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1944 Willys Overland Ad

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old News Articles

UPDATE: I didn’t understand the significance of this ad until purchasing Fred Coldwell’s “Selling the All-American Wonder” (great collection of Willys-Overland WWII ads).  It’s the only WWII Willys-Overland ad that I’ve found which doesn’t appear in his book. Titled “They’re getting the stuff and they’re using it, too!”, the ad seems to have been only published in the newspaper.

Originally published January 12, 2019. This Willys Overland Ad appeared in the September 25, 1944 issue of The CIO News.

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1946 Ad For a New Willys Dealer

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old News Articles

This particular Wilmington, North Carolina, dealer was selling trucks, cars, jeeps, tractors, and much more. The ad appeared in the February 7, 1946, issue of the Wilmington Morning Star.

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1943 Tale of Playing Crazy to Survive

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

This November 14, 1943, Evening Star article highlights both the mystery armor plated jeeps and about how pretending to be crazy might just save your life.

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Woodrow Wilson Buys 22 Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

The April 16, 1943, issue of the Evening Star announced the D.C.’s Woodrow Wilson High School ‘smashed’ the city’s jeep record by getting selling enough bonds and stamps to purchase 22 jeeps. 1943-04-16-evening-star-jeep-buying-woodrow-wilson

On the same page of the newspaper was a nice story (nothing about jeeps) about a man who was blinded at his machine shop job, but managed to find work again due to his heightened sense of touch.

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Jeeps Now ‘Swim, Climb and Fly’

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Old News Articles

This April 4, 1943, article in the Sunday Star shares more about the things the military was doing with jeeps (not the best scan, but it’s all I got).

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Squirrel Cage Article and Photo

• CATEGORIES: Magazine, Old Images, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

UPDATE II: Bob Westerman shared a few cage photos he’s found during his research:

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UPDATE: Dan tracked down this detailed explanation of the Squirrel Cage: http://weaponews.com/weapons/16209-a-system-for-increasing-the-patency-of-the-squirrel-cage-usa.html

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The November 9, 1948, issue of the Evening Star ran a short article on the Squirrel Cage. A February 1949 issue of Mechanix Magazine ran the same photo (and it’s more clear).

The Evening Star photo and caption:

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The Modern Mechanix photo and caption:

 
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1941 Photo of Ford GP

This March 02, 1941, photo from the Evening Star appears to show the original Pygmy.

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1941 Article Introducing the Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

Mario shared this article on Facebook from the May 25, 1941, issue of the Des Moines Register. A report describes his experience riding in one and imagines how it might be used. I find the claim that it would go “87-miles-an-hour–without opening it up” a stretch, but that was likely just a propaganda plug.

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1943 Article Announcing The Ford GPA (SEEP)

• CATEGORIES: Features, GPA (SEEP), Old News Articles

The Evening Star shared the news of SEEPs on April 4, 1943.

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1943 Army-Navy Honors Willys Overland

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

The CIO News out of Cumberland, MD, published a story on March 15, 1943, about the US Army and Navy honoring the workers of Willys Overland.

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1945 Article on How to Handle War Surplus

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

This July 15, 1945, article in the Evening Star featured a great shot of Ford GPAs. I thought the article was interesting, too. It highlights the challenges of managing war surplus (links to page 1 and page 2 of original article).

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1944 Article “…By Jeep To Alaska Article” (Early One)

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

Herbert Lanks wrote an article titled “… By Jeep To Alaska” that was published in the February 13, 1944, issue of the Evening Star (published on page 4 and page 5). He’d later write a second, and different, article titled with the same name published in the September issue of Popular Photography.

The article below appears between sets of photos.  The first photo below shows the humble beginnings of the Watson Lake Sign Forest.

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1944 Photos of Jeeps In Mud

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

These photos were published in the November 19, 1944, issue of the Evening Star. It sure was a mess over there at times!

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Matching Original Press Photos:

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1942 Photos of Jeep Farm Tests

This series of photos was published June 14, 1942, in the Evening Star. There’s also a post from 2015 that includes some similar photos. Becky Bergmann in a Ford GP was featured in several.

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1944 Article Shares Modified Jeeps From Oklahoma

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles, Sedan-jeep

The August 20, 1944, issue of the Evening Star shared these jeeps used for War Bond Sales. They were modified by the Camp Gruber, Oklahoma, motor pool. The image with “Jeeps in Civvies” label has been featured on eWillys previously, but I’ve never seen the other two jeeps.

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1942 200-Mile Jeep Trip to Dakar

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

Joseph Morton’s description of his jeep trip from Bathhurst, Gambia, to Dakar, French West Africa, was published in the Evening Star, December 26, 1942. Fun fact: I got to know a Gambian ambassador to the US and was invited to Gambia to help work on a school’s computer system back in 2002, but other priorities kept me from going.

Bathhurst is now known as Banjul, Gambia’s capital city. French West Africa is now Senegal. This map *might* be close to the route taken:

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Now for the article:

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The Jeep Tamer by Arthur Bartlett

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

This article about Charles Sorenson was published in the Evening Star in conjunction with “My Life with a Jeep” on July 15, 1945. The issue also included a photo of the newly release CJ-2A (which didn’t scan well into black and white).

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1949 Voice of America Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images, Old News Articles, Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Terry pointed out that this same vehicle, a SPEN self-sustaining motion picture unit, appears in a Willys Industrial Equipment book brochure. Here it is below:

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Talk about a rare jeep. Anyone ever seen one of these (if there are any left). It’s a specially outfitted jeep for the State Department for carrying the story of America to the world. The first pics below were from a September 1949 issue of Popular Science, while the newspaper article was carried in the Sunday Star on Sunday, April 17, 1949.

From the September 1949 issue of Popular Science:
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From the Sunday Star, April 17, 1949:

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The ‘Jeep’ Caravan Ad from 1947

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old News Articles

This ad for a ‘Jeep’ Caravan was published in The Wilmington Morning Star on November 04, 1947.

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1941 Article about the New Jeeps

This article was published in the May 20, 1941, issue of the Evening Star. It’s rare to see a Willys MA in newspaper photos.

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1945 Photo of Toy Jeeps w/ Real Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

This is all for today (well this and the two videos below). We are still out camping.

These toy jeeps were part of the Seventh War Loan drive. Given the date this was published (July 19, 1945), could these have been the early Al-Toy jeeps?

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And, here’s a video highlighting the Seventh War Loan Drive (that includes the Iwo Jima sculpture unveiling).

 
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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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No Updates Thursday

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

Santa brought me the flu for Christmas Eve….. Thanks Santa! So, between that and helping my parents, I am taking another day off. We head back to Pasco for a few days, so I’ll be able to catch up at that time.

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It was a different sort of Christmas this year, lol.

Mario shared this great article from 1943 on Facebook.
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1944 Article about a Bantam BRC-40 named “Old 72”

Mario shared this on Facebook.

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August 1945 Photo of First(?) CJ-2A on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

UPDATE III: Another version of this press photo is on eBay.

View all the information on eBay

“1945 Press Photo First Civilian Jeep Tourer Sarah Elizabeth Rodger, New York
This is an original press photo. Sarah Elizabeth Rodger makes local history as she starts tour of the city in first civilian jeep on the streets of New York. A writer, who in private life is the wife of Dr. L. Patrick Moore, has always wanted “to do a new thing first” and, this she did, by jeepers! Photo measures 9 x 7 inches. Photo is dated 09-03-1945.”

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(05/20/2016) UPDATE II: Another version of this press photo is available on eBay.

“1945 Press Photo New York Sara Roger drives civilian jeep NYC -”

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