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Jeep-Branded Can of SAE 90 Lubricant on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts

Here’s something unusual.

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“Vintage Jeep Willys Kaiser CJ2A CJ3A CJ5 Jeepster Wagon Pickup lubricant can NOS”

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Interesting Sign w/ Photo of Wrecked Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This cautionary sign about speed was placed atop this wrecked jeep.

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“Original WW2 photo (3.3 x 2.25 inches), slightly curled from age. No writing on the back. The sign reads “Here lies the body of G.I. Joe – He broke his neck while on the go – His nickname was ‘Speedy’ his last name Burney – He’s had it, brothers – His Sentimental Journey”.”

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July 19, 1945, Press Release A

• CATEGORIES: Documents, Features • TAGS: .

This press release was part of a package of press releases and photos from eBay. It’s appears to be a press kit of some kind. There are four press releases total, each varying in size. This 14-page version A is the largest.

What is “pulling stone boat”? Apparently, the post-war jeep could do that better than the war-jeep (page A-6).

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1953 CJ-3B Ads

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This first CJ-3B focused ad was published in the April 09, 1953, issue of the Barre Daily Times out of Barre, Vermont. It demonstrated how the Universal ‘Jeep’ “Pays its way Fast!”. It was paid for by Vermont-Willys, INC.

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April 09, 1953, in the Barre Daily Times out of Barre, Vermont.

This next ad appeared two weeks later in the April 21, 1953, issue of the Sentinel out of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. It was sponsored by the William Peiper Garage.

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Motor Trend’s Short History of the Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features

Maury shared this recent article from Motor Trend o the history of the jeep. The author does a pretty good job with it.

https://www.motortrend.com/news/1944-willys-mb-jeep-review-americas-real-sports-car/amp/

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Model? Hardtop Dearborn, MI $350

• CATEGORIES: Features, Parts • TAGS: .

I don’t recognize this hardtop, but there’s quite a few rivets for a non-production top.

https://detroit.craigslist.org/wyn/pts/d/dearborn-heights-willys-jeep-steel-top/7192597944.html

“Original steel top & doors. MB, M38, CJ2 & 3, maybe others. From a CJ3.”

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1942 Photo of Soldiers in Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This June 03,1942, photo shows some men taking a ‘peep’ at the Will Rogers theatre to see if it suited their needs for a show. Whether the writer of the cutesy headline was aware that some folks were calling jeeps ‘peeps’ isn’t clear.

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June 03, 1942, in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

 
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Former Kamikaze Yukimasa Nishiyama Goes to College

• CATEGORIES: Features

While doing research on Maynard Roberts I happened upon the story of the first Japanese citizen who attended college after WWII. There’s no jeeps involved in this story, but I thought it was an interesting story and an unusual, gutsy move by the family of Robert Johnstone.

Yukimasa Nishiyama was a former Kamikaze pilot who won a scholarship from a family in Pennsylvania, a scholarship funded by the death of their son, Robert Johnstone, during WWII in the Pacific. It was the family’s way to honor their son by using the insurance money paid to them to fund the scholarship for a Japanese citizen to attend Lafayette College. They wanted to bridge the divide between the two countries.

His story made the news when he first arrived. In 1948 his story made the October 4th issue of Life Magazine, complete with photos. This story about Yukimasa was published in 1950:

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January 23, 1950, article in the Pomona Progress Bulletin.

After college, Nishiyama went on to work for AMP, a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, company for three decades before retiring. You can read more about his life and experiences in this 1989 article.

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September 14, 1989, in The Morning Call out of Pennsylvania

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September 14, 1989, in The Morning Call out of Pennsylvania

I could not find any more information about his life following 1989.

 

 
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NOS(?) Willys Stencil Kit Part NO 953049 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

Chris spotted this cool but pricey Willys stencil kit. Given a couple of these have been used, it doesn’t quite seem like it is an “NOS” kit, but still a rare find.

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“NOS WILLYS JEEP STENCIL SET PART # 953049 9 STENCILS FOR TRUCK, WAGON,JEEPSTER AND FORWARD CONTROL TWO STENCILS USED ONCE BUT ALL SERVICABLE AS NEW VERY RARE ITEM!”

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Ice Racer “Dirty George” (not for sale)

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing • TAGS: , .

This image was included as part of the sale of a CJ-6 axle (pumpkin removed). It’s an ice-racer with an extended body and a mustang convertible top (reminiscent of the DJ-3A convertible top). It’s sort of an art-car ice-racer. Nice to see folks just having fun with their rigs.

According to the seller of the axle, “I used the [CJ-6] tub and frame to extend a CJ3B to add a Mustang convertible top.”

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September 1949 CJ-3A “How to Cut Costs” Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This brochure has a form number of CJ3A-M1-250M-9-49, which I believe means it was published in September of 1949. It appears that some of the art for this brochure was completed a year and a half earlier for a newspaper ad (see bottom of post).

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Vac-U-Cast Plastic Bantam BRC Model

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Here is a rare model of the Bantam BRC I bought a couple months ago on eBay; It is quarter-sized (1/76th scale) produced by Vac-U-Cast Plastics, Inc. On the one hand, I’d really like to assemble it; on the other, I like it’s original condition the way it is. The model number is VS-106 Bantam Jeep Prototype I.
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1957 FC-150 Demonstration Drive Salesforce Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Anyone have one of these FC-150 Demonstration Drive Salesforce contest brochures? I can’t remember where I saw/found these pics.

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April 1948? Newspaper-like Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This “America’s Most Versatile Farm Tool” newspaper-like advertising piece (though printed on a heavier weight material than newsprint) is marked 484A250, which may mean it was published in April of 1948.

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Used Car Dealer Sticker Tags on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features

It would be really neat if someone has one of these vehicles.

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“MY FRIEND BOUGHT OUT AN OLD WILLY’S DEALER MANY YEARS AGO–IT WAS CALLED “BIG ED’S” IN SHEBOYGAN, WI.  THESE ARE SOME OF THE ORIGINAL TAGS THAT WERE HUNG ON THE WILLY’S JEEPS FOR SALE.  THESE ARE KIND OF COOL FOR THE COLLECTOR.  THERE IS A 46, 50, 46, 47, 41″

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1951 Photo of Captured Jeeps Korean War

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This image appeared in the July 31, 1951, issue of the Wilmington Daily Journal. It shows a soldier checking US Army markings on the jeeps so he can determine from whom they were captured.

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June 1960 Photo of LARC Unloading M-38A1 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This LARC-15 was the first amphibious vehicle to cross Lake Michigan. It’s a pretty good accomplishment given the number of wrecks of larger vessels (estimates put the number of ship wrecked ships in Lake Michigan at approximately 1500).

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“1960 Press Photo Jeep unloads from United States Army LARC-15 amphibious vehicle. This is an original press photo. Amphibians – United States. A jeep unloads a rubber rolling liquid transporter off the ramp of a LARC-15, the Army’s newest amphibian which was produced by the Ingersol-Kalamazoo Division of Borg-Warner Corporation in conjunction with the United States Army Transportation Research Command. The LARC crossed Lake Michigan June 22 and became the first wheeled amphibian in history to accomplish such a voyage.Photo measures 10.25 x 8inches. Photo is dated 6-24-1960.

 
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March 1947? Universal Jeep in Industry Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

I’ve had this brochure for years, but never got around to scanning it until now. It’s form 473A250, which might mean it was published in March of 1947. This brochure folds out horizontally with four panes.

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These next two images show how the entire brochure folds out, front and back.

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1971 Movie “Venga A Fare Ilsoldato Da Noi” Poster **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This poster includes a jeep driven by soldiers looking as if they’d just driven from the Italian movie version of M*A*S*H. Given M*A*S*H was released the year before in 1970, maybe that wasn’t a coincidence?

As noted at IMDB, “A girl is drafted due to a misunderstanding and this gives her the occasion to check on her boy-friend, whom she believes to be a womanizer.”

“Original poster measures approximately 140 x 200 cm (78″x55″), in conditions as in the photo.”

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2 1953 Mighty Mite Testing Photos on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Mighty Mites, Old Images

These two photos show various aspects of Mighty Mite testing.

1) The first photo was taken in March of 1953 and shows a soldier escaping injury from an overturned Mighty Mite.

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“1953 Press Photo Captain CN Raper, “Mighty Mite” test run accident, Quantico, VA. This is an original press photo. Trucks – United States (Mighty Mite – Jeep type). Quantico, Virginia. At a demonstration today of the new “Mighty Mite” jeep, described as truck, utility, 1/4 ton, 4×4, the sandbag load shifted while the jeep was on an inclined bank, the vehicle overturned, but the driver, Captain C.N. Raper of Clearwater, Florida, was uninjured. Photo measures 9.25 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 3-20-1953.”

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2) The second photo was taken in May of 1953 and shows another might might (3 units later than the first one pictured above), successfully navigating the Potomac.

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“1953 Press Photo Mighty Mite truck water test, Marine base, Quantico, Virginia. This is an original press photo. Trucks – United States (Mighty Mite). The “Mighty Mite,” modern version of the World War II jeep, splashes through the Potomac river at the Quantico, Virginia, Marine base on water tests. Kept afloat by four inflated tubes, the “Mite” is propelled by the oversized serration on the tire treads. It was developed by the Marines for delivery by airlift to terrain not accessible to combat vehicles. Photo measures 9.5 x 7.75 inches. Photo is dated 5-20-1953.”

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May 1950 “Made-to-Order for Sportsmen” Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

This ad appeared in the May 1950 issue of Outdoor Life.

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“Outdoor Life 5/1950. Original magazine page. NOTE: You are buying a magazine page, a piece of paper. Sheet size given is approximate. [8 1/2 x 11″+/-]. Two page ads noted. Occasional small edge splits not affecting image or type may be present.”

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Oscar Mayer Wienermobiles

• CATEGORIES: Features

Mark shared this brief look at the Oscar Mayer Wienermobiles over the years (there were several others, including this 2011 wiener food truck). Of course, during the late 1950s, the company built a dog mobile atop an FC chassis. Perhaps, most surprising, is the latest version, one I hadn’t seen (I won’t ruin the surprise).

https://www.windingroad.com/articles/lists/list-oscar-mayer-wienermobiles-throughout-history/#1

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The first Wienermobile was built in Chicago in 1936 for $5000.

 
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Newgren Field & Pasture Cultivator Brochure

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This Newgren field and pasture cultivator brochure is form N-168. It is the last of this series of color Newgren brochures that came with the jeep equipment book.

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1949 Newgren Parts Price List

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You never know when something obscure as this price list from February of 1949 will come in handy for someone. It’s a detailed look at the parts at the dealer pricing.

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1944 Photo of Soldiers Practicing with Wire Laying on eBay

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The driver sure looks young.

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“1944 Press Photo Installing Telephone Wires during Texas Field Practice. This is an original press photo. Another use to which the versatile jeep has been put in that of laying telephone wire as in the scene, during Texas Field Practice. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 01-21-1944.

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