Sunday, February 27, 2011
Or at least I’m sure that they do, if only I knew what they were. I like these three photos as they leave alot to the imagination, as it seems that the original stories are long since lost. But the charm of collecting old photos and especially those that are of jeeps or have jeeps in them is that you can always construct a story that fits them. The first photo is set at Bushkill Falls, otherwise known as the Niagara Falls of Pennsylvania according to the sign on the bumper. In the Poconos, it still operates hiking trails and concession stands today. The handwritten message on the back states that Kay and Mary Jeanne have found the “promised land” in July 1946. The MB appears to have been a part of the attractions. It would be great if it still were.
The next photo shows a 2A or 3A parked alongside a country road near a farm. I love the very unusual hard top, maybe a custom made model? I’d love to know the area where it was shot. It reminds me alot of the area of the upstate New York Mohawk Valley where I grew up.
And finally the bottom photo shows what I am guessing is an open topped jeep speeding alongside of a field with only its shadow showing passing through the high weeds. It may not even be a jeep, but its nice to think so and look forward to nicer summer weather that was made for cruising along in a jeep.
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Friday, February 25, 2011
Today we have three ads that I’ve found via Google news archives searches. There are a ton of old articles and ads that you can find and view online. Given the time I hope to catalogue quite a few more of these lost and largely forgotten little snippets.
These ads from the Calgary Herald of 1950/51 and the Vancouver Herald of 1949 are a reminder that not only was the postwar jeep a wild success in the United States, but the world over. As the jeep had won the hearts of a worldwide populace, so too did the civilian models with their can-do approach to the jobs that needed to be done after the war.
I also plan on trying to put together a family tree of sorts of the various jeep export models that sprouted up after the war from the Mahindra of India to the Viasa of Spain. I think that there is a wealth of little known models and variations that exist out there that sprouted up from the original forefathers of the jeep. I’m calling on my overseas readers for help in this endeavor. I need any information, links, histories, scans of brochures, old photos and new that you can provide. Please contact me at email@example.com. I’m not sure how long this will take as I would like it to be quite extensive, but keep checking back!
Stay tuned for three photos coming this Sunday! Until then you can as always click here to view the entire album.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Today we have two articles from 1945 that were originally published in Popular Science magazine. The articles discuss the widespread roles of the jeep on both the war front and the soon to be home front. In May 1945, “Fighting Welders Work Battle-Line Miracles” discusses the situations in which welder equipped MBs have helped to decide the course of the war whether it be repair work or some on the spur of the moment fabrication duties to build something which wasn’t available out of what scrap was available. Three months later Popular Science published the article “Meet The Postwar Jeep” about decidedly more domestic chores around the farm and home.
In either case, the jeep shone whatever its responsibilities. You can view the full articles as well as other magazine articles here.
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Monday, February 14, 2011
During the war the country, both civilian and military, the public and industry alike were called upon to join the war effort by conserving, by gearing up and by shifting their efforts toward the winning of the war. Ads sprouted up reminding the public of why they had do without, make goods stretch farther and donate their time. These four ads are a few examples of the drive that explained to America and the world why it was important that they sacrificed (and of course, a big pat on the back as well...). The jeep, symbol of the resources and Allied ingenuity figured prominently in many ads as we can see in these four.
You can click here to be taken to the entire album of other war era ads that feature the military jeep.
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Sunday, February 6, 2011
Thanks for hanging in there today! We have two early brochures that demonstrate Willys-Overland unending advertising push of the jeep to virtually any industry that you can think of. From the farmer to the airlines, to the fire department to the forestry department, Willys displayed that the jeep could do it all. Both of these brochures were kindly provided as free downloads. The Public Service brochure was from Dave Eilers’ invaluable eWillys.com website. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should check it out! You can also download a PDF version of it here. The second brochure was obtained from I believe, the CJ2-A Page, but I don’t remember for sure now. You can click here or here to be taken to their individual albums.
Also, enjoy the new look for the entire Jeep Dealer Item section! Hopefully it should be easier to access and read and just plain look a bit slicker. I’ll be working on the entire website over the course of this year as well. Let me know what you think!
Friday, February 4, 2011
Today, I have a miscellaneous photo to tide you over until Sunday. Its a neat buddy photo, two guys hanging out, probably late or post-war Europe with the ever-present jeep in the background. According to what I could find for the GI on the left, his shoulder insignia denotes a technician, 5th grade, not a corporal as I had first suspected. Apparently the “Tec-5” denoted a specialty of some kind or the other and they were to be addressed as “corporal,” but did not have the authority to command as a corporal did. Perhaps his specialty had something to do with the jeep?
More neat details are the hardtop and fender skirts that you saw somewhat often in liberated Europe, especially in the northern climes. You can see the snow in the background, so it’s cold out there. I can only guess what the hand painted word is on the windshield frame. It begins “EDIT,” but what could have followed? Any ideas out there?
You can click here to be taken to the full album of photos of other MB’s.
Look for an update on Sunday of two early post-war “Popular Science” articles.