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1942 Photo of Floating Jeep on eBay

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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

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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’

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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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1942 Photo of Early MB Laying Wire on eBay

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This photo really shows off the WILLYS stamp.

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“1942 Press Photo A wire-laying jeep rolls out lines for telephone communication. This is an original press photo. In the field, the wire-laying jeep speedily rolls out the vital lines for telephone communication. U.S. Army land vehicles Photo measures 5.25 x 5inches. Photo is dated 05-30-1942.”

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DJ-3As Helping Police

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Gayland shared Officer Ryan’s Facebook post of Jeeps in the Philadelphia police force. They were shared in the DJ – Postal Jeep Group.

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Odd Jeep with House-Like Top

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I can’t remember where I found these photos of an unusual house-like top on a MB/GPW.

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1954 Photo of a Mighty Mite Being Tested on eBay

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Cool, but odd photo, given the roadway behind it. Lots of competing visual angles.

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“This is an original press photo. Light enough to be airlifted by helicopter but tough enough to pull through knee deep mud, the mighty mite is to be produced by American Motors Corp. for the military forces. The mighty mite weighs 1,300 pounds less than the jeep and is 43 inches shorter. It is capable of climbing an 87% grade and can do 57 miles an hour on the highway. Its powerful aluminum die cast, air cooled engine enables the vehicle to carry a payload of 500 pounds while towing another 1,000 pounds over rough terrain. United States – Army – Equipment – Vehicles Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 12-05-1954”

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Photo of Bantam T2E1 on eBay

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UPDATE: Another version of this press photo is on eBay. See similars one posted on eBay in the past below.

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“1941 Press Photo John McCloy & C.M. Drury inspect a new gun mounted on a jeep. This is an original press photo. As the Army’s first “Tank killer” battalion showed off its new fighting technique today, John McCloy (left) assistant secretary of way, and C.M. Drury, assistant special weapons–A 37m. anti-tank gun mounted on the famed “jeep” reconnaissance car. U.S. Army land vehiclesPhoto measures 9.5 x 6.5inches. Photo is dated 08-27-1941.”

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#2: Originally posted 05/08/2018

“1941 Press Photo The Army’s fast “jeep car” with anti-tank gun at Fort Meade. This is an original press photo. As the Army’s first “tank killer” battalion showed off its new fighting techniques at Fort Meade, Maryland, Wednesday, John McCloy, assistant secretary of war, and C.M. Drury, assistant military attache in the Canadian legation, inspected one of the unit’s special weapons. It is the Army’s fast “jeep car,” now equipped with a 37 mm anti-tank gun. United States Army – Equipment – Guns Photo measures 10.25 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 8-28-1941.

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1946 Jeep Herder Movie Pics **SOLD**

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UPDATE II: Here are pics of the Ford Pygmy and Ford Budd to use for comparison with the jeep in the movie. To me it looks like the film makers built a custom vehicle based on the Ford Budd, which Maury points out, in the comments section below, was in Hollywood at the time.

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Note the differences between the two above and the “jeep” below: Angle of the steering wheel, position of the front fenders vis-a-vis the hood, length of cowl at the step, the rolled edges of the body (same as Budd, Pygmy didn’t have them), short rear handle of the Pygmy (Budd had long hand), incorrect hubs ..  I wonder if that is a Bantam chassis?

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ORIGINAL POST … these photos were sold on eBay: Thanks to Maury for spotting these pics from the Jeep Herders movie. There are a couple Ford GPs pictured. I’m not sure what’s going on with the side of the Ford GP. Looks like it is similar to the original Pygmy GP.

“Originally by Planet Productions, 1946, re-released by Astor Pictures in 1949. Story is returning vets use Jeeps to herd cattle.”

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Lewis and Clark Cavern Jeep Railway Postcards on eBay

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UPDATE: 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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1944 Photo of Jeeps on Guadacanal on ebay

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Eight inches of rain in twenty-four hours sounds miserable!

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“This is an original press photo. Guadalcanal has two seasons, the rainy, between November and May and the wet. The only difference is that during the wet season there are no floods or as the natives put in when the rainy season comes “White men leaves the island, and the native die.

American Marine soldiers and sailors couldn’t leave the island and when the rainy season reached peak recently they were amazed at the vast quantities of water that poured continuously from the clouds. As much as eight inches of rain fall in 24 hours and river rose as high as seven feet above normal in two hours, Frantically everything was under water and most transportation was by boat. Flood Bridged – Two jeeps make their perilous way across a temporary bridge that was constructed over a low spot on Guadalcanal to prevent disruption of traffic. The swirling waters undermined this bridge before it was even completed but the floods caused such a major problems to transportation that anything above water was considered safe.

Photo measures 8.25 x 10.25 inches. Photo is dated 04-30-1944.”

 
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1943 Photo of Infantry Troops in Tunisia on eBay

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Not a great photo of the jeep.

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“1943 Press Photo Jeep & US Servicemen Walking in El Guettar Valley Tunisia WWII”

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1944 Article about a Bantam BRC-40 named “Old 72”

Mario shared this on Facebook.

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1950 Photo of Troops Pulling Jeep From Water on eBay

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This is the latest “floating jeep” training photo that’s I’ve seen. Anyone know how long troops floating jeeps as part of their training?

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“1950 Press Photo Troops haul floating jeep from water in training at Camp McCoy.
This is an original press photo. Troops of the pioneer and ammunition platoon of the 14th regimental combat team haul a floating jeep from the water in a demonstration of “flotation expedients” for civilian competent organizations training at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin. Parts of the team, a regular army unit on detached service from Camp Carson, Colorado, conduct demonstrations in all phases of infantry training for national guard, ROTC and ORC units at summer encampments. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 7-21-1950.”

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