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1952 Baier Lighter **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $51.

Here’s a pretty good price on a Baier Lighter.

“This is a Vintage aluminum Jeep Willy cigarette lighter incised Baier on the front and Ges Gesch beneath and manufactured in Germany. In heavy cast aluminum, this unique WWII lighter measure 2 3/4″ long, 1 1/2″ high and 1 5/8″ wide. The lighter is in good condition with 4 rubber tread tires that spin and the rubber is appears unused. There are very small/short, shallow cracks radiating from the hubs on the front tires and on the spare.

The aluminum is a heavy guage and is in good condition for its age with some scratching, a few knicks and minimal tarnishing. The lighter does need some cleaning however I’ve left it untouched. The bottom panel slides out to reveal a clean compartment holding cotton material and allowing acces to the wick and filling with fluid.

In the actual lighter cavity on top of the lighter you will find a relatively clean compartment. The flip lid on this compartment operates easily. I have not tested the lighter and cannot speak to its usability.

This lighter was owned by only one gentleman, a WWII vet who acquired it while stationed in Germany.

These lighters were manufactured during WWII. The lighter is a 1948 design by Walter Baier who also patented. These lighters were meant as souvenirs for soldiers stationed primarily in Germany. It was designed to commemorate the Berlin airlift/blockade.”

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Photo of Unusually Tall Hard Top on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Unusual • TAGS: .

Here’s an odd looking top.  The caption from eBay suggests it is a homemade.  The jeep appears to be a MB/GPW.  The photo is for sale.

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LT. Dick Ryan’s Army Rodeo

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I received a copy of the book “The American Jeep In War and Peace” By Kurt Willinger and Gene Gurney today that I bought on eBay.  Between the purchase price and the shipping I don’t think I paid more than $7 total.  With more than 350 illustrations, the book contains some drawings and some photographs I’ve never seen elsewhere.


One of the photographs I hadn’t seen shows a Jeep jumping over another jeep in a large Tokyo stadium.  The captions reads “A rodeo put on by the military command in Tokyo in November 1945 would not have been complete without a demonstration of jeep-jumping”.  After reading that, I jumped on the Googler to see what I could find.  I didn’t find much in the picture department, but I learned plenty about Lt. Dick Ryan and his Army Rodeo. For example, I found this post by Wade Burck at The Circus No Spin Zone:

Army Rodeos were staged by Lt. Dick Ryan throughout the South Pacific. Many Rodeos were held for the entertainment of servicemen stationed in overseas bases–including Brisbane, Sydney, Grafton and Townsville, in Australia…Port Moresby, New Guinea; Hollandia, Dutch Indies and Manila…and a final victorious show in Tokyo on Armistice Day in 1945. Dick Ryan a Lieutenant in the United States Cavalry had an interesting and varied career. He was a circus rider, rodeo performer, Hollywood stunt man, motion picture double and finally the owner and producer of his own world famous rodeo and stunt show.

One of Ryan’s signature events was jumping a jeep over another one, as shown in the picture above.  According to the US Military Forum (here and here), this image is photo of Ryan jumping a jeep in Brisbane, Australia.

And here is a program from a November 1946 event in Japan that was auctioned in 2007:

Not every one was a fan of the rodeo though. I found an  excerpt from a diary written by Herbert L. Martin and published in a book in 2003 where Herbert recorded traveling eighteen miles to see “the much publicized rodeo at the Meiji Stadium in Tokyo” on November 11th, 1945.  (This could mean that Herbert saw the very same rodeo in the picture at the very top of this post).   Herbert wrote, “To be frank, the rodeo was a flop.  The cowboys had no wild steers.  They were tame and evidently tired. . . . the bronco busters had no vicious broncos either.”  The only good news Herbert recorded that day were two football scores:  “Army over Notre Dame, 48 to 0; Navy over Michigan, 33 to 7.”

Finally, I guess Lt. Dick Ryan made enough of an impression on the troop entertainment circuit, that Dick Haynes would play him in the movie “Four Jills in a Jeep“.

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4 Photographs of an early Wagon on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I think the plates are from New York?

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Lobsters and a CJ-2A Willys Slide

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: SOLD Was on ebay.

I guess nothing makes lobster look more tasty than being photographed in front of a Willys Overland CJ-2A.

“Original vintage small slide transparency, circa late 1940s. Couple holding up lobsters in front of “Bailey’s Seafood.” The man is smoking a cigar, and there is a dog sitting in their Willys Jeep with Virginia License Plate Tag, tag topper and Mack Truck bulldog hood ornament. FAIR-GOOD conditon – shows some fading, minor dust and other defects common to old slides, otherwise as seen in scan. 2″ x 2″”

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Modified Truck at the Car and Bike Show in Atlanta, GA

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeep Rods, Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons

Here’s an unusually modified Truck (or wagon?) from the 10th Annual Car and Bike Show in Atlanta, GA last weekend.  I found it on the American Resto Mods Facebook Site.

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‘Folk Art’ Willys Wagon/Truck Grille **Sold**

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons

UPDATE; Sold for $300 on eBay

(09/11/2012) Now I know what to do with the old grilles I have . . . The price starts at $350.

” Vintage Willys Jeep Grille w/ working Headlights  Painted Folk Art
Solid Piece Great Vintage Condition. Has been wired to plug light in.
The grille pieces form a V shape, the front is not flat.
Please email any questions before bidding. Final Sale.
Local Pickup Only.   Thank You.”

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1955 CJ-6 Brochure on eBay

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

Here’s an early CJ-6 brochure.

“Some bidders are not seeing all the photos. I use my own photo service so they are larger and shown below. Please scroll all the way down.
Factory original 1955 first year Willys Jeep CJ-6 sales brochure. Measures 8 1/2″ x 11″ and folds open to 11″ x 17″ and is in excellent condition. Has details and specs.

All my items are guaranteed original. I do not believe in owning or selling reproductions.

I am listing some other interesting items in different catagories so please see my (view seller’s other auctions) and combine to save on shipping.

Auction ends Thursday night.”

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Rare Sheet Music on eBay

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Buz spotted this unusual bit of sheet music.

“Home Front – WARTIME
Jeep interest: Original wartime sheet music in excellent condition.
Measures: 11″ x 9″.
Condition: Excellent.
Postage £1.20 UK £3.00 World”

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1958 Yue Loong Jeep Family Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International

This is an interesting brochure.

“Original part color sales sheet , 7.5 x 10.5 , Chinese text . Shows CJ3B YL1 , CJ5 Pickup YL2 , Jeep Pickup YL3 , and Jeep Station Wagon YL4 . Yue Loong produced Willys Jeep vehicles and Nissan Trucks as well as others under license . Produced by Yue Loong Motor Company , Miaoli County , Taiwan.”

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Warner Overdrive R-10 & R-11 Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I am a little surprised that this brochure was published in 1999.

“The Warner Automatic Overdrive Instruction Manual

Instruction Manual relates only to post-war Overdrive types Warner R-10 and R-11 used on Ford, Fraser, Hudson, Kaiser, Lincoln, Chevrolet, Mercury, Nash, Packard, Studebaker, and Willys
Operating Principles
Service Operations
Tracing and Correction of Electrical Control Troubles
Mechanical Faults
Common Causes of Trouble
Servicing of Overdrive Unit

16 Pages
Good Condition. Back cover has a coffee stain on the bottom.”

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Constabulary Jeep at Fort Knox Museum

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

Not too surprisingly, the General George S. Patton Museum, at Fort Knox, Kentucky, has a few jeeps.  I read that the museum was supposed to be relocated to Fort Benning, GA, but I don’t know if that happened or not yet.

The two jeeps below are supposed to be part of the museum.  If there are others, I didn’t run across any photos.

One unusual model at the museum is a Constabulary Jeep, which was part of the Constabulary Force in Europe following World War 2.  You can read more about this Force here.

This picture was taken by Patrick Keenan and posted at warwheels.net, where there are several more photos from different angles.

The museum also has his Division Commander (Major General) jeep.  You view more pictures from the warwheels.net site as well.

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1948 Constabulary Police Force Toy Jeep on eBay

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I’ve not run across one of these Military Police / Germany Tin toy jeeps.  Here are some additional photos of constabulary jeeps.

“Arnold J2600 Willys Jeep. made in US-Zone Germany 1948”

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Willys Hood as Awning

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Paul forwarded me this picture of the awning for his workshop door.  As he says, “it keeps the rain off and looks good!”

  John also has a hood-as-awning, too (click here and scroll down to last pic).

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2012 Great American Jeep Rally in Ellington, CT Sept 15th

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Mike let me know that the 2012 Great American Jeep Rally takes place in Connecticut September 15th, 2012.

“We are pleased and excited to announce that the 2012 Great American Jeep Rally will take place on Saturday, September 15th at Valley Truck and Off Road. The address for all your TomToms, Garmins, and good old map and compass is 43 Lower Butcher Rd., Ellington CT.”

View the Jeep Rally website here

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The Bodnar Private Collection

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While going through the pictures of his new jeep, Frank found these images he took at a Ron Bodnar’s personal museum in Edmonton, Canada.  After doing a little research, I learned more about Ron and the cars and memorabilia he has amassed. This Edmonton Journal news article explains more about this unusual collection.

“I came across these old pics from christmas time. a willys sign , a nelly belle pedal car, and some tonka jeeps ( at least 20 ) at a private, family museum. Thought it relevant since the post of the nelly belle ad posted a couple of days ago.”

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Paul Buford’s Wagon Watercolor

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Paul Buford painted this cool rendition of a wagon.  We’ve all seen a wagon or two or more in this condition.  The original of this has already sold.

You can visit Paul’s site here to see more:  http://www.artpromotivate.com/2012/06/paul-buford-vintage-watercolor.html

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Jeep Pulling a Corn Binder

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I’ve seen a variety of PTO items, but this is the first Corn Binder I’ve seen.  This short reference was published in the January 1946 edition of Popular Mechanics.

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1942 SlatGrille MB Stationary Envelope on eBay

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

Brian from Brian’s Military Jeeps is selling this rare envelope.

“NOS – Original New Old Stock
Would look great in the glove box of early, mid, and late war jeeps, GPA, etc.
Would look great framed and mounted on the wall.
Stationary Envelope (Color Print Postal Envelope) of:

WW2 GI’s Riding in a 1941 Willys Slat Grill MB JEEP
Dated 1942 on reverse
EXTRA LARGE 3 7/8″ x 8 13/16″ SIZE
fits up to 8 3/4″ wide stationary
High Quality – High Color”

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1942 SEEP/GPA Postcards on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, GPA (SEEP)

Brian from Brian’s Military Jeeps is selling these postcards of a SEEP on eBay

View all the information and the entire postcard here


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Jeep as Engine Hoist

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Mark forwarded me this great picture, but I don’t have any additional information about it.  The jeep behind the men is being used as a hoist, with the man marked as ‘3’ doing the pulling.

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1950 Wagon 4×4-73 Original Owner’s Manual on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Wagons

Here’s an original owner’s manual for a wagon, but it isn’t cheap.

“In good condition. The copyright is 1950. FREE shipping anywhere in the USA. All other countries, flat $8.95 shipping/handling.”

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IPMS Quarterly Cover from 1969 on eBay

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The seller isn’t asking much.  LRDG folks might like this unusual cover.

“This vintage issue of the IPMS Quarterly includes articles on Robin Olds F-4 Phantom, P-51 Mustang, Major George Preddy, and WWII Jeeps, among others. There is the remains of a crease down the middle of the magazine where it had feen folded in half at some point. I has been kept flat for many years since, and the crease is barely noticable now. This item is from my father’s collection. I have no other information about it.”

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1954 Christmas Ad that includes NellyBell Pedal Car

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

“Great looking ORIGINALS, NOT COPIES, NOT REPRINTS, ads from a 1954 Christmas publication. These ads are over 58 years old and are excellent for framing.”

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FC-170 Wind-up Toy on eBay

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Here’s a cool FC toy.

“This listing is for a used vintage Bandai Japan 1950’s – 1960’s Jeep FC-170 tin Friction toy stake truck in very good condition. Jeep produced the FC-170 from 1957 to 1964 / 1965 and I would expect this toy was also produced somewhere in that time period. It has 2 small dents in the cab roof which are visible in certain lighting conditions but not very noticeable otherwise. It is about 7 1/2 inches long by about 3 1/4 inches high at the top of the cab. It has a front wheel drive working friction motor. The paint finish is very good. I don’t see anything broken or missing and no rust. I don’t see any cracks in the plastic windshield. Looks like a bit of dust in the interior section. It has an opening rear gate and is overall a very nice example of a hard to find Jeep toy. I do not have the original box.

This came from an estate sale which featured 1950’s / 1960’s toys. I don’t know it’s entire history ( smoking, pets, etc.) and it is offered as is being a 50 year old used toy.”

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