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1947 Photo GPW Towing Boeing XL-15 on eBay

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Interesting photo.

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“1947 Press Photo Jeep tows Boeing XL-15 Liaison plane for United States Army. This is an original press photo. Versatile new liaison plane can be used on land, water or snow is Boeing XL-15 (package unit) for army ground forces – can be towed on its own wheel or dismantled to ride on truck. United States Army – planes. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 10-29-1947.”

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Customized MB/GPW(?) in Rock Island, IL, Photo

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This photo appeared on Facebook. It was taken south of downtown Chicago. The flattie has been updated quite a bit. Given the rear hubs and the general mods (like the front fenders), I’d say the is likely an MB or GPW. The front of this has a plow.

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Photo of Wagon Pulling Kids on Carts

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Roger Martin spotted this unusual photo of a Jeepster carrying a bunch of kids and pulling a line of kids on make-shift carts.

The photo was original shown here: https://www.facebook.com/NeatOldStuffAndYesteryear/photos/a.154878248051991/1064411563765317/

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1942 Photo of Army Testing Jeep on a Raft on eBay

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Interesting photo.

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“1942 Press Photo La, Calif. An Army jeep on a raft during exhibition. Photo measures 9 x 7 inches. Photo is dated 7-3-1942.”

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1944 Photo of Citizens Leaving Bastogne

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This photo was shared by Charles, showing former citizens, now arguably refugees, leaving the area during World War II.

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1953 Photo From Korea Gen James Van Fleet on eBay

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This MB has a few mods.

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“1953 Press Photo General James Van Fleet rides jeep at farewell tour, Korea. This is an original press photo. Van Fleet, James A. (General). General James A. Van Fleet, retiring 8th Army commander in Korea, stands in his …ur-star jeep (front) and reviews massed troops of the Republic of Korea 5th Division during his farewell tour of the battlefront with his successor, Lieutenant General Maxwell D. Taylor (standing, second jeep). Battlefront tour ended Monday. General Taylor takes over command from General Van Fleet on Wednesday… Photo measures 9.5 x 6.25 inches. Photo is dated 2-10-1953.”

 
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DJ-5 Military Photos

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6, Features, Old Images

Gayland won these images at an auction. Like yesterday’s brochure, these show what at least some of the Army’s DJ-5s looked like. He’s got some naval photo images he plans to share later.

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1959 Photo From Yellowstone

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Marty spotted this cool photo from 1959 on the USGS Volcanoes Facebook page. According to the caption, “The M7.3 Hebgen lake earthquake, on the western margin of Yellowstone National Park, occurred on August 17, 1959. This week’s #Yellowstone#CalderaChronicles takes a look back at that spectacular event and it’s impact on Yellowstone and the surrounding area.”

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1962 Photo of FC-150 Pulling Boat on eBay

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This was Rensselaer County’s emergency jeep.

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“1962 Press Photo Rensselaer County Sheriff’s emergency Jeep and boat, New York. This is an original press photo. New York – Eugene Rist, Deputy Sheriff and Rensselaer County Navigations Officer, with emergency jeep and boat – inhalator, 1st aid, grappling hooks, 2-way radio, 45 mph, covers 30 miles of Hudson River plus Burden Lake, Snyder Lake, Crystal Lake, Nassau Lake, Deykin Pond, Forest Lake, Long Pond, Glass Lake, and Crooked LakePhoto measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 05-17-1962.”

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1945 Press Photo of Weasel & GPW **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This looks like a neat photo. This ends in a couple hours (7:38 PST).

“1945 Press Photo Men driving a Jeep and an Amphib. This is an original press photo. You can get a Jeep–or an Amphib Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 09-23-1945.”

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Handy Table for Sleeping/Eating

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This article comes from the 1963 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine. Perhaps more interesting to me than the table, which is utilized for sleeping or as a table is the top. The top was modified to accommodate the table, but I’ve not seen a top that also had the rhombus-shaped rear windows. I believe the bumpers may be from Con-Ferr (or were later sold by Con-Ferr).

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1945 Photo of Jeep Navigating Water on eBay

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That looks miserably cold.

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“Wonderful original Acme Press photograph showing a US Jeep with soldiers driving through floods”

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Photo of FC-150 w/ Mobile Deluxe Bumper on eBay

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The seller puts the date at 1954, which is clearly incorrect as the FC didn’t exist yet.

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Photo of Willys Quad in Dekalb

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Mario Maipid shared this great photo taken on the steps of the DeKalb Post Office. According to him the sign reads,

THE WILLYS OVERLAND
GO-DEVIL QUAD;
U. S. Army Mobile Machine Gun West;
Same Motor as WILLYS Americar

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Photo of Pat Etherton Driving a CJ-2A on eBay

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Clewiston is in Clewiston, Florida. I could not figure out who Pat Etherton is.

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“1952 Press Photo Pat Etherton drives a jeep in a Clewiston field. This is an original press photo. Hand Winch on front of jeep is a handy gadget for the driver who overestimates the capabilities of his “mount.” The cable is hooked around a nearby tree (if there is one) and elbow grease does the test. That’s Pat Etherton of Clewiston at the wheel. Photo measures 8.5 x 6.75 inches. Photo is dated 01-27-1952.”

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Photo of Marine Sgt. Dinnigan in Korea

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Marine Sgt. Dinnigan was photographed by Life Photographer David Douglas Duncan in this photo of the Sgt sitting on an MB. The image was shared by his son; what an amazing photograph of his father.

 
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1950 Photo of MacArthur and Jeeps in Korea on eBay

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I can’t see General MacArthur too well.

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“1950 Korea General MacArthur Jeep Convoy Road to Yongdungpo 8×10 Orig News Photo”

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Photo of Woman and Pink Surrey on eBay

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She sure seems happy. Anyone recognize the background?

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1953 Photo of M-170 Test on eBay

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This old newspaper photo captured the testing of an M-170 at the Aberdeen Testing Grounds. Theres’ a description on the back fo the photo, but it’s not easy to ready.

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“8×10 inches with minor variation”

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Modified Canadian MB

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This Canadian jeep has some unusual modifications. The image was featured at https://captainstevens.com/military/mv/mvmarkings/, which takes a look at Canadian Military Vehicle marketings.

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Photo Credit: http://Captainstevens.com W-LU GOC_4th Canadian Armoured Division (Canadian Army PA211629_jpeg) This appears to the the same jeep as in the colour photo above, just after it was customized for the General Officer Commanding 4 Canadian Armoured Division. They added roof, doors, flag staff and light and extension on rear of vehicle. It is carrying at least one wireless set.

It’s believed that this is the front of the above jeep. As you can see, a rounded topper has been added to the windshield. It appears to be a nice bit of work.  The windshield has also been converted into a vertical windshield.

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Photo Credit: Major-General Worthington in the 4th Armoured Division GOC’s jeep Late 1943 or January 1944 L&AC

 
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Filip Rosz and Metamet

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UPDATE: Barry Thomas from Farm Jeep shared this story of a family who purchased a Metamet Jeep.

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Filip is seated in the passenger seat.

Anita Long was kind of enough to share some photos and stories about her father, Filip Rosz. He worked for years at the British firm of Metamet, which in the late 1940s and 1950s specialized in refurbishing jeeps into a wide range of specialty models.

Filip came to the UK the hard way. According to Anita, he was originally from Lwow and in the Polish Home Army at the outbreak of World War II. During the autumn campaign of 1939, he was taken prisoner by the Soviets. Deported to a POW camp in Siberia, after two years he was released as a result of the negotiations of the Polish Government in London with the authorities in Moscow.

He travelled a long way to enlist in the 2 Polish Corps that was forming in the west, the 8th British Army. He went through a combat route to Iran and Egypt to Monte Cassino in Italy. He served in 3PU in the West as a mechanic and driver in the 2nd Warsaw Panzer Division.

After the war he was a displaced person, since his home town was now in Russia. He ended up in London and started working at Metamet, as it was owned and run by Poles in similar circumstances.  Though listed as a Panel Beater, Anita says her father was the best welder at Metamet.

One Metamet employee Anita wanted to also mention was General Julian Zdzislaw Starosteck who, for a brief time, was the production engineer at Metamet before going to America and working on the Patriot Missile.

Anita tells me that Metamet was well known to a lot of Poles who came to settle in London. In fact, her Polish Step-father worked there briefly before he joined the Merchant Navy. He was too young for the war but did join the Polish Navy as a Submariner with the express purpose to ‘jump ship’, which did happen when his first pert of call outside of Poland was Edinburgh. He made his way down to London and hooked up with the Metamet guys.

Metamet not only rebuilt and sold jeeps, but also provided transportation for Film Garden Parties,  events where British and American film and stage actors mingled with everyday folks. Filip was one of the employees that would chauffeur the stars in Metamet jeeps. At some point, he met his future wife Joan at one of the events.

Joan loved the Garden Parties and was an avid collector of autographs. She also would bring along her box Brownie camera to snap photos. For Joan, it was love at first site when she met Filip. They married in 1952. Only eight years later, in 1960, Anita’s father Filip passed away.

Anita labeled her father in each of these rarely-seen photos. A big thanks to Anita for sharing them.
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Press Photo of Three DJ-3A Surreys on eBay

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The seller dates the photo to 1950, but it’s more likely 1959.

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“Details: W 10 x H 8 x D 0.1”

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Africa U.S.A. and Jeeps

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There’s a post card of a jeep train from the Jungletown area of Africa USA on eBay. Also on this post, I’ve aggregated all the Africa USA images.

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From 2015: Africa USA, was part of a theme-park movement in the late 1950s that included New York’s Freedomland, Disneyland, Wisconsin’s Fort Dells, and others. By 1959, these parks were collectively generating revenue of $2 billion.

There is a feature article about these parks in the August 1, 1960, issue of Life Magazine. The picture below is from that article. You can take a ‘virtual’ jeep-train tour of Africa USA here (don’t expect much)

This article appeared in the December 1955 issue of Willys News. That’s the jeep train behind the animals.

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Customized MB on Facebook

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This photo was posted by George Manousakis on the FB G503 group page. It’s got some style of its own. I wish there were more pics of it.

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1943 Photo of Carl Buehler Getting His Jeep Ride on eBay

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Carl must have penned a powerful letter! Carl J. Buehler, JR, passed away in 2001.

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“1943 Press Photo 10-year-old Carl Buehler’s first jeep-ride, Verona, NJ. This is an original press photo. World War II – United States. Verona, New Jersey. Carl Buehler of Verona, New Jersey, wrote to the president saying that he had been promised a jeep ride for selling war bonds and that such promise had not been kept. The jeep showed up by presidential order, driven by Major Arthur J. Lonegren and here we see the 10-year-old boy getting his much desired jeep-ride. Photo measures 7.75 x 6.25 inches. Photo is dated 11-10-1943.

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In 1943, Carl was honored for his 1942 efforts when he joined a New York City parade in 1943. Later, in 1944, Carl was back in the papers as a twelve-year-old hoping to break his previous war bond drive effort.

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