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1952 Article About the New Face of Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles

The Toledo Blade reported the change by the military from the square to the round nose.

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

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

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1942 – Future of the Army Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

A column written by John Marvin Rast for the Spartanburg Herald-Journal on May 30, 1942, demonstrates how convinced even the public was about the jeep’s potential.

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1946 Overturned Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

This photo of an overturned jeep was published in the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Creative Way to Sell FCs

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Mr. H. E. George found a creative way to sell FCs by taking them to livestock auctions. This article was featured in the January 1958 issue of Willys News.

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Willys Motors Makes “Ranger” for US Navy

A September 2, 1953, article in the Toledo Blade relayed the news that Willys Motors and Mobile Fire Apparatus, Inc., were planning to produce a Willys mobile fire jeep called the Ranger. According to Four Wheeler Magazine, the1952 truck shown below is an example of the Ranger. However, it’s a little puzzling that the truck is a 1952, when the announcement wasn’t made until late 1953? Maybe Mobile Fire Apparatus used an older chassis? Anyone have an insight on this?

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A second article shared the news that Brede Products was planning to sell a snow plow, powered by its own jeep engine. Below is one of two photos from Four Wheeler you can view the front of the rotary snow plow here. Anyone have a brochure for this?

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A third article announced an agreement between Mitsubishi and the Willys Overland Export, Inc.

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Climbing Colorado’s Storm Mountain in a Jeep

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This article was published in the January 1958 issue of Willys News.

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1946 Article on Jeep as Tow Rope Ski Machine

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The final two paragraphs in the February 1946 issue of the Montreal Gazette describes how workers in Cobourg, Ontario, used the rear wheels of a jeep to drive a tow rope for skiers.

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Riggins’ Volunteer Fire Department

This January 1958 article from Willys News highlighted a group of teen boys who provided the small town of Riggins, Idaho, with fire protection using a fire jeep.

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FC-170 Pipe Organ Delivery Service

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Hmm … wonder if he delivered any Wurlitzers in this? This article was published in the January 1958 issue of Willys News.

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Economy Delivery Truck Article

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The January 1958 issue of Willys News included this article about the Economy Delivery Truck.

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Steve Fowler’s 1963 America Jeep Trip

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This August 5th, 1963, article from the St. Petersburg Times describes how Dunedin, Florida, resident Steve Fowler drove from Florida to Los Angeles, north to Idaho, then cross the northern part of the US, before heading back to Florida. The article claims he drove about 10,000 miles. His most worrisome event was a close call at Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. He was camping near it when a large bear chased him away from his jeep. Sounds like quite an adventure!

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1957 Jeep Derby Article

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles, Racing

The Toledo Blade ran this article about 1957’s Jeep Derby on April 22 in that year.

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East Stroudsburg gets a Rescue Truck

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This January 1958 article from Willys News tells the story of how East Stroudsburg was able to get a Rescue Truck.

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FC-170 Owner Gives Thanks for his Jeep

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This January 1958 article in Willys News shares the story of Gordon Kohl and his satisfaction with his FC-170.

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1944 Article: A Jeep Named Galloping Gael

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St. Marys High School in Eugene, Oregon, purchased this jeep, christened the Galloping Gael, as part of the war effort. The name is memorable enough that maybe someone has seen an old photo of a jeep with the name on it? The article came from the March 28, 1944, issue of the Eugene Register-Guard.

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‘Jeep’ Fun Clubs

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The March 1956 issue of Willys News alerted sales people and dealers to the rising interest in jeep clubs. They recommended getting involved and encouraging the growing phenomenen.

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Florida Power Company’s Willys Trucks

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The March 1956 issue of Willys News featured the Florida Power Company’s grounding-rod driving unit attached to Willys trucks. A long article follows the photos.There were at least four of the speciality units produced. I wonder if any exist?

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1944 Court Case Regarding Jeep Name

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles

According to this article, drivers began calling the vehicles “jeeps” by November of 1940.

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1944 Ad for Greyhound Lines

This 1944 Ad out of the Southeast Missourian featured “Jim” piloting what looks like a Ford GP.

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Fighting Mosquitoes during WWII

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This 1943 article from the Milwaukee Journal described the fight against mosquitoes. There are more  non-jeep photos in the article.

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Fighting Mosquitoes in 1955

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This 1955 Toledo Blade article shares the news that jeeps were being sent to Mexico to fight Malaria. Looks like that’s a CJ-3B.

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Spectacular Tasks Become Routine Jobs for ‘Jeep’

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This series of photos was included in the March 1956 issue of Willys News.

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Early Zamboni Ice surfacer Model D — CJ-3B. See more Zamboni jeep models here.

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1956 Introduction of the FC-150

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

The Victoria Advocate featured this story in the December 12, 1956, issue of the Victoria Advocate. Just below the article was an ad for the FC-150.

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1946 Ad for the Civilian Jeep

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

Your headaches are over if you buy a jeep? That’s a new one! This was published in the Schenectady Gazette Feb 19, 1946.

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