Library Collections Research Archives

Many libraries contain images of Jeeps, but few are accessible via Google’s search results. Check your local library to see what they have and let me know! Here are a few libraries and some of their jeep images.

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Images From the Los Angeles Public Library

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These images are only some of the jeep images within the Los Angeles Public Library digital collections.

1) This August 11, 1964, photo shows Frank Millard’s 4 Wheel Drive Center in Encino. There’s a pretty wide diversity of jeeps, including CJ-3BS, CJ-5s, A DJ-3A, Gladiators, and Wagoneers.

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Photo LAPL Location. Photo Caption: Photograph caption dated August 11, 1964 reads “Val B. B. West, left, and Calvin Strong are the men heading up the new four-wheel-drive center in the Valley, located at Frank Millard’s new 15611 Ventura Blvd. facility in Encino. Strong heads up the dealership and West is assistant manager. Millard, ‘The Man in Red,’ says they will stock a complete line of the four-wheel-drives, including the Jeeps and Datsuns.

2) A September 24, 1943, photo of a Hollywood Bond Cavalcade with numerous stars.

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Photo LAPL Location. Photo Caption: The Hollywood Bond Cavalcade parading down the street. A long line of jeeps carries a multitude of stars who wave and smile at the crowds. The calvacade is on a 21 day nationwide tour for the Third War Loan drive. Photograph dated September 24, 1943.

3) A rare photo of the Antelope Valley Sheriff’s Posse jeep.

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Photo LAPL Location. Photo Caption: Photograph caption dated November 3, 1953 reads, “Members of Antelope Valley Sheriff’s Posse No. 11 take their jeep and mobile kitchen on trips into isolated areas to search for lost children and hunters. The men serve as volunteers in the rescue work on a 24-hour-a-day schedule. Viewing the new 1,200-watt auxiliary power plant are, left to right, Capt. R. M. Boyd, Lancaster Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, commander of the posse; Sgt. R. F. Brown, co-ordinator, and Capt. Jack Bones.

4) These boys were photographed on July 18, 1958, while riding on the African Jungle Safari Ride at the Pacific Ocean Park (aka POP … see more images on PINTREST) in Santa Monica.

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Photo LAPL Location. Photo Caption: Photograph caption reads, “Stanley Radar 13, and Darryl Ferges, 11, ride the jeep through the Safari Ride which has the ‘African Jungle’ replete with gorillas, spear-throwing natives and screeches and roars of the jungle.” Photograph dated: July 18, 1958.

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Another photo from the safari ride that was posted to PINTREST.

5) This photo was taken as part of the Los Angeles Attacks Army-Navy Show on January 4, 1944.

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Photo LAPL Location. Photo Caption: An Army jeep, loaded with soldiers, climbs up the Spring Street steps of City Hall on January 4, 1944, to lead the “capture” of the building as a prelude to the “Los Angeles Attacks” Army-Navy Show to be held Saturday and Sunday at the Coliseum.

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Free Library of Philadelphia Digital Collections Photos

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These photos are located in the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Digital Collections. I’ve posted eight photos below. There are many more “jeep” related photos on the site. See all 124 of them here: https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/search/home/page/5/q/jeep

  1. Keystone Automobile Club Road Patral Service CJ-2A:

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    PHOTO CREDIT: Free Library of Philadelphia .. PHOTO CAPTION: Keystone Automobile Club – Road Patrol Service

  2. This photo was taken in 1946 in Denmark.

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    PHOTO CREDIT: Free Library of Philadelphia .. PHOTO CAPTION: This Danish reporter was so bent in following his nose for news, he mounted the stairs of the Parliament building, Copenhagen, here with his Jeep. He was the first buyer of the Danish post war Jeeps sold in this city. It cost him about $2,000.

  3. 1946 Photo of Surplus Jeeps:

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    PHOTO CREDIT: Free Library of Philadelphia .. PHOTO CAPTION: Willys-Overland Motors, Toledo, Ohio. Some of the 2,700 army Jeeps which will be sold to veterans by the War Assets Administration are shown parked in Atlanta. Sale will begin on June 10, 1946. There have been many complaints from veterans that they buy army surplus material only through dealers. These Jeeps will be sold directly by the W.A.A.

  4. 1948 Photo of CJ-2A plowing sidewalks in St. Louis, Missouri:

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    PHOTO CREDIT: Free Library of Philadelphia .. PHOTO CAPTION: STL 46………………………………….NEW YORK BUREAU “OPERATION SNOWPLOW” ST. LOUIS: “SIDEWALK SNOW SCOOTER” IS THE AFFECTIONATE NAME GIVEN BY THE STUDENTS OF ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY TO THEIR SCHOOL-OPERATED JEEP. THE VERSATILE VEHICLE IS BEING USED AS A SNOWPLOW TO CLEAR SIDEWALKS AFTER THE YEAR’S HEAVIEST SNOWFALL, MARCH 11. NY-A-B CREDIT (ACME TELEPHOTO) 3/11/48

  5. Postcard of Pocket Testament League Jeep Truck in China (FRONT & BACK):
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  6. This 99 year-old Civil War Vet wished he was a little younger so he could fight in WWII:

    PHOTO CREDIT: PHOTO CAPTION: Franke E. Ross, age 99 of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, fought in the the infantry away back in Civil War days and now he would like to fight against the Nazis. He said, "If I could go back a few years, I'd be figting with you fellows." He proudly steers a Jeep in front of his home during the pause of a unit there while on the maneuvers of the Second Army in middle Tennessee.

    PHOTO CREDIT: Free Library of Philadelphia .. PHOTO CAPTION: Franke E. Ross, age 99 of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, fought in the the infantry away back in Civil War days and now he would like to fight against the Nazis. He said, “If I could go back a few years, I’d be figting with you fellows.” He proudly steers a Jeep in front of his home during the pause of a unit there while on the maneuvers of the Second Army in middle Tennessee.

  7. Customs Inspector checking jeep:

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    PHOTO CREDIT: Free Library of Philadelphia .. PHOTO CAPTION: Ralph Overall, U.S. Customs inspector, inspecting Jeep.

  8. Jack Hoffman and his CJ-2A (bought with proceeds from the sale of a champion steer):

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    PHOTO CREDIT: Free Library of Philadelphia .. PHOTO CAPTION: Jack Hoffman, whose champion steer brought him a fortune of $43,005.77 at Kansas City’s American Royal Livestock Show, checks the water in the radiator of his new Jeep. January 1947, Ida Grove, Indiana

 
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1944 Sergeant Ruby Chase with her “Buy Bonds” Jeep

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These three photographs can be found at University of Washington’s digital archives. There are a few other jeep photos there as well.

According to the photos, the drive is Sgt. Ruby Chase. She was possibly recruiting young Hispanic women in June of 1944 to help sell bonds.

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http://digitalcollections.lib.washington.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/social/id/7826/rec/35

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http://digitalcollections.lib.washington.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/social/id/7822/rec/34

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http://digitalcollections.lib.washington.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/social/id/7831/rec/33

 
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1948 Photos of Frances Freeman at the Rare Bird Farm

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These two photos were taken at Kendall’s Rare Bird Farm in 1948 showing Frances Freeman. It has since closed, though I have no additional information. Note the odd rear rim.

 
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Barnum-Perry Buys 4 Jeeps

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This 1943 photo from the Denver Public Library’s digital collection shows that these elementary school children were busy. They helped purchase 4 jeeps! There are several other photos from the same event.

http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15330coll23/id/9467/rec/6

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Australia NSW Library Photos from WWII

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Cam found these photos in the State Library Archives of New South Wales, Australia.

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Ice Fishing on Lake Mendota and More

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These photos come from the Digital Archives of the University of Wisconsin.  You can see all the jeep photos at the UW archives here and enter “jeep” into the search field.

The UW sits on the shore of Lake Mendota, so this photo might not have been taken too far from the University. I never got into ice-fishing when I lived in Madison, but lots of others enjoyed it.

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Copyright Center for Limnology Library

This photo was taken by Pat Hitchcock during her time in the Red Cross. No village or date was mentioned, so I’m unsure if this was during WWII or later.

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These materials may be copied freely by individuals and libraries for personal use, research, teaching (including distribution to classes), or any ‘fair use’ as defined by U.S. copyright laws.

Pat Hitchcock sits in her jeep. “Red Cross Gals” is painted on the windshield. There’s no date on the photo, but I’d imagine given the license plate this was taken in the U.S?

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These materials may be copied freely by individuals and libraries for personal use, research, teaching (including distribution to classes), or any ‘fair use’ as defined by U.S. copyright laws.

No Wisconsin post would be complete without a badger. Here’s an extra-large badger towed by a jeep in 1987.

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A Jeep pulls a large float in the shape of Bucky Badger around the Capitol Square in the 1987 Homecoming Parade. This material may by protected by copyright law (e.g., Title 17, US Code).

 

 

 
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Australian War Memorial Images

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Marc spotted some more Australian War Memorial images. These are all public domain images.

1) http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/014793/

1943-05-05. NEW GUINEA. THIS PHOTO SHOWS TALKIE EQUIPMENT BEING FITTED INTO A JEEP WHICH CAN GET TO AREAS WHERE BIGGER UNITS CANNOT. (NEGATIVE BY BROWN & BAGNALL).

National Collection2) http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/063079/

SOUTHPORT, QLD. 1944-01-13. A JEEP OF THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE, FITTED WITH PETROL DRUM FLOATS NEGOTIATING THE NERANG RIVER. SHOWN ARE: SX28155 SAPPER R. D. SYMONS (1); SX20700 LANCE CORPORAL D. C. HOLLAND (2).

National Collection3) http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/061672/

PALANKO, NEW GUINEA. 1943-12. TROOPS OF THE 26TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE RIGGING UP A FRAMEWORK SO THAT THEY CAN HAUL A CRASHED JEEP BACK ON TO THE ROAD.

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NORTH OF CAIRNS, QLD. 1944-08-24. CLOSE UP OF A JEEP CAPSTAN ATTACHMENT WHICH WAS USED TO ASSIST THE JEEP UP A STEEP SANDY SLOPE.

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Library of Congress Photos

Buz spotted a variety of photos from the Library of Congress. Here are two of them.

1) Fort Benning Jeep Driver: Fort Benning. Jeeps. Jeep driver — and it takes a good man to put a jeep through all the fancy paces that are in it. This driver is near graduation from the training school at Fort Benning, Georgia.

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b02766/

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2) Loading a jeep onto a transport trailer in Detroit, Michigan. April 1943.

http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8d15688

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VEC CJ-2A NC State Archives

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Buz spotted this image on Flickr from the North Carolina State archives. You can just make out the tools indents and the front bow holder.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/north-carolina-state-archives/3115325113/

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Mr. Rather and His Dogs and Jeep

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Walter Hill, the director of the Horry County Museum, forwarded these pics from the Museum’s archives. Great images!

“Mr. Prather owned a service station in Myrtle Beach as well.  He lived in a community on the Waccamaw River/Inter-coastal Waterway called Socastee, not far from Myrtle Beach.  Anyone familiar with the area may be familiar with the Socastee Turn Bridge that allowed road traffic across the Inter-coastal Waterway and river traffic down the Inter-coastal Waterway.

Most of the pictures in this collection appear to have been taken near the end of WWII (some images in the collection show GI’s boarding the bus at the Draft office in Conway) up to the early fifties, judging by the automobiles in the pics.  One picture shows a license tag on the jeep and I want to say it says 1952.  Maybe better eyes can tell if I am correct or not.”

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Truman Library Jeep Photos

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Buz unearthed these two jeep related photos in the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum online collection.

1) Mascot of 4026th Army Signal Photographic Battalion Sits in Jeep

A monkey named “Lady” who was the mascot of the 4026th Army Signal Photographic Battalion, sits in a jeep, somewhere in the Philppines. Donor: John Paxton.

 

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2) Secretary Pace Talks with People in a Jeep

This photo was taken circa 1952. There isn’t a description.  It is one of the nicer Military Police Jeeps I’ve seen.  The door is particularly unusual.

 
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Jeep Pics at the Denver Public LIbrary

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I was looking for something, can’t even remember what at the moment, when I ran across this picture of jeeps at a race in Cripple Creek, Colorado, on Hemmings.  That lead me to the Denver Public Library Digital Collections where I found a variety of pics.

Here is one image of kids on a jeep as part of a war bond effort.

http://cdm15330.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15330coll23/id/9467/rec/7

Here is a second photo:

http://cdm15330.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15330coll23/id/9461/rec/8

The caption on this photo notes these men are wounded vets and are touring the Gates Rubber Plant in Denver.

http://cdm15330.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15330coll22/id/36084/rec/20

Here are some post war jeepers exploring mining areas in Colorado in the 1950s.

http://cdm15330.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15330coll22/id/14795/rec/23

 
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Toledo Lucas County Library Jeep Images

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The images I shared last night came from the Toledo Lucas County Library.  If you have some time, check them all out here.
http://images2.toledolibrary.org/getdcdata.asp?typesearch=keyword&key=jeep&B1=Search&how=cp 

This is a beautiful shot of a 6×6:

Willys 6×6, year?, courtesy of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, obtained from http:///images2.toledolibrary.org/.

 

 
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Toledo Lucas County Library

These images came from the Toledo Lucas County Library.  If you have some time, check them all out here.
http://images2.toledolibrary.org/getdcdata.asp?typesearch=keyword&key=jeep&B1=Search&how=cp 

 

 
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Jeep Images from New Caledonia

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From the Library of Congress comes these images I haven’t seen previously.

1. Heavy weapons combat car showing arrangements for gun and shells in New Caledonia.  Permanent Link. Reproduction Number: LC-USW33-027842-ZC.

2. A one-and-a-half ton truck with wrecker mount pulling in a jeep during maneuvers somewhere in New Caledonia. Permanent Link. Reproduction Number: LC-USW33-027852-Z

 
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Santa favors the Willys MA over the Red Sleigh

UPDATE:  Brendan noted that this is indeed a LOC image. Here is a link to this image and others http://www.history.army.mil/photos/Holiday/wwii.htm.

I suspect it was just easier to stick the tree in the MA rather than his sleigh?  It’s a great pic.  I found this during an image search, but I could not locate the source.  It looks like a Library of Congress type of image.  If anyone knows of the source, please let me know so I can properly credit it.

 
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2 Early Jeeps from the Library of Congress

Here are shots of a Willys MA and Ford GP from the Library of Congress.

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Just for fun, here are a couple Jeeps ‘in flight’ ….

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From the Library of Congress

From the Library of Congress

 
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Roosevelt, Morocco & an MB

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Here’s a couple images from the Library of Congress showing President Roosevelt cruising the American troops in Morocco.

Here’s one image:  http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8e01227


Here’s a second image: morocco2: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8e01229

 
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V for Victory — Anthracite Rallies in 1942

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In this image, a large number of jeeps have been parked on a baseball field.  The headlights display a V for victory. I searched for other pics or other information about these rallies, but didn’t stumble onto anything.

According to the Library of Congress, this is an Anthracite rally.  The Jeep headlights form V for victory at a night rally for Pennsylvania anthracite miners in Wilkes-Barre on September 29th, 1942. Similar rallies were held in other anthracite area cities from September 28th through October 1st 1942.

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Airfield Security during WWII in Hawaii — LOC

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I really like the composition of this image.  One thing I had not seen before was a gun mounted to the windshield.  I guess they didn’t drop the windshield?

“Four men in a jeep at the Dusty Hollow Training Center included the following members of an airfield security detachment in Hawaii. Front seat (left to right): Private Lester H. Howell, Statesville, North Carolina and Private First Class Thomas Irvin, North Ashville, Tennessee. And rear: Private Arthur W. Blakemore, Saint Louis, Missouri and Private First Class Donald Wilson, Sanford, Florida” — Library of Congress

 
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Pics from Fort Riley, Kansas

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These images of maneuvers out of  Fort Riley, Kansas, are some of the most calvary-like jeep pics I think I’ve seen.  I suppose the older army cavalry hats contribute to that, too.  These are all shot by photographer Jack Delano and hosted at the Library of Congress.

I seem to have the wrong LOC links, so I’ll have to grab them tomorrow and add them.

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Rubber Drive during WWII

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According to the Library of Congress, there was a serious scarcity of crude rubber, so reclaimed rubber made from scrap was required to meet demands. All Americans were encouraged to donate used or worn out rubber articles to the nation’s scrap piles.

As part of that campaign, Judy Canova, star of stage and screen, opened her personal salvage drive for scrap rubber in September 1942 by donating her personal slingshot to the drive.  Behind here is an image I’ve seen before, but I’ve never seen it used as part of the ‘Save Rubber’ campaign.

 
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Jeeps in Production

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Here are 3 images taken by Alfred Palmer in December of 1941.  These three photographs were taken at the Toledo Willys Plant. There are other images that show the machines used to manufacture parts, but I didn’t really find them very interesting.

Library of Congress Link for the below photo

Library of Congress link for the below photo


Library of Congress link for the below photo