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Portal To Texas History Jeeps

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Here’s a series of jeep photos from the Portal To Texas History website. There are many, many more: https://texashistory.unt.edu/search/?q=jeep&t=fulltext&sort=&fq=

This is my favorite of the bunch: An M-38A1 with a Schooner-like soft top:

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CREDIT: https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth33411/ Man standing in uniform next to jeep advertising the Sheraton Terrace Motor Hotel, 1201 S Congress Ave.

Some interesting mods on this jeep.

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CREDIT: https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth476250/ .. Photograph of Capt. John M. McAfoos, T/5 Paul Severino, and two unidentified soldiers sitting in a Jeep somewhere in France. Buildings are visible in the background.

This photo is dated 1945, but it’s clearly a 1950s photo based on the grille.

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CREDIT: https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth586886/ .. Photograph of a group of men looking at a Jeep in a field. Trees and buildings are visible in the background. … there is a second photo in this series that better shows the plaque on the side of the truck’s cowl.

One of the few CJ-2A images in the collection.

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CREDIT: https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth74048/ .. Photograph of a man in a jeep in a ranch yard. A small wooden structure and a gated wooden fence are behind him. The photographer’s shadow is visible against the front wheel of the vehicle.

The only Ford GP I’ve run across in the photo collection.

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CREDIT: https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth436897/ .. Photograph of five soldiers, including Alphonse DeSanto, Charles Kozak, Andrew Horn, and Robert French, standing around another soldier seated in a Jeep. Buildings are visible in the background.

 
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1954 Photo of a 106mm gun on M-38 on eBay

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I thought these were only used on the M-38A1s. I’m surprised they were testing this on an M-38 as late as 1954. But, perhaps that was just the photo’s release date and not the date of the photo.

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“1954 Press Photo US soldiers fire rifle on a jeep at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. This is an original press photo. Guns – Artillery. Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. The Army’s new battalion (BAT) 106 MM. recoilless rifle is mounted on a jeep and fired during a demonstration at the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Grounds. The rifle has greater range and destructive power than any other weapon now available on the battalion level.Photo measures 10 x 8.25inches. Photo is dated 10-12-1954.”

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1950 Photo of Jeeps at Kumho River in Korea on eBay

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By the covers on the jeeps and the rain gear, it looks kind of wet!

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“1950 Press Photo US military jeeps lined up to ferry across river in Korea. This is an original press photo. Korea – War – General – A long line of jeeps waiting to be ferried across the Kumjo-gang River cause a traffic jam on the way to the front in Korea Photo measures 8 x 10.5 inches. Photo is dated 09-16-1950.”

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1945 Photo of Modified Jeep

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This press photo and caption was posted to Facebook.

“THIS IS A “TWEEP”
MAJURO– This combination truck and jeep was constructed by Seabees fo materials salvaged from six abandoned jeeps. With a wheelbase one-half times longer than the standard jeep, the “Tweep” accommodates eight person and gear, carries gas in its fenders. Red Cross Field Director Robert De Lawny, Spring Lane, Ithaca, NY , Stands by the Vehicle.
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1944 France Modified Jeep

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This image of a modified jeep is part of the “Portal to Texas History” digital collection.

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth476250/m1/1/?q=%20date:1940-1960

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Reference: [Soldiers on Jeep], photograph, 1944;(https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth476250/m1/2/?q=%20date:1940-1960: accessed February 7, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum.

 
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1942 Photo of Jeeps in New Guinea on eBay

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UPDATE: A second version of this press photo out of New Guinea is on eBay.

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“1942 Press Photo US jeeps driving through New Guinea jungle during World War II. This is an original press photo. World War II – New Guinea – Dispensing with recognized traffic rules, American “peeps” wind their way single file through this New Guinea jungle. Yesterday Japanese troops were in headlong retreat through New Guinea’s Papuan Peninsula with Americans and Australians in grim pursuit. Photo measures 7 x 7.5 inches. Photo is dated 11-15-1942.”

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From June 5, 2017:

“1942 PRESS PHOTO WWII American Army Jeep Convoy Jungles of New Guinea 5757 Measures 6.5 X 8 inches”

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1943 Photo “Just Married?” Jeep Being Towed

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This will surely delay the honeymoon! These images are from the “Portal to Texas History” digital collection.

1. https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth688891

“Photograph of a newly wed officer and his bride being towed away in their jeep by a wrecker. A sign on the back of the jeep says, “Just Married?””

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2. https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth689737/

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1951 Photo of Jeep Stuck in Korean Mud on eBay

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Mud’s a pain, but better than freezing temps that soldiers had to deal with during the winters.

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“1951 Press Photo U.S. Army Jeep is maneuvered through deep mud in Korea. This is an original press photo. An Army Jeep is maneuvered through deep mud, during recent operations in Korea. Photo measures 10.25 x 8 inches. Photo is dated 05-01-1951.”

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1943 Photo of Jeep on Amchitka Island on eBay

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This driver was having some fun.

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“1943 Press Photo US soldier drives jeep through standing water on Amchitka, WWII. This is an original press photo. Amchitka Island – Aleutians – An unidentified Yank spurs his jeep through soupy goo, the result of spring thaws, which blankets newly constructed “road” through Uncle Sam’s new Amchitka Island base in the Aleutians Photo measures 9.25 x 6.5 inches. Photo is dated 06-02-1943.”

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1942 Photo of Marines Landing on eBay

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No indication as to which island. It could be the Eastern Solomons.

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“1942 Press Photo Marines and Jeeps land Ashore from United States Landing Barges. This is an original press photo. …up on the beach and the marines have landed. Bottom left, a seagoing tank plows its way through the jungle. Bottom right, more marines pour ashore from landing barges bringing with them jeeps and other equipment to reinforce the beach head. They quickly overcame opposition offered by the Japanese on island. Photo measures 6.75 x 6 inches. Photo is dated 09-01-1942.”

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1953 Photo of M-38s w/Plows in Germany on eBay

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Neat photo. This is for the photo and not the negative.

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“Here I have an 8 x 10 inch
Black and white photograph
From Original negative
2 Jeeps with Plow Blades
PIRMASENS, GERMANY”

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1943 Article Of Jeep Purchase By School Kids

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Seattle’s St. Joseph Boy’s School and St. Joseph’s Academy worked together to buy a $900 jeep for the military.

https://washingtondigitalnewspapers.org/?a=d&d=CATHNWP19430115.2.20

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“A JEEP, valued at $900, was a gift to Uncle Sam, from students of St. Joseph’s Academy and St. Joseph’s Boys’ school. War stamps and bonds purchased by the boys and girls at their own school booths within a two-week period paid for the jeep. Purchasers wore tags, the girls bearing the likeness of General MacArthur and the inscription: “He’s Fighting—l’m Buying,” and the boys’ tags bore a gold V and distinguished star of various colors.

Bond buyers pictured from left to right with the jeep in front of the academy, are: Sergeant Dauer, Theresa Gamache, Lorraine Brule, Mary Ellen Chott, John Kerkem, William Himmelsbach and Patricia. Others were Francis Rooney, Claude Clifford, Laon Deymonaz, William Bischoff, Willetta Hofmeister, Donald Brule and nd Donna Gamache.”

 
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1942 Article About Holy Names Academy Buying Jeep

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This November 20, 1942, article from the Catholic Northwest Progress Newspaper highlights the Holy Names Academy’s Girls School’s efforts to purchase a jeep for the Army.

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https://washingtondigitalnewspapers.org/?a=d&d=CATHNWP19421120.2.95

Holy Names Académy Girls Buy Jeep for U. 5. Army

RIDING In the jeep which had been sent to Holy Names Academy through the courtesy of the War Department, the members of the Student Council celebrated a major event in the Schools at War Program which has been carried on at Holy Names since September. During one week the pupils of the school contributed $1040 In savings bonds and stamps to the War Savings Staff, the “buying” of a jeep for the army being the goal of their efforts.

Making a serious effort to co-operate with the Treasury Department to save, serve and conserve, the girls have entered upon all three avenues of action. A recent questionnaire revealed the types of service being rendered: Clerical service, messenger service for local civilian defense, assisting in the unification and harvesting of crops, studying, first aid, roiling bandages, making of kits, and the collection of books and magazines for recreation centers.

The Christmas project at Holy Names this year is the preparing of boxes for army chaplains. containing religious articles for use in their work. Besides these helpful articles, a chaplain will also receive a spiritual bouquet which the girls are preparing during these preceding weeks.”

 
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1950 Photo of “Bringing Up Father”

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The December 22, 1950, issue of the Catholic Northwest Progress reported that Father (Major) Lawrence E. Ryan’s jeep was named “Bringing Up Father”.

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Chaplain’s Jeep Has Perfect Name

HAMHUNG, North Korea—Father (Major) Lawrence E. Ryan of Troy, N.Y.. (right), chaplain attached to the U.S. Third Infantry Division. could not have found a more appropriate title for his jeep. Here Father Ryan is shown talking to Pfc. Pedro Marti Arguinzone of Cavey, Puerto Rico, while using the jeep’s hood for a desk—(Religions News Service Photo.)”

 
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1950 Photos of Austin Champ Tests on eBay

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UPDATE: There are now several photos on eBay that were taken during the testing of the Austin Champ.

1. Photo of prototype Champ from the passenger side

“Motor car jeep. Size of photo 8″ x 10.3”

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2. Photo of an Austin Champ prototype from the front.

“Motor car jeep. Size of photo 8.1″ x 10.2″ 1950-07-26”

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1954 “In Uruguay” Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Still Available.

(004/09/2019) This two-page ad is supposed to be from a 1954 magazine. The seller does not provide the magazine or specific issue date.

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1943 Buenos Aires Motor Magazine

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The June 1943 issue of Motor Magazine out of Buenos Aires, Argentina, featured this introduction to the jeep on its front page. I snagged this copy off of eBay in December and it finally arrived. The 24-page magazine printed on newspaper covers a wide range of automotive subjects, most far above my rudimentary Spanish. I’m pretty surprised any of these survived!

Here are the first two pages (the only two that included the jeep as far as I could tell):

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Also included in the magazine was this ad(?) featuring a jeep.

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1951 Photo of Jeep Tests in Chesapeake Bay on eBay

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That had to have been a cold drive in January!

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“1951 Press Photo Soldiers drive amphibious jeep in Chesapeake Bay near Virginia.This is an original press photo. Amphibians – US – A Marine drives an amphibious jeep in Chesapeake Bay, off Little Creek, Virginia, during training exercises. According to the Navy, jeeps such as this will operate with only the driver’s head above the surface. The curved tube attached to the windshield is the exhaust pipe. Straight tube is the air intakePhoto measures 8.25 x 6.5inches. Photo is dated 01-17-1951.”

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1962 Photo of Jeeping in the Dunes of Padre Island on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old Images Jeeping

The seller of this June 18, 1962, photo claims this was South Padre Island, but the original script on the back of the photo labels it Padre island, which is north of South Padre (I know, that location may seem obvious). According to Wikipedia, South Padre was closed until 1962, which makes it more likely that this is Padre and not South Padre. That said, I’m no expert on this region.

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“1962 Press Photo Jeep “Off Roading” on South Padre Island Sand Dunes, Texas. This is an original press photo. Jeep rolls across sand dunes of Padre Island in Texas. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 06-18-1962.”

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1942 Photo of a “Peep” Next to a “Jeep” on eBay

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Nice front end shot of a Ford GP.

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“1942 Press Photo US soldier pictured with “jeep” and “peep” vehicles in Kentucky

This is an original press photo. Trucks – US – Fort Knox, Kentucky – The Armed Force hopes this picture will end the confusion between the “jeep” and “peep.” The tough little puddle-jumper on the right is affectionately known as the “peep” by men of the army’s Armored Force, while the large command car at the left is the original “jeep,” named after the Popeye comic strip characterPhoto measures 10 x 8.25inches. Photo is dated 01-11-1942.”

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1942 Photo of Jeeps on NY Capital Steps on eBay

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UPDATE: There’s a second photo of this climb on eBay that precedes the one I posted a couple days ago.

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“1942 Press Photo Military jeeps climb steps of Capitol in Albany, New York. This is an original press photo. Albany, New York – Jeeps in front of Capitol Photo measures 8.25 x 5.5 inches. Photo is dated 04-06-1942.”

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Later in the climb ….

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“1942 Press Photo Crowd watches US Army jeeps climb Capitol steps in New York

This is an original press photo. Albany, New York – Jeeps – in front of Capitol, on steps Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 04-06-1942.”

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1942 Photo in Panama with Ford GP on eBay

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A Ford GP is leading the way through Panama …

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“1942 Press Photo Jeep parades over Panama roadway under construction. This is an original press photo.

Panama: Under the supervision of the United States Public Roads Administration fourteen hundred men are at work constructing a trans-Ishmanian highway which is scheduled for completion (with all weather paving) by the end of March 1942 if the work is not hampered by rain during the present “dry season.”

An Army motorcade of “peeps” and “jeeps” traversed the colon-madden Dam section of the road on February 2nd transporting Army, highway, civil officials and press correspondents. They made the round trip from the Pacific to the Atlantic and then back. Concrete paving for the road is being placed at the rate of one mile of single strip each day. Concrete is carried by barge up the tropical foliage line Rio Gatun to it’s intersection with the highway.

In some places bulldozers and other heavy equipment have to make 100-foot cuts through hog backed hills and also make fills in sheer-dropping, water torn ravines. Photo shows-part of the “jeep” parade over a section of road which has not as yet been laid with concrete. The road is entirely within the Republic of Panama. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 02-06-1942.”

 
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1951 Photo of Jeeps at Oppama, Japan, on eBay

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Lots of jeeps!

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“1951 Press Photo US Army jeeps stockpiled at Oppama, Japan ordnance depot. This is an original press photo. US – Army – Equipment (rehabilitated trucks ready for use)(SX) – Stock piles of used automobile and truck parts at the Oppama, JLC, ordnance depot, Oppama, Japan. Row on row of jeeps which have been reclaimed from rusted wrecks shown at the Oppama Ordnance Depot awaiting shipment back to Korea and the battlefronts. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 10-16-1951.”

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1945 Photo on the Champs Elysees in Paris on eBay

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Nice shot.

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“as shown … … approx 6 x 8 .. … vintage original authentic press photo ( most are Army radiotelephoto from Acme Newspictures ) … date listed is transmission date … most of these are not perfect ..some are a little blurry… some are sharp.. they may have bends and minor damage from poor storage .. please use the pictures to see the actual condition .”

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Ford GP Wild Ride Photographs

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UPDATE: **SOLD**

Great action photo of a Ford GP.

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“1941 Press Photo Army lieutenants give new jeeps test drive at Fort Bliss, Texas. This is an original press photo. Fort Bliss, Texas. Under modern conditions of mechanized war, the once lumbering and awkward tank has emerged as a machine of many types and variations, from small steel speedsters to the huge 80-ton land battleships which flatten trees and grind buildings to powder. These have created new problems in defense, and Uncle Sam’s new army is not going to be caught napping in this department.

One outfit devoted to blasting the blitz battle-wagons is the new anti-tank troop of the First Cavalry Division at Fort Bliss. Formed only last January with 31 regular Army men, the troop now has 4 commissioned officers, 31 non-coms, and 121 men, all of whom are draftees from Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin. Most of the men have had mechanical experience working in automobile plants, which stand them in good stead in operating and caring for the scout cars and motorcycles with which the troop is equipped.

These pictures show the outfit in action during a recent tactical problem. Lieutenant Jack Berg (left) and Lieutenant M. M. Roland send one of the new jeep reconnaissance cars hurtling over a bump on a test drive. The baby blitz buggy is a Ford-built Bantam with four-wheel drive. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 07-16-1941.

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Originally Published Feb 11, 2013. 

“This is an “ORIGINAL PERIOD GLOSSY PHOTO BY ACME” of THE BABY BLITZ BUGGY IS A FORD-BUILT BANTAM FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE GP JEEP WITH THE FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION AT FT. BLISS TEX., photo date – 1941. The condition is very good and measures 7″ x 9″.

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