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Photos From Reconditioning at Esslingen, Germany on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, Old Images • TAGS: .

This series of 5″x7″ photos were taken at the Esslingen Germany shop where jeeps were reconditioned. It’s not clear if these are reprints, but still a rare bit of history.

1. This image shows recondition jeeps parked and ready:
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2 . This image shows more recondition jeeps parked and ready:
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3. This jeep is hanging from a hoist as part of its rebuild:
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Year? Photo of Ford GPA Seeps on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Old Images

This undated photo shows a line up Ford GPA Seeps ready for action.
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“World War II Photo Stockpile of Amphibious Jeeps or Ford GPA Seep, 8″x10″”

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1962 Photo of Bob Pearsall Motors Promoting Hatari

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE:  This post originated with an 8×10 glossy photo at the very bottom. Now, there is a small photo (from a personal camera?) version of the same photo for sale on eBay. It almost seems a reprint? 

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“Good vintage condition; some corner and edge wear, 3.5″ X 3.5″ and 4.5″ X 3, glossy. Please see the photos for more details. Smoke free home.”

Compare this vintage photo with the larger one at the bottom. Coincidence that they look the same?
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I thought I’ve also seen this image around as well, but I can’t find another example at the moment.

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Original Post March 2, 2020: Since I posted this, Barney has determined that this is likely a 1963 Tux Park III CJ-5. He reports the following:

“I went to my library and W-1155 particulars for the Mk III show it CJ5 only. The one for the Mk IV printed in 1964 W-1175 show availability as a 5a and 6a.”

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“Here’s a classic & very scarce 8″ tall by 10” wide B&W glossy photo from a Chattanooga, Tennessee Jeep dealer advertising the John Wayne movie “Hatari” back in 1962 -Photo features a real photo image of a man (presumably a local radio DJ from WKDA radio named Eddie Kilroy) dressed in safari gear with a pith helmet and rifle seated in an open jeep with signs all over the outside of the vehicle reading: “See and Drive the new Jeep Tornado OHC Powered Bob Pearsall Motors”… “Kilroy is Here! to see Hatari! Starring John Wayne NOW Tennessee Theatre.”… “See and Drive the new Tornado OHC Powered Jeep at Bob Pearsall Motors”… “I’m Eddie Kilroy the great game player from WKDA 1240 on the dial. Follow me to Hatari! at the beautiful Tennessee Theatre”… “See Hatari! Tennessee Theatre. See Jeep Vehicles in Action! Bob Pearsall Motors”

The vehicle is parked in a downtown lot with other billboard signs all around too-The photo has some wear with a minor center crease, but still a neat dual collectible item that will display nicely! How many of these throwaway items survived? This is an ORIGINAL item, NOT A REPRODUCTION item!

 
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Undated Slat Grille Photo on eBay

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Here’s a 7″x9″ photo that includes a Slat Grille MB.

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“WWI
Army
Willys Jeep
Springfield Rifle
Photo #1
Size: 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
Condition: Good condition”

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Tucson’s CJ-5 Garbage Jeep

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In 1963, the city of Tucson, Arizona, was looking to save money on garbage costs. That summer an experiment was tried whereby a CJ-5 towing three garbage trailers was used to cut garbage transportation costs. I could not find any information on how long the experiment lasted.

This first photo showing the jeep, trailers and how a trailer was dumped into a larger truck, was published in the Tucson Citizen May 24, 1963:

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This article from May 22, 1963, published in the Arizona Daily Star, provides more information on the experiment:

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1941 Article Shows Jeep Backing Up City Hall Steps

The Argus-Leader out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, published this photo on November 28, 1941, showing a Ford GP backing up Sioux Falls’ City Hall steps. It includes another “75mph” claim.

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1941 Article: 1300 Miles in a Jeep

It sounds like this report and soldier had a very uncomfortable ride in the “roman rack”. I am a bit surprised that the jeep garnered so many laughs. Note the BRC-40 in the top pic. The article appeared in The Morning Call, out of Paterson, New Jersey, November 22, 1941.

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1941 Photos — Those Incredible Jeeps Can Float!

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

UPDATE: Here’s another floating jeep article that seems appropriate to add to this post. It appeared in the March 17, 1941, issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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These two photos appeared in the August 10, 1941, issue of the Salt Lake Tribune. The jeep pictured is a Ford GP.  There should be one or more press photos on eWillys, but I will have to combine them when I have more time.

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Barney Goodwin’s 1963 DJ-3A

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features, Old Images

This 1971 photo shows Barney Goodwin in his 1963 DJ-3A. No doubt he was the coolest kid at his Houston, Texas, High School!

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4 Photos of Willys MA and 1st Armored Division on eBay

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

No dates provided on this series of four photos that feature a Willys MA. This basic description describes them all:

Offered is an original WWII time period photograph. It belonged Lt. Salvador Joseph Cuttitta who was enlisted with the 6th Armored Infantry and trained with 1st Armored Division. He was then transferred to serve with the 5th Armored Division. There is some tape on the corners as seen. Picture measures approximately 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ inches.

  1. Photo 1 of Willys MA:
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  2. Photo 2 of Willys MA:
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  3. Photo 3 of Willys MA:
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  4. Photo 4 of Willys MA:
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Photos of Modified Jeep with Wood Body on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Wood bodies

These two photos shows a CJ-2A with a modified body made of wood. While there are several similar “woodie” bodies (see all wood-related bodies here), the photos below appear to show a unique build.

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“Two original photographs of Woody automobile. The engine hood reads – Willy. I believe these were mock up advertising photos. The upper photo is mounted from the back – see photo. The lower photo is glued to the board. Photos measure 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches. Mounting board is 8 x 10 inches. Please ask questions.”

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1947 Photo of Young Boy in Good Humor Toy Jeep

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Blaine spotted this 1947 adorable photo of Lance Borman that’s located at the Smithsonian Institution. It shows Lance in a Good Humor Ice Cream-themed toy jeep.

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“Lance Borman / Baby Parade / Lake Mohawk [ink on verso)] [photoprint], July 1947
Photograph of child, wearing Good Humor unifrom and cap, in toy truck with “Good Humors” [sic] ice cream sign. Photographer unidentified. Lake Mohawk, New Jersey?
In Box 1, folder 6.
Silver gelatin on paper, 10 x 8″.
Local Numbers: AC0451-000003.tif (AC scan no.)

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October 1941 Article About Jeeps as Anti-Tank Solution

This article was published in the October 26, 1941, issue of the Birmingham News.

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1941 Photo of Ford GP near Holabird on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Another version of this photo and caption are on eBay.

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“1941 Press Photo Colonel Herbert Lawes & the Duke of Kent ride a jeep in MD camp. This is an original press photo. George. Duke of Kent. The Duke of Kent, youngest brother of King George VI, inspected defense facilities in the Baltimore and Camp Holabird, Maryland area today. He toured the Glenn L. Martin airplane plant which is making millions of dollars worth of aircraft for the Royal Air Force, and later inspected Canadian troops at Camp Holabird transport school. Photo shows left to right: seated in an Army reconnaissance car: Colonel Herbert Lawes, Commanding Officer of Camp Holabird, Maryland, United States Army Quartermaster Depot.; Duke of Kent. Photo measures 8.5 x 6.75 inches. Photo is dated 8-26-1941.”

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The press photo was published in several newspapers, including the Charlotte Observer on August 29, 1941.

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Originally Posted 12/16/2019: The Duke of Kent got a ride in a Ford GP as part of his visit to Baltimore, Maryland.

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“1941 Press Photo Colonel Herbert Lawes shows The Duke of Kent an Army Jeep in MD. This is an original press photo. George … Duke of Kent. The above soundphoto, transmitted to San Francisco, shows The Duke of Kent, youngest brother of King George VI, when he toured Glenn L. Martin airplane plant at Baltimore, Maryland, and Camp Holabird, Maryland, during inspection of defense facilities in this area. Shown inspecting Army reconnaissance car “Jeep” – near Camp Holabird transport school. Left to right, Colonel Herbert Lawes, Commanding officer of Camp Holabird and the Duke of Kent.Photo measures 9.75 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 8-26-1941.”

 
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1941 Full-Page Look at the “Leaping Jeep”

This full page article published July 22, 1941, in Baltimore’s Evening Sun includes photos of Bantam BRC-60s and Ford GPs.

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1941 Full-Page Article on the Jeep

This is a second full-page article on the jeep, this time with two large photos in the May 04, 1941, issue of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.

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Article and Photos of the Bantam T2E1

UPDATE: This article from August 28, 1941, published in the Daily News (New York City), describes the Bantam BRC-40 T2E1. This is the second generation of of the T2E1, (reportedly, the first generation of the T2E1 had a the full body, which itself was a derivation of the T2, an anti-tank jeep that had the gun between the seats; however, there apparently is some debate on how to define the versions).

Also mentioned below is the Ford Swamp Angel. I’ll have more info on that in an upcoming post.

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This is a T2E1 from an angle I’ve never seen. It was published yesterday on the Quest Masters Museum Facebook page:

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Originally published May 31, 2020:

An article from 1941 appears to describe the T2E1 Bantams shown in photos below (a few more photos here also).  The article describes the rifles as 47mm, while the photo captions correctly describe the rifle as a 37mm. Perhaps the difference is that the article was written in July, while the photos were taken late in August? So, maybe, 47mm rifles might have been initially considered? (47mm anti-tank guns were developed by France as early as 1931)

This article was published July 21, 1941, in the Lansing State Journal out of Michigan:

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#1 Originally posted 01/31/2014:

This is likely a reprint, but still a good photo of the Bantam BRC-40 T2E1.

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#2 Posted August of 2018:

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1941 Photo of Bantam at DC Steps **SOLD**

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

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay. This photo was floating one of the Facebook groups, but didn’t include the caption, which describes the passengers. This was originally published here Dec 23, 2014. 

The question of the license plate came up on Facebook (as in, why does it have a license plate), while the question of “giant jeep” came up in a previous post on eWillys. The thing that’s been a head scratcher for me is that this jeep is carrying three grown men in the front, with space between the driver and the two passengers.

What is for certain is that in May 1941 Charles Payne (exec assistant to Bantam President Frank Fenn), was in Washington to promote Bantam’s efforts (see newspaper article at the bottom of this post). 

So, thinking out loud, is it possible that the below verbiage is true, that Bantam made a “giant” or larger jeep to promote its effort to obtain a contract? It would explain why it has dealer plates (as it wasn’t owned by the military). Here’s a comparison with another face-front Bantam:

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Photo on the left is a press photo with a standard Bantam BRC-40. The one on the right is the press photo with Congress men and Bantam Rep Charles Payne.

The angle of the jeep on the right going up the steps makes it appear a little larger, so that’s not helpful. One unusual aspect is that it seems to sit taller, with a greater distance between the tires and the front fenders; yet, the spring shacks still have more play in them than the photo on the left. However, all this could be the effect of being on the stairs with six people piled in it.

The license plate, unless enlarged, suggests that the jeep on the left is not giant, but rather a standard sized jeep. Therefore, my suspicion is that this isn’t a larger jeep. So, why the “giant jeep” comment was used by the reporter is still a mystery to me. Thoughts?

From the original eBay ad: “A Vintage1941 Original Photo depicting a Giant Jeep carrying politicians in Washington D.C. The vehicle was made by the makers of the U.S. Army’s newest midget to promote their new vehicle to the suits in Washington. The small four-wheel drive utility vehicles would become an icon of World War II. Original press stamp and caption with a MAY 25 1941 stamp date are on the verso.”

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This photo was published in the May 26, 1941, issue of the Star Tribune out of Minneapolis, Minnesota:

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This article from May 04, 1941, published in the Dayton Daily News (Ohio) provides additional information on Charles Payne’s visit, but doesn’t elaborate on the “Giant Jeep”, which may have been an Associate Press reporter creation:

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1962? Chicago Fire Department Parade Clown FC-170

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This photo was floating around Facebook. It shows a Chicago Fire Department FC-170 dressed up as a clown carrier. Anyone know where the photo originated (the FB poster didn’t know). He did have a date of 12/5/1962.

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1941 Article with Ford GP

This photo and article featuring a Ford GP was published June 09, 1941, in the Democrat and Chronicle out of Rochester, New York. It highlighted Major Harry Miller’s jeep modification, which added a 37MM gun to the rear of the vehicle.

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Originally posted February 07, 2015:  This post emphasized the Camp Lewis connection.

This June 9, 1941, article from the Spokane Daily Chronicle notes the Ford GP belongs to a Fort Lewis unit visiting California for maneuvers.

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Shriner Jeep Patrols

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Here are a couple 1960s photos of the Shriner Mini Jeep Patrols. These jeep patrols and shiners in all kinds of mini-vehicles still ply the parade routes (This Facebook group includes modern photos and videos of them).

This first photo is from May 12, 1963, and published in the Marshall News Messenger (Marshall, Texas):

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This second photo was published in the Tyler Morning Telegraph (Tyler, Texas) on December 07, 1963:

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And here’s a 2007 video of them in action:

 
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1950s Photos of Shriners in WWII Jeeps

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This article shows a similarly painted WWII jeep, with a “Wrecking Crew” aboard, as the one below. The article is from the April 20, 1950, issue of the Daily Times out of Salisbury, Maryland:

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Originally Published July 22, 2018:

“1966 Press Photo Shriners Ride in Jeep Parade 1960s Downtown Seattle Washington”

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1948 Photo of MB/GPW at Cape Hattaras

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This photo was taken August 8, 1948, at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It was posted to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Facebook page. According to the post, “On August 8, 1948 flags flew from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, as the United States Coast Guard celebrated the 158th anniversary of its founding. Governor R. Gregg Cherry flew in by helicopter and spoke at the celebration, which also included Coast Guard apparatus demonstrations and a mammoth fish fry.”

The jeep looks to be an MB or GPW with a custom top accented by sliding doors. It’s a pretty nice setup.

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1946 Photo of Jeep and New T28 Tank on eBay

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I suppose the jeep is included in this press photo for size reference purposes?

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“1946 Press Photo T28 Army Tank and Military Jeep in Aberdeen, Maryland. This is an original press photo. 100-Ton Tank Unveiled by Army – Aberdeen, Maryland – Jeep is dwarfed by new superheavy T28 tank, one of the new Army weapons showed for the first time at the 28th annual meeting of the Army Ordnance Association before 6,000 industrialists. The tank, said to be the biggest vehicle ever built for the Army, weighs nearly 100-tons and carries a 105mm gun.Photo measures 7 x 10inches. Photo is dated 10-03-1946.”

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1942 Photo of Jeep Stuck in Sand on eBay

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UPDATE: Barney Goodwin wanted to note that jeeps get stuck in duck ponds, too…

He writes, “While in the Navy in Stockton, I bought this 43 GPW from a farmer up in Anderson CA. After a paint using the local USMS detachment’s supply, we did a mechanical refresh, rollbar, and some stuff and took it our to test it at the base duck pond which I managed.

Got stuck in the marsh near it and had to pull it out with a friend’s M151. Fun times! Happy New Year!”

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Yep, apparently this soldier learned the hard way that jeeps can get stuck in sand.

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“ORIGINAL WWII PHOTO – ORIGINAL TO THE TIME – NOT A COPY, SCAN, OR REPRO

QUANTITY: 1 – See the other original WWI & WWII photos that I have listed.
ITEM: Original WWII photo of US Army JEEP in DESERT SAND at Ordnance Desert Proving Ground, Camp Seeley, California, 1942. Photo was taken by GI named D. W. Bonachevski who was stationed at Camp Seeley.

SORRY. I WILL NOT SELL OR SHIP THIS ITEM TO RUSSIA, AFRICA, OR SOUTH AMERICA DUE TO PROBLEMS WITH POSTAL SYSTEMS.
DATE: WWII – photo does not glow under a black light.
SIZE: 3.75″ x 4.75″
CONDITION: Very Good; see scans.
BACK: Has descriptive note written in pencil; See last scan..

SOURCE: From the archives of the World War History & Art Museum (WWHAM) in Alliance, Ohio. WWHAM designs and delivers WWI and WWII exhibits to other museums. Our traveling exhibits include Brushes With War, a world class collection of 325 original paintings and drawings by soldiers of WWI, and Iron Fist, an HO scale model of the German 2nd Panzer Division in 1944 with 4,000 vehicles and 15,000 men.”