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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

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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

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

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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1941 Photo of Burma Comfort Women on eBay

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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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1941 Photo of Ford GP at Fort Bliss on ebay

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Another Ford GP test at Fort Bliss.

“1941- U.S. 1st Cavalry Division troops during test drive in Ford-built Bantam Jeep reconnaissance car at Fort Bliss. ”

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1941 Photos of Floating Jeep on eBay

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You get two photos as part of this auction.

“This is an original press photo. An interesting method of fording an unformable stream is demonstrated in these picture by the men of the Fourth Division motorized at Upatoi Creek near Fort Benning. The quarter ton reconnaissance carps “jeeps” are literally floated across the stream as shown here. At the top, the jeep is backed onto a square of canvas, part of which rests on the surface of the water. The canvas is then pulled up and tied just as you would wrap a package and the jeep is tied up in canvas, which also contains water, then the machine, which weighs slightly more than one ton empty, then displaces enough water to float. It is then pushed across the stream and is ready for another go at the enemy. Photo measures 8 x 10.25 inches. Photo is dated 7-15-1941.”

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1944 Photo of Jeep at “Achtung” Sign on eBay

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I’m not sure how the reporter knew the sign was erected by New Zealanders?

“This is an original press photo. New Zealanders, who probably got their information from a close contest with Nazi Bullets, erected his sign which temporarily halts an American Jeep on famed Highway “6” which leads to Rome. “Achtung” is the German word for “attention” and the warning it headlines is situated a few miles from where the Rapido River crosses the highway south of Cassino. Photo measures 8.25 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 3-18-1944.”

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1943 Photo of Jeep on Rails on eBay

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This jeep includes a trailer on rails.

“This is an original press photo. The jeep takes on cargo at the loading platform in an air depot. The jeep has only one small trailer. In jeep is Sgt. D. Kelly, of Betava N.Y. Private Ed L. Ward of Kenton Ohio, directs from the platform, while Pvt. Henry Martion of Great Falls, Mont. is in the truck on platform. Sgt. M. J. Bacciarina from Merced California stands at rear of trailer.Photo measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 8-20-1943.”

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UPDATE: Operation Pineapple — the 1955 44,000 Mile Trip

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

UPDATE: The world can be such an amazing place sometimes. Last night we got to spend time with Hugo Vidal and his son Fernando. Hugo’s memories of his 1955 trip are very clear, enough so that he’s writing a book about the adventure. His book begins with Operation Pineapple and will end with Alaska Or Rust. 

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Hugo was enjoying looking through the Willys News periodicals from the mid 1950s. He recognized some of people in them.

Originally posted June 23, 2015: The CJ-3B page does a good job covering the history of Operation Pineapple, a 1955 trip by three Sao Paulo Boy Scouts: Hugo Vidal, Charles Downey, and Jan Stekly. You can read everything about it here: http://cj3b.info/Finds/FindsPineapple.html. The Allpar site has additional information and a later photo of Hugo: http://www.allpar.com/racing/road-rally/operation-pineapple.html

Adding to those links, I have found a couple additional photos and more information about the trip. The first photo was published in the September 1955 issue of Willys News:

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Note the missing tire on the spare rim. Hugo says they went through eleven tires. During their trip they had no mechanical issues.

California’s Lodi News-Sentinel published a story about the last leg of their trip on January 18, 1956.

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Wagon Photo from the Grunwald Center

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Steve passed along this interesting photo of Willys wagon printed in a Summer 2017 periodical. The text seems to be unrelated to the photo and offers not information about it.

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1956 Photo of Jack Moore

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Jack’s son-in-law David Watson shared this photo of Jack when he was Staff Sergeant Jack L. Moore, USAF, pulling guard duty with his M-38 jeep, M-1 carbine and .45 pistol. The photo was taken at Aviano Air Base, Italy, circa 1956. Jack was a member of the 614th Fighter Squadron, a F-84 unit, at the time. Jack’s not 85 and doing well!

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1946 Photo Camping Out For Jeeps

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This June 1946 photo depicts two soldiers looking to buy a surplus  jeeps.

“Original press photo from June 1946 depicts veterans waiting in line at the war assets administration building to purchase one of the 1500 used jeeps that went on sale.”

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1941 Photo of Ford GP w/ Edsel Ford

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UPDATE: The original press photo that appeared in the newspaper at the bottom of this post is now on eBay.

“1941- Edsel Ford, in rear seat, and Brig. Gen. Charles Bonesteel go for a ride in the first Ford GP prototype jeep delivered to the U.S. Army after it rolled off the assembly line at the Ford River Rouge factory in Dearborn, Michigan. Photo measures approx. 7″ x 9″”

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Original posted 06/30/2016:
This photo and caption were published in the March 7, 1941, issue of the Owosso Argus Press. No article accompanied it.

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More Pics From Charles

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I think these are from Korea?

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