Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Family Ride In The 2A And Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there and a big thank you to all that you guys do every day! Today I’ve found the perfect photo for Father’s Day. It’s actually a reproduction of an original slide that I purchased from an Ebayer’s store. The seller also does have a fair number of reproductions of photos of vintage automobiles that would be well worth checking out.

Unfortunately while though there was no other further info on the identity of the family, it came from Colorado. This 2A looks like it had the handsome color combo of possibly Picket Grey and Luzon Red wheels. It looks like the family consisting of grand-dad and grandma, daughter and four grandkids and don’t forget the dog were out for a ride one day long ago and had a great time. I hope that everyone takes a moment today to call or remember their dad today! Thank you to my Papa for all that he helped make me. I miss you alot.

Check back next week for a new update. I plan on getting a few dealer’s brochures up as well continuing filling up the LIFE Magazine archive, revamping the entire site and new marketplace items for sale this summer!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Yes, the above photo from a series of them illustrate what you think you see. A CJ3-A lifted by a boom truck... but the kicker is it is being held in place by several layers of tape! The photographer, Bernard Hoffman shot these publicity shots back in May of 1950. Apparently scotch tape is much more versatile than you would think. I would hazard a guess that this was at the behest of the Scotch Brand company that makes the ubiquitous tape. I haven’t been able to find any more info on this. Please email me if you happen to know anything else.

Bernard Hoffman was quite a versatile photographer as well. In addition to photographing the 3A, he was a war correspondent as well, parachuting into then jungles of Burma, accompanying crews of B-29s on low level bombing missions over Japan and was perhaps best known for being the first American photojournalist on the ground to record the days after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

As always you can click here to view the full album of photos and check back as I still have alot to add to the LIFE magazine archive.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The 2011 Calendar- June

The average age for most U.S. soldiers during the Second World War was somewhere in their mid-twenties. During the Invasion of Normandy the average age was 23, but we all know that while conscription began at 18 many young men caught up in patriotism lied about their age and signed up earlier than that.

On this day, the day before the 67th anniversary of D-Day, the largest invasion by sea in the history of mankind and an event that forever changed the face of history, I chose to show this page from the calendar for the month of June. Five young men stand before a jeep looking awfully young and fresh faced. The seller could not provide any info for the photo and yes, they do look incredibly young, but could it be authentic rather than possibly staged? To be honest I’m not sure, but I don’t think that it is truly out of the range of possibility that they could be very young looking recruits.

So, take a moment tomorrow and not forget the sacrifices of the many young men who took part in the invasion of Europe that forever changed the course of history.

And please remember that you can still order the calendar for 2011 which is filled with many photos that have never been seen before of the jeeps and the men and women who used them to help better the world.

You can click here to view the entire calendar.