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1953 Ramar of the Jungle Program

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

Mike shared this episode one of season one introduction to the Ramar of the Jungle TV program. It opens with an MB overheating. At one point one of the guys removes the radiator cap (I kept wincing, waiting for water to explode out of it). At another point, the same guy starts to “work” on the brakes by banging on something (didn’t sound like the brakes) with a wrench.

 
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Image on Metal of US Airforce Dispatcher on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This unusual photo (which for the purposes of this ebay sale is a metal sign), take on January 6, 1955, documents the existence of what appears to be a Two-Wheel-Drive Dispatcher model based on the M-38A1, designed for the Air Force. I never knew one (or more?) of these models were created.

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“1955 Willys Jeep New Metal Sign: US Airforce Dispatch Model from Press Photo. Suitable for framing or hanging, has pre drilled holes. A nice piece of 20th century history.

The sign measures 9″ x 12″
This sign is also available in 12″ x 16″ for $29.88. Please message if you are interested in the larger size.

This collection of Jeep images come from the former Jeep Museum in Toledo, Ohio. The former custodian of the museum, before it closed, saved these pictures from being thrown away. He has allowed me to scan them in high resolution and put them on metal.”

 
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Image of DJ-3A w/Tubes on Roof on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here’s another Dispatcher photo, this time of a DJ-3A with tubes of some kind on top. This has the Koenig built hardtop, the Dispatcher logo sticker, and one-ring hubcaps.

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“Jeep New Metal Sign: Toledo Jeep Factory Security Vehicle inside Plant. Suitable for framing or hanging, has pre drilled holes. A nice piece of 20th century history.

The sign measures 9″ x 12″
This sign is also available in 12″ x 16” for $29.88. Please message if you are interested in the larger size.

This collection of Jeep images come from the former Jeep Museum in Toledo, Ohio. The former custodian of the
museum, before it closed, saved these pictures from being thrown away. He has allowed me to scan them
in high resolution and put them on metal.

Watermark will not appear on your purchased sign.

 
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Worlds Largest Bison, Jamestown, ND

• CATEGORIES: Features

Just a few updates today, as I’m wiped.

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That’s one big bison behind us!

Yesterday morning Ms. Betty Page woke us up at 6am. She slept all night on her own, so we weren’t too unhappy with her morning wake up whines.

We’d spent Saturday night in Jamestown, North Dakota. Since it wasn’t quite light out yet, we piled in the jeep, filled up the tank, and found an open Caribou Coffee as we waited for the sunrise, because we wanted to see a special bison.

One of Jamestown’s claims to fame is its giant bison Sculpture, standing 26′ tall and 46 feet long. We decided that before we left town, we’d drive on over to the bison to get a ‘family’ photo. We figured we’d have the bison to ourselves, as who would be crazy enough to get up at day break on a 30 degree Sunday morning to look at a giant fake bison (besides us)?

It turned out, there was a whole frontier town that lined the street leading up to the bison! The cold, quiet morning and some low lying clouds gave the old, empty frontier town an eerie feeling. It was cool.

Here are a few pics.

Just before the Frontier town gates, there was a two story viewing platform (on the left) and a large Prairie Schooner shaped chuckwagon to its right. Both overlook a herd of bison (we couldn’t tell if the bison were there at this time or not).

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After driving through a set of gates (which we were surprised to see open), we encountered an old train depot, a few other buildings, then this general store and church.

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Just beyond the church was a museum, though it was closed (we didn’t have time for it anyway). After the general store and church was a series of buildings that we had to drive through to get to the bison (the bison is behind me in the below pic).

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Here’s another angle with the jeep in the photo:

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WWII Jeep Gets an Honorable Discharge

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, videos

UPDATE: Steve spotted a second version of this on Youtube (same video, but different URL address). I first posted the video below in 2015. It’s worth a second look.

This video is called “WWII Jeep Gets an Honorable Discharge” and shows Mayor Fred Heine’s Ford GP. The video shows the jeep working on the farm. Lots of great shots. Wyatt’s father was the first person to work on it when Fred Heine couldn’t get it started. The jeep is now at the U.S.Veterans Memorial Museum in Huntsville Alabama, which was featured last week.

 
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Scheneker Iron Works Snow Plow Brochure **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Maury spotted this one. Listed as a 1943 Ad, this clearly was a post war ad. The first clue is the CJ looking grille. The second clue is the suggestion that folks could find a plow at their “Jeep Dealer”. It’s likely a late 1940s brochure, as it has shown up in late 1940s Willys-Overland Special Equipment booklets.

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Welcome Ms. Betty Page

• CATEGORIES: Features

On Saturday we made it to Minneapolis to pick up our new family addition, Ms. Betty Page, aka Page, a Shiranian (Pomeranian and Shi Tsu mix).

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10 week old Betty Page

Our ten-year-old dog Zollie (also a Shiranian) had been become very needy following the death of his beagle pal “Jelly”. So, Ann began looking around for a companion for him. She had gotten Zollie in 2010 in Omaha when she lived there. So, when she tried to find a Shiranian locally, it proved impossible. In fact, only two locations had Shiranian pups ready for purchase: Minnesota and Kentucky. A third location, Missouri, had a very young litter, which won’t be ready until early May.

Since Ann needed a short break from her mother, and since family was going to be in town this weekend, we decided to “high tail it” to Minneapolis. After all, the weather was perfect for the drive (sun, no snow, and moderate temps). And, it’s only a 22 hour drive (and 1500 miles one way).  Our return trip will take two days (be home Monday at some point), as Page will require a few more potty breaks.

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The pic that inspired the name.

Now, why the name Ms. Betty Page? Ann thought Page looked like a diva in the pic we received of her (pic above on the pink blanket). So, she did some research and thought Betty Page a good match for how she imagined Page might be. Sure enough, when we met the pup, she was a rascal. She’s not shy about pushing Zollie or chasing him, not that she can keep up with him yet. And, given the fact that I write, the name “Page” was also a fun fit.

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Ann and I both thought that once Zollie passed away in a few years that we’d be dog free. Clearly, that plan is not longer the plan. 

Zollie isn’t quite a Page fan yet. That’s because he’s been a bachelor for most of his life. I haven’t written much about him, but Zollie (his full name is Zoloft) began as Ann’s PTSD dog, acquired a year before Ann acquired me. She’d only had big dogs until she got him, but with her injury issues, she decided a smaller dog made more sense.

He was an energizer bunny when she first got him. Since those early days, he’s become calmer and is now a sweet, smart, and super well-behaved dog. Zollie doesn’t shed (Hypoallergenic) and doesn’t like to get dirty/muddy/wet, so he’s a great inside dog. He can sit through a movie at a movie theatre and not make a peep. He can sit through dinner at a restaurant and not beg.

However, over the years, he’s developed more neuroses than Ann; he’s the one who needs the therapy (he’s afraid of fires, hate’s camping, hates traveling in the motorhome, hates being outside most of the time, hates having to eat out of a bowl, …. the list is a long one).

Anyway, that’s all for now. I need to get to bed. We need to get up early Sunday so we can find the largest Bison in Jamestown, ND, and get a “family” picture with it.

 
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Jeepney Ashtray on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

This is a wooden ashtray with a Jeepney image on it. Seller wants $20.

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“This auction is for a vintage Philippines Jeepney molded wood ashtray souvenir.
Measures about 6 inches across.
In good preowned, but unused condition (see pictures).”

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Jeep Hubcap Key Chain on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This is a neat piece.

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1955 Saturday Evening Post Rolligon Article

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine • TAGS: .

This June 04, 1955, article about the Rolligon goes into great depth about the history of the invention. You can see more pics here. The pages below are much clearer once you click on them.

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1954 KW Magazine AD on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This Willys 4-Wheel-Drive Vehicles: Help Keep Work on Schedule ad from 1954 includes the KW logo.

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“DESCRIPTION:…Original magazine ad from 1954 which features the Willys Truck and Jeep. Two farms were highlighted in the ad–one shows a farmer by the name of W. G. Watt of Murrayville, IL.–the other one shows a Mr. Herbert Edwards of Cedar Brook Farms in Prospect, KY…..Nice condition except for some light tan age toning caused by type of paper used nearly 60 years ago. About 8 x 11″ in size”

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Tornado Banner on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s an unusual bit of marketing.

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“Has some soiling, the middle portion has two weights under the yellow part to hold it down. I believe these were used on fenders in show rooms or shops but I’m not very sure. Made of cloth, measures 58”x14.5””

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Wood and Metal Folk Art(?) Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Models

Seller is asking $115 for this unusual jeep made of wood and metal. It’s missing the driver’s side fender. Appears delicate.

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“RARE WWII ARMY JEEP. MADE OF METAL AND WOOD, 14in LONG, 6 1/2in WIDE, 8in TALL

HOOD, FENDERS, WHEELS, BACKRESTS OF SEATS ARE MADE OF METAL, REST MADE OF WOOD
NOT SURE IF THIS WAS A MODEL KIT, OR SOME KIND OF TOY YOU COULD BUY ??
I HAVE NEVER SEEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS, VERY COOL, NEED A LITTLE TLC,
PICS ARE PART OF DESCRIPTION OF ACTUAL ITEM”
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Quick Trip to Minnesota ….

• CATEGORIES: Features

Very early this morning we headed to Minnesota to pick up a new puppy. We won’t be stopping or sightseeing, as we can’t linger away from Ann’s mom for too long. I’ll have time to do updates, but my email/comment response time will lag.

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CJ-3B Adventure on Cape Hatteras

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images Jeeping

This adventure was recorded in the April 30, 1955, issue of the Saturday Evening Post.

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WAAC Recruitment Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Women & Jeeps

I think it is interesting that there’s rope wrapped around the front bumper on this vintage ad. I guess that was a ‘thing’ at the time.

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“The original 8×11″ magazine ad in very good condition.  NOT a reprint.”

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June-July 1956 Willys News

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

This issue of Willys News highlighted a new advertising campaign, the “Gets there . . . works there . . .  anywhere!” magazine ads (will highlight those on Thursday). Page 3 has some advertising reprints (lower left pic), showing the diversity of ‘Jeep’ ads (I hope to find examples of all of these for a future post). Also on page three appears to be “NEW LIFE” ads that include concentric circles. Maybe that was a local parts dealer campaign. I’ll have to see if I can find newspaper examples of that campaign from DC newspapers of the time. On Page 2, there’s an image of the Light Rescue Truck, featured in yesterday’s post about the Light Rescue Truck brochure.

Ted Bumiller’s trip around the world was highlighted in this issue as well. More information this trip, including reference to a film about it, can be found in this 2016 film and lecture post.

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The Investigators: A Watercolor Illustration

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Blaine spotted this watercolor illustration, titled The Investigators, that shows some sailors in a jeep ogling two women standing next to the Greenpernt Grocery. The watercolor sold for $287 at auction in April of 2019. It’s larger than I initially thought at almost 3 feet wide (35.75 inches) and 28.75 inches tall. I could find nothing about an artist named “Sweet”.

The name “Greenpernt” might be a reference Greenpoint in Brooklyn, New York. Apparently, Greenpernt was how Brooklyners referred to the area at one time. As one person wrote on a remembrances page, “My Brooklyn was High School days riding the GG train to Brooklyn Automotive in Greenpoint (Greenpernt to my dad)”. 

There’s also a corner of Noble St and West St (note the signs in the illustration) in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, that suggest this corner might have inspired the artist.

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Light Duty Rescue Truck Brochure Form W-F56-1

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: Dan’s got a good thread related these trucks at the Old Willys Forum. The 1956 June-July issue of Willys News included a reference to this vehicle.

I suspect this brochure, Form W-F56-1, was published in 1956, so I’ll republish it here as we are attempting to move through the 1956 brochure year. My guess is that this eight page brochure was a lunch brochure for the light duty rescue truck.

One great thing is that it has a list of all the equipment that is supposed to come with truck, plus a picture showing how it was organized in the back.

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Hamilton US Air Force Pedal Jeep Glen Burnie, MD $375

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Ed shared this link for this nice looking Hamilton Air Force Pedal Jeep.

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“1950’s vintage Hamilton U.S. Air Force Military Jeep Pedal Car. This pedal car is mostly original from what I can tell and in amazing condition. It is fully functional and turning and pedaling work great. Asking $375 or best offer. Can deliver on base.”

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18th Annual and Final FC-Roundup End of March, 2020

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

The last week in March is the final time Jesse and Andrea will be hosting the FC-Roundup. I will be down there for sure, but Ann may not make it this time. However, in her place may be my oldest son. So, we’ll see how things go. I look forward to seeing everyone down there!

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“Andrea and I, personally invite all Owners and friends of Jeep Forward Controls and Jeep FleetVans. This will be the Last  “Most Excellent” FC-Only International event in Phoenix. There is no charge for the event. On this property, all parking is limited to Jeep FC / FJ Only.  

Learn and see a lot more in a weekend, see how other FCs and FleetVans look, take detailed pictures, talk to other owners. Bring your imagination and any FC items, toys, memorabilia, photos, artwork, literature, or manuals to display. See new FC related products and parts, special tools will also be on display. FC Roundup event hats, T-shirts, will also be available.

There is no charge for the event. We welcome and we are always so very grateful for your donation of any FC related items that are given away during the Saturday afternoon free raffle. Also on Saturday are the XXL BBQ Hot Dogs and much more, for lunch. Free refreshments daily.  One of the best things that happens everyday, is that you are also invited to drive your FC.

We have FC-Only groups that cruise to and from breakfast and dinner. We offer transportation to and from the nearest lightrail station that connects to Phoenix International Airport.  Make your reservations now for the GCU Hotel and other hotels nearby.”

 
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1955 Willys 4-Wheel Drive Brochure W-1772

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This brochure form W-1772 (see full version here) is currently priced at $11.95 on eBay (with $5 shipping). It does have a stain on the cover.

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“1950’s original Willys 4 wheel drive book 23 pages advertising / sales brochure.
Brochure remains in nice collectible / visual condition and may show normal minor signs of age, storage and handling such as light creases, spotting, edge or crease wear, micro tears etc.
Any issues beyond normal wear and tear that may impact aesthetic value (larger tears, writing, stains etc.) will be specifically noted and pictured.”

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April 1956 Willys News

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

Regarding the back page article, it’s a bit hard for me to believe that the motorhome the Murray’s built on a truck chassis (with an inline 6?) was capable of sustained cruising of 70 MPH, especially given that modern interstates had yet to be built (the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956––aka Interstate Highway construction bill––hadn’t yet been passed when this issue of Willys News was published).

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1947 Beaverhead Willys Motors Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

This ad was featured in the Dillon Daily Tribune on May 06,1947.

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Overground Railroad Book

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features

A reader (and my pea-sized brain can’t remember who) noticed that the front of the Overground Railroad, a book by Candace Taylor, had a Jeep Wagon on its cover. It looks to be a 1950-1951 wagon to me.

I haven’t read the book just yet, but look forward to it. The book is about 300 pages, but has at least 100 pages of photos. The reviews for it have been very good. Here’s a review from a Route 66 website.

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