Old Images Jeeping Research Archives

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1962 National Geographic Trip in Canyonlands

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For five days in July of 1961, then-Interior Secretary Stewart Udall, Canyonland-legend Kent Frost, and a posse of government folks toured the Caynyonlands area by jeep, boat and helicopter. The huge tour was Udall’s idea, which probably explains why National Geographic was invited on the trip. Udall’s efforts paid off with Utah Democratic Senator Frank Moss proposing Canyonlands National Park (learn more here). The bill was signed on September 12, 1964. What an amazing trip that must have been.

The National Geographic published the story in the May 1962 issue under the title, Cities of Stone in Utah’s Canyonland. The magazine only published one jeep photo, but they did include a map with tiny jeeps showing the route taken.

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July 1955 Jeep Jamboree Report

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1) Lining up on the first really flat ground they have seen on the entire caravan, the Jeepers stop at Miller Meadows for their Sunday lunch.

This 1955 article in the 1955 July/August issue of Willys News covered the recently completed Jeep Jamboree. The author reported that as part of an awards ceremony, the award for the oldest passenger went 68 year-old Mike Millard who was a former Rubicon Springs-Lake Tahoe stage coach driver. He must have had some great stories!

On another front, compare photo #5 to an original at the online archive of California. There it is dated 1958. Given this appears in a 1955 Willys News I’d say their date is incorrect.


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Old Jeeping Photos of the Rubicon?

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These old photos I bought off of eBay show aren’t the best. They capture a weekend of jeeping somewhere in California, possibly the Rubicon.

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1953 Article About New Jeep Uses

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The Toledo Blade published this story November 27, 1953. I wish the photos were better. Interestingly, the article doesn’t mention the Zamboni name at all.


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1943 Press Photo of Kids Penny Collection on eBay

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Neat photo!

943 Press Photo Boys Clubs Collect Pennies to Buy a Jeep For the Army
This is an original press photo. Photo measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 01-21-1943.”

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The First Set of Pics — The Southwestern Utah 1961 Trip

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First published (03/24/2011): A reader named Alan found these these classic jeeping images from the Four Corners area of the Southwest while scanning some slides, taken while on a jeep trip in 1961.  Not only are the colors wonderful, but quality of the shots are fantastic.  The slides came from Alan’s father-in-law and the CJ-3A, the yellow jeep in image 2, was his father-in-law’s father’s jeep.   I will publish a couple more posts with more pictures later this week.

When I lived in Utah, I used to travel down to the Moab area, find a piece of slickrock (similar to the type of rock the jeep below is traveling down), throw my sleeping bag on a flat surface, and fall asleep under the stars (and there are lots of visible stars down there).   At sunbreak in the morning, the light would cause the slickrock to turn intense reddish colors.  Southern Utah is one of my favorite places to explore.

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Bountiful City Jeep Posse

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First published 09/02/2012: The February 1948 Issue of Popular Mechanics Magazine published this fascinating look at the Bountiful City Jeep Posse, an organization that worked as a volunteer Search and Rescue and Fire Fighting group out of Bountiful, Utah. Started in 1946, the organization is still in existence.

I found this article that provides additional history from the 2006 in the Deseret News.  Though they own fewer jeeps and have more trucks, they are still helping their community.   I’ve contacted the newspaper to see if I can communicate with the members to get some more information about them and, possibly, some additional jeep pictures.

The Images below all come from the Popular Mechanics Magazine article.  Note the jeep in the background of the bottom image on page 3 has a full cage, the earliest example of a full cage I’ve seen.

Following the article, I’ve included pics of two ads, too.

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8 Jeep Camping Slides on eBay

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Some neat photos from some Colorado Jeepers.


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1962 Jeep Trip into Canyonlands

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UPDATE: It looks like a few of these photos are reversed, especially the one below.


1962 Canyonlands Trip to film “The Sculptured Earth”

Frazier discovered these 1962 Canyonlands trip photos within the digital archives of the University of Utah. He’s a big Landrover fan, but also has a soft spot for old jeeps, too.

He wrote, “I thought you might be interested in these pictures I found in the University Of Utah’s digital library.  They were taken during the filming of “The Sculptured Earth”, which was a film to promote the creation of Canyonlands National Park. You’ll have to excuse the university watermarks, but they are some pretty great shots..  (and yes, as you’ve probably found out by my email I’m a huge Land Rover fan…. But I have a deep obsession/respect for the vehicle that started it all!)

According the to the University of Utah, The Sculptured Earth (see the photos below and more here)” was a 45-minute film promoting the creation of Canyonlands National Park, produced by Charles Eggert in 1962 at the request of Interior Secretary Stewart Udall and the National Park Service.


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1945 Photo of Australian Soliders on Tarakan Island on eBay

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This jeep looks more like a mobile home than a fighting vehicle. The soldiers are located on Tarakan Island.


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Old Jeep Photos on Flickr

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Dan spotted this Flickr thread that shows old photos from the Hemet Jeep Club. There are also multiple photos of a great looking CJ-5 with an unusual bumper setup. You might remember these great LIfe Magazine photos from a 1949 Hemet Jeep Club Anza Calvacade.

Here is a link to view the old photos Dan found (you have to browse between the photos to see all the old jeep pics). I’ve copied a few of the photos to share below:







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Updates Mid-day Sunday

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I’ll be doing updates during the day at some point Sunday. Until then, here’s a photo from a jeep trip we took during Memorial Day Weekend, 1981. I believe it was taken somewhere on the east side of the mountains probably in the hills above Cle Elum. I was 16 at the time and dad was letting me drive most of the trip, so I was having fun. Our CJ-5 is on the left.  Click on the photo to make it bigger.


Left to right: Our CJ-5, Stan’s M-38 (now Mitch’s), Ham’s CJ-5, Danny’s CJ-5, Piddle Power (stock CJ-3A), Green Fiberglass Flatfender (not club member, but can’t remember name), Carter’s flattie Otis. From WWJC scrapbook.


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Jeep Yakima Rodeo March 1959 issue of Modern Man

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It’s a dirty business, but hunting down jeep stories takes me through all types of content. In this case, I had to search through several pages of bare female breasts and bodies until I found this story about a Yakima Jeep Rodeo from the March 1959 issue of Modern Man. I can report that accompanying the enthusiastic models were several other interesting stories . . .

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January 1968 School Bulletin Article

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I found this jeep related article in a School Bulletin from 1968. Not a lot of information, but I thought it was interesting it was there in the first place. It documents a trip into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico.




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National Four Wheel Drive Association Photo From Ad

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This National Four Wheel Drive Association Photo appeared in the February 1964 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine near the back cover.



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2nd Set of Borrego Jeeping Negatives on eBay

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Here’s a second set of Jeeping negatives from Borrego, CA.

“This auction is for TWELVE original, vintage an early c.1950’s B/W film photo negatives showing people with old cars, Jeeps on Anza Borrego desert in San Diego
,or Imperial County.The negative was converted to positive to see the image.”

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3rd Set of Borrego Jeeping Negatives on eBay

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More jeeping photos from the 1950s Borrego ride.

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Negatives From Borrego Desert on eBay

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Marc spotted these great negatives showing the Borrego Desert in California.

“This auction is for TWELVE original, vintage an early c.1950’s B/W film photo negatives showing people with old cars Jeeps on Borrego desert in San Diego
,or Imperial County.The negative was converted to positive to see the image.Enlarged at a scan for better viewing.As shown at a scans.Please see DETAILED scans for condition.Payments: Pay Pal.Please note: Pay Pal payment must be received within 7 days from the auction closed.Shipping: buyer pays for shipping and insurance (optional below $25.00).Items will be combine to save on shipping charges.Thank You and good luck.PLEASE CHECK MY OTHER AUCTIONS FOR MORE EARLY NEGATIVES.”

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The Third Set of Pics — The Southwestern Utah 1961 Trip

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UPDATE: This was originally posted March 28, 2011:

Here is the third set of pictures from Alan that show more of the Four Corners Trip in 1961.  You can see the first set here and the second set here.

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Climbing at the Cultus Hole

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Ron shared this classic jeeping picture. Thanks for sharing!

“Here’s an old picture from one of my jeeping trips, back in the day. This was in September of  1969. Pictured here is a friend of mine at a place called Cultus Hole, which is west of Yakima, Washington in the Cascade Mountains. He is now a rancher in the Columbia Basin and the last I heard he still has the Jeep sitting out by one of his barns, and he still fires it up occasionally and drives it around the ranch. It is a CJ3B of course, and I think it is a 1953 model, but I’m not positive on the year. The modifications on it were pretty standard for that era; a small block Chevrolet engine (283 cubic inches), an overdrive unit, a roll bar, and oversized tires and wheels are some of the things I remember, although I’m sure he had made many more modifications. The trips he and I made in our Jeeps were always memorable, to say the least.”


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Kent Frost – A Man of Canyonlands

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(Above: Kent Frost on the front of his CJ-5 probably helping the driver negotiate an awkward angle)

(Originally Published April 2011) Without a doubt, my favorite part about running this website are the unexpected, interesting people to whom I’m introduced (if only virtually).  One of those people is Kent Frost, a product of the Four Corners area and whom we caught glimpses of in Alan’s color photos of the 1961 Four Corners trip.

Doug commented on one of the Four Corner posts that he had read a book by Kent Frost called “My Canyonlands”, published in 1971. I’m very happy that Doug mentioned the book, because I ordered it and have enjoyed it immensely.  Kent describes all kinds of adventures and early trips into remote areas of the four corners region.  He loved to explore and hike, later jeep and river run, and that remote area has given him a lifetime of experiences.

Perhaps most amazing is that Kent is still alive and was featured in a documentary in 2009.  At the time of the documentary he was 92,  still driving, still hiking, and still exploring.  In fact, I think just by looking at what he uses for a camper you’ll immediately understand that he’s quite the character.

Here is a short excerpt from the movie “My Canyonlands – The Adventurous Life of Kent Frost”, created by Chris Simon. The DVD can be purchased through cnha.org, which is the only place I have found it so far.

Here are a few snapshots of his ‘camper’ that were taken from the youtube video.

And here is an example of the type of advertising Kent did for his 4wd tour business. This is an ad placed in the 1976 issue of Desert Magazine.

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1968 New Mexico Jeep Trip

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The May 1968 issue of New Mexico Magazine has a good story and pictures on an annual jeep trip by the Las Cruces Four Wheelers and the Las Cruces Jeep Club. Fifty-five people in 17 four wheel drive vehicles, including at least one Landrover, Scout, Bronco, Flatfender and CJ-5 (several of these), made the 32 mile trip through a portion of the San Francisco River.

The article includes a map, pictures, and tales of their exploits. As you can see from the pictures, they spent plenty of time deep in water, crossing the river back and forth. The article begins on the map page (page 2). It’s a pretty large picture.




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August 1953 Wild Jeep Desert Run Article

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This two page article describes the 5th annual Cavalcade event in 1953. It was published in an August 1953 magazine, publisher unknown.

“original magazine article , 8.5 x 12 , 2 Pages , describes Cavalcade from Hemit through Coyote Canyon to Calexico, CA”



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Photo in America’s National Parks Book from 1966

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UPDATE:  After some relatively quick searching, I discovered this image is available via National Geographic’s Stock Imagery. Below is an example of the original image.

The photograph was taken in Horse Canyon in Utah.  The photographer was W. Robert Moore.  The picture ID is #614798.

To find the photo, go to the NationalGeographicStock.com website and then enter the id of  614798 in the “quick explore” box.


I bought a book from the 1960s full of photographs from America’s National Parks, called “America’s Wonderlands The National Parks National Geographic“.  As you can see in the link, I paid a whole $1.60 for it.  On Page 222-223 I found this photograph of two jeeps wandering through Canyonlands National Park.  It’s too bad the photograph is slightly split by the binding.

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1960s Sierra Nevada Video

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UPDATE: I didn’t have the link quite right on this video, so I wanted to update it in case anyone missed it.

Roberto spotted this video compilation. The poster of the video describes it as “8mm film by my Grandfather; around 1964-1968. These trips were in the western central Sierra Nevada Mountains.”