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America Travels Card w/ Prototype Jeep on ebay

If you collect prototype images and other things, the unusual card in the middle of the three below would be a cool find.

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“This is a set of 3 cut out and color cards from Nabisco Shredded Wheat on How America Travels. It includes an Army Jeep, Navy Battleship, and Navy Patrol Bomber. They are in good condition with some light stains. The cards are numbers 27, 33, and 36.”


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1943 Photo of Jeep on Amchitka Island on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This driver was having some fun.

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“1943 Press Photo US soldier drives jeep through standing water on Amchitka, WWII. This is an original press photo. Amchitka Island – Aleutians – An unidentified Yank spurs his jeep through soupy goo, the result of spring thaws, which blankets newly constructed “road” through Uncle Sam’s new Amchitka Island base in the Aleutians Photo measures 9.25 x 6.5 inches. Photo is dated 06-02-1943.”



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1942 Photo of Marines Landing on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

No indication as to which island. It could be the Eastern Solomons.

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“1942 Press Photo Marines and Jeeps land Ashore from United States Landing Barges. This is an original press photo. …up on the beach and the marines have landed. Bottom left, a seagoing tank plows its way through the jungle. Bottom right, more marines pour ashore from landing barges bringing with them jeeps and other equipment to reinforce the beach head. They quickly overcame opposition offered by the Japanese on island. Photo measures 6.75 x 6 inches. Photo is dated 09-01-1942.”



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June 1955 Willys News

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

This 1955 Willys News includes a center article on the use of Jeeps in case of atom bombs.

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Powhatan Brass Fire Jeep Ad on eBay

I’m not entirely sure what this ad from the September 1955 issue of Fire Engineering is advertising, but the jeep looks pretty interesting. You can find an archived issue of the magazine online (though you’ll need to pay to access the info).

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1953 Photo of M-38s w/Plows in Germany on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Neat photo. This is for the photo and not the negative.

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“Here I have an 8 x 10 inch
Black and white photograph
From Original negative
2 Jeeps with Plow Blades



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1955 Canadian Ad for the CJ-5 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This ad is not a full page ad, but is a unique one.

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Jeeps in January 2020

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Scott Gilbert shared these pics and the video from Joe DeYoung’s annual winter jeep gathering. Looks like a good time! A shout out is also in order to Richard Darr from Washougal Classic Jeep, who supplied some discounted rebuild parts.

As part of the event this weekend, Joe rebuilt a 1 1/8 shaft D18 to raffle at the Spring Willys Reunion (May 15-16, 2020). They’ll also be building one live at the show.

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1943 Article Of Jeep Purchase By School Kids

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

Seattle’s St. Joseph Boy’s School and St. Joseph’s Academy worked together to buy a $900 jeep for the military.



“A JEEP, valued at $900, was a gift to Uncle Sam, from students of St. Joseph’s Academy and St. Joseph’s Boys’ school. War stamps and bonds purchased by the boys and girls at their own school booths within a two-week period paid for the jeep. Purchasers wore tags, the girls bearing the likeness of General MacArthur and the inscription: “He’s Fighting—l’m Buying,” and the boys’ tags bore a gold V and distinguished star of various colors.

Bond buyers pictured from left to right with the jeep in front of the academy, are: Sergeant Dauer, Theresa Gamache, Lorraine Brule, Mary Ellen Chott, John Kerkem, William Himmelsbach and Patricia. Others were Francis Rooney, Claude Clifford, Laon Deymonaz, William Bischoff, Willetta Hofmeister, Donald Brule and nd Donna Gamache.”

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1950? Flyer for the CJ-3A on eBay (Canada)

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Ebay of Canada has a 1950? German flyer for what looks to be a CJ-3A. The flyer is located in France, so it’s not cheap to get to the US.

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Marx Jeep Delran, NJ $20

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Fine price for a Marx jeep that’s been repainted.


“Good condition painted black and gray”


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May 1955 Willys News

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

The cover of this Willys News highlights marketing’s strategy for attacking niches that could use four-wheel-drive vehicles.

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1954 KW Station Wagon Brochure **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: Was on eBay.

This is likely the first station wagon brochure for the ‘brochure family‘ that the Kaiser Willys marketing team produced. It’s from SD-221-4 and has the KW logo. This is currently available on eBay.
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Here was the subsequent version (see all pages here):


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Gumby & Pokey Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

For only $2.99 you could have had Gumby, Pokey, their jeep and playmates back in 1966, at least according to this page from the Ward’s Christmas catalog Maury spotted. Someone is selling this page of the catalog for $15 (yikes).

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Or for a lot more, you can have an original set in very good condition, plus a few extra figures for only $350!


Or, for $79, you can have a slightly used set from eBay.


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Shane’s Spring 2020 Trip in a GPW

• CATEGORIES: Features

Shane’s preliminary route from Florida to Richmond, VA, Spring 2020, View it on Google.

You may remember my visit with Shane Miller while I was visiting Richmond, Virginia, this past December. I recently turned Shane onto a running, driving GPW in Florida, which he subsequently bought. Instead of towing it home, he’s decided to drive it home to Richmond, an 863 mile drive. He plans on taking the trip sometime in late March or April.

Shane’s preliminary Route on Google 

Why is he doing it? Because, why not? I applaud the adventurous spirit and am jealous that I’m not in the passenger seat! Sometimes you just gotta live life and take some chances.

That said, he’s not dumb either. He’s worked on enough WWII jeeps that he doesn’t underestimate their ability to break down. So, he’s publishing a potential route to see who might be along the route in case he does have some mechanical problems.

One of his goals is to visit the Jeep-Collection at Omix-Ada. Another goal is to visit his 101-year-old Great Uncle, a WWII vet, in Athens, Georgia. He thinks his uncle will get a very big kick out of seeing him driving the GPW.

If you are along the route or have suggestions/comments, feel free to comment below or contact him directly at donovanshanemiller @ gmail.com (no spaces around the @)


Shane and I in December 2019

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1942 Article About Holy Names Academy Buying Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This November 20, 1942, article from the Catholic Northwest Progress Newspaper highlights the Holy Names Academy’s Girls School’s efforts to purchase a jeep for the Army.



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RIDING In the jeep which had been sent to Holy Names Academy through the courtesy of the War Department, the members of the Student Council celebrated a major event in the Schools at War Program which has been carried on at Holy Names since September. During one week the pupils of the school contributed $1040 In savings bonds and stamps to the War Savings Staff, the “buying” of a jeep for the army being the goal of their efforts.

Making a serious effort to co-operate with the Treasury Department to save, serve and conserve, the girls have entered upon all three avenues of action. A recent questionnaire revealed the types of service being rendered: Clerical service, messenger service for local civilian defense, assisting in the unification and harvesting of crops, studying, first aid, roiling bandages, making of kits, and the collection of books and magazines for recreation centers.

The Christmas project at Holy Names this year is the preparing of boxes for army chaplains. containing religious articles for use in their work. Besides these helpful articles, a chaplain will also receive a spiritual bouquet which the girls are preparing during these preceding weeks.”

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1955 Willys History in Air Trails Hobbies For Young Men

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

Air Trails Hobbies was a ‘how to’ magazine that provided news, reports, designs, and ‘how to’s’ on a range of hobbies. It’s intellectual bent on science and design just makes it more odd that it’s overview of the Willys History seems so lacking, especially in the 4WD jeep department. Given that, by February 1955 (the date of the issue below) the CJ-5 was already introduced, it seems a bit odd to ignore the latest jeep!

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1950 Photo of “Bringing Up Father”

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

The December 22, 1950, issue of the Catholic Northwest Progress reported that Father (Major) Lawrence E. Ryan’s jeep was named “Bringing Up Father”.


Chaplain’s Jeep Has Perfect Name

HAMHUNG, North Korea—Father (Major) Lawrence E. Ryan of Troy, N.Y.. (right), chaplain attached to the U.S. Third Infantry Division. could not have found a more appropriate title for his jeep. Here Father Ryan is shown talking to Pfc. Pedro Marti Arguinzone of Cavey, Puerto Rico, while using the jeep’s hood for a desk—(Religions News Service Photo.)”

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April 1955 Willys News

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

Lots of fun articles in this April 1955 issue.

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1950 Photos of Austin Champ Tests on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

UPDATE: There are now several photos on eBay that were taken during the testing of the Austin Champ.

1. Photo of prototype Champ from the passenger side

“Motor car jeep. Size of photo 8″ x 10.3”

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2. Photo of an Austin Champ prototype from the front.

“Motor car jeep. Size of photo 8.1″ x 10.2″ 1950-07-26”



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1954 “In Uruguay” Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Still Available.

(004/09/2019) This two-page ad is supposed to be from a 1954 magazine. The seller does not provide the magazine or specific issue date.

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1951 Yakima Ridge Runners’ Life Article

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This May 14, 1951, article “Life Goes Ridgerunning” from Life Magazine used to be posted in full on the Yakima Ridge Runner’s website, but that site appears to be no longer active. So, you’ll find it below.

If you’ve never seen the color footage of the Ridge Runners jeeping in the Cascade Mountains, that’s worth a throwback look: http://www.ewillys.com/2011/03/29/2-more-videos-from-jpzombie-com/

And, there’s the widely circulated set of two videos that may have been filmed at the same time the writers of the magazine article were visiting Yakima (video 1 and video 2)

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1956 Brochure for the New CJ-6

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This form W-242-6 highlighted the new CJ-6’s additional 50% more cargo area. This isn’t the best example of this brochure, as it has some fading at the top and right side.

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1956 DJ-3A Brochures on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

An eBay seller has four 1956 DJ-3A brochures for sale (should be Form W241-6), each for $7.99 plus $3 shipping. That’s the best price I’ve seen in a while. The below pics are from scans I’ve done (not the seller’s scans).

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1949 Sinclair Opaline Jeep Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: This ad is back on eBay. It is 10.5″ x 14″

“Vintage 1949 – Original Magazine Print Ad
GI’s on the Town in a Willys Jeep – Art by Valentine”

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