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1963 “Fun in Acapulco” Movie w/ Elvis Presley

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Old Images • TAGS: .

Pepperdine University’s Digital Archives includes a photo of Academy Award Winning Art Director Water Tyler in a DJ-3A Gala jeep. He was involved in a variety of movies from the 1940s through the 1970s. In this case he was working on the Elvis Presley movie “Fun in Acapulco“.
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Here’s the trailer for the movie, which includes a brief photo of a DJ-3A:

The Internet Movie Car Database also includes a photo from the movie that shows both a Gala and the DJ-3A-mobile cocktail bar:

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Was this movie the one that inspire Elvis to get himself a DJ-3A Surrey? Nope, according to the 3B page, he bought his famous Tropical Rose/Coral Mist 1960 DJ-3A from Sharp Motors in Memphis, prior to filming both “Fun in Acapulco” and “Blue Hawaii”.

 
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1946 Photo of Jeep Packed with People

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This April 03, 1946, photo from the Spokesman Review shows Dave Zimmerman and his band/radio show ensemble stuffed into a jeep. With a Detroit transit strike raging, a borrowed jeep was the only way to get everyone to their radio show gig.

According to this page, Dave Zimmerman was a long time announcer at WWJ in Detroit. He hosted a popular radio program called Coffee Club and was on the air for Detroit’s first television broadcast from the 47th floor of the Penobscot Building.

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California Transportation Department “Sno Jeep”

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This CJ-2A with duallies all around appears in undated photos taken in Los Angeles. Photographed by Doug White, the jeep is described as a “Sno Jeep”. Note the chains with mini-paddles on the front and the tall, extended exhaust in the back.

I’ve been unable to find any additional information about this jeep. There might be some mention of it in the Los Angeles Department of Transportation archives (if such archives exist).

 
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Seabees Photo

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums, Old Images

Gayland shard this photo posted on the Navy Seabee Museum site that features Seabees working on a jeep and some other vehicles. The Navy’s Seabee website has done a good job of organizing its digital collections based on multiple factors (time period and location in most cases).

If you haven’t ever visited the museum, it’s located in Port Hueneme. We had a chance to visit back in 2014 while it was undergoing updates. I’m sure it’s even better now.

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Florida Senator Claude D. Pepper in BRC-40 and His Campaign Jeep

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

UPDATE II: Somehow I missed this second version of the Senators with Charles Payne driving down he steps on May 20, 1941:

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PHOTO CREDIT: Florida State University’s Digital Repository https://diginole.lib.fsu.edu/islandora/object/fsu%3A154424

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Published March 28, 2021: Here’s another, earlier jeep photo, including a dedication by Charles Payne, related to Senator Claude Pepper in a Bantam BRC-40. According to the Florida State University Digital Archives, Senator Robert Reynolds is driving the jeep, Senator Claude Pepper is in the passenger seat, and Charles Payne and Harold Crist are seated in the back. The photo is dated May 1941.

https://diginole.lib.fsu.edu/islandora/object/fsu%3A117598

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Also, according to a June 02, 1968, column by Larry King in the Miami Herald, there was a video taken of Senator Pepper riding up the steps and it was to be shown on TV on June 30, 1968. I was unable to find the video on the internet.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED DECEMBER 09, 2012: This pictures tells the tale of Senator Claude Pepper‘s bid for re-election as a Senator from Florida in the 1950 race.  Like his jeep, Senator Pepper’s campaign crashed that year as well.

PHOTO CREDIT: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/36090 CAPTION: Addressed to George Smathers from his friend Carl L. Hahn, an accompanying note says, “Here’s what is left of the Pepper machine in Palm Beach County – Souvenir of your successful 1950 campaign.”

The accident led to a lawsuit against the driver and Senator Claude Pepper. The appeared in the August 04, 1950, issue of the Palm Beach Post:

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1943 Photo of Jeep Pulling Avenger on Carrier on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Based on the bumper, I’d say this is a GPW. I had hoped to locate the photo in a newspaper, but had no luck.

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“Vintage original 1943 press photo of Grumman TBF / TBM Avenger with Jeep on Wake Island, (approximately 20cm x 15cm), with “Keystone” press stamp & description to rear. OK condition, with wear.”

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1955 Photo of Scouts and Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This March 24, 1955, article from the Santa Cruz Sentinel shows Boys Scouts readying a jeep display to demonstrate both traffic safety and jeep camping.

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Pictured are Bruce Donald, Bill Scout, Pete Schipper and advisor Charles Cloud. The group was affiliated with Explorer Post 89.

 
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1944 Photo of Burma’s Lowest Point on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This press photo’s caption’s text and ID number looks identical to the one posted in 2019 (at bottom), except now the caption paper itself is trimmed and now in color (unlike the one at bottom).

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Originally posted May 16, 2019: This press photo shows the lost point in the Burma Road (as of 1944).

“American Jeep on the Burma Road.
An American Jeep Rides through a section of the Burma Road in China that is cut right into the rocky mountainside. This is at the road’s lowest point of elevation, 2960 feet. Picture form the Chinese Ministry of information. Associated Press Photo EEM 10-13-1944 430P CNS.”

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1952 Photo of Emily Osborne and a CJ-3A(?)

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

This looks to be a CJ-3A (the rubber seal around the edge of the windshield is one clue) with a Worman hardtop. Emily Osborne owns both the jeep and the farm.

https://collections.mnhs.org/cms/display?irn=10736646

“Emily Osborne works an eighty acre farm north of Albert Lea; she is shown here checking the oil in her jeep.”

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1945 Photo of a Follow Me Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo shows Police Chief Schrage in the new Burbank airport “Follow Me” jeep used for the escort parking of aircraft. The aircraft in front of the jeep is a Lockheed Hudson, also known as a Lodestar. Note the camouflage in background. The photo is an 8 x 10 in. black and white photograph.

https://digital-collections.csun.edu/digital/collection/SFVH/id/3889

 
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February 1945 Photo on Iwo Jima of Ambulance Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This National Archives photo was taken on Iwo Jima in February of 1945. The Original Caption read: Duck Row—Enroute to the front lines, a stretcher jeep travels a matting runway as it passes a pool of amphibious trucks near the beach at Iwo.

https://catalog.archives.gov/id/32607197

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August 1942 Photo from Guadacanal

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo appeared in the August 21, 1942, issue of the LA Times, along with a number of other newspapers.

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Western’s 1947 Aluminum/Steel Kid’s Pedal Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, toys

UPDATE: The University of Washington’s Digital Collections includes the below photo with a more accurate date (1947) and description. According to the UW Library, pictured in the top photo is Joe Woolfe and his grandson

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Previously Posted February 11, 2019: These images were posted on Facebook and the toy jeeps attributed to Boeing. However, as a commenter pointed out below, these were actually produced by Western Toy Company in 1959. Here are some other examples.

(02/11/2019) These jeeps are pictured in front of the old Seattle Art Museum (we did field trips there in high school) which is inside Volunteer Park in Seattle, Washington.

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1942 Jeep Figment to Fact Article

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This “Figment to Face” article about the jeep’s conception-to-reality story landed in a variety of newspapers across the US, though this is the best scan of it so far (which doesn’t speak too highly of the other scans, as it shouldn’t). I wondered how many other drawings were made that weren’t realized with the standardization of the jeep.

The article appeared in the Daily Reporter out of Greenfield, Indiana, on October 19, 1942:

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First Canadian Made Jeep Rolls Off The Line in 1959

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

UPDATE: Here’s an example of a Windsor, Canada, data plate, one of the CJ-5s that was imported from Canada to keep up with sales demand in the US.

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On August 21, 1959, the first Canadian-built jeep, a CJ-5, rolled out of the assembly plant in Windsor, Canada. Below are two articles and one advertisement that celebrates the acheivement.

This first article appeared August 22, 1959, in the Windsor Star and shows the actual first CJ-5.
1959-08-22-the-windsor-star-canada-made-jeeps-loresThis second article appeared September 19, 1959, in the National Post our to Torono, Ontario, Canada, and shows the actual Windsor Plant.

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This third item is an advertisement that appeared in the August 25, 1959, issue of The Province, a Vancouver newspaper.

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1942 Photo of Jeep Landing at Guadacanal on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo captures a jeep coming ashore on Guadacanal. I tried to find this image in a newspaper, but had no luck

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1942 Press Photo U.S. Marines landing jeep ashore at Guadalcanal in World War II. This is an original press photo. Jeep comes ashore at Guadalcanal —- U.S. Marines land a jeep from a new-type landing barge during their offensive against the Japanese on Guadalcanal Island in the Solomons.Photo measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 08-30-1942″

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1950 Photo of Soldiers and Jeep in Korea on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This press photo appeared in multiple newspapers, including the July 20, 1950, edition of the Austin Statesman.

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“AMERICAN SOLDIERS In JEEP w .50 CAL MACHINE GUN In KOREA 1950 Press Photo. Size is approximately 7×9 to 8×10 inches. If significantly smaller or larger the specific size will be accurately described.”

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Here’s the newspaper clipping:

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While searching for this press photo I also spotted this photo of a unique gun mount. It was published in the August 04, 1950, issue of the Arizona Republic:

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1950 Photo of a Spokane-Based Air Police Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This August 28, 1950, photo from the Spokane Chronicle shows an Air Police MB Jeep. There might be enough there to recreate an Air Police themed jeep like this.

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1943 Photo on the Dropping of Bond “Honor Scrolls”

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This was something new to me. Some war bond buyers were allowed to sign scrolls that would then be loaded on bombers and dropped over Axis-controlled countries. This photo and caption appeared in the May 20, 1943, issue of the Star Tribune out of Minneapolis.

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June 1944 Article About the Jeep Name Investigation

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

This article discusses the ongoing investigation into the jeep name business. Minnesota had a particular interest in this issue, due to Minneapolis-Moline’s development of a vehicle that was called a jeep prior to the completion of the Bantam BRC in late September of 1940. Unlike Willys-Overland, Minneapolis-Moline had no interest in owning the name; instead, they felt the name jeep belonged to the government.

This first article is from the August 21, 1940, issue of the Minneapolis Star and identifies the new Minneapolis-Moline tractor as a “jeep”:

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The second article, dated June 05, 1944, goes into Minneapolis-Moline’s views on the jeep name:

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1952 Photos of British Minister of Defense Earl Harold Alexander’s Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Library Collections, Old Images

These two photos show the jeep (likely a Ford GPW) of Defense Field Marshal Harold Alexander, the first Earl Alexander of Tunis (technically, Alexander of Tunis, Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, Earl, 1891-1969). The second photo is dated June 27, 1952. The jeep’s tires look much more aggressive than the standard NDTs. The windshield looks more like a 2A than an MB/GPW. Those doors look awfully thick. I wonder how heavy they were.

According to the post, captions, these are “Part of a series that Williams shot on assignment documenting the visit to Korea of British Minister of Defence Field Marshal Harold Alexander, the first Earl Alexander of Tunis. Here, Earl Alexander salutes as he leaves a Common Wealth Division bunker in his jeep.”

All three of these photos are part of the Pepperdine University Digital Collections.

  1. https://cdm15730.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15730coll5/id/1334
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  2. https://cdm15730.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15730coll5/id/695
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1944 Photo of a “Dummy” Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This pic reminds me of the Ghost Army documentary I mentioned back in 2019. The photo below shows a combled-together fake jeep. I’m still hoping to find some better photos of a Ghost Army inflatable jeep. Dummy tank photos are much easier to find. The photo was taken November of 1944 in Wongabel, Queensland, Australia.

This photo appeared on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2382510764/permalink/10158078411510765/

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1949 Article Introduces the 4WD Wagon

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This September 17, 1949, article in the Green Bay Press-Gazette states that the four-wheel-drive wagon evolved out of a military special order for four-wheel-drive-wagons. I’ve run across that fact previously, maybe on a brochure?

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1945 Photo of Udem, Germany

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Charles shared this 1945 photo from Udem, Germany, showing a British and Canadian forces, along with a of couple jeeps, one with a permanent looking top. What’s the vehicle in the lower right?

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Military Jeep Photos From Various Databases

• CATEGORIES: Features, Library Collections, Old Images

Here are some military photos that appear in various library databases.

1. This first one shows a jeep that was dug out from an avalanche in the Grand Tetons:

“lack and white photo showing a Jeep vehicle after being extracted from an avalanche at Glory Bowl in the Teton Range, Wyoming.”

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PHOTO CREDIT: Ted Majors and the University of Utah Digital Library Collections

2. Here’s a solider welding jeep fenders:

3. This 1947 photograph appears to be a Swedish family surrounding the family MB:

4. This 1947 photo from Sweden shows the same jeep as above. It seems like some of the folks from the top photo also appear in this one? 

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PHOTO CREDIT: https://jlm.kulturhotell.se/items/show/142944

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