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Women Drivers … Are Jeep Rough-Riders

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Women & Jeeps

Just a few updates today …

The August 1954 issue of People Magazine did a two-page article on the women who drove jeeps for Willys Motors. It looks like they are testing a series of M-38A1s in the photos.

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Kentucky’s Frontier Nursing Service & Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps
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The Frontier Nursing Service in one of their jeeps.

Thanks to Bus for spotting this interesting story. Stared in 1925 by Mary Breckinridge, the Frontier Nursing Service (FNS) provided healthcare to rural folks in Kentucky. At first, horses and saddlebags helped them gain access to remote areas, but during WWII the group turned to jeeps. As these photos show, over the years FNS used a variety of different jeeps. There is even a 1931 documentary about the group (with additional information here):

In the late 1930s Edsel Ford donated a reconditioned Model A to the Service, which Mary named Henrietta. Several years later Ford replaced Henrietta with Henrietta II, a jeep. At some point the FNS secured another jeep, a WWII jeep Mary named “Jane”, named for a benefactor Clara “Jane” Ford”.

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According to the Henry Ford website, this jeep was “Jane”.

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1967 Cover of ‘For Men Only’ Magazine

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Women & Jeeps

UPDATE: This was originally posted in April of 2013. I just found a larger version of the illustration by Mort Künstler.

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“Original January, 1967 For Men Only magazine. This 8.5 X 11 in. (approx.) 90+ page magazine is in good condition. It shows a couple transporting a Jeep across a gorge while being shot at. See scan.”

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1942 Photo of Women in Bantam BRC40 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

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Amazing that many folks can fit inside.

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“1942 Press Photo Group of girls driving a jeep drove pass 16-inch shells stack. This is an original press photo. Women At Home On The (Firing) Range Women who just a short while ago thought of a range as something to cook on and powder as something to pat on their faces are now doing the work of men on the firing range at the Army Ordnance Department’s providing grounds at Aberdeen, Md. They don’t just fool around with the light work, either. They fill shells with powder and prime them. They run huge cranes to assemble the big guns. And they load, clean, and fire everything from Garand rifles and Tommy guns to the big railroads guns. A group of the girls riding the range in a Jeep pass a huge stack of 16-inch shells. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 06-06-1942.”

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1947 Photo of Legionnaires & Recruiting Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

I didn’t know this, but some of you probably do. Cartoon character Bugs Bunny was given the rank of honorary Marine Master Sergeant for his performance in Super-Rabbit.

“1947 Press Photo Group of Legionnaires in U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Jeep. This is an original press photo. New York: Group of Legionnaires are chaurffeured around town in Marine Corps recruiting jeep by Vogue Model Evelyn Johnson. Shown in the black of the Jeep is movie cartoon rabbit and star in the Nea Comic Page Bugs Bunny. Photo measures 7.5 x 7 inches. Photo is dated 08-29-1947.”

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1954 Photo CJ-5 Press Announcement on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

What a different ten years make! Gone are the 1945 farmer-in-overalls ready-for-some-serious-work press photos, replaced by a nicely dressed ranch gal ready to drive the range. I’d say that’s a demographic shift.

“1954 Press Photo A new version of the famed Willy’s Jeep is introduced. This is an original press photo. A new version of the famed Willy’s Jeep is being introduced by Kaiser-Willys dealers. The new vehicle, designed for a multitude of transportation and towing chores on or off road, is said to be more rugged, roomier and more comfortable than previous models. It is powered by a 75 horsepower engine in combination with four wheel drive. Features include streamlined hood, contoured fenders and larger windshield. A new all-weather top is easier to install or remove. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 12-09-1954.”

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1956 T-Man Comic with Ford GP on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Comics, Features, Women & Jeeps

Strangely, this 1956 Comic book (#31) on eBay features T-Man (Treasury Man) Pete Trask fighting a “Red Agent” in a Ford GP, while four issues earlier T-Man raced bad guys in a more traditional WWII jeep (see bottom photo). I wonder why the comic switched to an older jeep? Maybe we have to read it to find out??

“1956 T-MAN #31 EARLY 10 CENT SILVER AGE SWEET ACTION JEEP COVER FINE CONDITION”

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This was for sale on eBay in 2013.

“This lot is an original September 1955 T-MAN (#27) from Quality Comics, nice solid VG condition, 36 pages including The Great Assassination Plot, The Underground Press, Commie Fire Bomb Plot, and Red Riffs Of Morocco. Violence and good girl content. Very early code comic! Complete, nothing missing. I will update this with more info as needed! US bidders only, please.”

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1949 De Anza Cavalcade – Life Magazine Tags Along

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images, Trips, Women & Jeeps • TAGS: .

UPDATE: This was published back in 2010. This seems appropriate, since the post below this one may feature the dozer blade shown in the photos below.

I believe these images are from the 1st annual De Anza Cavalcade, which occurred in 1949.  You can read a little about these events from the Hemet Jeep Club’s Website. Here’s an brief synopsis from Harry Buschert’s memorial:

In 1948 (Harry) Buschert joined the first Hemet Jeep Cavalcade and jumped in a jeep with Harvey Gibel at the Hemet Farmer’s Fairgrounds. The first Cavalcade, sponsored by the Anza- Borrego Trails Association and the Hemet Valley Chamber of Commerce, began as a way to show the public the need to pave the road between Hemet and Borero Springs. Over 400 Jeeps and 800 passengers came out for the first event. They took two days to travel down Coyote Canyon. Buschert would participate and assist in running the events for years to come. The event ran continuously until 1973. By 1973 the movement pave the road had become obsolete, the high prices of gasoline made the event too costly, and the perceived impact of the event affecting public perception all led to the its ending. The event took a fifteen year hiatus and began again in 1988, Buschert took part in the anniversary run.

The Life Magazine Photographer was Peter Stackpole, whom the New York Times described as a chronicler of California Trends.  Peter was part of the first group of photographers hired by Life Magazine.

You can view all the photographs of this two day ‘Jeep Ride’ in 1949 here. I have included small versions of a few of my favorite images.  Click on the images to see blown up views.

1) Here we are at the beginning:

Note the Department of Agriculture painted on the side.  That looks like a nice wool jacket, too:

Here the ‘wagon’ train is on the move.  Note the little boy peeking out the window:

You can see the line of Jeeps stretches for a ways:

Here the jeeps stop for a rest; I probably lightened this up a little too much, but I wanted to be able to see the details of the jeeps better.  Note that one of the jeeps near the bottom of the pic has an extended back — a woman is sitting in back of it:

One of the stranger arrangements was this CJ-2A that sported 3 or four passengers plus luggage, plus a plow! I have 3 images of that below:

And finally, when’s the last time you saw a Ford GP out Jeeping?

Again, you can see MANY more pics of this 1949 Hemet Jeep Club Calvacade at the Life Magazine Image Archives.

 
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German actress Christine Kaufmann on Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

Mike shared this photo he found on Facebook of the lovely actress Christine Kaufmann on a jeep. She was born in 1945, so I imagine this was from the early to mid 1960s? This also made the rounds on Pinterest, saved by Roberto Flores. Christine would go on to marry Tony Curtis, among others.

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1942 Photo of Bantam BRC-40, Shells & Women on eBay

If you like old jeeps, shells, and women, then this photo if for you!

“1942 Press Photo A Group of Girls Riding the Range in a Jeep Pass 16 Inch Shells.
This is an original press photo. Women who just a short while ago thought of a range as something to cook on and powder as something to pat on their faces are now doing the work of men on the firing range at the Army ordnance Department’s proving grounds at Aberdeen, MD. They don’t just fool around with the light work, either. They fill shells with powder and prime them. They run huge cranes to assemble the big guns. And they load, clean, and fire everything from Garand rifles and Tommy guns to the big railroad guns. A group of the girls riding the range in a jeep pass a huge stack of 16 inch shells. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 06-06-1942.

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1943 Photo of Drive Anna Weiss & Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

Give her props. Anna Weiss doesn’t look like a mother of eight (ages seven to seventeen)!

“WWII Female Jeep Driver Anna Weiss & 320th BG B-26 “Dina Mite” in Dodge City Press Photo”

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1943 Photo of Woman Testing a GPW on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

I love the driving goggles.

“This is an original press photo. Jeep tester Marie Martin rounds a curve at Ford Test Track.Photo measures 10 x 8.25inches. Photo is dated 06-11-1943.”

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1945 Photo of Willys Overland Clothing Drive on eBay

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A clothing drive photo.

“1945- Female employees at the aircraft division of Willys Overland Motors in Toledo, Ohio, use Willys jeep to collect clothing for the United National Clothing Collection Drive. Photo measures approx. 8″ x 10″”

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Ford GP Valentine Card **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Women & Jeeps • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Two of these sold in 2014. The last seller mentioned the eyes move back and forth with the jeep. This one sold for $14.50 on eBay.

“WWII ARMY WAAC VALENTINE. 5″X 4″.”

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Dame Vera Lynn and Jeeps

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Roberto Flores let me know that British singer Dame Vera Lynn’s birthday was on the 20th of March. She had some experience in jeeps during the war. Given the number of men surrounding her in the jeeps, she was very popular. I particularly like the guy with the hat and mustache in photo 2.

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WAAC Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards, Women & Jeeps

I believe this “I was the one that couldn’t even change a tire” postcard has the WAAC working on a jeep. It’s not one of the better jeep drawings we have seen.

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Woman in Jeep on Liberty Magazine Cover

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features, Magazine, Women & Jeeps

UPDATE: Was on eBay.

The March 25, 1944, issue of Liberty Magazine has a woman driving a jeep.

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1943 Postcard “Seize All Reds”

• CATEGORIES: Features, Postcards, Women & Jeeps

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on ebay

This “Orders are to Seize All Reds” postcard is funny.

“For auction is a vintage comic postcard “Orders Are To Seize All Reds” featuring an image of two military men in a jeep. The postcard is also sent by a military officer free of postage dating 1943.”

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1942 Photo of WAACS on a Jeep Ride

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles, Women & Jeeps

This photo was published in the August 19, 1942, issue of the Courier-Express. The caption is interesting, in that the woman driver of the jeep had driven ambulances for the Chinese back in 1932!

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Pics from Charles

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

More great photo finds courtesy of Charles.

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Photo of Woman in Jeep on eBay

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Nice shot of a new-looking CJ-2A.

“This listing is for a vintage photograph of a woman driving in really cool jeep 1948. Photo measures approximately 3-1/4×4-1/4″ and is in good condition.”

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Photo of Woman @ the 1961 Jeep Derby **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

The winner of the 1961 @ Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, Jeep Derby race received a DJ-3A Surrey!

“Here is an Original Vintage 1961 5th ANNUAL JEEP DERBY Josephine Johns
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READY FOR THE JEEP DERBY — Josephine Johns of El Paso waves as she prepares to take a trial run over the 63-mile three-day fifth annual International Jeep Derby at Truth or Consequences, NM. April 21-23 in connection with the Ralph Edwards Fiesta. First prize will be a pink Acapulco-style Jeep to be given by Willys Motors Inc.”

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Jeeps and Sunbathing Women Postcard on eBay

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Some things never change.

VINTAGE POSTCARD – CONDITION: VG.  DATE/ERA: 1930s-50s. Standard Size 3.5×5.5.”

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Heap of the Week article from Walla Walla

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old News Articles, Women & Jeeps

I stumbled upon a website that celebrates old articles from the town of Walla Walla, Washington, just forty-five minutes east of me. At some point the local newspaper ran a series of articles titled “Heap of the Week”. However, one week they changed the title to “Jeep of the Week”.

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Mining Mountains of Bondo in a CJ-3A

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Before restoration began on this CJ-3A This has a Blue Star hardtop.

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After Restoration (and with his wife Lauren posing in front of it)

The CJ-3A in the top photo was listed on eWillys back on August 30th, 2012. It looked pretty sound to me, but according to buyer and restorer Scott Mills, a mountain of bondo was underneath the paint. Beautiful work Scott!

He writes, “I found this 49cj3a on your site 2 years ago- after sanding and a little blasting I found that someone used what seemed like 10lbs of body filler and rivets! As many of my purchases go, buyers remorse plagued me for months! Well, I replaced panels and spent hours hammering out the tub. The only splurge was a new hood and stock rims, I managed to save most everything else. My wife has a fashion blog here in Houston and used my Cj3a in this recent post:

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Here is the Jeep before I cut out 50% of the tub, it looked great in these photos, little did I know…”

ANOTHER POST RESTORATION PIC (SEE MORE RESTORATION PICS HERE):

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