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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!

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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
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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 @)

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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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https://washingtondigitalnewspapers.org/?a=d&d=CATHNWP19421120.2.95

Holy Names Académy Girls Buy Jeep for U. 5. Army

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”.

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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

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: , .

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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1943 Buenos Aires Motor Magazine

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images, Old News Articles

The June 1943 issue of Motor Magazine out of Buenos Aires, Argentina, featured this introduction to the jeep on its front page. I snagged this copy off of eBay in December and it finally arrived. The 24-page magazine printed on newspaper covers a wide range of automotive subjects, most far above my rudimentary Spanish. I’m pretty surprised any of these survived!

Here are the first two pages (the only two that included the jeep as far as I could tell):

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Also included in the magazine was this ad(?) featuring a jeep.

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1951 Photo of Jeep Tests in Chesapeake Bay on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

That had to have been a cold drive in January!

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“1951 Press Photo Soldiers drive amphibious jeep in Chesapeake Bay near Virginia.This is an original press photo. Amphibians – US – A Marine drives an amphibious jeep in Chesapeake Bay, off Little Creek, Virginia, during training exercises. According to the Navy, jeeps such as this will operate with only the driver’s head above the surface. The curved tube attached to the windshield is the exhaust pipe. Straight tube is the air intakePhoto measures 8.25 x 6.5inches. Photo is dated 01-17-1951.”

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1962 Photo of Jeeping in the Dunes of Padre Island on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old Images Jeeping

The seller of this June 18, 1962, photo claims this was South Padre Island, but the original script on the back of the photo labels it Padre island, which is north of South Padre (I know, that location may seem obvious). According to Wikipedia, South Padre was closed until 1962, which makes it more likely that this is Padre and not South Padre. That said, I’m no expert on this region.

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“1962 Press Photo Jeep “Off Roading” on South Padre Island Sand Dunes, Texas. This is an original press photo. Jeep rolls across sand dunes of Padre Island in Texas. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 06-18-1962.”

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1955/6 CJ-5 Brochures

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

This brochure was part of the family of brochures described in this Kaiser/Willys ad post from a few days ago. Curiously, this brochure is labeled form W-239-6, suggesting it was printed for 1956, while the original version of this was form W-239-5.

After comparing the two different versions, I could only find some minor differences between the two. The ‘biggest’ difference was a slight repositioning of the text within the balloons on page 2 of the brochure. Form “5” had misplaced the text slightly, with a few letters extending above a couple balloons. Form “6” seems to have fixed that. It also appears that Form “6” uses a bolder font for the text in the balloons. There could also be some minor differences that I did not detect. Here’s my comparison of the balloons:

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So, now I know I should have bought a W-239-5 version if I wanted the original! Another lesson learned the hard way 🙂 … anyway, here’s the scan of the W-239-6 version:

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Compare those pics to the Form W-239-5 version from Autopaper:

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1959 Brazilian Bulletin Article About Jeeps in Brazil

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

I stumbled upon this article looking for something else.

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1942 Photo of a “Peep” Next to a “Jeep” on eBay

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

Nice front end shot of a Ford GP.

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“1942 Press Photo US soldier pictured with “jeep” and “peep” vehicles in Kentucky

This is an original press photo. Trucks – US – Fort Knox, Kentucky – The Armed Force hopes this picture will end the confusion between the “jeep” and “peep.” The tough little puddle-jumper on the right is affectionately known as the “peep” by men of the army’s Armored Force, while the large command car at the left is the original “jeep,” named after the Popeye comic strip characterPhoto measures 10 x 8.25inches. Photo is dated 01-11-1942.”

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1955 Article on Uranium Mining Includes Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

This August 1955 article in Popular Mechanics includes 2 CJ-5s. It took a nuclear scientist to locate the article (long story), but it dove tails nicely off yesterday’s Willys News post that included an article on uranium mining (last page of Willys News) about these two prospectors.
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1956 Willys Utility Wagon Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This was advertised in a late 1955 Willys News, but does not appear to have been published until 1956, based on the Form M-221-6.

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1942 Photo of Jeeps on NY Capital Steps on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: There’s a second photo of this climb on eBay that precedes the one I posted a couple days ago.

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“1942 Press Photo Military jeeps climb steps of Capitol in Albany, New York. This is an original press photo. Albany, New York – Jeeps in front of Capitol Photo measures 8.25 x 5.5 inches. Photo is dated 04-06-1942.”

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Later in the climb ….

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“1942 Press Photo Crowd watches US Army jeeps climb Capitol steps in New York

This is an original press photo. Albany, New York – Jeeps – in front of Capitol, on steps Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 04-06-1942.”

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1950? Willys Wagon Brochure Knoxville, TN $5

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is an unopened brochure that Tom spotted. It’s a very good price. Here are examples of the other pages from eBay.

https://knoxville.craigslist.org/pts/7058167072.html

“WILLYS SALES BROCHURE MINT CONDITION NEVER OPENED”

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Just a Few Updates for Wednesday

• CATEGORIES: Features

UPDATE: I accidentally scheduled this for Thursday when it should have appeared today. Anyway, after I wrote it, I endured a second wave of chills and night sweats. Oh joy! Feeling better right now, but I can tell I’m not quite over it just yet.

Strange day Tuesday. I got a 10am haircut. Felt fine. Got home and checked on eWillys: site was down. As I awaited the site’s return, I started feeling achey (it came on quickly). So, with the site down and me possibly getting sick, I decided make good use of that time by cloning my old hard drive on a new SSD hard drive. It wasn’t until i started that process that I Iearned it would take about 12 hours to complete the cloning.

About an hour after that (say noonish), my whole body felt terrible and I came down with chills. Meanwhile, the site mysteriously popped back up. However, by then, I was ready to forget updates and focus on getting better. Also, by then, Ann was coming down with chills as well. So, we pulled multiple layers of covers over our bed, turned on the heating blanket, and watched some TV. We shivered for a couple hours, unable to get very warm.

By 4:00, still having the chills, I had some hot chicken noodle soup. That took me from chills-ville to overheating and sweats. A couple hours more bed time and tv and food started sounding good again. Ann, too, was feeling better.

It’s now 9pm and I don’t feel too bad anymore. So, not sure what we had, but (fingers crossed) it seems to have passed rather quickly. Weird!

So, I’ll save emails and other stuff for Wednesday (assuming I still feel good).

 

 
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March 1955 Willys News

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

This 1955 Willys Newspaper marked the transition away from Kaiser Willys news to just Willys News.

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