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UPDATE: Operation Pineapple — the 1955 44,000 Mile Trip

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old Images Jeeping, Old News Articles

UPDATE: The world can be such an amazing place sometimes. Last night we got to spend time with Hugo Vidal and his son Fernando. Hugo’s memories of his 1955 trip are very clear, enough so that he’s writing a book about the adventure. His book begins with Operation Pineapple and will end with Alaska Or Rust. 

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Hugo was enjoying looking through the Willys News periodicals from the mid 1950s. He recognized some of people in them.

Originally posted June 23, 2015: The CJ-3B page does a good job covering the history of Operation Pineapple, a 1955 trip by three Sao Paulo Boy Scouts: Hugo Vidal, Charles Downey, and Jan Stekly. You can read everything about it here: http://cj3b.info/Finds/FindsPineapple.html. The Allpar site has additional information and a later photo of Hugo: http://www.allpar.com/racing/road-rally/operation-pineapple.html

Adding to those links, I have found a couple additional photos and more information about the trip. The first photo was published in the September 1955 issue of Willys News:

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Note the missing tire on the spare rim. Hugo says they went through eleven tires. During their trip they had no mechanical issues.

California’s Lodi News-Sentinel published a story about the last leg of their trip on January 18, 1956.

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Wagon Photo from the Grunwald Center

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Steve passed along this interesting photo of Willys wagon printed in a Summer 2017 periodical. The text seems to be unrelated to the photo and offers not information about it.

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1956 Photo of Jack Moore

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Jack’s son-in-law David Watson shared this photo of Jack when he was Staff Sergeant Jack L. Moore, USAF, pulling guard duty with his M-38 jeep, M-1 carbine and .45 pistol. The photo was taken at Aviano Air Base, Italy, circa 1956. Jack was a member of the 614th Fighter Squadron, a F-84 unit, at the time. Jack’s not 85 and doing well!

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1946 Photo Camping Out For Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This June 1946 photo depicts two soldiers looking to buy a surplus  jeeps.

“Original press photo from June 1946 depicts veterans waiting in line at the war assets administration building to purchase one of the 1500 used jeeps that went on sale.”

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1941 Photo of Ford GP w/ Edsel Ford

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

UPDATE: The original press photo that appeared in the newspaper at the bottom of this post is now on eBay.

“1941- Edsel Ford, in rear seat, and Brig. Gen. Charles Bonesteel go for a ride in the first Ford GP prototype jeep delivered to the U.S. Army after it rolled off the assembly line at the Ford River Rouge factory in Dearborn, Michigan. Photo measures approx. 7″ x 9″”

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Original posted 06/30/2016:
This photo and caption were published in the March 7, 1941, issue of the Owosso Argus Press. No article accompanied it.

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More Pics From Charles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I think these are from Korea?

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1941 Photo of Bantam BRC-40 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

Nice press photo of a BRC-40 climbing a hill.

“Original 8″ x 10″ glossy press photo. Hand written on back : ARMY ARMORED SCOUT COMMAND CAR PEEPS. Dated May 4, ’41. Good condition for its age.”

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More Pics from Charles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

These first four are from the Korea War:

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Normandy 1944:
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These photos show the Minerva, an armored jeep-like vehicle.  The famous MINERVA (built under license of land rover) not the nicest, but served for several years in the belgian army -this is an exceptional version (and very rare to find these days) of the recon group – it’s heavy plated and gunned – greetz

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1950 Photo of Jeep Landing in Korea on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This jeep seems to be expecting to be deep in water.

“1950 Press Photo American Jeep with supplies for 1st Calvary Division
This is an original press photo. An American Jeep hits the beach in South Korea with supplies for the front lines. The U.S. 1st Cavalry Division smashed a 14-hour tank-led attack by the North Koreans,. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 07-23-1950.”

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2 USCG Jeep Landing Photos on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Maury shared these two great photos.

  1. View all the information on eBay “SUBJECT: Original WWII US Coast Guard photo of LST (Landing Ship Tank) unloading Jeep on the beach of New Britain, PTO, WWII.”
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  2. View all the information on eBay “SUBJECT: Original WWII US Coast Guard photo of landing craft uloading Jeep on beach at Bew Britain, PTO, WWII.”
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1940s Photo of a Ford GP with Female Passenger on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

There must be a story with this photo.

“1940s WWII Photo from another unnamed US Army soldiers photo album. Most appear to be at a unknown California army base before heading to the Pacific Theater of Operation. Nothing written on backs nor in album so no other info available.”

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Photo of Ford GP on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

This undated 4″ x 5″ photo features a Ford GP.

“1940s WWII Photo from another unnamed US Army soldiers photo album. Most appear to be at a unknown California army base before heading to the Pacific Theater of Operation. Nothing written on backs nor in album so no other info available.”

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Photo of Jeep in Elwood Oil Fields on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Cool photo.

“1942- U.S. soldiers ride a jeep into a shell hole from one of the shots fired by Japanese submarine I-17 at the seaside refining facilities of the Elwood oil fields near Santa Barbara, California on February 23.”

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1943 Photo of Dobodura-Toykyo Road on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Great photo.

“1943- Jeep pause beside sign erected at Oro Bay in New Guinea that points out the “Dobodura-Tokyo Road” and bears the words of President Roosevelt: “There are many roads to Tokyo: we will neglect none of them.” Photo measures approx. 7″ x 9 3/4″

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Photos of Shriner CJ-2A Parade Jeep Truck on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

There are four different 2×2 negatives of this jeep from similar angles.

“Original Photo Negative from the Tulsa, OK area from the 1950’s. There was no information about the photographer, I figured out the location and era based on information in the images of the set I am listing together (Car tags and signs and recognizable landmarks) I have “inverted” the image, so you can see what a print will look like. The quality is fair to good, having some graininess. This is a good quality, albeit amateur image.”

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Photo of Willys MA carrying Push Ball on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images

UPDATE: This same photo with a different caption was sold back in 2014 (see bottom pics).

“1942 Photo WW2 Era Fort Custer MI Versatile Jeep Military Push Ball Game Rare
You are bidding on an original Press Photo from a newspaper archive. The photograph measures 6×7 inches and is dated 9-25-1942.”

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From Feb 2014 eBay ad:

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1945 Photo of CJ-2A Assembly Line on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Here’s a neat photo that includes VEC CJ-2As on the assembly line.

“This is an original press photo. The peacetime version of the Jeep is in volume production at the Willys-Overland plant here. Shown is a sub-assembly line where bodies get finishing touches. The company which expects a world wide market for the vehicles as a farm and industrial tractor, truck, mobile power unit and passenger conveyance plans to build 20,000 this year. Photo measures 10.75 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 07-26-1945.”

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1962 Photo of CJ-3B & Leprosy Team Stuck in Thailand

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Some slow-going through Thailand’s mud.

“1962 Press Photo Anti-leprosy team push the Jeep in Yasothorn near Thailand. This is an original press photo. Fighting the stigma of the outcast Members of an anti-leprosy team struggled pushed a Jeep, carrying supplies, out of the mud in Yasothorn, Northeast of Thailand. The team, sponsored by the Thai Government and the World Health Organization of the United Nations surges out and treats leprosy victims throughout the country. The travel from village to village Setting up clinics in health centers or temples, where they dispense Sulfone drugs. Photo measures 10 x 8 inches. Photo is dated 08-25-1962.”

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Aluminum Alcoa Jeepster Prototype

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster, Old Images

UPDATE: Mac’s Motor City Garage published a post on the Aluminum Alcoa Jeepster. Two or three were made.  Only one is known to survive according to Jim Allen.

https://macsmotorcitygarage.com/willys-overland-oddball-the-1950-alcoa-coupe/#more-55876

 
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Core77 Article about Crated Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, videos, Website

Joe in Mesa forwarded this article posted at Core77, an industrial design website, about crated jeeps. Not a perfect article regarding jeeps, but it does have good photos and a video, one of which I’ve posted below. The Core77 site is an interesting one to explore.

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1943 Photo of Jeeps at England Depot on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Too bad the photo wasn’t farther to the right. Looks like there’s more jeeps.

“WWII U.S. Jeeps Roll Off Assembly Line at Depot in England Original Press Photo”

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1945 Photo of 9th Army Skiers Behind Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

A cool (very cool as in freezing cold) photo.

“1945 Press Photo Vintage Jeep Pulls US 9th Army Ski Patrol Soldier Germany WWII. You are bidding on an original press photo of Vintage Jeep Pulls US 9th Army Ski Patrol Soldier Germany WWII. Photo measures 6.5 x 8.5 inches and is dated 2/1/1945.”

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More Pics From Charles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Thanks once again goes to Charles for sharing these photos.

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This German soldier was 7′ 6″!

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This photo is from 1944 at the Battle of the Bugle. These are some Belgian SAS members.

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1946 Photo of Willys Wagon & Horse/Buggy in Canada on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

The seller lists this as a January 13, 1946 photo, but the text on the photo reads 10-13-46.

“This is an original press photo. The old and the new in transportation- a jeep and a horse and buggy- are parked at a curb in Hearst, a lumbering town in Canada. The driver of the buggy had come in from his farm for a week’s supply of groceries. Canada- Series- 1946. Hearst, Canada. Photo measures10.5 x 7.75 inches. Photo is dated 1-13-1946.”

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1949 Article on the Bountiful Jeep Posse

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

This Desert News Magazine August 14, 1949, article titled “Knights of the Jeep” highlights the Bountiful Jeep Posse. Unfortunately, I could only find a scanned version with readable text in black and white. The scanned photos are poor. I did manage to locate a couple small colored photos of the article, so I’ve cobbled all the information together.

Here’s the link to the original article in Google News

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