentine – Rosana Schifaffino, Nadja Regin, Isabel Sarli, Vanda Hudson

TARGET – FORT FISHER Howard Goshorn, art by Ray Houlihan

Approximate size is 8.25 x 11 inches”

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1945 Photo Album with Jeep Pics **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

This is an unusual album that includes some jeep pictures.

“A vintage/original c.1945 WWII US Army Soldier’s Photo Album for his Sweetheart back in the States – full of Real Photos / Photographs / Snapshots – I count 113. He was stationed in Hawaii – c.1943-45 – w/ his trusty Jeep “The Slick-Chick” that had a Pin-Up Girl painted on the side like Nose Art. Photos of Army & Civilian Life in the Territory of Hawaii right at the end of WWII – including V-J Day & a Servi-Car type Motorcycle. Great Hula & Surfing graphics on the cover, overall the album measures aprx 7.5″ x 10.75″.”

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1974 Ouray, Colorado, Jeep Rental Postcard on eBay

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

UPDATE: Colin discovered that Switzerland of America Jeep Tours Company still exists and still rents jeeps or offers tours.  Check out their website and their tour vehicles: http://soajeep.com  You’ll recognize some of the photos on the website from Craig’s recent adventure.

“This auction is for a vintage Postcard from 1974. It is of Snow Blankets Ouray colorado Here the Switzerland of America is truly a Winter Fairyland. It was from Jeep Rentals and is basically an advertising Postcard–the front seems to be a real photo print”

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