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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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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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Valentine Welder & Mfg Co. Lightweight Jeep Prototype Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Nick Oxander found and shared these photos on Facebook. It appears this lightweight prototype was manufactured by the Valentine Welder & Manufacturing Company; yet, this same vehicle has been credited in other places, such as Hemmings and on eWillys, as the KEL Kaiser extra-light jeep. Anyone have an insight into this conundrum?

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1958 Jeep Race Video from Europe (Belgium)

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing, videos

UPDATE: According to Jordi, this Spanish language news film describes a jeep race in Belgium.

No helmets, no safety equipment … craziness! This video from Europe shows some gutsy folks running WWII jeeps hard through the mud. (if the video embed doesn’t work, go here).

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Marx Nellybelle Jeep with Pat, Dale and Bullet w/ Box on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

I don’t know what this is worth, but they have some good pics of this rarely seen Nellybelle Marx jeep and box. The eBay seller is asking $750.

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“Marx NellyBelle Willys Jeep ( car Truck) with Pat, Dale and Bullet. This listing is for a really nice condition Willys NellyBelle Metal Jeep with the Original Box. Also included is Pat Brady, Dale Evans , Bullet the Dog and one Hammer.”

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2004 “Corveep” Build

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

Here’s a unique build that married a wrecked 2004 Corvette with a free 1968 Jeepster Commando. The builder calls it a “Corveep”. There’s a series of pics that document some of the challenges involved in marrying the two vehicles, including lengthening the Commando body.

http://bobpelikan.com/?p=54#more-54

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1963 Article on AZ Search and Rescue Meeting Fashion Show

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

The Maricopa County Jeep Posse held the 4th Annual National Jeep Search and Rescue convention in 1963. As part of the event, wives and daughters of the Maricopa County Jeep Posse planned to pose as models for a pool-side fashion show. They would model clothes from the Scottsdale Wigwam. I can’t speak for the Scottsdale outlet, but I am just old enough to remember our local Wigwam store and ‘fashionable’ isn’t a word I’d use to describe it. It was more like the precursor to the Dollar Store.

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More 1960s Meyer Snow Plow Installation/Instructions

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features

Below are there additional Meyer-related Installation, service and instruction documents. First is four-page Form No. I-318R for installation of Meyer Power Angling:

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Next is Form No. 1-119R9 for installation of snow plow lifts powered in several different ways:

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1945 Christmas Card w/ From Budapest, Hungary on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Postcards

Neat little unscripted and signed card with a jeep and Christmas tree from Hungary.

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“Original signed old Xmas card without envelope from Budapest 1945. Good condition, (please see scan). Dimensions are (folded): 108 X 155 mm.
I will send this item Worldwide. Shipping by registered Air-Mail only (Worldwide) is 4.20 $ for 1-3 Postcards.”

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December 1945 Popular Science Jeep for Young GIs

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models • TAGS: .

There are two different project jeep designs described in the December 1945 issue of Popular Science, pages 162-166.  The simpler one was designed by Herbert Pfister of New York City, while the second was designed by H. A. Machlan of El Campo, Texas.

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1954 Photo Willys Project Engine eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Is this some kind of diesel engine? This photo comes with a second photo of a fluid cargo carrier.

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“Here I have a set of 2 Willys File Photos featuring:
* PROJ. 8511-01 T.C.P. Engine Number 14371 (1) Dated 5-28-54
* Fluid Cargo Carrier

Photos measure about 8 ½ x 11 inches including the borders and are punched. Punch holes do NOT affect the photos (See Scans).
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Here’s the Fluid Cargo Carrier photo:

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