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Tommy Barlett’s Deer Ranch

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UPDATE: Glenn spotted a postcard of Tommy Barlett’s Deer Ranch on eBay.

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Original Post from January of 2014:  From the Lost Parks website I learned that Tommy Bartlett’s international Deer Ranch in Silver Springs, Florida, was a petting zoo “in the early 1960’s. The land was only rented from the Springs, and there was at least one lawsuit between Bartlett and Silver Springs over the terms of his lease. Eventually the land was reabsorbed into the Silver Springs attraction and Bartlett left to concentrate on his Wisconsin busineses. He died in September, 1998.”

The pic below shows a CJ-5 wrapped by advertising and reindeer. http://www.postcardroundup.com/tommy-bartletts-deer-ranch

tommy-barletts-deer-ranch-cj5-1Here’s a business card from the ranch that I found on eBay:

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Africa U.S.A. and Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images, Postcards

There’s a post card of a jeep train from the Jungletown area of Africa USA on eBay. Also on this post, I’ve aggregated all the Africa USA images.

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From 2015: Africa USA, was part of a theme-park movement in the late 1950s that included New York’s Freedomland, Disneyland, Wisconsin’s Fort Dells, and others. By 1959, these parks were collectively generating revenue of $2 billion.

There is a feature article about these parks in the August 1, 1960, issue of Life Magazine. The picture below is from that article. You can take a ‘virtual’ jeep-train tour of Africa USA here (don’t expect much)

This article appeared in the December 1955 issue of Willys News. That’s the jeep train behind the animals.

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Don Pratt Jeep Tours

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UPDATE: I’ve combined various Don Pratt posts into this single post. One set of postcard photos has been updated from poor quality ebay photos to scans of the actual card. Thanks go to Chris for buying and sending it to me earlier this month!

According to this Pink Jeep Tour site, Pink Jeep Tours is the oldest continuously operating Jeep Tour Company in the United States. It was started in 1958 by a Sedona Realtor named Don Pratt, who would drive clients to see homes at Broken Arrow Estates. The Broken Arrow tour is the original Jeep tour and is still today the most popular tour in Sedona.Why did he make the jeeps pink? Mr. Pratt got the idea while visiting the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach, where everything was pink.

But, that’s only part of the story. In her book Echoes of Sedona Past, Mary Lou Keller explains how her and her husband cleared the first trail and how, when Glenn Keller decided not to open a jeep tour business, their friend Don Pratt asked if he could do it instead. Mrs. Keller covers the story in five pages of her book available to read on Google.The book also includes the image below of Mary Lou Keller with her do Pico in her (probably) 1946 CJ-2A:

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This 1960s(?) postcard pictures Don Pratt’s tour jeeps at Oak Creek Canyon out of Sedona, AZ. This is the one Chris bought me.
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From a 2015 Post: The 1966 Volume 12, No. 5, issue of Jeep News featured these photos from Don Pratt’s Pink Jeep Tours from Sedona, Arizona. The company now offers tours in four Arizona locations.

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From a 2013 Post: There was at least one other double-photo postcard produced by Don Pratt.

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1943 Postcard of Flying Jeep on eBay

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This was illustrated by Reg Manning.

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Postcard of Holland with Soldiers and Jeep on eBay

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This seems like an odd postcard, but maybe I’m missing something?

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“WW2 – LIBERATION OF HOLLAND – SOLDIERS IN A JEEP – BY VAN DER WOUDE”

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Fairchild Gardens Jeep Train Postcard

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It’s been a while since we’ve run across a unique jeep-train postcard. This one carried visitors through Fairchild Gardens.

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“Postcard Florida CJ-5 Rambler Jeep Fairchild Tropical Garden”

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Smokey Bear Postcard on eBay

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Cool postcard. Too bad the jeep isn’t more accurate. This is a tribute to artist Rudy Wendelin.

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“VINTAGE SMOKEY BEAR POSTCARD – TRIBUTE JEEP.”

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1943 Bantam BRC-40 Postcard on eBay

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UPDATE: Another of these postcards is now on eBay.

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“U. S. Army Signal Corps. Jeep Soldiers Out For Refreshments.”

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Original Post February 20, 2014:

“You are bidding on a vintage 1943 photo postcard of a Jeep, soldiers and a lady. The card reads, Photo by U S Army Signal Corps. The card is postmarked Camp Pickett, VA 1943. The card is in very good condition.”

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1963 Wagoneer Delivery Van Postcard on eBay

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I’m surprised to see a Jeep Delivery Van landing on a postcard promotion. Interestingly, the card does not identify the vehicle as a Gladiator or a Wagoneer.

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“POSTCARD TYPE: Chrome divided back standard size measuring about 3 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches.
CONDITION: Excellent; postally unused
DATE: 1963 Model year I believe”

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Postcard of Wagon in Knoxville, IA on eBay

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I thought this early delivery sedan with a half window installed on the back driver’s side was interesting.

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“VINTAGE POSTCARD – CONDITION: EXC – SEE SCANS. DATE/ERA: c1950s-60s. Standard Size 3.5×5.5 Inches. “

 
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1947 Willys Dealership Postcard in Albuquerque on eBay

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Neat old postcard. Seller has multiple postcards. Includes images of an early wagon and a CJ-2A.

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“Print. ca 1947. Albuquerque, NM. Tovrea Equipment Co., Willys Jeep Dealership.”

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Postcards of Tour Jeeps in Europe

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Derek Redmond of the CJ-3B page shared these images from postcards on some European auction sites. It appears there are still 4×4 trips related to Canigou, which appears to be in the Pyrenean Mountains
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4-Corners Postcard With Wagon Towing Airstream

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That looks like a big trailer for that wagon. It must have tested the brakes.

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“A Vintage printed postcard as described in title
Publisher-photographer-Artist—Petley”

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Postcard of CJ-5 at Beaver Lake Lodge on eBay

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This Beaver Lake Lodge CJ-5 in Marble, Colorado, was setup for tours. I wished there was a better photo of the jeep.

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“This is a Vintage Original Postcard, all the cards we sell are in VG or better condition, there are no tears or creases, unless otherwise noted in the item description. The MATCHSETS mark on the listing image is an online watermark only, never on the original item you will receive . All the postcards listed are STANDARD SIZE CARDS 5 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ unless otherwise noted”

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Mac Wood’s Dune Shooters

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They aren’t jeeps, but these rigs surf the Silver Lake sand dunes with passengers, and have been doing so since 1930. I’ve included some post cards of older dune tour vehicles below. To see all pics, or to schedule your next dune ride, check out Mac Wood’s Dune Rides here.

  1. **SOLD** Was on eBay.
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1950s Postcard of Salty Johns, Junior and Their Jeep on eBay

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UPDATE: Here’s another postcard of Salty Johns on eBay.

This postcard shows Salty Johns, his dog Junior, and his “Flashy” jeep. Salty’s real name was Vernon Johns. He worked as the Audubon Society Wildlife Warden for Lydia Ann Island. He also brought some color to the Port Aransas, Texas, beaches. That sure is an unusual bumper setup.

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Postcard from Fantastic Caverns on eBay

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UPDATE: Another postcard with this image is back on eBay.

(08/01/2015) You can learn more about Fantastic Caverns here: http://www.ewillys.com/2012/11/22/bill-visits-the-fantastic-caverns/

“Springfield Missouri~Jeep & Tram Thru Fantastic Caverns~1960s Postcard”

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Palm Canyon Jeep Tours Postcard on eBay

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The Palm Canyon jeep tour is still available through Red-Jeep Desert Adventures. Red-Jeep also offers other tours via jeeps.

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Here’s one of their postcards on eBay

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Columbine Lodge Postcard on eBay

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There are still some rustic cabins at this historic mining town of Columbine, Colorado. The jeep looks to be an MB/GPW.

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1943 Postcard “Jeep Ferry” on eBay

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I bet not too many of these postcards were made.

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“Our large front and back scans show you the exact condition of this postcard. Size: Approx. 5.5″ x 3.5”

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Oversize Dealer Wagon Postcard **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This is a nice one. With shipping, this is under $10. It’s 11″x 8.5″.

“Today I offer for an RJ’s of VARINA EASTERN TIME, BUY IT NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE SALE is a LARGE, 8.5″ x 11″, VINTAGE 1951 WILLYS STATION WAGON DEALER POSTCARD, RYSON MOTORS of DOVER, NEW JERSEY”

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Baker Drug Store Delivery Wagon Postcard on eBay

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Interesting Baker Drug Store Wagon. Note the single window. I wonder if it was ordered that way?

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“VINTAGE POSTCARD – CONDITION: EXC – SEE SCANS. DATE/ERA: c1950s-60s. Standard Size 3.5×5.5 Inches.”

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Famous “Sand Hills Jeep” Postcard

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I just bought this for a few buck on eBay. How about this crazy contraption for running dunes? The postcard is a jumbo 6.5″ x 9″. I looked for more information about it, but all I could find was a reference in a book by J. Conrad and Kathyln Dunagan about a Jeep developed in the sand dunes (see bottom pic).

“Jumbo Antique Postcard 1970’s Chrome Famous Sand Hills Jeep Texas Sand Dunes”

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Google result that shows a reference to a “jeep ride”

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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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1966 Smokey The Bear in Jeep Card on eBay

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The seller has several of these available. They are 6 5/16ths” Wide by 2 1/2″ High.

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“1966 Smokey Bear SEZ: BLOTTER Bookmark
MINT U.S. Ephemera FP-5-4661 CDF
73700-356 6-66 1.000M OSP
Unique US Historical Artifact
Clear and Clean Printing
with vivid Color UN-circulated Mint

Smokey SEZ: (Unique RED JEEP Issue)
PROTECT OUR CHILDREN’S HERITAGE
…BE EXTRA CAREFUL
WITH FIRE!
Prevent Forest Fires!
Smokey Bear
Blotter Bookmark GPO 1960’s
United States Forest Service
U.S. Government Printing Office :1966
MINT Condition UN-Circulated
Limited Supply
Bright Colors Clean and Clear Printing