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1944 Photo of Jeeps in France on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Which direction do you go when you see a sign like “Mines”?

“1944- U.S. soldiers in jeeps make a detour in a street of Coutances, France, mined by retreating Germans. Behind the “Mines” marker is a knocked out Stuart light tank.”

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1942 Photo Troops Floating Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Another image of troops practicing the floating of a jeep.

“1942- U.S. troops moving a jeep across river by wrapping the lower part in waterproof canvas and floating it through the water.”

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1942 Photo of Fort Story Maneuvers on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

At least a couple of these are Slats. The photo is dated April 22, 1942.

“This is an original press photo. A unit of sand eating jeeps’ climb over the sand dunes at Fort Story during maneuvers developing drivers and men in the operation of these vehicles in deep sand. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 4-22-1942.”

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1944 Photo of Bantam BRC-60 on eBay

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

UPDATE: The same photo with the same caption, but dated slightly different, is for sale on eBay. The earlier one sold in March of 2016 (seen at bottom of post).

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(03/13/2016 original post) “1944- U.S. Army’s Bantam BRC 60 reconnaissance car on display in the Smithsonian Institute. Note: Still on display at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.”

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“Last Jeep” Pic From Facebook

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Mike shared this pic off of Facebook. It looks to be a GPW. The message indicates this is #93389, but there were 277,000 built? Can some interpret this one for me please?

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Monroe Hydraulic Lift Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Old Images

This is a nice, difficult to find brochure.

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1943 Photo of Nurses in Adak, Alaska on eBay

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Adak Island is part of the Adreanof Islands, roughly 1300 miles southwest of Fairbanks.

“1943- U.S. Navy nurses climb into a jeep to go on a sightseeing trip through the mountains in Adak, Alaska.”

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1945 Photo of Jeep on Rails on ebay

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I don’t think I’ve seen this one published anywhere.

“Original WWII press photo of American GIs using Jeep fitted with railroad wheels as a locomotive to pull supply train on Luzon, Philippines, 1/25/1945.”

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Women Workers at the Willys Overland Plant

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Mike came across this photo on Facebook. I am so happy I don’t have to build jeeps in a dress and heels!

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1945 Photo of Jeep Crossing Bridge on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Some interesting history here.

“This is an original press photo. Thanks To The Fifth Division Germany–In the wake of the Fifth Division advance into Germany, a jeep crosses a Bailey Bridge, spanning the Sube River, marked with a hand lettered sign informing all who pass that they do so through the courtesy of the Fifth Division. A Military Policeman stands to one side as the jeep heads for Germany. Photo measures 8 x 6.25 inches. Photo is dated 02-28-1945.”

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1942 Photo of Jeep Descending Dune on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

The caption refers to the vehicle as a ‘Jeep’ car.

“This is an original press photo. Down a 160 foot incline on the sand dunes at Cape Henry, a ‘jeep’ car from Fort Story makes the descent with ease during maneuvers training drivers to handle these vehicles over all types of terrain. Should American Soldiers see service in desert lands the training these men receive will be of great value.Photo measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 4-22-1942.”

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Photo of M-38A1s Ready for Airdrops

• CATEGORIES: Features, M-38A1, Old Images

Charles shared this cool photo of M-38A1s readied for airdrops that was posted to http://www.vintagemilitarytrucks.com/M38A1-Willys-Jeep_airdrop-2_warehouse.jpg

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1980 Overdrive Article from Pickup, Van & 4WD Mag

• CATEGORIES: Features, OD Other, OD Borg Warner/Rancho, OD Saturn/Warn, Old Images
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The Sierra Overdrive was designed to mount to a Dana 20.

In November of 1980, Pickup, Van & 4WD Magazine published this article on overdrives, which includes several I hadn’t heard about. This series of article images comes from Christian Harrison (and thanks to Marty Tilford for spotting it). The scans aren’t perfect, but are mostly readable. You can find a similar article at the Four Wheeler Network.

Particularly interesting to me is the Dana 20-mounted Sierra Overdrive. Willie Worthy of Four Wheeler was involved in the development of it, but noted that a lack of capital doomed it.

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1942 Photo of Cammo’d Jeep on eBay

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Must be an early jeep given the solid rims.

“1942- Camouflaged Willys Jeep fitted with a Browning M1917 machine gun crossing a jungle stream.”

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1942 Photo of Beep/Blitz Buggy

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This June 2, 1942, photo published in Australia of a jeep gliding on a cable has been shown elsewhere, but I like the caption. The paper calls it a Beep, a Blitz Buggy, and the diminutive of the jeep (meaning it isn’t the jeep), which was also called a command car. Basically, as of that time, the name was still being figured out.

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1941 “Blitz Buggy” Article

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

This article showing the front of a Ford GP appeared in the October 15, 1941, issue of the Criag Empire Courier out of Colorado.

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Photo of Slat Grille Driving onto Plane on eBay

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Neat press photo that suggests this is a no-glove box slat grille.

“US AIR BORNE TROOPS PRACTICE WITH SCOUT CAR & AIRPLANE
appx size :6 1/2″ x 5 1/4″.”

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1963 Photo of CJ-3B and Sprayer on eBay

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Interesting sprayer setup.

“1963 Press Photo Poison for fire ants poured into sprayer attached to a Jeep.

This is an original press photo. Poison for fire ants poured into sprayer attached to a Jeep. Photo measures 8 x 10 inches. Photo is dated 01-06-1963.”

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King Farouk of Egypt and Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

A 1952 article in the Toledo Blade shared the news that King Farouk had purchased 12 specially-built jeeps with red leather seats, white metal wheels, and other unique features.

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Unfortunately, I cannot locate any photos for these 12 jeeps. I was able to find find this photo that shows Faourk riding in what appears to be a 1946ish CJ-2A.

Farouk collected a wide variety of cars, according to prewarcar.com. The lineup shown below are just a few of his cars and include a WWII jeep.

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Just a carguy has a few pics of Farouk’s cars, too: http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-farouk-car-collection.html

 
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1944 Photo of MacArthur in Jeep on eBay

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Nice shot of MacArthur.

“1944- General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander of the Pacific, in his four-star jeep on a visit of his troops in a forward area in New Guinea on his birthday. General Robert Eichelberger is driving the jeep and his acting aide Colonel Lloyd Kehrbas is in back.”

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1950 Press Photo of Jeep Convoy in Korea on eBay

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Nice to see more of these Korean War jeep photos emerging on eBay.

“1950 Press Photo Marine First Division jeep convoy forms after landing. This is an original press photo. South Korea: (exclusive) Jeep convoy of Marine First Division forms at South Korea port shortly after landing, for movement to front line action. Photo measures 8.5 x 6.75 inches. Photo is dated 08-05-1950”

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1945 Classic Early Photo of CJ-2A on eBay

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I wonder just how many versions of this press photo are out there?

“This is an original press photo. The Postwar Jeep, especially adapted for peacetime work, combines the four basic functions of tractor, light truck, mobile power unit and passenger conveyance. Photo shows the new Jeep, just unveiled to the public by Willys Overland Motors, operating a threshing machine. Among the many and various farm applications of this modern vehicle are: plowing, disking, raking, baling, shelling and grinding corn, operating manure spreader, filling silo and sawing wood. Photo measures 5 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 1-11-1946.”

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1946 Photo of Fitting Hardtops in Japan

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

I think I’ve run across one of these tops on a jeep. It had doors like the one the man on the right is carrying. I haven’t been able to relocate it, but it’s on a jeep that’s currently for sale on Craigslist on the West Coast.

“This is an original press photo. Instead of manufacturing cargo planes for Japanese use, this assembly line is making US Jeeps fit for winter use. Japanese stocks of aluminum, plexiglass, rivets, iron rods and fabric are being fitted to jeep use. Photo measures 9.25 x 7 inches. Photo is dated 2-6-1946.”

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1941 Photo of Burma Comfort Women on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This photo makes it clear that the US was aware of the use of Chinese as “Comfort Women” early on in the war.

“1941 Press Photo Burma Cpl L Gallagher of Britain with prisoners in his jeep. This is an original press photo. Burma With prisoners captured by British and Indian troops in south east Asia Command in Burma’s Wenwegon area along Toungoo Pegu road were Chinese girls taken into captivity at Canton and forced to act as comfort corps to Japanese soldiers.”

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1943 Photo of Santa in a Jeep on eBay

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Christmas isn’t all that far away!

“1943 Press Photo Santa Claus Tracked Down Bouncing Along Mountain Trail in Jeep.
This is an original press photo. A Camp Carson scouting party on Christmas reconnaissance, tracked down Santa Claus, bouncing along a mountain trail using a jeep instead of good, old “Bunder,” “Blitzen,” and the rest of his traditional outfit. He told the soldiers that he was taking his new rig on a “shakedown cruise” and fount it would do the job very well. Santa forecasted a big Christmas for everybody—especially the boys at Camp Carson. Photo measures 7 x 9 inches. Photo is dated 12-21-1943.”

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