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1944 Photo of Town in Italy on eBay

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There’s a jeep the just appears near the bottom of the photo highlighting the scope of the devastation. I can’t quite make out the town’s name. Castelmuzio would put it in Siena, Italy.

“1944 Press Photo A Military jeep travels along the ruined Italian Streets. This is an original press photo. Dwarfed by towering ruins, a Jeep threads way through streets of battered Castlemouse(? aka Castelmuzio?), Italy, a German stronghold until the second day of current Allied offensive, when the fifth army overwhelmed its defenders. Photo measures 8.25 x 6.25 inches. Photo is dated 5-19-1944.”

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1951 Photo of M-38s Ready for Shipment on eBay

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That’s a large amount of M-38s!

“1951 Press Photo Military Jeeps on field at Philadelphia ready to ship overseas. This is an original press photo. Hundreds of jeeps stand in precise military rows on a field at Philadelphia as they are prepared for shipment overseas. The vehicles, from plants all over the United States are assembled in a motor pool before being loaded aboard ships (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) (Military jeeps) (Europe defense) Photo measures 8.75 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 12-13-1951.”

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1945 Photo of MB Pulling Farm Equipment on eBay

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This May 1945 photo appears to show an MB (rather than a CJ-2) pulling hay rake. It’s curious that the jeep has “WILLYS” written over the rear wheel well.

“1945 Press Photo Farmer Uses A Jeep As A Tractor To Rake Hay. This is an original press photo. Jeep has a future in postwar America The versatile jeep, which has become known as the “Sweetheart of the Army,” has a future in postwar America, both as an agricultural and industrial machine. All kinds of special bodies, air compressors, and pulley attachments for postwar units can be used with the jeep. Here a farmer uses the jeep to rake hay. This in only one of the farm chores a jeep will do. Others are plowing, harrowing, disking, rolling, drilling, cultivating, reaping and binding. Photo measures 8 x 6.25 inches. Photo is dated 05-26-1945.”

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1951 Photo of Kids Washing Jeep in Korea on eBay

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Ricepaddy Lou is the jeep’s name.

“1951 Press Photo Korean children help Buddy Jones to clean his jeep. This is an original press photo. Cpl. Buddy Jones of Cedar Rapids, Ia., enlists the help of eager Korean youngsters to get his jeep, “Ricepaddy Lou,” cleaned during a lull in battle. The children, who use empty ration cans to do the job, will be rewarded with some candy. Photo measures 9 x 6.25 inches. Photo is dated 5-1-1951.”

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1952 Photo of Fire Jeep at the Vatican on eBay

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

Looks to be an MB/GPW.

“1952 Press Photo Firemen in Vatican city, in jeep with fire fighting equipment. This is an original press photo. A tiny unit of the Vatican City fire fighting brigade prepared for a training drill with a jeep fire truck. The brigade, consisting of 15 men and one officer, is equipped with two war surplus jeeps, a small chemical spray unit, a few hand operated fire extinguishers and some stepladders. IN more serious cases the Rome fire brigade is called. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 11-14-1952.

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More Pics From Charles

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Some more random pics from Charles:

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Sears Ad for New “Jeep Engines”

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This ad appeared in the September 5, 1946, issue of the Toledo Blade. The civilian jeep was barely a year old, yet Sears was already offering replacement engines and other parts. That’s because part of Willys-Overland’s strategy, as early as 1944, was to push the engine apart from the jeep. The company highlighted this during their 1944 annual report (a page of which is featured below this ad).

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Page from the 1944 Willys Overland Annual Report:

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1954 Snow Plow Article From Kaiser Willys News

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If you look at the photo of the first jeep, it reads “JEEP” on the windshield, suggesting this might have been a CJ-2 or earlier vehicle.

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More Pics From Charles

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Some more pics courtesy of our friend from Belgium, Charles.

Russians and jeeps:
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1947 Photo of Legionnaires & Recruiting Jeep on eBay

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I didn’t know this, but some of you probably do. Cartoon character Bugs Bunny was given the rank of honorary Marine Master Sergeant for his performance in Super-Rabbit.

“1947 Press Photo Group of Legionnaires in U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Jeep. This is an original press photo. New York: Group of Legionnaires are chaurffeured around town in Marine Corps recruiting jeep by Vogue Model Evelyn Johnson. Shown in the black of the Jeep is movie cartoon rabbit and star in the Nea Comic Page Bugs Bunny. Photo measures 7.5 x 7 inches. Photo is dated 08-29-1947.”

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1954 Photo CJ-5 Press Announcement on eBay

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What a different ten years make! Gone are the 1945 farmer-in-overalls ready-for-some-serious-work press photos, replaced by a nicely dressed ranch gal ready to drive the range. I’d say that’s a demographic shift.

“1954 Press Photo A new version of the famed Willy’s Jeep is introduced. This is an original press photo. A new version of the famed Willy’s Jeep is being introduced by Kaiser-Willys dealers. The new vehicle, designed for a multitude of transportation and towing chores on or off road, is said to be more rugged, roomier and more comfortable than previous models. It is powered by a 75 horsepower engine in combination with four wheel drive. Features include streamlined hood, contoured fenders and larger windshield. A new all-weather top is easier to install or remove. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 12-09-1954.”

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More Pic From Charles

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Here are some more pics from Charles.

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1945 Photo with CJ-2 on eBay

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Here’s a photo with an experimental 2A pulling a seeding machine.

“1945 Press Photo Farmer operates seeding machine from the postwar jeep. This is an original press photo. The Postwar Jeep, especially adapted for peacetime work, combining the four basic functions of tractor, light truck, mobile power unit and passenger conveyance. Photo shows the new Jeep, just unvelied to the public by Willys-Overland Motors, operating a seeding machine. Among the many and various farm applications of this modern vehicle are: disking, plowing, mowing, raking, threshing, baling, shelling and grinding corn, operating manure spreader, filling silo and sawing wood. Photo measures 8 x 5.25 inches. Photo is dated 07-19-1945.”

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1944 Photo of Jeep & Soldiers in Mud on eBay

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That’s a bad day right there.

“1944 Press Photo American Soldiers try to free jeep in Stollberg Germany mud. This is an original press photo. US soldiers struggle to free a jeep that has slipped into the mud near Stollberg Germany. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 10-19-1944.”

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1945 Photo of Fisherman & Willys MA on eBay

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I’ve seen this photo on Getty images, so they likely would claim that the organization owns the copyright on all of these images.

“1945 Press Photo Fisherman Uses A Jeep to Reach Distant Trout Fishing Areas. This is an original press photo. Jeep has a future in postwar America The versatile jeep, which has become known as the “Sweetheart of the Army,” has a future in postwar America, both as an agricultural and industrial machine. All kinds of special bodies, air compressors, and pulley attachments for postwar units can be used with the jeep. Here a fisherman uses the jeep to reach the far-back trout streams and lakes. In low, low gear it reaches these distant pastures which are always too far for the fisherman on foot. Photo measures 8 x 6.25 inches. Photo is dated 05-26-1945.”

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1962 CJ-3B Dept Agriculture Photo on eBay

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This is a cool photo.

“1963 Press Photo Willys Jeep modified for the Department of Agriculture. This is an original press photo. Willys Jeep modified for the Department of Agriculture. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 01-06-1963.”

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1950 Photo of Jeeps in Korea on eBay

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Hopefully the actual photo is clearer!

“1950 Press Photo American Jeep Crosses 38th Parallel Going Towards Seoul. This is an original press photo. An American Jeep is shown crossing the 38th Parallel, going toward Seoul, as the US 8th Army retreats southward. Under pressure of Red China’s Million Man Invasion Army, UN forces in North Korea have been put to flight with it still indefinite whether they’ll make a stand in North Korea or be evacuated by sea. Also, the UN is awaiting an answer from Peiping on its request that Chinese troops stop short of the Parallel. Photo measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 12-10-1950.”

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1945 Photo of Ledo Road on eBay

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I’m going to guess that Pvt. Green is not inspecting the sign for any fine print ….

“1945 Press Photo Pvt Oscar Green in Jeep on Ledo road in Burma jungle area. This is an original press photo. Pvt Oscar Green of Taylorville, Illinois, stands on the side of his jeep to get close up view of this caution sign, one of many which dot the Ledo road forming junction with the Burma road and breaking Japanese land blockade of China which has officially been named the Stilwell Road.Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 02-17-1945.”

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1946 Testimonial Maine Fish & Game

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The “it can do what others can’t” message of this testimonial pretty much defines the jeep’s niche at this point.

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1950 Photo of Troops in Taejon, Korea on eBay

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This was taken a month into the war.

“1950 Press Photo American Troops in jeep with 50 Caliber Gun in Taejon, Korea. This is an original press photo. American troops take a rough Caliber as they advance in jeep armed with 50 caliber machine gun. Communist troops were reported smashing into and around Taejon as battle action see a wed on the Western Korean Front Photo measures 7.25 x 9.25 inches. Photo is dated 07-20-1950.”

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1946 Testimonial Toledo Baseball Company

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Not the most enthusiastic testimonial we’ve read for the new jeep!

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1945 CJ-2 Press Photo on eBay

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UPDATE: S. Giraud correctly noted that this is a CJ-2 rather than a CJ-2A. 

Taken before the official press demonstration July 17th & 18th, 1945.

“1945 Press Photo Postwar Jeep Unveiled to the Public by Willys-Overland Motors. This is an original press photo. This is one of the firsts photos of the Postwar Jeep, especially adapted for peacetime work, combining the four basic functions of tractor, light truck, mobile power unit and passenger conveyance. Here, the new Jeep, just unveiled to the public by Willys-Overland Motors, operates a spring tooth cultivator. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 07-10-1945.”

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A Special Tribute From Charles

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Charles asked me to share these with Dave as a tribute to his father, who  fought in the Battle of the Bulge (if I understand correctly). Charles collects photos of that era. Dave, Charles was wondering if you had any of your father from there?

these photo are for dave who commented on my last set photos which included a photo of the battle of the bulge – i believe his father fought in it. A huge monument was especially created for the fallen US soldiers –THE MARDASSON– in bastogne (in that town fighting was very hard – the famous word NUTS was mentioned there)”

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More Pics From Charles

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Here are some more random pics from Charles!

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1943 Photo of Nurses & Officers On Adak … eBay

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Yep, this is all about sightseeing. It couldn’t possibly be a double date?? The nurse climbing into the jeep is Mary Louise Eckes of San Francisco and Dickenson, ND. The other nurse is Margaret Allen of Denver, Colorado.

“1943- U.S. Navy nurses climb into a jeep to go on a sightseeing trip through the mountains in Adak, Alaska. Photo measures approx. 7″ x 9”

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