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A Photo of Bill Mauldin in a Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Buz found this picture on a biography blog post about Gregory Duncan.  Here, Greg is pictured with Bill Mauldin, a photo neither Buz nor I had seen.  You’ll notice “Up Front” stenciled on the front bumper, which is also the name of a book published that contains a wide variety of his drawings.


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Hand Drawn Ink Poster Originally for Insurance Company on eBay

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

It sounds like there might be more than one of these posters of the Ford Jeep?

“This is not a photo – it is an artist illustrated Pen Ink Hand Drawn  poster print.We have listed a collection of these oversized prints that are from our Automotive Museum Archives.This was our most popular exhibit.To see the others listed go to our Ebay Store and enter = auto pen ink  =in the search field.During the 1980’s Pacific Standard Life Insurance Company was selling only life insurance and they decided to add auto insurance to their products and they created an exhibit that was going to be displayed thru out the United States but the project never got off the ground as they ended up filing backruptcy and all their clients became part of Hartford Insurance company. Our Museum purchased the entire exhibit and it became part of our Transportation Museum.Each is handdrawn and that also includes all the lettering.No other Ebay seller will list these as this is an exclusive listing.These are GEM MINT and are on a heavy weight cardstock.Each is matted and the size outside matt is  14 x 14 inches.We accept Paypal.Pay one shipping charge of 6.85 and all others selected will be shipped FREE.

Group  your favorite  posters together and create your own exhibit of your antique cars. One of the things that makes these pen ink posters so special are features of that years model are identified and some even have the selling price for that respective year.These were done over many decades and were at times featured in newspapers thur out the US. If you are looking for something unusal and a great converstaion piece = you just found it.LC 110”

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1955 Farnsworth-Middlekauf Generator Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This brochure shows a generator installed in a panel wagon.

“Original non color sales sheet , 8.5 x 11 , three file holes at edge , printed both sides . Shows and describes the Jeep optional accessories . Also included is a typewritten sheet , 8.5 x 11 , which includes prices of the options.”


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1951 Ringling Barnum Circus Jeeps 3, 4 & 5

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

The Milner Library at Illinois State University has a collection of Circus Memorabilia, including a nice digital archive. I’ve selected a couple of images that show jeeps Numbers 3, 4, and 5 from the Ringling Barnum Circus.

As you can see below, No 3 is working hard holding up Carmen Barrigon, while No. 4 lazily watches.



Meanwhile, No. 5 is doing all the heavily lifting. The photographer, Sverre O. Braathen, calls this a Ford Jeep, but it looks like a CJ-3A the way the bumper is bolted onto the frame, though it also has a CJ-2A windshield. The rear PTO is raising the platforms for seating. My circus book has a good shot of the PTO setup from the rear, but I haven’t had a chance to scan that.



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Photograph of a Pepsi Surrey

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features • TAGS: .

Dave shared this image of a Pepsi Surrey.  This is a little clearer than a similar picture shown on the CJ-3B page.



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1954 Fiat Campagnola Diesel Brochure on eBay

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

Glenn spotted a brochure for this Jeep-like vehicle.  There some great PTO shots, too. You can learn more about them at Wikipedia.

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1954 Willys Boat Motor Flexidrive Brochure

Glenn spotted this unusual brochure. This brochure describes the Lightening Six Motor being used as a boat motor.

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1952 Willys Ad from Mexico on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old News Articles

Here’s an unusual newspaper ad spotted by Glenn.

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1950 Fiat Campagnola Brochure **SOLD**

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

UPDATE:  Was on eBay.

(12/07/2012) This is a cool brochure. More pics on eBay.

“original color folder , 5.5 x 8 folded , 16.5 x 8 unfolded . This is the first brochure printed on the Campagnola . It also shows a map from Algeria to Cape Town of a record run in Africa by the Campagnola.”

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Factory Photo of a CJ-2A & Trailer

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

David’s brother bought this factory photo at a car show. This didn’t have any information on the back, but does have a good looking trailer with an interesting box.


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1961 Camp N Cargo Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Willys Trucks

Here is a rare brochure.

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1969 Meyer Rotary Broom Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features


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1969 Meyer Spreader Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

It looks like there are three different type of spreaders. I’ve never seen one of these for resale.

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Pop up Jeep Deko Model Toy on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, toys

This is a vintage model that is motorized and needs assembly.

“Up for sale is a Pop up Jeep “Deko” Motorized Model Kit – 1/24 scale made by NITTO in JAPAN. This is a very rare vintage model and is very collectible. Box is open, but is in the original box and is not assembled and looks to include all the parts as well as the Instruction Sheet and the decals.”

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Backhoe for Sale Brook Park, MN

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

Dave spotted this unit. He says the guy has been trying to sell it for a couple years. Dave doesn’t have the seller’s name nor number at the moment, but was able to get some pictures of it.

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Hello Jeep! A 1944 Movie Short by Frederico Fellini & Kremos

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Roberto spotted this blog post about a movie short created early in their careers by Oscar winning Frederico Fellini and Kremos (Niso Ramponi) called “Hello Jeep!”. There are a variety of wonderful images and plenty of information. Nice find Roberto!



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Another Service Station Truck

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

A thread of gas station pictures forwarded to me by Craig & Colin includes a picture of a service station jeep truck similar to the one from yesterday.


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Year? Panel Wagon Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s an interesting brochure.

“This is a Willys Original Folio. Opens to approx. 16 x 22″ Folds closed for mailing.”

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1959 Kaiser-Frazer of Israel Trailer Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International

Glenn spotted this unusual brochure.

“original Part Color Folder , 8.5 x 11 Folded , 17 x 11 Unfolded , Has Horizontal Folds , Jeep Trailer , Israel.”

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1998 Disney Animal Kingdom Pin with Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I didn’t know Donald drove jeeps, but here he is driving a flattie.

“Pin 1433: Disney’s Animal Kingdom – EST 1998 (Donald)
New Donald Pin released at Animal Kingdom April 8, 2000. Donald is in a pale green jeep with the tree from Animal Kingdom behind him. Along the top it says, “Animal Kingdom Park Established 1998” This pin is also known as the “Animal Kingdom Nostalgia” or “Commemorative” pin.
Pins in this series include: #1433, #1434, #1435, #1436″

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1945? Wood GPA Toy

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), toys

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was on eBay and located in the UK.



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Craig’s Pic of the Week: “Need Traction. Ask Red.”

• CATEGORIES: Craigs Pic of the Week, Features, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

Craig found this photo from the August 1956 issue of Willys News

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The Last Chancer: A Jeep Train in Helena, MT

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: , .

The Last Chancer, a wooden train built on a jeep platform, is documented at the Helena History Museum.  You can view additional pictures at the Museum page.  A Last Chance Train still exists, but has been upgraded.

In this early picture taken in 1954 you can see what appears to be a CJ-3B peering out from it’s enclosure.


Here is the Train as of 1957.


The Last Chancer made an appearance in the 1956 issue of Popular Science on page 104:


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Telluride, Colorado, postcard with jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Postcards

Check out the unusual set up on the back of the green CJ-3B.  Does that jeep have a rack over the top, too?  This postcard shows at least 6 jeeps.

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1957 Fold-Over Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

Here’s an unusual postcard.

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