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Monarch Airlines Rental Willys Jeep Wagons

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There’s a neat postcard from what I believe is the late 1940s that shows a line of Willys Wagons ready to be rented by passengers of Monarch Airlines. a regional carrier based in Colorado. This postcard is available on eBay:

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“Post card shows a great SHOT OF ABOUT A DOZEN NEW WILLY’S JEEP STATION WAGONS AT STAPLETON AIRPORT IN DENVER, COLORADO.”

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My guess is that the idea for the wagon rentals coincided with the introduction in early 1949 of Monarch Airlines’ “family-fare” program, as reported in the February 11, 1949, issue of the Daily Sentinel out of Grand Junction, Colorado. The head of the family paid full price for a ticket, while the remaining family members could fly at half-price. Unfortunately, I have been unable to find a news report that confirms when the wagons were purchased for rental.

Below are two subsequent newspaper ads highlight the program:

May 20, 1949, ad in the Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction, Colorado

May 20, 1949, ad in the Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction, Colorado

April 08,, 1949, ad in the Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction, Colorado

April 08,, 1949, ad in the Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction, Colorado

 
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Christmas Card Photo w/Jeep on eBay

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Steve spotted this family Christmas Card that included a jeep. Interesting enough, the body already has mods to it, the step area in particular.

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VINTAGE
PHOTOGRAPH TYPE CARD
1950’S-60’S ERA?
MIGHT BE BY BROAD RIPPLE, INDIANA?”

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Postcard of Death Valley Desert Camping in a CJ-3B on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images Jeeping, Postcards

Neat old postcard showing a campsite in the desert with a CJ-3B. The photo was shot by Al Christman (presumably, there were at least two folks camping).

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Postcard of Smith’s Ferry Jeep Online Auction

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This CJ-2A appears to have some kind of extended rear on it.

https://www.auctionzip.com/auction-lot/rpc-smith-s-ferry-idaho-cougar-mountain-lodge_0754C92AD6/

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“”Visit Cougar Mountain Lodge- Smith’s Ferry, Idaho” b/w RPC, street scene with frontal image of the Post Office, quaint picture, flag flying above the A-frame post office, with a jeep parked in front; Business district , Lynn’s Place, Boise Meat Co., Miller signs ; white border, clouds, with forest in background behind Post Office; vintage card; rear of card unused; no divider, stamp box has unusual EKC lettering looks like an anvil on an e-bar Provenance: Country (if not USA): State: Idaho City/County: Smith’s Ferry Date: unknown”

 
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1953 Postcard of a Delahaye VLR(?) 4×4 Working a Field on eBay

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Probably a rare postcard of a French Delahaye 4×4. It might be a VLR model, but I don’t know these well enough.

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“Attention : Collage réalisé il y a +- 15 ans
à partir d’une photo d’un d’article issu d’un Magazine
collé sur un dos de carte postale
8.7 x 14cm”

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1942 Postcard “I’m Leaving on Leave”

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This postcard just sold eBay for $6.50.

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Postcard of Joe’s Super Service Station Hillman, MI on eBay

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Nice shot of Joe’s Super Service Station in Hillman, Michigan. The photo features a jeep truck and a CJ-3A that could both be from the same year.

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1947 Postcard of CJ-2A w/ Large Travel Trailer on eBay

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Now that’s a load!

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This Auction is for a 1940’s real photo travel trailer postcard of a Jeep pulling a trailer  Good used condition ”

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1950? De Luxe Wagon Postcard on eBay

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Nice early postcard for the De Luxe wagon.

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“1953-1954 Original Willys DeLuxe Station Wagon postcard.
Both sides are shown in the photographs. The photos are of the exact item you will receive.
Measures 4 x 6 inches.”

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You-To-Me Postcard w/Jeep on eBay

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Here’s a simple, unusual postcard with a jeep-like vehicle.

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Pink Sands Paddy Wagon Postcard on eBay

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No pic of the backside of this postcard from the Bahamas, presumably the pink sands area. I had no luck searching for more info on the web.

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“Jeep called the Pink Sands Paddy Wagon. Card in very good condition. Free shipping.”

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1953 Ben Eastman Fruit Basket Post Card on eBay

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Maury spotted this unusual postcard. The starting auction price is a crazy $39.95, but it’s a pretty cool postcard none-the-less.

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“Wow! This is a wonderful vintage 1953 postmarked postcard. Scene shows a view of the Big Flowing Orange and Ben Eastman Family on a Jeep at their Citrus Stand in Sebring, FLA. Postcard is in very good condition with some light wear and is postally used.”

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Fairchild Gardens Jeep Train Postcard on eBay

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UPDATE: Still available.

(05/20/2019) This jeep-train carried visitors through Fairchild Gardens.

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

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Yellow Fleet, Black Bear Pass, CJ-6 Postcard on eBay

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I wonder if all the Yellow Fleet rental jeeps were painted light yellow like this one? I’m guessing the color of the photo might be off a little, which gives the CJ-6 a bit of a green tint. This was taken by Bob Petley.

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“Colorado Jeep Trail Telluride Ouray CO Tomboy Road Jeep Rentals Advertising Black Bear Jeep Road Vintage Postcard”

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Black Bear Pass, CJ-6 Postcard on eBay

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This image was taken by Bob Petley also, perhaps on the same trip as the image above.

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CJ-7 Pulling a Trolley in Delaware

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This trolley used to be towed by a CJ-7 along Rehoboth Beach, North Shores, and Dewey Beach in Delaware.

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A Few Presents

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Thanks to a couple readers who sent me some surprise presents! Both were a big surprise and much appreciated.

This Scrambler Christmas ornament arrived in the mail on Monday, sent by Blaine . We only have two ornaments on the tree this year and this Scrambler is one of them (we are having a very low-key Christmas this year).

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Chris sent me these five post cards and, amazingly, I don’t have any of them! I’ll do some better scans of them in the near future.

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1940s Postcard of Jeeps in Rocky Ford Parade on ebay

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This is the cheapest of several postcards showing this parade in Rocky Ford, Colorado.

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“1940s E. C. Kropp Linen postcard: “Street Scene, Rocky Ford Colorado. North Main Street showing part of the main business district. Crowds of people watching the big parade on Fair Day. Rocky Ford is one of the leading towns in the Arkansas Valley.” Jeeps and tanks (in background further down the street) are in the view. Never mailed.”

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1943 Postcard of a BRC-60 **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Great image.

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Surrey Postcard From Hawaii on eBay

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I don’t believe I’ve seen this postcard.

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1945 Postcard From Camp Butner on eBay

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This postcard shows a bunch of jeeps at Camp Butner all lined up.

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“Camp Butner N.C. Jeeps At The Motor Pool Postcard Vintage view old card. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS First Class Package.”

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Willys jeep Dealer Service Card Reminder **SOLD**

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Using the Stradivarius as an example seems an odd choice to me given the Jeep’s demographic. Seems like they could have picked something a little less aloof. Maybe something like, “even a race car needs tune ups” or “even John Wayne has to go to the doctor for checkups”?

“Dealer sales service advertising of Willys. Measures approximately 5″ by 8″ Good condition.”

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Here’s another one that was on eBay:

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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

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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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