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1951 Photos from Dealer Convention on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

These two photos were taken at a 1951 dealers convention in Portland, OR.

“Black and white original photographs from a dealer convetion held in Portland Oregon 1951.
Pictures are ” X 10″ in size. Condition is fair/good. Wear around edges, creases at corners, small edge tear.

#1- Features a Jeep in a parade…license plate is 1951 dealer plate
#2- Features the dealer group in a meeting…note signage on the walls

Back of photo #2 is: Leo F. Simon Photographer Portland stamp”

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Borrego Springs at Night

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Here are two great nightscape pictures by Rob Cord of the jeep sculpture at Borrego Springs. He owns and operates Driven2Perfection. Rob’s grandparents live near Borrego Springs and he has been visiting the area yearly for thirty years. He’s a Willys nut who has this CJ-2A for sale. Thanks for sharing Rob!

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Willys Truck @ Carhenge

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features • TAGS: .

Mark forwarded a linke to Carhenge, an outdoor sculpture just outside Alliance, Nebraska. It turns out a Willys Truck was one of the vehicles used to create it. If we have time, we’ll stop by here and check it out on our way back from the East Coast.

There are a variety of pictures of Carhenge on Flickr. Below is part of one.


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August 1946 Fortune Magazine on Willys Overland on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

In August of 1946 Fortune published an article called “Willys Overland”. The description reads, This jeep riding independent is taking new leases on life and its own real estate. The boys in the back room are doing fine.

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Hickey Jeep Company Sign Mesa, AZ **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $125.

This is a cool sign. Unclear how large, but it looks like its pretty big.

“Large metal hickey jeep co. Sign”


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Fishing on the New Jersey Coast with a Wagon

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Wagons

Lou spotted this classic image of a man and his wagon at the New Jersey State Archives Facebook page. The chair hanger / fishing pole holder on the passenger side is interesting. Lou writes, “That’s on the beach at Island Beach State Park with Barnegat Lighthouse in the background – since those 10 miles of beach are preserved it still looks about the same and you can buy a pass to drive on the beach and fish.”




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1963 CJ-6 Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, CJ-6, Features

Guy forwarded this CJ-6 Brochure auction.

“8.5 X 4″ folder. 8 views and specs. Xlnt with year written in pencil, dealer stamp.”

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Aerospace Museum of California at McClellan AFB

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

Karson took time out from his FEMA/Americorp duties to visit the Aerospace Museum of California, located at the McClellan Air Force Base in McClellan, CA (near Sacramento) on Sunday. (Note: the museum’s website was down at the time I wrote this post).

Naturally, Karson is on constant watch for jeeps — oh the things children must endure to please their parents — and knows to send pictures of jeeps whenever he can. Dutifully, he located two jeeps, one with a Coast Guard theme and the other with a Navy theme. We both thought it ironic that the Coast Guard jeep had Utah license plates, because there wasn’t much coast for it to guard in Utah.

Coast Guard Jeep:




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Follow Me Jeep Pic from Lone Sentry

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Leo spotted this beautiful image of a Follow Me Jeep at Lone Sentry.


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1953 Kaiser’s Aluminum Jeep Proposal **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, CJ-3B, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This interesting document compares a proposed 4WD vehicle with the CJ-3B.


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Vintage Willys Service Signs Mocksville, NC **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $475/per sign

“I have 2 Willys Courtesy Signs for sale .These are original found in boxes One looks used but not damaged .Just dirty as seen in pics.I have the original hangers also.I havent seen these signs with hangers anywhere for sale.I seen them sell for 300.00 to the asking price of 2500.00.in bad condition.Im not a sign expert so im trying to be fair on price.this price is for 1 only will make a deal on both.”


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Las Vegas Jeep Club Plaques and Patches Reno, NV **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $100.

These are unusual.

“Las Vegas Jeep Club ,( 2 ) Plaques , (2 ) Patches. Also have vintage photos for ten buck more.”


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Hanson Mechanical Saves a Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Merlin and his crew at Hanson Mechanical restored this victim of an accident. Read and see pictures about the jeep’s rebuild here.


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Library of Congress Photos

Buz spotted a variety of photos from the Library of Congress. Here are two of them.

1) Fort Benning Jeep Driver: Fort Benning. Jeeps. Jeep driver — and it takes a good man to put a jeep through all the fancy paces that are in it. This driver is near graduation from the training school at Fort Benning, Georgia.



2) Loading a jeep onto a transport trailer in Detroit, Michigan. April 1943.



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International Patent Plate?

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Trucks

Robin just brought home a 1951 truck from Wyoming. Accompanying his new purchase is the plate shown below. Was this a plate used on exported trucks? Neither Robin nor I remember seeing a plate quite like this. My google searches yielded nothing.


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Nov 1945 Yank Magazine Cover on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

This is certainly an unusual photo.

“Yank, the Army Weekly was a weekly magazine published by the United States military during World War II. The idea for the magazine came from Egbert White, who had worked on Stars and Stripes during World War I. The first issue was published with the cover date of June 17, 1942. The magazine was written by enlisted rank soldiers only and was made available to the soldiers, sailors, and airmen serving overseas. It was published at facilities around the world—British, Mediterranean, Continental, and Western Pacific—for a total of 21 editions in 17 countries. Yank was the most widely read magazine in the history of the U.S. military, achieving a worldwide circulation of more than 2.6 million. Each issue was priced from five cents to 10 cents because it was felt that if soldiers paid, they would have a higher regard for the publication. Each issue was edited in New York City and then shipped for printing around the world where staff editors added local stories. The last issue was published in December 1945.”

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1940s Ad of Jeep flying off the Empire State Building **SOLD**

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

The point of this ad is that the force on the tires of a B-29 landing is equal to that of a jeep flying straight down from the Empire State Building.

“Nice quality vintage print ad from Shell Industrial Lubricants during WWII , featuring a jeep dropping from the Empire State Building. Mentions Goodyear and B-29 Superfortress.
there’s a small dark stain on the lower left corner, but it could be covered up by a picture frame.
Measures 10″x13″ From 1940’s Fortune Magazine”


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“If Jeeps Could Talk” Photo of Drawing on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

As I understand it, this is a vintage photo of a drawing.

“All photos are original and of period. No reproductions unless otherwise noted. Photo Size: 3.5″ by 3.5”

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1959 Photo of a Proud Hunter with his Elk on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Perhaps the elk head held down the hood, because if you look at the fender you’ll see the hood clamp is missing.

“You are bidding on lot # 59079 Original 1959 Press Photo 2×2 Negative Hunter Vtg Jeep 12 PT Elk Head
This is an original press photo negative from Southeast Kansas. I have copied all the info from the original negative sleeve onto the sleeve that this will be mailed in. The auction description and title may include info from the sleeve, the negative itself and additional info I have researched (such as car make/model, etc.) The date is the date of the negative, NOT necessarily the date of a car pictured.”

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Willys MA Photos on eBay

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

Several other photos are included with these two Willys MA photos.

“From a lot of 29th Inf Regt photos I’ve selected a small group showing highlights from the motor pool. Of particular interest are the two shots of the early Willys MA jeep. You can just barely make out the unit stencil on the front bumper. I’ve included shots of a couple Dodges with better unit markings – all vehicles are parked in front of same garage (Ft. Benning?) Period photos of the MA jeep are not all that common. All images have same back mark and are all 3.25″ x 4.5″.”

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Midway Sweep Rake Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This rare brochure just sold on eBay. Anyone ever run across a working rake? It was sold by the Midway Lumber Company out of St. Paul, MN.



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Sad truck wasting along the roadway

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Willys Trucks

Mike shot this cool, but sorrowful picture.


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Vintage Metal FC Toy on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

How about this neat old FC Toy?

“Vintage Jeep toy. I think this would be a great toy for someone looking to start collecting, or someone who likes to fix vintage toys up. I have a bunch listed.”

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Wyandotte Tin Jeep and Trailer on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

This may be a rare toy. I didn’t find any references to it on the CJ-3B Page or anywhere else.  Wyandotte was a brand name used by the All Metal Products company out of Wyandotte, Michigan.

“This vintage tin toy jeep and trailer is made of heavy sheet steel and resembles a real WW II jeep. The windshield will fold down flat and the hood raises. It has a spare tire. There is a small hole on the right rear side that you could bolt the spare on. It is marked Willys on the front bumper and the windshield frame. Each tire is marked WYANDOTTE TOYS MADE IN U.S.A. This is a good sized toy. The jeep is 11″ long, 5″ wide, and 5 5/8″ high with the windshield up. The trailer is 10 1/2″ long, 4 1/2″ wide and 3 3/4″ high. The wheels all turn and are made of rubber. The tailgate on the trailer opens and closes.

It has some spotty surface rust but is still solid. The hitch is missing from under the jeep. I would have made one for it but have not found a picture of one. It should be about 1 1/2″ long with a hole in it and attaches with a single bolt.”

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Postcard of Huntington Beach Jeep Tram

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

UPDATE: Was on eBay. **SOLD**

Here’s a jeep tram that is pulling tourists along the Huntington Beach Pier.