Magazine Research Archives

Jeeps filled magazines in various ways. Some magazines reported on brand new ‘Blitz Buggy’ and other important develops about the jeep during WWII. Others reported on the changing models during its civilian life. Still others showcased how jeeps were used and the modifications done to them.

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Watson Hub Article

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Alaska Paul discovered this Watson Hub article in the 1958 issue of Science and Mechanics magazine. This suggests that the Watson hub was developed in 1956 or 1957, making the company a very early hub manufacturer.

The mechanism looks similar to the early Dualmatic hubs. In fact, the first Dualmatic hub patent filing was in 1956, for a single lever model. Whether that inspired the dual lever model by the California-based H. S. Watson company remains unclear. I have no evidence to suggest Watson ever patented its hub nor how long they sold their hub.

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2 Examples of Watson hubs:

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Clark County, Nevada, Sheriff’s Office Jeep Posse

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

A little something to read from five years ago …

Originally published October 31, 2012: I stumbled across some Flickr Images of the Clark County, Nevada, Sheriff’s Office Jeep Posse. I searched for a website for the group, but could only find a Sheriff site.

Here are a few images from Flickr.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kh7cz/4011171143/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kh7cz/4011171121/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kh7cz/4011171165/in/photostream/ 

 

In February, 1952, Popular Science published a short article about this Jeep Posse.  Note the Slat Grille MB.

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1955 Trip from Fairbanks to Argentina

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(Today’s only post)

Last night I scanned an article from the February 1955 issue of Kaiser Willys News and prepared it for this morning. But then I made the mistake of doing a google search on Pedro Rocasalvo, the twenty-six-year-old from Argentina mentioned in the article. Down the rabbit hole I went ….

It turns out that the article below barely skimmed the surface of the adventure.  First of all, Pedro Rocasalvo was not traveling solo. He was traveling with his brother, Carlos. They started around 1946 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on bikes. It took them 27 months to reach Los Angeles (and here). From there, they continued to Fairbanks on their bikes, making it in July of 1948.

As best as I understand, they were given a hero’s welcome and a jeep by the mayor of Fairbanks. Once they began their trip south, they picked up a dancer, Celita Dextre, who spoke Spanish and English. By September 1948, they’d reached Bismarck, North Dakota.

Along their journey, the three took color film and several hundred slides. Pedro was supposed to be working on a book, too, but I can’t find any evidence it was published (most likely was published in Argentina).

Maybe Hugo Vidal can help out with this research …. there will be updates to this story!

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1960 Review of the CJ-6

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

From “Wheels Magazine” (via eBay) comes this 1960 review of an Australian CJ-6.

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Heinz History Center Blog: Jeep as a Lady

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Magazine

Check out this article from the Heinz History Center. It’s even pretty accurate (I have my quibbles, but you can’t explain everything in a short blog article). Thanks to Mike for pointing me toward the article.

http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/blog/western-pennsylvania-history/see-the-jeep-as-a-lady

Here’s a neat magazine cover that I hadn’t seen previously:

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This one you may have seen. It was going around Facebook:

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These two pages from a 1946 magazine ad are likely for sale, since it appears the image came from here: http://www.thejumpingfrog.com/?page=shop/flypage&product_id=1088408&keyword=tomboy&searchby=title&offset=0&fs=1

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1960 Article Test of CJ-6 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

A March 1966 article from Wheels Magazine reviewed the 1966 CJ-6 for Australian readers. This is being sold out of Britain. Their are four pages, but only two were scanned.

“Original Australian market black & white sales brochure being a factory issued reprint of a road test from Wheels magazine illustrating & describing the Willys Jeep CJ-6 Station Wagon.
No publication number.
Dated March 1960 and covers 1960 models.
4 page folder, well illustrated, English text.
20x28cm approx.
Very good condition, date stamp to rear cover.”

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1948 Article About Modified Jeep

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The February 1948 issue of Mechanic Illustrated included this blurb about a sedanized jeep.

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Custom Built Woody on Jeep Chassis

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Sedan-jeep, Wood bodies • TAGS: , .

The February 1948 issue of Popular Science included a small blurb about this custom wood jeep out of Seattle built on a WW2 chassis.

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Dec. 1945 Outdoor Life Magazine Story on the Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Magazine

UPDATE: Originally Posted July 26, 2014.

The December 1945 Issue of Outdoor Life Magazine contained an article titled “A Jeep Will Get You There”. It is filled with photos of a VEC CJ-2A used for a fishing trip. The photos aren’t the best, but still an interesting article. Outdoor Life also featured the story on the front cover.

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1947 Popular Mechanics Photo of Front Axle Thaw

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The machine shown below was used to thaw front axles, among other things I’m sure. It was published in the January 1947 issue of Popular Mechanics.

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1947 Popular Mechanics Article on Submarine Jeeps

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Using the fording kit, a jeep could operate for more than 15 minutes while under a foot or more of water. It was published in the January 1947 issue of Popular Mechanics.

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This December 1943 article from Popular Mechanics highlighted an early attempt at a water proof jeep. In this case it was accompanied by a waterproof trailer.

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1944 Popular Mechanics Article on Target Jeeps

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This April 1944 article from Popular Mechanics explains how target jeeps work. The photo shows a slat grille MB sacrificed for the greater good.

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Exploring the Santa Fe Trail in 1950 by Jeep

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The January 1950 issue of Popular Mechanics featured a story about airline pilot Heath Proctor and his trip by CJ-2A along the Old Santa Fe Trail. I’ve included a few pics below. I’m not sure what’s on the front bumper? Are those push bumpers?

Here’s a link to the entire story online: https://books.google.com/books?id=vtgDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA88&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=2#v=onepage&q&f=false (Page 88).
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1945 Photo of Experimental Farm Jeep

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This photo and caption were published in the February 1945 issue of Popular Mechanics.

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1945 Photo & Caption of Armored Jeep in Pop Mech

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This photo and caption shows an armored jeep in the March 1945 issue of Popular Mechanics.

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1945 Jeep Saw Reference In Popular Mechanics

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On page 41 of the April 1945 issue of Popular Mechanics is this photo and caption. Curiously, it doesn’t appear the jeep has lights; it looks more like the jeep was partly illustrated.

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This photo was in the same issue:

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1944 Article on Tandem Towing in Popular Science

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A December 1944 article in Popular Science highlights tandem towing:

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1943 Article Adventures of the Yankee

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A July 1943 Popular Mechanics article looks at young men training for war and, in part, how the jeep plays a useful role.

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1943 Article From Popular Mechanics on Hub Winching

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This is the earliest use of jeep hubs as winches that I can remember documenting. It was publishing in the July 1943 issue of Popular Mechanics. The McCain hub was a similar, much later idea.

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1953 Hemet-de Anza Calvacade

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine

This two page article appeared in the July 1953 issue of Hot Rod Magazine. It’s mostly a photographic spread about the trek over the Anza Trail. Six hundred folks in one hundred and sixty jeeps participated in the trip.

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CJ-3B Drag Racer and Plow Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images Jeeping

The September 1961 issue of Hot Rod Magazine included this reader-submitted photo. The owner explained that the jeep did well as a drag racer (in the stock 4cyl class I’m sure) when they weren’t using it as a plow jeep.

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V-8 Jeeps & The Sidewinder Cruise

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images Jeeping

In September of 1961, Hot Rod Magazine published this article about the Saleea Al Jemel jeep club’s Sidewinder Cruise (first documented jeep club, formed in 1946) in Southern California. The article covers various V8 upgrades installed in flat fender jeeps, with a focus on Brian Chuchua’s Plymouth V8 install.

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1963 Sidewinder Jeep Cruise Photo

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, Magazine

This photo and caption appeared in the May 1963 issue of Desert Magazine. Note the camping modifications on the CJ-6 in the foreground. Looks like a pretty interesting rig.

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Feb. 1957 Willys News Magazine $25

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I accidentally ordered an issue of Willys News I already had. So, I’m putting this one up for sale. It has eight pages of pictures and information. These sell for between $28 – $38 on eBay. 1957-02-willys-news1

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January 1946 Motor Magazine Fixing Army Jeep on eBay

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The January 1946 issue of Motor Magazine has an article about fixing the Army jeep.

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