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1954 Photo of Atlanta to Alaska Mission on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: A similar photo sold in March of 2016, before we began planning for Alaska Or Rust.

The three teens–Peter Calhoun, Richard Perry, and Geno Bogan(?)–planned to deliver the jeep to the bishop of Alaska.

“1954 Press Photo Rev George Murphy & Teens Pray Atlanta to Alaska Jeep Trip. You are bidding on an original press photo of Rev George Murphy & Teens Pray Atlanta to Alaska Jeep Trip. Photo has waving due to too much glue being used to attach the information sheet onto the back of the photo. Photo measures 7.25 x 8.25 inches and is dated 6/24/1954.”

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Published March 03, 2016: This photo sold on eBay

“1954 Press Photo Alaskan Mission. Atlanta-Alaska Donated Jeep. Prayer 8×10 inch.”

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An article and a different photo appeared in the July 7, 1954, issue of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. You can see a blurry version below.

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Here’s some text from the article, but I’m not sure it is all the text:

Jeep Arrives From South! A jeep for Alaska’s Episcopal Bishop William J. Goidon was driven into town yesterday at the end of a 6,000 mile trip by three youngsters from the Young Peoples’ Service league of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, Ca. The young people’s group bought the Jeep” for Bishop Gordon with money derived Irom a furniture repair program supported by the members of the community and several other money-making sources. The purchase of the Jeep was the idea of 18-year-old Geno Bocan h who worked last summer at St. Mark’s mission ip Nenana. The Jeep will be put to use at that mission. Bishop Gordan said yesterday. The Jeep is the latest civilian model with an experimental fiberglass cab for cold climates. Only Two’ Flat Tires Three of the young penple’s group drove the Jeep 6,000 miles across the United States and HWY 1 Canada to Fairbanks from Atlanta. They were Began, Pete Calhoun and Harold Martin. Only two flat tires Were encountered on the whole trip, one in Ft. St. Johns in Canada and the other while ‘still in the state of Georgia

The June 24, 1954, issue of the Daily Sitka Sentinel from Sitka, Alaska, also had some info about the trip. 

The jeep is just what Bishop Gordon ordered. Constructed of fiberglass and insulated with foam rubber, it has a large- size heater, four- wheel drive, snow tires, a winch on the front and a power takeoff on the rear. The three boys driving it to Alaska are Geno Began, 12, Pete Calhoun, 18, and Richard Perry, 17. Stop over entertainment and accom modations has been promised them by the Kaiser-Willys Co., which also will service the jeep along the route.

 
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1944 Photo of Jeep in Alaska on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Greet photo of an Alaskan jeep with a custom hardtop.

“1944 Press Photo Vintage Jeep With Plywood Top in Alaska by Plane at Airport. You are bidding on an original press photo of Vintage Jeep With Plywood Top in Alaska by Plane at Airport. Newspaper markings on photo. Photo measures 7 x 9 inches and is dated 8/20/1944.”

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1953 Photo of Railroad Truck on eBay

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I wonder how many of those crew cabs are left.

“1953 Press Photo L&N Railroad Vintage Jeep Rail & Road Vehicle. You are bidding on an original press photo of L&N Railroad Vintage Jeep Rail & Road Vehicle. Photo measures 8 x 10 inches and is dated 5/4/1953.”

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Year? CJ-3A, Man & Dog in Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

The caption suggests this was taken in the “Wildlands of the Northwest”, but not clear if this is the Pacific Northwest or somewhere farther east. Apparently, the man is hunting a criminal.

“Press Photo Man With Backpack & Gun by Dog & Vintage Willys Jeep. You are bidding on an original press photo of Man With Backpack & Gun by Dog & Vintage Willys Jeep. The thin green lines that show on the photo in the listing are the result of a bad scan & the lines are NOT on the actual photo. Photo measures 8 x 10 inches and is not dated.”

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1949 De Anza Cavalcade – Life Magazine Tags Along

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

UPDATE: This was published back in 2010. This seems appropriate, since the post below this one may feature the dozer blade shown in the photos below.

I believe these images are from the 1st annual De Anza Cavalcade, which occurred in 1949.  You can read a little about these events from the Hemet Jeep Club’s Website. Here’s an brief synopsis from Harry Buschert’s memorial:

In 1948 (Harry) Buschert joined the first Hemet Jeep Cavalcade and jumped in a jeep with Harvey Gibel at the Hemet Farmer’s Fairgrounds. The first Cavalcade, sponsored by the Anza- Borrego Trails Association and the Hemet Valley Chamber of Commerce, began as a way to show the public the need to pave the road between Hemet and Borero Springs. Over 400 Jeeps and 800 passengers came out for the first event. They took two days to travel down Coyote Canyon. Buschert would participate and assist in running the events for years to come. The event ran continuously until 1973. By 1973 the movement pave the road had become obsolete, the high prices of gasoline made the event too costly, and the perceived impact of the event affecting public perception all led to the its ending. The event took a fifteen year hiatus and began again in 1988, Buschert took part in the anniversary run.

The Life Magazine Photographer was Peter Stackpole, whom the New York Times described as a chronicler of California Trends.  Peter was part of the first group of photographers hired by Life Magazine.

You can view all the photographs of this two day ‘Jeep Ride’ in 1949 here. I have included small versions of a few of my favorite images.  Click on the images to see blown up views.

1) Here we are at the beginning:

Note the Department of Agriculture painted on the side.  That looks like a nice wool jacket, too:

Here the ‘wagon’ train is on the move.  Note the little boy peeking out the window:

You can see the line of Jeeps stretches for a ways:

Here the jeeps stop for a rest; I probably lightened this up a little too much, but I wanted to be able to see the details of the jeeps better.  Note that one of the jeeps near the bottom of the pic has an extended back — a woman is sitting in back of it:

One of the stranger arrangements was this CJ-2A that sported 3 or four passengers plus luggage, plus a plow! I have 3 images of that below:

And finally, when’s the last time you saw a Ford GP out Jeeping?

Again, you can see MANY more pics of this 1949 Hemet Jeep Club Calvacade at the Life Magazine Image Archives.

 
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Jeep Photos Off of eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Blaine forwarded some old jeep photos off of eBay.

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1948 Sprayer Information

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This information page and photos were provided as part of a 1948 Willys Overland Sales Book.

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The World’s Most Useful Vehicles

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Just a few updates today. Regular updates resume Sunday morning.

This page was published in the January 1955 issue of Kaiser Willys Dealer News.

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1962 FC-170 Commercial

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

This was floating around Facebook. It mostly features an FC-170 dually, but one of the first scenes is a CJ-5 jumping a gully.

 
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Large Plow on CJ-5 (Tis the Season)

• CATEGORIES: Features

Matt shared this photo of a CJ-5 with a heavy duty plow for moving lake-effect snow.

 
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Wooden Jeep @ Modern Touch

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

UPDATE: Here’s another link — http://wooden.city/jeep-4×4/

Tim shared this wooden model jeep from the site Modern Touch. Note: To see the jeep on the website you have to log into the site …. I’m not a fan of that policy. The price is $70 for the jeep.

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Happy Thanksgiving

• CATEGORIES: Features

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This is today’s only post.

Last Friday we drove to Sandpoint, Idaho, to visit with Idaho Todd and Minnesota Chris, aka brothers Todd and Chris McKay. While driving around Sandpoint, Ann and I spotted this awesome sign (3′ x 3′). It looks like there is plenty of parking for jeeps behind this store. How often do you find special jeep parking?? Clearly, Todd has picked the right place to live.

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Post Trip Items: Alaska Or Rust Article in Dispatcher Magazine

• CATEGORIES: Alaska Or Rust Trip, Features, Magazine

<– Post Trip Items: Interview with Hugo Vidal | Post Trip Items: German Documentary w/ Alaska Or Rust Folks –>

The Fall 2017 issue of Dispatcher Magazine arrived in my mailbox yesterday. Kevin and Bill put together a great article on the Alaska Trip.

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<– Post Trip Items: Interview with Hugo Vidal | Post Trip Items: German Documentary w/ Alaska Or Rust Folks –>

 
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1991 Photo of 1948 CJ-2A Fire Jeep on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old Images

This photo was taken at an auto museum (Harrah’s?) in 1991. I haven’t seen this jeep at any of the California museums I’ve visited. Anyone know what happened to it?

“1991 Press Photo Restored 1948 Jeep firetruck displayed at museum in Reno. This is an original press photo. The 1948 Jeep firetruck is now restored and on display at a museum in Reno, Nevada. Photo measures 10 x 8 inches. Photo is dated 10-14-1991.”

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Happy Thanksgiving Sale @ Kaiser Willys

• CATEGORIES: Features

Kaiser Willys let me know they are having a Thanksgiving Sale. So, if you are planning to buy some parts from them, this is the time. The sale ends November 28th. Use the code GOBBLE10 at checkout.

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Four Wheeler Article on the Annual Willys Moab Rally

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

Pete forwarded Traci Clark’s article, which includes videos, on the Annual Willys Moab Rally, which enters its ninth year in 2018 (May 18-20). I’ve been wanted to attend for some time, but conflicts have prevented it. And, I’ll miss it again this year as I’ll be at the Midwest Willys Reunion in May.

http://www.fourwheeler.com/events/1711-the-8th-annual-willys-rally-hits-moab/

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PHOTO CREDIT: Traci Clark and Four Wheeler Network

 
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1945 Photo of Jeep Pulling Boxcar on eBay

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I wonder who the woman is?

“1945 Press Photo Military personnel in a jeep in front of railroad cars. This is an original press photo. Railroads – Misc. Cars Photo measures 8 x 6 inches. Photo is dated 03-03-1945.”

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Somerset Jeep Club Sign

• CATEGORIES: Features

interesting sign. This must have been Somerset, PA? 18×10 inches.

“OLD SOMERSET JEEP CLUB TIN/METAL SIGN
MEASURES 18X10
HAS ORIGINAL RED PAINT
CONDITION MISSING PAINT/HAS A BEND IN IT
COOL OLD JEEP SIGN!!”

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1963 Tonka Ad with Surrey on eBay

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

The January 1963 issue of Playthings Magazine included this neat Tonka ad. I tried to find a full issue of Playthings Magazine on eBay, but there weren’t any 1960s that I could find. I suspect this is probably a rare ad.

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1944 Photo of Family Around Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This family seems to have been happy to see the GIs.

“1944 Press Photo German Family near Aachen Germany surround American Jeep. This is an original press photo. A large German Family near Aachen gathers around an American Jeep which formed part of the first Column to enter Germany and talk with men of General Bradley’s First Army Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 09-16-1944.”

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Postcard w/Bantams on eBay

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

This postcard shows some Bantam BRC-40s.

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Turkey Day is Coming …

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This seemed appropriate in anticipation of Thanksgiving. It was published in the October 1954 issue of Willys News.

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CJ-5 Tie Clip Longview, WA eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

If I wore ties, I’d snag this.

“1960s Jeep original dealership showroom salesmans promotional gold colored tie bar, size 2 inches, condition is good, any questions please send an e-mail, USA shipping will be $4.00”

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More Pics From Charles

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Some more random jeep photos courtesy of Charles.

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2 Wagons Brochures on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This seller has a couple wagon brochures circa 1960 that I hadn’t seen. One is a 2WD brochure and one a 4WD brochure. The seller has a few other jeep brochures, too.

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