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MB/GPW in the Snow

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images • TAGS: .

This photo was published by Life Magazine. I’m still hunting down the issue.

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1943 Photo in Pompeii, Italy on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Marc found this photo that shows Mt. Vesuvius in the background.

“1943- Mount Vesuvius towers in background as U.S. troops stop for a meal in the famed ruins of Pompeii.”

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More Pics from Charles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here are some recent pics Charles found:

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St. Bernard and a MP Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

That St. Bernard is about as big as a jeep!

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1944 Photo of General Henry Lewis w/jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Marc spotted this neat photo, but the price seems a bit steep?

“Large Photo about 8″ x 10″ from US Signal Corps. Censored on the reverse. This is General Henry Lewis, Chief of Staff for Bradley’s 12th Army. This is an original vintage WWII Photo.”

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Jeep under German Troop Transport Photo on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

That’s a good shot of a German plane.

“American Jeep Under Tail of Junkers Transport WWII Dispatch Photo News Service
This is thin stock, put out by the Dispatch Photo News Service in New York during World War II. Measures roughly 10 3/4 x 12 1/2. Blank back. Has caption along the bottom telling about the picture. A friend told me this is offset lithography (dot pattern)”

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More Pics from Charles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Here’s a range of photos Charles found on the internet.

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This is from Armed Forces Day, 1950. Original photo is here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Navy_Jeep_New_Orleans_recruitment.jpg

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1944 Photo of Paul Martz w/jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Paul Martz, Jr, from Somerset, Pennsylvania, learned he was a father of a boy, hence the new name of the jeep.

“You are bidding on an original 6 X 8 Press Photo of Paul Martz Jr France Father Somerset PA Jeep Paulette News. Small crease on bottom but is otherwise in very good condition. Please see scan for details. Thanks for looking. Photo is dated 1944.”

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1952 Photo of Military Police in Germany on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

I thought the paint job on this was interesting. It has a “Customs” insignia in the middle of the windshield. I don’t remember seeing that on other MP jeeps.

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Brit Joan Rogers Relaxes in a Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

This photo shows Joan Rogers sitting in the jeep she used to pass a driving test. She found the jeep ‘great fun’. She lived in London during WWII, serving in the Royal Army Pay Corp before being selected for officer training at the Women’s Royal Army Corps. The website TheMemoryProject shares her story of living through the bombing of London.

http://www.thememoryproject.com/stories/1009:joan-mary-rogers/

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Joan Mary Rogers after passing her driving test in 1945. http://www.thememoryproject.com/stories/1009:joan-mary-rogers/

 
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A Couple Navy Jeep Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Charles forwarded these two photos of Navy Jeeps. These photos were posted at Flickr.

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APU Hood Numbers

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Tom Sterndale was wondering if any knows the numbering system behind these Navy APU Hood numbers. Thanks to Aron for this great photo.

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Centre D’Art’s Folk Art CJ-2A

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Magazine, Old Images • TAGS: .
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1950 photo of the Centre D’Art CJ-2A. This is a snapshot from the US Information Service video shown below.

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Note how much more complex the art looks in this photo than in the video. This is DeWitt Peters with his Centre D’Art CJ-2A. http://www.haitipolicy.org/Vernisage.htm?PHPSESSID=

In 1943, WWII conscientious objector and artist American DeWitt Peters chose to go to Haiti to teach English. After a year, he wrote to the Haiti’s Ministry of Education and suggested he could do more for Haiti by establishing a school of painting. Using some of his own money, along with US State Department and Haitian funds, he helped launch the LE CENTRE D’ART. The goal of the center was to encourage the development of Haiti artists and folk art.

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Image is from Life Magazine circa 1947. This looks different from the other photos. It is possible the jeep was repainted regularly.

To help advertise the Center’s work, Dewitt Peters used his jeep as a rolling mural. As you can imagine, this color jeep must have been quite a sight motoring around Port-au-Prince. Dewitt also used the jeep to deliver art supplies to rural painters. The video below from the United States Information Service shows his jeep from timestamps 5:17 to about 8:00. Too bad it isn’t in color.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Mr1USFY3mY

Many publications credit DeWitt for launching a renaissance in Haitian folk art, however some historians question his overall impact. However, one thing he might have launched is the Tap Tap Buses and Taxis, whose outsides are highly colorful and continue to shuffle riders to this day. Unfortunately, the Centre’ d’Art’s building was completely demolished in the Haitiian Earthquake.

Here are a few links of interest:

  1. http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2000-03-19/news/0003180453_1_tap-tap-pickups-haitians
  2. http://www.haitipolicy.org/Vernisage.htm?PHPSESSID=
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tap_tap
  4. Images of Tap tap vehicles
  5. Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti. Includes references to DeWitt Peters
  6. Life Magazine, August 1, 1947, article titled “Haitian Painting”, pgs 58-61.
  7. http://haiti.si.edu/centre-art.html

Tap Tap Bus — public transportation in Haiti. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
 
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Baby Bumps CJ-2A in Parade

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

There must be an interesting story here.

“JEEP CAR “BABY BUMPS” & COWBOY MEN PULL HORSE DECAL TRAILER! 1950s VINTAGE PHOTO!  3.5″ x 6″ VINTAGE snapshot photo in excellent condition.”

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Photo of Lady in Swimsuit w/ Navy Firemen on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

Marc found this unusual official Navy photo. Besides sporting a lady on the back tire, this jeep has several unusual aspects, such as the front bumper, the odd piece sticking down near the muffler, and the aluminum(?) piece covering the cowl’s side.

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Photos of Women and a Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

Here are a couple photos of women and a jeep from Europe.

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1942 Photo of Slat Grille MBs on Railroad Car on ebay

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This is a cool photo.

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1942 Photos of Slat Grille Jeeps in the Sand on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

These three photos show Slat Grille MBs playing in the sand. All are available for sale on eBay.

1. View all the information on eBay

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2. View all the information on eBay

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Roger W. Hofheins’ Aqua Cheetah

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

Thanks to several readers who alerted me to some Ford GPA photos on eBay. After closer inspection (and a little studying) I learned this is not a SEEP and not built on the jeep chassis, but rather a vehicle called the Aqua Chetah built on a half-ton chassis and called a G552.

According to this Australian website, Roger W. Hofheins approached the US Military just prior to the US involvement in WWII about building an amphibious assault vehicle. Hofheins proceeded to create some designs and the Amphibian Car Corporation built them. According to Amphibiousvehicles.com, only four prototypes were built utilizing three different designs. As you can see in the photos below, its smooth front and cowl are quite a bit different than the GPAs.  Its side profile isn’t as refined either.

There’s a neat video of one being tested in 1942 in Holabird, MD: http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675068957_aqua-cheetah_moves-in-water_moves-on-a-road_a-sea-jeep

The Amphibian Car Co. was based in Buffalo, New York. At the Buffalo & Erie County Library is an eight page book published by the company. According to World Cat, there are also some archive information, including a newspaper article from 1941. If anyone has some time, it might be interesting to see what’s there.

1) First Photo for sale. View all the information on eBay

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2) Second photo for sale. View all the information on eBay

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3) Third photo for sale. View all the information on eBay:

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More links, photos and information:

  1. Video: http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675068957_aqua-cheetah_moves-in-water_moves-on-a-road_a-sea-jeep
  2. Amphibious Vehicles Website: http://www.amphibiousvehicle.net/amphi/Ao_Az.html
  3. The book Camp Edwards and Otis Air Force Base has some photos and information.
  4. The G503 site has a picture of one prototype being moved that was originally posted at photobucket.
  5. This site from the Netherlands has more information: http://forum.ktr.nl/index.php?topic=235.0
  6. Rotorua Duck Tours: http://www.rotoruaducktours.co.nz/dukw-history
 
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1942 Photo of Ford GP “Super Jeep” 6×6

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Was on eBay.

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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Vintage Photo of Woman Carried to Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

I suspect this couple was just married. You can’t say this woman didn’t know what she was getting herself into! Also, due to popular demand, I’ve added a “Women and Jeeps” Category.

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1957 Photo of Woman with Dog and Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

Here’s another photo of a woman and a jeep.

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Women Riding in Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

Charles forwarded these two photos of women in jeeps.

Actress and singer Marlene Dietrich can be seen in the first photo:

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The second photo shows Ruth Cowan, a reporter during WWII.

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1943 Photo of the Ford GPA Production Line on eBay

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

I think this is the first photo of the GPA production line that I’ve seen.

“1943 Press Photo Sea Jeep production fro the Army in Dearborn Michigan”

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1948 Photo of Canadian Jeep Getting Loaded on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Why do they load the jeep with people in it?

“1948 Press Photo Canadian jeep being loaded at Pearl Harbor”

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