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Highways Across the Horizon by Dorothy Rogers

• CATEGORIES: Books, FC150-FC170-M677, Features, Women & Jeeps

UPDATE: This ad published in the Los Angeles Times, June 15, 1962, by the Alaskan Camper Factory, welcomed Dorothy and Louise back into the United States after their trip around the world in an FC-170 (with an Alaskan camper, of course).

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Originally Published October 06, 2021: Highways Across the Horizon was written by Dorothy Rogers, who previous wrote Jeopardy in the Jeep.  I received a copy of it in the mail last week.  I knew the book was about traveling through Asia, but there were two things I didn’t know.  The first think I learned was that she and her travel partner Louise, traveled all the way around the world, starting and ending in New York.  The second surprise was their vehicle of choice:  a FC-170 with a camper.   Craig confirmed today that Dorothy and Louise piloted only the third known FC to make it around the world.  I can’t wait to read about their adventure.

Here are FC related pics:

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Jeopardy and a Jeep Book by Dorothy Rogers

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features, Women & Jeeps

UPDATE: Ashley Giordano has published a well-written synopsis of the book Jeopardy and a Jeep for Expedition Portal: https://expeditionportal.com/jeopardy-and-a-jeep-africa-conquered-by-two-women-professors/

She also shared this article from April 27, 1954, that was published in the Cape Argus newspaper out of South Africa:

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Published Feb 28, 2021: According to the November 24, 1957, issue of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, this book was published in November of 1957 (previously, the date hadn’t been clear).

The December 08, 1957, issue of the Birmingham News included an article on Dr. Rogers’ new book. Apparently, Rogers was a former teacher in Alabama.

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Originally Published September 25, 2012:

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1954 Photo of Women Marine Reservists

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

This photo from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science shows Denver’s female Marine Reservists piled onto an M-38. The women were in their second week of training in San Diego.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Denver Museum of Nature and Science, July 16, 1954.

“A jeep load of Denver’s Woman Marine Reservists arrive at a San Diego beach to enjoy some swimmin’ and sunnin’ as a part of their two weeks of summer training here at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. They represent the Woman Marine Disbursing Platoon, 1st 155 Millimeter Gun Battalion of Denver. The unit has just begun their second week.”

 
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Just One Update for Sunday

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos, Women & Jeeps • TAGS: .

Updates will resume Monday morning….

Only 17 more days until we close on the new place. We’ve packed most of our stuff and are now doing minor repairs and maintenance, such as some trim painting, light landscaping, and, one of the biggest tasks, cleaning out our backyard waterfall and pond. It can be a pain to clean every spring, but it sure is nice to listen to on the back porch on a sunny day. It will also help sell this place.

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Our rather warm winter meant more green growth in the pond. So, we have to empty it, pull out some large rocks, scrub it, and fill it back up. No doubt we will lose some fish in the process. It all looks a bit dreary in back right now.

Here is how it usually looks (though this was taken in April, prior to many of the flowers blooming):

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As we approach the closing date, I plan to take at least one, if not two weeks off to get the new place ready, move our stuff, and finish details on the old house to ready it for sale. But, don’t fret, there will still be new daily content (and some retread of older feature posts). One person who is responsible for providing new content is a dedicated researcher named John Hamrin, who has taken the time to go through the British Pathe video site to locate any videos with jeeps in it. He has now sent me over 100 links to videos, with more arriving as I type this post. So far, most appear to be WWII related. So, a HUGE thanks to him for his painstaking research and generosity!!

Finally, a word to one of our newest and most passionate readers, almost-two-year-old Miranda Tilford, who, has become a passionate viewer of eWillys. On Saturday morning (yesterday), Marty wrote to tell me that shortly before messaging me, Miranda came up to him and said, “Jeep, jeep, jeep”. At first he was confused at what she wanted, so she repeated, “jeep, jeep, jeep”. About that time, Marty realized that she wanted to sit down with him and go through eWillys. Sure enough, they sat down and scrolled through some jeeps. That poor, poor young lady has been afflicted with the Willys sickness already; there is no hope for her!!

So, in Miranda’s honor, with a nod to John’s video efforts, here are some WAACs trying out their driving skills with jeeps and trucks:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiNSjOJEeUA

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1944 Article on “WAC Jeep Day” in Fort Worth, Texas

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

This May 18, 1944, article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram describes the upcoming “WAC Jeep Day”. The Fort Worth recruiting team would offer free jeep rides to those women who fit the WAC’s specifications. I’m guessing the women had to be “U.S. citizens between the ages of 21 and 45 with no dependents, be at least five feet tall, and weigh 100 pounds or more.”

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1946 ‘Come in and Drive a Jeep’ Ad

Instead of qualifying for the WACs, it might have been easier to wait two years and drive a jeep with no strings attached! This ad published in the May 29, 1946, issue of the Knoxville News for the Sam Horne Company shows a woman test driving a jeep.

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1961 Article on the Las Cruces Jeepathon Track

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

This July 30, 1961, article shared the news that the Las Cruces Jeep Club planned to allow non-racers a chance to drive the ‘Jeepathon’ race track before the racers got a chance to race.  The photos show Carol McDonald checking the jeep and the track. I wish the photos were clearer. I’m guessing she was a Las Cruces Jeep Club member?

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Some Random Jeep Parades

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

Just this one post for Tuesday …

A search of Jeep parades at Newspapers.com revealed endless WWII and post-WWII jeep parades for a myriad of causes. Below is a sample:

This August 08, 1943, photo and article published in the Charlotte Observer highlights a jeep parade held for Army Air Force recruitment.

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A June 17, 1942, blurb in the Marysville Journal Tribune noted that Marlene Dietrich and 100 jeeps would be parading in Toledo for a War Bond drive.

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Sinbad the dog, a decorated 8-year veteran of the Coast Guard, got his own jeep parade according to a January 09, 1946, article in the Marysville Journal-Tribune out of Ohio.

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The March 06, 1946, issue of The Leader-Post out of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, reported that the first 100 jeeps to be imported into Colombia formed a parade in Bogota.

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1951 Photo of a Young Korean Girl in a Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

Sounds like this young lady was a handful!

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“This is an original press photo. Boyle, Hal (Correspondent). Tiny Shinn Chung Sook, better known as “Snooky,” looks bewildered as she sits in a jeep in the Seoul area with Associated Press correspondents Hal Boyle (foreground) and Bill Waugh (right), two of the American newsmen who adopted her. In left background is Snooky’s real uncle, Bill Shinn, Korean reporter for the Associated Press. Waugh, designated as the child’s official godfather, gave Boyle the assignment of escorting her to safety in Taegu. Waiting at latter city for Snooky, who had twice before disappeared, was her real father. Photo measures 8.75 x 6.75inches. Photo is dated 1-3-1951.”

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WAAC Recruitment Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Women & Jeeps

I think it is interesting that there’s rope wrapped around the front bumper on this vintage ad. I guess that was a ‘thing’ at the time.

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“The original 8×11″ magazine ad in very good condition.  NOT a reprint.”

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1960 Jeep Family Cartoon Brochure w/ Woman

UPDATE: Anyone have an original of this brochure? I’ve got someone who would like a scan of the page showing the woman. The pics below were part of an eBay auction and subsequent post from 2013 (I bid, but didn’t win the brochure).

“original part color catalog , 5.5 x 8 , 16 pages , interesting cartoon type catalog which concerns the word “Jeep” and its use as a registered trademark . Apparently the word “Jeep” was being commonly used generically to describe a Jeep type vehicle and the company thought it important enough to protect their property rights and trademark to produced this interesting catalog . It also lists countries around the world where “Jeep” has been registered .”

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1943 Ad for Weiners in Ford GPs

This ad may have appeared multiple times, but appear at least once in the January 30, 1943, issue of Colliers magazine on page 29. Included below is a color version supposedly published in 1942.

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Berth Dupre and All-Black WAC Units

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

Mark shared a story about the death of Bertha Durpe, one of the few women who served with the 6888th CPD Battalion, an All-Black WAC unit that went overseas to help the war effort. The photo below doesn’t show the former Master-Sergeant Dupree, but it’s still a neat photo.

You can read a little about Ms. Dupree here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article226817444.html

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More on the 6888th:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6888th_Central_Postal_Directory_Battalion
  2. https://www.history.com/news/black-woman-army-unit-mail-world-war-ii
  3. https://blackthen.com/charity-adams-earley-commander-black-female-army-unit-serving-overseas-wwii/
  4. National Archives: https://catalog.archives.gov/search?q=6888th
 
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1950s? Woman, Jeep & Eskimo Pies Sign on eBay

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

Steve shared this ice-cream related photo.

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“WOMAN w ICE CREAM TRUCK JEEP @ GOLDEN STATE DAIRY 50’s photo ESKIMO PIE SIGN
Vintage original snapshot photo, circa 1950’s.
Dimensions: 5″ x 3 1/2″
Condition: Good, surface creases/wrinkles, bit of album paper remnants on back, see scan.”

 
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1943 Photo of WACS in Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Women & Jeeps

Fort Belvoir was happy with the WACs they had and was hoping to recruit more. An article in the July 25, 1943, issue of the Sunday Star covered the recruitment program.

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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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