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June 1951 Salesbuilder Magazine

This June 1951 Salesbuilder Magazine was volume 3, number 6. This issue includes a three page look at the Farm Jeep and Jeep Tractor vehicles and the Jeep-branded farm equipment. A large number of 1951 wagon-related advertising pieces are shown on the first few pages.

There’s also a number of Laurel C. Worman dealership photos, include pics of his Willys wagons on the front page and examples of his wagons stenciled with “Welcome Wagon” on the back page. Finally, thanks go to Barry Thomas for helping me snag this issue.

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1955 Press Photo of a Wagon on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Willys Wagons

There’s no pic of the back of this press photo nor any credit for the agency/company that shot it. It appears to have dealer plates. Free shipping and the seller will consider offers.

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1965 Articles on the Phoenix Jeep Club

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This first article about the Phoenix Jeep Club was published on February 04, 1965, in the Arizona Daily Star. It gave some background information on the club, it’s family friendly attitude, and shared some of the good works the club performed.


This second article was published six months later on August 15, 1965, in the Arizona Republic. It discusses the work the club was doing to help fight the screw worm.

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Jeep Herders License Plate Topper on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

It listing price of $295 ain’t cheap, but you can make an offer. There is more info about the club here.

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El Dorado California Jeep Herders Club 12″ x 4″.

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Marty’s Race Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing

Marty was able to complete the work on his race jeep in time to make it to this weekend’s jeep race in Glenwood, Washington. This is a pic from the property where the race was held (beautiful setting). His kids, Ian, Emerson, and Miranda, look like they are having a great time.

He reports there were a few glitches, but he got them worked out enough to make some runs.


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2020 FC Jamboree Still on Track to Be Held Sept 11-12

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

UPDATE: This weekend is the FC Jamboree. The theme is “sick” FCs; some dark humor for some these pandemic-days.



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1950’s Special Equipment Booklet on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Seller is accepting offers on this late 1950’s Special Equipment booklet.

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“5 1/2 X 8 1/2 inch booklet. All pages shown, soiling and wear to covers, inside pretty clean.”






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1959 Jeep Trip to Walden’s Ridge in Tennessee

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

Buss Walker, the author of this July 28, 1959, article published in the Chattanooga Daily Times, learned an important lesson on his first attempt to jeep onto Walden’s Ridge: never jeep without tools. The lesson was learned and our intrepid travelers were more successful on their second attempt.

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February 1944 Ad for the “Original Jeep” on eBay

As late as 1944, as this ad demonstrates, the Minneapolis-Moline Power Implement Company argued that they had developed the original “Jeep”. But, it’s clear that they lost that battle entirely.

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“This is an Original old Vintage Trade Ad from 1944 This print ad Measures Approx: 11 1/4″ x 8 1/4″. This is Not a Photocopy or reproduction.”


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Western Jeep Ride at Santa Claus Land in Indiana

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE II: Was this called a Western Jeep rid because it used the Western toy Jeeps


Originally posted in 2013: Dan notes in the comments that this particular ride was ‘made by Vernon L. Spalinger Industries in Spokane WA. It was called the “Western Jeep”.’  These were very common rides at one time. This ride was also known as the Jeep-a-round.

“VERY RARE pamphlet from Santa Claus Land, Indiana. includes map of the grounds and of the state. Lots of pictures, facts, history and information about this amazing 1950s attraction!”



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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Tremaine told me he recently visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Waters and Kentuk Knob homes. At one of the gift shops there was book of Wright’s car collection, as he owned roughly 85 different cars over his life time. The book noted that at he owned three different jeeps over the years: a 1946 CJ-2A, a 1948 CJ-2A ‘Lefty’, and a wagon. While I was unable to locate a pic of the wagon, there is a photo on a Barrett Jackson page showing Wright’s two CJ-2As amongst some Crosleys.


CREDIT: https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/an-architects-love-of-automobiles-frank-lloyd-wrights-passion-for-cars-took-many-forms/ It appears the jeep in the foreground is a 1948 CJ-2A “Lefty”, which makes the jeep in the background the 1946 CJ-2A.

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WWII Jeep Photo “Baby Oh” on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Steve shared this WWII photo.

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“This is an original WW2 photo showing 3 soldiers in a jeep.
The jeep is named / painted on the side: Baby Oh!
This photo measures approx. 4 1/2″ x 2 3/4”



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Photo of M-170 Medical Exercise on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo is undated, so it’s unclear whether this is an original from the time period or a reprint. Still, it’s got some good details in it. The front fender suggests this may have been a CJ-4MA.

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“Estate sale find of a vintage photograph of what appears to be a 1954 or 1955 M170 Frontline Ambulance Jeep being used in a medical emergency exercise, with several “patients” on stretchers inside the vehicle and one helmeted stretcher-bearer carrying one. Original period photo, not a modern copy or reproduction. Approximately 10 inches wide, 8 1/8″ tall. “Plate#79″ handwritten on the back.”

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11 Willys jeep Brochures **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This is a good price for all these brochures. I already have all but the 3B brochure, otherwise I would have gotten it.

“Item Description:
Original 1950’s 1960’s Jeep Brochures, Group Lot of 11 (eleven) different items, no duplicates. Largest measures about 9″ x 12”. Includes pictures, data, dimensions, specifications, weights, descriptions, accessories, More! Includes Jeep, Willys Jeep, Dispatcher, delivery, van, hardtop, canvas full and half top, steel full cab, convertible, truck, tractor, tow truck, CJ-6, Universal, farm tool, farm power, CJ-3B, pickup, station wagon, Station sedan, utility, Kaiser Jeep Corporation, Wagoneer, 2WD 4WD, Gladiator, More! Good used condition, some wear, darkening, scuff, crease. Printing & pictures good used condition, some foldout to large poster-like sheets, enjoyable for “Goes Most Anywhere * Does Most Anything”.”


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Photo Slide of Ringling Brothers Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here’s an interestingly modified Flattie for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

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“Original slide. 
Watermark is not on the slide.
 Raw image. Has been dusted but not cleaned. See pics for damage.”



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5 Vintage Jeep Colorado Jeep Slides on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old Images Jeeping

Looks like someone had a good day of jeeping in the Colorado mountains.

  1. Jeeping through some trees:
  2. Mountains in the background:
  3. Farther into the Mountains:
  4. Slim Trail photo:
  5. And the finally photo, similar to the shot above:
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Feb 1955 Wagon Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is another wagon-focused ad targeting females, as it was published in Better Homes and Gardens in February of 1955.


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2 170X CJ-3B Brochures on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

These two brochures are being sold by the same seller with an asking price of $9.99 each and he/she will consider offers. Both of these brochures can be seen in full on this page.

  1. Form 1702 The ‘Jeep’ Makes its Roads as it Goes!
  2. Form 1704 The ‘Jeep’ Means Business
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Kjolseth and Kohlschutter’s 1957 Trip to South American

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

On September 11, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower introduced the People-to-People Program, “to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures.”

Two students out of Colorado University, Rolf Kjolseth, of Boulder, Colorado, and Andreas Kohlschutter, of Berne, Switzerland, decided to put Eisenhower’s idea into action by driving a jeep from the United States to Rio De Janeiro, where they planned to sell the jeep and return to the United State by ship. Along the way, they hoped to meet people from all walks of life. They called their jeep “Columbus II”.


June 24, 1957, Albuquerque Journal

The trip was sponsored by the U.S. Information Agency and the Pan American Union. The two young men were supposed to write about their trip and send their stories to several newspapers, but I can’t find any articles with their by-lines. They even had their photo take with  then Vice President Richard Nixon on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, but I haven’t located a copy of that yet.


June 13, 1957, Greeley Daily Tribune

According to multiple reports, the intrepid explorers drove their early CJ-5 south from Laredo, Texas, through Mexico, into Central America and, probably via boat, made it to South America. The photos below show the pair in Colombia.


November 11, 1957, The Marion Star, Marion, Ohio,

I could not locate any information following their stop in Colombia.

At the very least, Rolf made it back to Colorado, becoming an associate professor at the University of Colorado from 1971-2011. I don’t know if Rolf is alive or not, but he does have an email address associated with UC. Whether he monitors it or not, I couldn’t say, but I sent him an email. Hopefully someone will respond.

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1949 Ad for ‘Jeep’ Station Wagon on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I don’t recognize this ad and it’s unclear where it was published.

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“Grade per Six Grade System: Near Mint
Page size in English units (approximate): 10 1/2″ X 13 1/4″
Page size in metric units (approximate): 27 cm x 33.6 cm”


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1948 Look Magazine Wagon Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This “One Car you can use for Most Everything” ad appeared in a 1948 issue of Look Magazine, but which issue isn’t yet clear.

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August 1960 Article on Ouray, Colorado

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

This August 10, 1960, article in the Daily Sentinal out of Grand Junction highlights Ouray and briefly mentions the jeep tours available. You’ll note the tour-jeep in the pic in the upper left photo.


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1952 “Willys Scores a Double Hit Ad” on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I’ll have to double check, but I think this is another Willys-Overland ad that’s unique to the New Yorker.

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“2-sided ad, both sides shown. New Yorker 2/16/1952.
Original magazine page.
NOTE: You are buying a magazine page, a piece of paper. Source publication & date of issue stated when known; occasional closed edge tears not affecting printed area may be present. Sheet size given is approximate. [8 1/2 x 11″]. Two-page ads noted. On some ads, moire patterning may appear in the scan; this anomaly is not in the original ad.”


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Camp Wheeler Pillowcase w/ Jeep **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This Camp Wheeler, Georgia, military themed pillow case includes a jeep on it.

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“US Army World War II 2 Mothers Pillow Case from Camp Wheeler Georgia near Macon Ga. Pillow case has The Stars and Stripes Forever, with US Flag and neat US Amry Willys Jeep. This is a rare and tough case to find.  Great piece for framing! Aprox . 18 ” by 18 ” inches.”

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1961 Article on the Las Cruces Jeepathon Track

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles, Racing, Women & Jeeps

This July 30, 1961, article shared the news that the Las Cruces Jeep Club planned to allow non-racers a chance to drive the ‘Jeepathon’ race track before the racers got a chance to race.  The photos show Carol McDonald checking the jeep and the track. I wish the photos were clearer. I’m guessing she was a Las Cruces Jeep Club member?