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December 1947 Unity Magazine Cover

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Women & Jeeps • TAGS: .

Colin forwarded this wonderful cover from the December 1947 issue of Unity Magazine, a Willys Overland Magazine.

Coling writes, “The cover shows a small girl, actually the daughter of the magazine editor, holding an Al-Toy Jeep truck and just below it, the box it came in.  The Jeep truck was to the best of our knowledge, the Christmas toy for the Willys VIPs and high volume dealers for 1947.”


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1958 TWA Photograph on eBay

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

Here’s a staged photo fo a Trans World Airlines CJ-3B.

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1958 Airline Water Truck on eBay

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

Here’s an unusual truck used by United Air Lines.

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Here’s a version of this truck from a different angle

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Picture of a couple in their MB/GPW

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

Here’s a neat picture of a couple posted in their MB or GPW at 2LIFE+


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Ann and Kasia Team Up

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Features

I know I’m not supposed to be posting today, but Ann and Kasia, my daughter, were running errands when they spotted this CJ-5.   So, they gave chase and flagged him down.  I wonder if the guy thought he’d get jeep-jacked?  On the other hand, maybe it isn’t two often two beautiful women flag him down? Either way, they cornered their prey and shot the picture.   No wonder my beautiful bride is a permanent part of the eWillys Team!  🙂

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1959 Jeep Gala (Not Surrey) Booklet

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, DJ-3A, Features • TAGS: , .

Bruce wanted to share this “Form H1-3-59 Jeep Gala advertising booklet”.

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New York – Patagonie OU 35.000 Kilometres en Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features, International

For those readers, whose French is better than mine, is this 1952 book about a pair of French men, Daniel Barbey and Henri Boucher, who go to New York in 1947, purchase a brand new 1947 CJ-2A ,and take it on an adventure through the US, Central and South America.  The book was publish in 1950.  It would be a good reason to learn French.

The only copies I’ve run across are here:




and here:



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Jeep Carnival Ride @ Eagle Fun Days (In Idaho)

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

At last year’s ‘Eagle Fun Days’, which is held in Eagle, ID, where I used to live.  In 2011 one of the carnival rides had had old flat fender jeeps in it.  Here is a shot of one young man enjoying himself.  His grandfather has less pleasant things to say about the event, which you can read in this blog post.

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Warn Selective Drive Hubs Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

One of the selling points is that there are no buttons to press!

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1968 Kelly Cabs Brochure **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Here are a few pages from this brochure from Kelly All Steel Cabs.

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Airline Crew Wagon Photo on eBay

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

Some photos looked staged, others look really staged.  I’d say this is the latter.

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“THE JEEP” in Life Magazine July 20, 1942

Kurtis spotted this article from the July 20th, 1942, issue of Life Magazine.  Some of the pictures are familiar, but this is the first time I’ve seen this entire article.  The article extends 7 pages and can be viewed in its entirety online.


Here are the first and last pages:

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1942 Kids Book – PLANE TANK SHIP JEEP on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

I’m not sure just how many jeeps are in this. I’m guessing not many.

“Here is a Saalfield Co.WWll era paste book,”PLANE TANK SHIP JEEP” great graphics,USED condition,There are 4 pages 8 sides in ths book,I have shown pics of six,the last is an uncolored pic of a beach assault by the Army this last pic is not a paste on it is for coloring or painting. One page of paste parts is still intact (see pic) these will never come off they are stuck,this was paste on in its infancy.Book is 12″ X 10″ published around 1942 .The covers front and back are spectacular and in good shape.High bid pays 4.00 media thanks Mike”

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Willys Truck in Jackson Hole, Wy

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

Rob was waiting for family in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, while on vacation when he spotted this nice looking truck.

He writes, “I went out into the parking lot to see if I could find some old Jeeps and there it was in the parking lot , nice looking truck. Did not find the owner. Hope the pictures turned out. Rob.”

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Jeep Replacement Parts from American Auto Parts on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s a catalog that advertises Ford, Willys & Jeep parts as late as 1967 for sale on eBay

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Willys Overland Order Forms

• CATEGORIES: Features

Bruce was wondering if anyone collected these?  He received them with something else and has no use for them.  Just comment down below and I’ll hook you up with him.

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Just Married . . .

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

It is 6pm Pacific Standard Time, which means Ann and I should be married by now.  As dedicated as I am, I’m not running to my computer to upload pictures of our brief ceremony.  So, these couple of shots will have to do.

Here’s a Willys MA all decked out:


Here’s a couple in the back of a WW2 jeep from Flickr:

And thanks to John for sending this picture 🙂

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1940s Kid’s Coloring Book on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Books, Features

Here’s an odd cover for a kid’s coloring book.  Those cats(?) look rather evil.

“You are bidding on a vintage Jeepers coloring book from the 1940s. Features a Willys Jeep on the front and back color. Some pages are colored. In good shape, considering. Would look cool framed! It’s a Jeep thing…”

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Tour Jeeps in the San Juan Mtns of Colorado

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, videos • TAGS: .

With the hot, humid Missouri weather melting him, Craig decided that thinking about jeeping in the Colorado mountains was a perfect diversion.  He forwarded some pics and videos so we could join his diversion.

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Garwood Dump Truck Conversion Brochure

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

UPDATE: This was on eBay in 2012.

I suspect there are a few Garwood converted Willys Trucks still out there.

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The Owl Head Truck Show in Maine

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles

Last weekend Steve and his wife Bonnie dropped by the Owl Head Truck Show in Maine.   Bonnie took some pictures for us.  Thanks for sharing!

Here’s a great old service station jeep:

Here’s a restored MB (?):

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September 1980 Offroad Magazine on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, stainless/jewels

It appears this might be an article about creating or purchasing stainless body parts.

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Bantam Festival 2012 Update

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

There will be seven concept jeeps at this year’s Bantam Festival.

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The July 23, 1945, issue of Life Magazine has a three page article by Joe Weston that describes a jeep trip through Sweden in what I would guess was May or June of 1945.  Based on the three cartoons (show below) they were driving a Willys MA.

The article describes crowds of people gawking at the jeep wherever they went.  In Stockholm people started removing parts off of it.  The article was a funny read.

Read the entire article within Google Books or

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Below are the three cartoons: