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1945 “Jeep is Here” Announcement

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This October 3, 1945, ad from Willys-Overland was published in the Evening Star, based in Washington, D.C.. The ad announces the appointment of Willys of Washington as an area distributer.

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1971 Photo of the XJ 001 Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This is a press photo of the XJ 001. If you don’t remember, this prototype jeep was built on the CJ-5 chassis and power by the 360CI AMC V-8. Essentially, it was a 4WD muscle car. You can read about the vehicle on Hemmings. Unfortunately, the prototype was destroyed in an accident as it was being transported. The article also indicates some folks called the 1998 Jeepster prototype the ACT II of the XJ-001.

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Here’s a photo from the internet that shows the front:

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1950 Photo of the Austin Champ on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This prototype looks a bit different from the finished version.

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“1950 Press Photo Jeep Developed by British, Bagshot Heath, England. This is an original press photo. A new 80 horsepower jeep, developed by the British, was demonstrated recently at Bagshot Heath, England. Larger than the standard model, the new vehicle is specially equipped for beach landings. The engine will run underwater. England, army, defense, equipment. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 08-10-1950.”

 
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1945 Photo of Soldier & Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

No mention as to location for this image.

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“1945 Press Photo a soldier in his combat gear poses beside his jeep. This is an original press photo. A J.W. in front of his jeep. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 08-13-1945.”
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Christmas Morning Photos on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Steve shared this timely holiday photo.

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“Up for bid we have 2 Circa 1950’s Christmas Morning Photo’s featuring a Young Boy with all his new Christmas Toys.
Visible under the tree is a Toy Truck, Army Jeep, the boys wearing a new gun & holster set.
Cute photos.
Photos measure approx. 3-1/2″ X 3-1/2″ and come in excellent condition”

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Unusual Chinese Photo w/Jeep

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The auction on eBay ended, but I thought this was an interesting photo.

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“Here is one Chinese old auto studio photo(1952, original), the plate number show year 1952.”

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1961 Photo of CJ-2A in Houston Flood on eBay

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That’s a bad day.

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“1961 Press Photo Jeep’s hood sticks out of water on Ronson Street, Houston. This is an original press photo. Jeep’s hood sticks out of water on Ronson Street, Houston, Texas. Floods. Photo measures 10 x 8.25inches. Photo is dated 06-19-1961.”

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1943 Photo of Allied Troops in Kaipit, New Guinea on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Hopefully the original photo is clearer than this posted image.

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“1943 Press Photo Allied Jeep by Huts 1940s Kaiapit New Guinea WWII. You are bidding on an original press photo of Allied Jeep by Huts 1940s Kaiapit New Guinea WWII. Photo measures 7.25 x 10.25 inches and is dated 10/23/1943.”

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1946 Road Service Jeep Photo on eBay

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This is a neat photo. The phone number of VE5-9728 *might* be a Michigan number (I got a few hits from Michigan with “VE5” as the prefix when I searched for the number on Google). The date “1946” is printed on the back fo the photo.

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1944 “Beach Jumpers” Photo

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Buz shared this Ocracoke Preservation Society photo. We were hoping to determine whether the hood has been repainted something shiny or whether it is bare metal.

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Baraboo Circus Jeep Train Postcard on eBay

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UPDATE: There’s another Baraboo Postcard on eBay.

(08/04/2014) This CJ-5 used to ferry visitors around Baraboo. I visited Barboo about two decades ago, but never saw it. It must have already been gone.

http://www.circusworldbaraboo.org/our-treasures/history-of-circus-world/

This jeep and tram toured through Baraboo, pointing out various circus sites, including final resting spots in Walnut Hill Cemetery.

This jeep and tram toured through Baraboo, pointing out various circus sites, including final resting spots in Walnut Hill Cemetery.

 
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1942 Photo of Floating Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here’s one I can’t remember seeing. By the size of the river, and guessing that was most likely near the former Fort Lewis (now JBLM), I’d say that’s the Puyallup or Nisqually river. Either way, it would have been a cold splash in February.

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“1942 Press Photo Army’s “Jeep” is a Vehicle that Can Maneuver Over Water or Land. This is an original press photo. The Army’s “Jeep,” the little car that can maneuver with the greatest of ease, even goes over water. Wrapped in canvas, this Jeep provides a skiff for a squadron crossing a stream “somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.” Photo measures 8.75 x 7 inches. Photo is dated 02-06-1942.”

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Kentucky’s Frontier Nursing Service & Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps
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The Frontier Nursing Service in one of their jeeps.

Thanks to Bus for spotting this interesting story. Stared in 1925 by Mary Breckinridge, the Frontier Nursing Service (FNS) provided healthcare to rural folks in Kentucky. At first, horses and saddlebags helped them gain access to remote areas, but during WWII the group turned to jeeps. As these photos show, over the years FNS used a variety of different jeeps. There is even a 1931 documentary about the group (with additional information here):

In the late 1930s Edsel Ford donated a reconditioned Model A to the Service, which Mary named Henrietta. Several years later Ford replaced Henrietta with Henrietta II, a jeep. At some point the FNS secured another jeep, a WWII jeep Mary named “Jane”, named for a benefactor Clara “Jane” Ford”.

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According to the Henry Ford website, this jeep was “Jane”.

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No Updates for Thursday

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No Updates Thursday. They’ll return Friday.

The website https://portraitofwar.com/2012/02/18/awesome-wwii-catholic-chaplain-jeep-negativephoto-willys-jeep-in-germany-1945/ featured this image.

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Aspen’s 1954 ‘Operation Jeep lift’

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Andy pointed out that there are a variety of photos of the 1954 Jeep Lift at the Aspen Historical Society’s website. Here are a couple from the site. You can see the remainder here: 
https://aspenhistory.pastperfectonline.com/search?utf8=✓&search_criteria=%22jeep+lift%22&searchButton=Search

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CREDIT: Aspen Historical Society : One color film positive of the Jeep Lift that took place when the Lift One broke down in 1954, and jeeps were used to transport skiers up the mountain. This image shows several women walking away from the jeeps with their skis on their shoulders. Mt. Hayden is in the background.

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CREDIT: Aspen Historical Society : One b/w photograph of several people and some ski equipment in a jeep driving by Little Nell. The towers for the t-bar can be seen, as well as several jeeps and a building on the far left side. Probably part of the “Jeep Lift” in 1954, when jeeps were used to transport skiers to the top of the mountain because the lift was broken.

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Original post from October 1, 2018:

In 1954 Aspen Ski Corporation’s Lift #1 broke during the ski season. In order to keep folks skiing, a road was plowed to the top of Aspen Mountain and townspeople ferried skiers for an entire week. According to the Aspen Journalism, thirty-five jeeps hauled 2,500 skiers, earning $1,109 in tips.

Among the people who organized the vent was Natalie Gignoux, who’d started the Little Percent Taxi Service using a jeep in 1950.

https://www.aspenjournalism.org/2017/01/11/aspen-ski-history-timeline/

One b/w photograph and negative of about 10-15 jeeps and cars parked up near the top of Aspen Mountain. The Sundeck and lift towers can be seen in the background. There are skiers near the cars getting their equipment out of the cars. Sitting in the jeep is Dave Stapleton, John Thorpe is standing next to him (white shirt, buzz cut), Neil Beck is standing in front of John (grey shirt), and Euclid Worden in black cap. 1954-.

PHOTO CREDIT: ASPEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, COURTESY OF ASPEN JOURNALISM. One b/w photograph and negative of about 10-15 jeeps and cars parked up near the top of Aspen Mountain. The Sundeck and lift towers can be seen in the background. There are skiers near the cars getting their equipment out of the cars. Sitting in the jeep is Dave Stapleton, John Thorpe is standing next to him (white shirt, buzz cut), Neil Beck is standing in front of John (grey shirt), and Euclid Worden in black cap. 1954-.

 
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Willys Overland/ Worman Hardtop Contract

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I think I found this photo on Facebook last month. To me, this looks to be a hardtop contract from Willys-Overland with tops supplied by Worman (based on my discussion in this Forman-Related post). I tried to find out more about the contract number, but all I could find was a mention at G503: https://forums.g503.com/viewtopic.php?t=189059&start=75

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More Photos From Charles

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Here’s another round of photos from Charles:

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Strange collection of toy-cars piled as if in a junkyard. I’d guess that the jeep bearing out in the middle is a Hamilton of some type.

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1956 working on power lines (in Belgium?).

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Operation Husky in Sicily, 1943

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6th airlanding brigade – Normandy, France

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Issue, Germany, 1945.

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Photo of FC w/Camper on eBay

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Neat photo. Current bid is $.99. Looks like it has fishing pole holders on the front.

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“Pleased to offer an original gelatin silver glossy photograph circa 1950. Photograph measures approximately 5 x 4 inches and has wear consistent with age. Content is excellent. I am always happy to combine shipping on multiple ephemera auctions won. All Photos Are 100% Original Unless Otherwise Noted….”

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1945 Photo of Ford GPA (SEEP) on ebay

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

The GPA doesn’t look customized to me. However, the photo itself looks doctored, as if the GPA wasn’t photographed at that spot.

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“1945 Press Photo Ray Bridges in a customized Jeep in Birmingham. This is an original press photo. Ray Bridges, Birmingham, Jeep loses decision Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 9-27-1945.”

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1941 Photo of Landing Jeep off Barge Test on eBay

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I can’t tell for sure, but that might be a Ford GP. The hood doesn’t look very tall to me. The date makes it probable.

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“This is an original press photo. New River, N.C. — Jeep splashes shoreward from a marine landing barge during maneuvers of the Marines Amphibious Force. Sturdy little car tows a light field piece.Photo measures 8.75 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 11-25-1941.”

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1957 Photo of Landing Craft Retriever and M-38 on eBay

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That Landing Craft Retriever looks like a real-life transformer!

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“1957 Press Photo Fort Story, Virginia-An Army landing craft retriever and Jeep. This is an original press photo. Fort Story, Virginia-The Army’s conventional “jeep” squeezes over to the side of the road to make room for a new landing craft retriever. Weighing 101 tons, the LCR is 75 feet long, 38 feet wide and 23 feet high. It is used by the Army to repair over-turned or beached landing craft. It can drive over the craft and lift it for re-floating or repair, much like vehicles utilized in lumber yards. (US Army-ships-boats & crafts) Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 05-07-1957.”

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1944 Photo of Invasion of Hollandia on eBay

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I had to look up Hollandia. The Battle of Hollandia was part of Operation Reckless.

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“1944 Press Photo US Army jeep & troops leave landing boat, invasion of Hollandia. This is an original press photo. We invade Hollandia. Troops and an army jeep leave a landing boat during the invasion of Hollandia by the amphibious forces.Photo measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 04-26-1944.”

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1950 Press Photo of William Wilson in Korea on eBay

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Pfc. William Wilson isn’t in Arkansas any more! Boy that looks miserable.

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“1950 Press Photo Pfc. William Wilson scoops snow from his jeep in North Korea. This is an original press photo. Pfc. William Wilson, Little Rock, Arkansas, a jeep driver in the 10th Corps, starts the long, hard task of scooping the snow from his jeep by hand. Snow and bitter cold have hampered UN operations in Korea almost as much as the enemy. Photo measures 6.25 x 9.25 inches. Photo is dated 12-08-1950.

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1943 Photo of Patrol Jeep at Pigeon Key on eBay

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Nice USCG-related photo.

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“1943 Press Photo Patrol Jeep Checks Out With Guard Before Leaving Pigeon Key, FL. This is an original press photo. To the U.S. Coast Guard falls the task of guarding Florida’s overseas highway, which links Key West, site of a naval operating base, with the mainland. at Pigeon Key, midway on the 7-mile bridge, is a Coast Guard patrol base. Here a jeep on patrol checks out with the guard before leaving the base. Photo measures 10 x 8.5 inches. Photo is dated 3-16-1943.”

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Old School Jeeping Photos

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I ran across these photos today posted by a guy who grew up in the Skyway Cliffhangers Jeep Club, a club based in my hometown of Renton. The photos below highlight the kinds of paint jobs I remember back in the 1970s. As a kid, part of the fun of going to playdays and jeep conventions was to see all the different paint schemes (colors, designs, and accents), tires choices, cage architecture, engine experimentations, and other modifications. You can see lots of old PNW Jeeping photos here:

http://rockdnlockd.forumotion.com/t644-kick-n-it-old-school

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