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1943 Photo of Soldiers Unloading Jeep in Australia

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This January 11, 1943, photo from Perth’s Daily Newspaper shows American soldiers unloading supplies.


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1942 War Bond Ad

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features

This war bond ad featuring what looks to be a Bantam BRC40 was published in the April 30, 1942, issue of the Daily Illini.


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Parmley Project Loveland, CO eBay

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UPDATE: Ted share this from eBay. It was for sale this summer, but must have sold. Now it’s being resold. It’s still a project.

“For Sale. 1970 Parmley Jeep Body. THIS AUCTION IS FOR THE BODY, TOP, DOORS, AND ANYTHING ELSE PERTAINING TO THE BODY (Chassis not Included). I will consider selling the Chassis and drivetrain.

This body has had one owner since it was new till recent years. The Jeep was never been finished just stored away since the 70’s. Its in excellent shape. There is no damage at all except a spot where the hood fell and chipped the gel coat. Original Decal on Drivers Side. Door frames are included but have never had upholstery on them. This would make a really cool Old School Jeep.”

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More Pics From Charles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Another collection of random jeep photos from Charles.
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Charles’ Antenna Question

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Speaking of Charles, he was wondering if anyone knows if this was used during WWII? It’s marked MP57. He believes it was based on his research, but was hoping for some confirmation.

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1946 Wagon Trip Around Lake Superior

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

UPDATE II: An eWillys reader named Mike informed me that the state of Wisconsin bought some property from his family for wetlands. The wetlands is named the Gordon MacQuarrie Memorial WetLands, near Superior, Wisconsin. Small world!

Update: This is the first press photo I’ve run across related to the circumvention of Lake Superior in 1946.

“1946 Press Photo Jeep Traveling Near Western End of the Nipigon River in Canada. This is an original press photo. The “circumnavigation” of Lake Superior in a jeep station wagon was accomplished by those intrepid explorers of The Milwaukee Journal. Gordon MacQuarrie, outdoor editor, and James N. Meyer, a photographer. The 2,459-mile trip was made in a clockwise direction and took two weeks. They found this vast Canadian wilderness area easily accessible to Wisconsin sportsmen. Its edge can be reached in a day of hard driving, almost overnight by train and in a few hours by plane. Family tours are not recommended at this time, however, because accommodations on the far northern leg are few and far between. The picture above catches the spirit of the trip as the jeep heads east along the Nipigon River on the north shore. (near western end of branch of Nipigon River in Canada). (Canada – Series – 1946). Photo measures 8.5 x 10.25 inches. Photo is dated –1946.”

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Original Post from 11/24/15:

In 1946 reporter Gordon MarQuarrie and photojournalist drove around Lake Superior in a new Jeep station wagon. They provided reports on September 17th and September 18th, 1946.


September 17th Article:
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1944 Photo of Jeeps in Burmese Mud on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

What a mess!

“1944 Press Photo Jeep stuck in mud halts convoy with supplies in Burma jungle. This is an original press photo. Rivers and mud slow the builders of the Zedo road that will replace the old Burma road, supply route to China cut by the Japanese. Top: Chinese engineers build a handmade wooden bridge across the Tanai Hka river. Bottom, a jeep stuck in the road construction receives a helping had after it was bogged down in the mud, deep in the Burma jungle. A convoy of trucks had to wait on the side of the road for the jeep to be extricated before pushing on (United State) (Wars) (World War II) (Burma)Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 08-11-1944.”

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Photos From Spec Equip Training in San Antonio

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These photos from a Special Equipment training event in San Antonio, Texas, were published in the February 1955 issue of Kaiser Willys News. While the Commando Fire Truck was included in the photo spread, I’m betting that the photo was not taken in San Antonio.


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1943 Photo of Seabees in Aleutians on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

There are a few jeeps in this, but I thought it was the photo in its entirely that was interesting.

“1943 Press Photo Tent City US Navy Seabees Bulldozers Jeeps Attu Aleutians WWII. You are bidding on an original press photo of Tent City US Navy Seabees Bulldozers Jeeps Attu Aleutians WWII. Photo has small crease top left corner. Photo measures 8 x 10 inches and is dated 12/26/1943.”

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More Great Vintage Jeep Club Art

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Thanks to Jim for sharing his old club’s design with us. I just love these old jeep club placard designs! The Hill-N-Gully Riders Jeep Club was founded in 1956 in Riverside, California. The club still exists today and has a presence on Facebook.


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1944 Photo of BRC-60 @ Smithsonian on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Steve shared this early photo of a BRC-60 at the Smithsonian.

“1944 Press Photo Smithsonian Institute – American G.I.s Look at Army Jeep. This is an original press photo. Smithsonian Institute – Grandpa Jeep is in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington now. And three GI Joes look with respect at it, the only one of 62 delivered to the army in the first order of the summer of 1940. Since then thousands of jeeps have gone into service. United States, World War II, Army equipment.Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 04-20-1944.”

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1953 Photo of a Jeep Rolligon

• CATEGORIES: Features, MB, Old Images, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: A great press photo of the experimental Rolligon jeep (More info on the Rolligon from a 2013 post shown below). This just expired on eBay, but I expect it will be relisted. I’ll watch for it.

“1953 Press Photo Man Driving Albee Rolligon Jeep Like Vehicle. You are bidding on an original press photo of Man Driving Albee Rolligon Jeep Like Vehicle. Photo has a small light crease left edge & waving right side due to too much glue being used to attach the information sheet onto the back of the photo. Photo measures 6 x 10 inches and is dated 3/20/1953.”



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Originally published 2013 .. You’ll note the one pictured above seems to be the same as the one in the swamp, based on the hood number. 

This jeep was built by the Albee Rolligon Company, which also built an FC version. William Albee, the inventor, has a son who rode on the FC version. You can see a comment from his son at hemmings.

“This is an original press photo. Credit- US Navy and United PressPhoto measures 9.25 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated –1953.”


The above pictures was published on page 165 of the March 23, 1953, issue of Life Magazine. You can view it in Google without the watermark. It’s still pretty dark. There are several issues of the magazine for sale on eBay.  There is also a story about the roll-on in the September 1955 Readers Digest, originally published in the Saturday Evening Post (date unknown).


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1946 Photo of Campaign w/ A Jeep on Ebay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This is one way to tour Ohio in ’46.


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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.”



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.



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

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Blaine forwarded some old jeep photos off of eBay.

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1948 Sprayer Information

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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)

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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

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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.