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1943 Photo of Mechanics at Army Base on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

The front passenger jeep wheel looks like it is barely on the wood.

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“1943 Press Photo Mechanics work on Jeep at Birmingham Army Air Base.
This is an original press photo. U.S. Army, WAC, Birmingham Army Air Base Photo measures 8.25 x 10.25 inches. Photo is dated 08-20-1943.”

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Stratton Hydro-Implement Lift Information

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

UPDATE: Nate’s hoping to gather some Stratton-related information. So, I’ll be using this post to gather that info. If anyone has any more insights into this lift, email me at d@ewillys.com or post it directly to Nate’s thread on the earlyCJ-5.com page.  Also, Clint Dixon and Barry Thomas have authored a five-part series of articles for the Dispatcher Magazine titled “The Making of the Farm Jeep”. The Fall of 2018 issue includes information on the Stratton Lift. 

As early as 1949 Stratton Equipment out of Cleveland, Ohio, was marketing hydraulic products. One example was their truck lift, a hydraulic lift used for placing cargo onto truck beds. The lift is pictured at the top of page 146 in the October 1949 issue of Popular Mechanics. This was just one of multiple patents filed over the period of three decades (1940s-1970s) by Alfred F. Foote, product designs both jeep-related and non-jeep-related.

1) On July 27, 1960, Alfred F. Foote filed a patent for the Stratton Lift with the Stratton Equipment Company as the assignee. Due to the lack of information related to Stratton lifts, it was unclear to most when this product hit the market. Given the patent date, the lift likely entered the market in late 1960 or later.

As part of his patent, Foote references both the Monroe and the Love designs. The patent for the lift was granted on Feb. 26, 1963.

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2) This Stratton brochure is currently on eBay (Nate has better scans of this brochure):

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1946 CJ-2A Ad with Top

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This ad with a CJ-2A sporting a canvas top was published in the November 24, 1946, issue of the Evening Star.

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Daytona Beach Trains & Jeeps

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Thanks to Roger Martin for pointing out these series of jeep pics from 1950s Daytona Beach. These were all posted to the Greetings from Daytona Beach Facebook page.

  1. These 1959 photos show Charlie Fogg’s Beach train, which ran a four mile round trip pulling one or more trams. You can see it’s a jeep under that train facade. That might even be a CJ-3B.
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  2. This one looks to be a second version of Mr. Fogg’s beach train:
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  3. CJ-3B sporting a dog racing sign:
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  4. This ice cream vendor might be a CJ-3A:
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  5. Mr. George Tetter, the Ice Cream Man, at Daytona Beach with his CJ-5:
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  6. Two 1946 photos of an early jeep (MB/GPW) tram at Daytona Beach:
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1946 Red Light Cartoon

• CATEGORIES: Features

This cartoon appeared in the March 18, 1946, issue of the Evening Star.

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1950 Revision Poster for Wagon/Jeepster Poster on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is an unusual item.

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“THIS AUCTION IS FOR ONE Original Vintage STICKY BACKED PICTURE OF A 1950 WILLYS JEEP STATION WAGON MODEL POSTER WITH DETAILS OF ITS FEATURES. THIS POSTER WAS TO BE USED TO CORRECT A SALES POSTER ALREADY PRINTED THAT HAD THE WRONG INFORMATION ON IT. THIS STCKY WAS TO BE PLACED OVER THE ORIGINAL POSTER TO CORRECT THE ERRORS. ERRORS HAD TO DO WITH THE FRONT END DESIGN, AND MOTOR.

THE POSTER COMES WITH A WRITTEN LETTER FROM WILLYS OVERLAND ON WHY THIS POSTER IS NEEDED AND HOW TO USE IT.
DATED MAY 20,1950
MEASURES 22 X 11-3/4 INCHES.”

 
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Vintage CJ-5 Beach Towel on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Get ready for the sand and surfer early this year! Maury shared this vintage beach towel sporting a CJ-5.

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“This is a fun beach towel with a Jeep/beach/sunset thing going on.  It’s woven into that pattern, so the picture appears on both sides in ‘opposite’ colors (more like reversed colors).  This one is in very good shape with only a few very minor pulls – no big runs, tears, or stains.  It is from a local estate so may have a history with smoking and/or pets.  Our household has dogs so there is a likelihood of a pet hair of allergens. 59″ x 31″  Not super thick and plush but also not ridiculously thin like a cheap hotel towel.”

 
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1943 Tale of Playing Crazy to Survive

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

This November 14, 1943, Evening Star article highlights both the mystery armor plated jeeps and about how pretending to be crazy might just save your life.

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October 1945 Cover of Maclean’s Magazine

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Magazine

Canada’s Maclean’s Magazine featured an illustrated jeep on the cover of its October 1, 1945, issue. Though there’s no specific article about the jeep, you can read the entire issue online (and many other issues) here: https://archive.macleans.ca/issue/19451001#!&pid=0_1

As a side note, though Canada and the US (and Great Britain) all declared war against Japan on December 8th, 1941, on December 7th, 1941, four hours after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, 2000 Canadian troops along with 12,000 Chinese (and British?) troops, attacked a Japanese force of 52,000 strong in Hong Kong. The fighting lasted for three weeks. The Japanese prevailed, but they suffered significant losses.

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Woodrow Wilson Buys 22 Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

The April 16, 1943, issue of the Evening Star announced the D.C.’s Woodrow Wilson High School ‘smashed’ the city’s jeep record by getting selling enough bonds and stamps to purchase 22 jeeps. 1943-04-16-evening-star-jeep-buying-woodrow-wilson

On the same page of the newspaper was a nice story (nothing about jeeps) about a man who was blinded at his machine shop job, but managed to find work again due to his heightened sense of touch.

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Video of Restored FC-170 Rescue Van Playing

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677, Features, videos

Blaine shared this video of a restored FC-170 Rescue Van in Germany doing some four-wheeling. It’s all in German. My only wish is that I’d like to see more of the van’s insides.

 
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Cast Iron Victory Toy Jeeps Hart, MI No Price

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

The seller on Facebook is trying to figure out a value for these Victory Toys out of the Netherlands. Here’s a post published about these jeeps.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/249176669349138/?ref=messenger_share

“I’m trying to come up with an approximate value of these two cast iron WWII toy Jeep’s. What I do know thus far is that they were manufactured by Victory Toys out of Holland. I see pictures of them online and more than a few times I see the word rare. If someone could assist me with a fair price for them I’d truly appreciate it. Thank you! Will ship once I derive a price 49420”

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Jeeps Now ‘Swim, Climb and Fly’

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Old News Articles

This April 4, 1943, article in the Sunday Star shares more about the things the military was doing with jeeps (not the best scan, but it’s all I got).

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1943 Photo of Jeep Crossing Bridge in New Guinea on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

That looks like it could be a Slat Grille MB.

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2 Smokey the Bear Table Cloths on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Not one, but two 54″ x 96″ tablecloths.

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“TWO Vintage Smokey the Bear
Prevent Forest Fires Paper Tablecloths-
Both New Old Stock-
Hard to Find Collectible Items

Up for sale in this auction are TWO vintage paper tablecloths featuring Smokey the Bear. A hard to find item that will make a great addition to any Smokey the Bear collection….also great to use if you like. Definitely never opened or removed from the package.

I believe that both tablecloths are the same design…..they just look different due to the way they are folded within the plastic wrap. Made by the C.A. Reed Company….featuring “Futura Stylized Designs”. Only one tablecloth has the label on the back. The tablecloths measure 54 x 96 inches in size.
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Postcard of Wagon in Knoxville, IA on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards

I thought this early delivery sedan with a half window installed on the back driver’s side was interesting.

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“VINTAGE POSTCARD – CONDITION: EXC – SEE SCANS. DATE/ERA: c1950s-60s. Standard Size 3.5×5.5 Inches. “

 
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1943 Photo of Jeep Transporting Wounded on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Thats’a full load.

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“1943 Press Photo New Guinea – a jeep & crew transports wounded Allied soldiers
This is an original press photo. Wounded Allied soldiers are shown being carried to the rear from a fighting front in New Guinea. An American (left) and an Australian …. bumper of the jeep.Photo measures 9.5 x 8.5inches. Photo is dated 02-09-1943.”

 
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1950 Wagon Brochure: Selling the Unseen Values on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Interesting brochure. It includes a quiz.

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“Original salesman’s part color catalog , 8.5 x 11 , 12 pages , 3 file holes at edge , also includes non color sales sheet , 8.5 x 11 , 2 pages , shows various Willys features , descriptions , etc .”

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A. J. Parson’s Generators & Compressors Brochures on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

These aren’t the greatest brochure examples, but I’ve never run across brochures for A. J. Parsons equipment. Also included are a couple go-for-digger plow documents. The price is crazy.

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Plow:

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1950s? Woman, Jeep & Eskimo Pies Sign on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps • TAGS: .

Steve shared this ice-cream related photo.

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“WOMAN w ICE CREAM TRUCK JEEP @ GOLDEN STATE DAIRY 50’s photo ESKIMO PIE SIGN
Vintage original snapshot photo, circa 1950’s.
Dimensions: 5″ x 3 1/2″
Condition: Good, surface creases/wrinkles, bit of album paper remnants on back, see scan.”

 
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1943 Photo of WACS in Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

Fort Belvoir was happy with the WACs they had and was hoping to recruit more. An article in the July 25, 1943, issue of the Sunday Star covered the recruitment program.

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Early Willys-Overland Booklet for the CJ-2A on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Maury shared this one. It isn’t pristine.

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“Universal Jeep Willys-Overland Sales Brochure. Undated. 32 pages. With photos. See photos. Creases and stains.”

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Jeep Reconditioning Programs in the U.S & Europe

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Ordnance - Remanufactureing

UPDATE II: Some additional photos of the Esslingen, Germany, recondition facility posted to  Facebook. The first one is similar to the final photo in this post, but the details show it’s a different photo (probably earlier given these have soft tops and military markings.

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UPDATE: This was originally published in 2013.

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The Bechtel-McCone Remanufacturing Process rebuilt from an article in issue #122 of the Army Motors Magazine Winter ’08 by Lloyd White

One topic that appears in my new book is the 1941 attack on Russia by Hitler.  Called operation Barbarossa and named for the medieval Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa it was the largest invasion in the history of warfare. It included three million soldiers, 600,000 vehicles, and 750,000 horses.  For comparison, the D-Day invasion force was approximately 150,000 men.  Even a month later, only a million men had landed on the beaches of Normandy.

Supporting these huge numbers required plenty of logistics. For example, the German military had 250 companies of veterinarians that, at the height of the war, were capable of servicing almost 100,000 horses a day.  Near the end of the war, horses became vital for the Germans on the Eastern front, as the terrain was often too inhospitable for vehicles, if they had any running vehicles at all.

What does this have to do with jeeps? Well, despite their disposable nature, many people don’t know that the U.S. Army’s Ordnance Department created special facilities to rebuild jeeps (and other vehicles).  Facilities were located both in the U.S. and abroad.  Here’s some information about the US divisions.

I spent time last night, probably too much, gathering and organizing some information about these programs.  The idea and much of this information came from Maury Hurt’s efforts to gather and document reconditioning programs.  There are a variety of threads about these at G503.  However, what I didn’t see was a place that gathered the information together as I have below. I expect to add to this post over time with more information about the international programs.

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Steam cleaning jeeps at Bechtel-McCone’s remanufacturing facility in Birmingham, Alabama.

UNITED STATES REMANUFACTURING:
The following companies remanufactured a total of 16,176 jeeps in the United States according to Charlie Weaver via Jim Allen’s book “Jeep”. There are examples of the data plates applied to the dash of jeeps by the companies below.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find examples for all the companies. Next to the companies are the number of jeeps each is credited with rebuilding.

1. Bechtel McCone 4,986
2. Allison Steel Manufacturing Company Plate 2,865
3. Moore Equipment Co plate and a second one and a third one. 2,443
4. Higgins Plastic Corp 1,850
5. Stewart & Stevenson 1,750
6. W.A. Bechtel plate 1,555
7. Bishop McCormick & Bishop (no examples found) 343
8. International Diesel (no examples found) 267
9. Vancura Motor Company (no examples found) 66
10. A.M. Meyerstein (no examples found) 49

I found these plates in several locations (documented in the links above) and then organized them as you see. I thought it would help people who run into plates, but don’t know what they have.

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1941 Photo of Ford GP

This March 02, 1941, photo from the Evening Star appears to show the original Pygmy.

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Carl Jantz’s Super Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features

This article, titled SUPER JEEP: A 1942 WILLYS THAT CAN’T BE KILLED, ran a couple years ago on driving line.com, but is still an interesting look at a unique build.

https://www.drivingline.com/articles/super-jeep-a-1942-willys-that-cant-be-killed/

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