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Jeep Yakima Rodeo March 1959 issue of Modern Man

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UPDATE: This post originally appeared September 28, 2013:

It’s a dirty business, but hunting down jeep stories takes me through all types of content. In this case, I had to search through several pages of bare female breasts and bodies until I found this story about a Yakima Jeep Rodeo from the March 1959 issue of Modern Man. I can report that accompanying the enthusiastic models were several other interesting stories . . .

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Happy Father’s Day

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Happy Father’s Day everyone. Blaine shared this photo and information about his father. The image shows his father shortly after the purchase of his brand new 1959 CJ-5.

Blaine adds, My Dad is Leon Higginson, a Pearl Harbor survivor (service info and obituary). He was not on a ship at the time of the bombing, although he was on Ford Island.

The CJ5 was the replacement for a Ford GPW, which went on to a new owner who used it later to tow a parade float and overheated the engine during the parade. I don’t know what parade. 

I don’t think I remember ever being in the Jeep as I was 3 years old when he bought a new 1962 Scout. Maybe “Jeep” was ingrained in my memory unknowingly by that time. I remember going to the dealership to pick up the Scout (and to say again, 3 years old).”

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1965 Photo From the Iowa Highway Patrol

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Jan Shafer shared this flashback photo from the Iowa Highway Patrol. Those look like two well-maintained M-38s.

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Willys-Overland Herman Panel Delivery Van

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Recently I got a great price on 30+ Willys World news letters from 1974-1985. There were a few interesting nuggets in several issues.

One the cover of the March-April 1982 issue appears this Willys-Overland photo, taken February 2, 1950. The pic shows what W-O called a “Herman Panel Delivery Van”. The model-name itself is curious, as Willys had referred to the earlier (and later) versions  of this van as a Package, Economy, or Delivery Van.

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Herman was a van-body manufacturer, as this brochure shows. Note the dual windows on the door. This is similar to what the company designed for Willys-Overland.

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My guess is the Herman Panel Delivery van was a prototype. For some reason, it appears it was never a production model. However, Willys-Overland did work with the Boyertown and Montpelier companies to create a similar version in the late 1950s.

MONTPELIER DELIVERY TRUCK ARTICLE:

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August 1947 “Pink Heap” Photo

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I know I’m still on a break, but when folks send cool stuff, it is hard to resist posting it. Maybe someone has this jeep …

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Caption: August 1957. “Nantucket, Mass. Jock Gifford’s ‘Pink Heap’ beach buggy.” 35mm Kodachrome by Toni Frissell for the Sports Illustrated assignment “Nantucket Essay.”

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1959 Surrey/Gala Press Release on eBay

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This press release package is currently at $29.50 with three days to go. It’s unclear if this is a complete press kit or a partial one (seems partial to me given there is only one photo). The date on the photo suggests this kit may have been release September 16, 1959.

What’s interesting to me is that the 2-page document on the left is one of the few documents create by Willys Motors that explains that the new Surrey is the name of the model released domestically and that the Gala is the export name, though no explanation is given for the difference.

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Here is the document I mentioned. See the last sentence on the second page for the link between the Surreys and Galas>

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1959-09-16-surrey-press-release7This is caption for the photo. Note the date at the lower left hand corner 9 16 59.

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1945 Photo of Jeep w/ Custom Cargo Bed

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This photo was posted back in 2011 by Bill Grist. I can’t tell if the rear portion is a connected via pivot point (aka trailer) or if it is one solid six-wheeler. It’s a unique setup for sure.

 
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July 1955 Jeep Jamboree Report from Willys News

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UPDATE: This post originally appeared August 14, 2015:

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1) Lining up on the first really flat ground they have seen on the entire caravan, the Jeepers stop at Miller Meadows for their Sunday lunch.

This 1955 article in the 1955 July/August issue of Willys News covered the recently completed Jeep Jamboree. The author reported that as part of an awards ceremony, the award for the oldest passenger went 68 year-old Mike Millard who was a former Rubicon Springs-Lake Tahoe stage coach driver. He must have had some great stories!

On another front, compare photo #5 to an original at the online archive of California. There it is dated 1958. Given this appears in a 1955 Willys News I’d say their date is incorrect.

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Toledo Blade Unveils the CJ-2A

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UPDATE: This article was originally published April 9, 2015:

On July 19, 1945, the Toledo Blade published an extensive story about the unveiling of the CJ-2A to reporters. The paper is also full of interesting stories, such as the sinking of the Ticonderoga, the identification of a returning GI with amnesia that turned out to be a Nazi Agent, and the jailing of a Walnut Grove, California, woman who threatened a returned Japanese American soldier who was a POW in Germany.

A small part of the CJ-2A story was published on page 1

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The majority of the story was on the front page of section 2.
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Jeffrey Mareck’s Trip of 30,000 Mile Trip in 1966

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The September 28, 1966 issue of the Milwaukee Journal shared Jeffrey Mareck’s 30,000 mile trip through Africa and all the way to England.

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Hemet Jeep Club Photo CJ-6 on eBay

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This 8×10 black and white photo shows a Hemet Jeep Club member climbing a hill in his CJ-6. It may have been taken as part of one of their annual cavalcade events.

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“Vtg Photograph Hemet California Cavalcaders Jeep 4 wheel Club By F.J. Wiff 8×10. Cool Vintage Photograph Of a Hemet California Cavalcaders Jeep 4 whelling club get together sometime from late 40’s early 50’s i would guess. Photo is an 8 inch by 10 inch Photo By F.J. Wiff or Wift im not sure.”
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VEC CJ-2A W/ “Wagon” Hardtop Added

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I found this photo on eBay. It shows a VEC CJ-2A with a wood-based hardtop. The back of the photograph suggests that the builder of the hardtop may have been manufacturing these for sale for $265. The seller of these called them Jeep Station Wagon Bodies and built at least one of them (as shown in the picture). It appears these were built in or near San Francisco. There was another manufacturer who built similar tops out of Cleveland, Ohio, and advertised them as Station Wagon Bodies.

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2 1945 Negatives of GPWs on eBay

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These two negatives from 1945 might interest GPW collectors.

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1951 DeAnza Trail Jeep Cavalcade

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UPDATE: Originally posted Feb 1, 2018:

1951-07-motortrend-jeep-gymkhana-calvacade-pg1-1The May 1951 issue of Motor Trend captured the 3rd Annual DeAnza Trail Jeep Cavalcade. The author, Ernest Reshovsky, titled the article “Jeep Gymkhana”, possibly attempting to reference timed automobile or equestrian contents designed to test driving skill, though to my knowledge the Cavalcade was not a timed event.

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Postcard & 1942 Photo of Ford GP “Super Jeep” 6×6

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UPDATE II: There’s no date on this rare 6×6 Super Jeep postcard that I just picked up from eBay. I imagine this was published around 1942 or 43. It looks like the postcard was based on this press photo at the bottom of this post.

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Originally poste on February 13, 2014: 

Craig spotted this rare photo. It shows a Ford GP 6×6, which also appears to be called a Ford GP T14 37mm. I’m not clear on how many were made, but this one (or something very similar) can be seen here: http://www.imcdb.org/vehicle_465000-Ford-GP-T14-37mm-GMC-1941.html

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2 FC-170 w/ Dump Bed Photos on eBay

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There are two photos of this FC from a 1959 show in Australia. Both are 8×10 photos.

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Mail Carrier Put 138,000 Miles on Wagon

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UPDATE: First posted October 15, 2017.

The February 1955 issue of Kaiser Willys News showcased a mail carrier who put 138,000 miles on a wagon in the Idaho/Yellowstone area.

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Merry Christmas

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Mike shared this photo of a jeep turned present with Santa. It’s not one I can remember seeing. I hope you all have. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Merry Christmas from the Australian War Memorial

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UPDATE: Merry Christmas everyone. Here’s photo Christmas throwback to a post originally published March 20, 2011.

Originally found via Photography News website and courtesy of the Australian War Memorial come these four photographs that capture Santas, Christmas, the Holidays and Jeeps.

1. This photo is from Japan (original link to source no longer works)

ITSUKUSHIMA, JAPAN. 1946-12-20. DURING THE CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY 116TH AUSTRALIAN CONSTRUCTION DEPOT, BCOF, AT MIYAJIMA SCHOOL SANTA CLAUS ARRIVES BY JEEP. ON THE FRONT OF THE JEEP, INSCRIBED IN JAPANESE, ARE THE WORDS “MERRY CHRISTMAS”. LEFT TO RIGHT: VX150376 DRIVER A. R. DAVIS, EUROA, VIC (1); SX34345 PRIVATE M. P. BURGESS, NORWOOD, SA (2); NX196391 PRIVATE C. R. ANSELL, WILLOUGHBY, NSW (3).

2. Here is a photo from New Guinea (original link to source no longer works).

Ramu Valley, New Guinea. 1943-12-25. NX103434 Captain F. D. Smith, dressed as Father Christmas, arriving at one of the wards of the main dressing station, 2/6th Australian Field Ambulance, in a jungle cart (Thompson Stretcher), drawn by a jeep, to distribute Christmas presents to the patients. Identified personnel are: SX28258 Private E. J. Cummings (2); TX5952 Private R. G. Viney (6), and Corporal R. Roessler (7).

3. This image is from Korea: (original link to source no longer works)

Santa Claus arrives at the Christmas party given by the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), to two hundred Korean children from villages near the Gallipoli camp. Santa found some straggling guests on the way to the party and gave them a lift in his sleigh, the fire chief’s bright red jeep. An unidentified soldier is sitting in the back of the jeep with the children.

4. Here is another image from Korea: (original link to source no longer works)

Unidentified members of either the 2nd or 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR or 3RAR), gather at a jeep which has carried Santa Claus to their camp in Korea. The jeep has been decorated with branches of Christmas (pine) tree and has two large loudspeakers attached to the front.

 
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1944 Photo of Modified Jeep

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Mario shared this photo of a highly modified jeep on Facebook. “A field modified up-armored jeep from the 17th Airborne Division, ca. 1944.”

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Field Modified Airborne Jeep

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Mario shared this photo on Facebook of a 17ty Airborne Division jeep circa 1944.

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Nice CJ-2A (or CJGA) Story From the Pocahontas Times (WV)

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I found this nice story on Facebook about a CJ-2A, but I no longer have the link to the post. The article writer, Suzanne Stewart, has accidentally invented a new model of jeep, the C2GA.

https://pocahontastimes.com/old-jeep-holds-many-memories/

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PHOTO CREDIT: Bill Hevener, via the Pocahontas Times.

 
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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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Lewis and Clark Cavern Jeep Railway Postcards on eBay

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UPDATE II: This photo from eBay shows the front the “Dinosaur Jitney” jeep used to pull the tram.

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UPDATE Posted Aug 21, 2018: This was last published in 2012. A couple of the postcards are back on eBay.

Originally published November 10, 2012: The Lewis and Clark Cavern was Montana’s first State Park and is located here. You can read about the history of the caves here.  In 1947 the Montana Standard published an article about the cavern accompanied by the photo and caption below. You can view the entire article in this PDF file.

Here are three postcards related to this Jeep Railway.

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2. I haven’t seen this one on eBay in a while …

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Circa 1950 Photo Coca-Cola Jeep on eBay

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UPDATE: Still Available as of 02/13/2024

I thought this was an interesting photo of a modified WWII jeep.

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“tirage argentique année 1950 environ

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Papier photo 17,5 cm x 12,5 cm

BON ÉTAT, petits défauts”