Sunday, September 25, 2011

A New Jeep Story

A couple of weeks back I received this email. It tells the story of a lady who met this veteran and of the debt of gratitude that we all owe the Greatest Generation! Thanks again to Carrie for this great story! Click here to read more jeep stories. “Hi Brendan, My Name is Carrie K. I live in Mi. I have a Rescue Green 2010 Jeep Wrangler. Not exactly vintage.. Rescue green is a rather strange color. You either love it or hate it. As for me.. I got a good deal so I now own it. I don't know if this is the type of story you are looking for. I'll let you decide. I was putting groceries in my jeep when a man pulled in the spot next to me. He said, "That Jeep looks like a lot of fun". I said it is. I hope to take it off road in the near future. He told me he used to drive a jeep back in 43, 44 and 45. He said his jeep was real fast and saved his life many times. He said it was a lot of fun to drive and he wished he still had his jeep. He said, "I'm a Veteran." I sort of figured that. I looked at him in awe.. I realized that would make him about my Dad's age. How old are you I asked. I just turned 87 was his reply. He looked about 70. He credited his wife for his youthful appearance. I thanked him for keeping us safe. I sure wished I would have thought to asked his name. Everyone has a story. I feel privileged he told me his. Attached is a picture of my Jeep. Sincerely Carrie K.”

The 2011 Calendar- September

The 2011 calendar page for September features the Willys pickup truck and their owners. From the truck being used as a circus vehicle to a small business owner to a proud looking older man standing beside his truck the Willys has never let us down. With the fall coming on we generally start to rely more and more upon our trucks and so this month we have photos of them proudly doing their thing. You can click here
to view the rest of the calendar pages or click on the thumbnails below to view them full sized.
This photo was from a series of photos that are as yet unidentified, but the business on the side of the truck reads “Shell Pipeline Corp, Springfield, MO.”
The Ringling Brothers truck states that it was employed in the sound department, possibly used along with a broadcast system to alert the town that the circus was in town. The reverse states “RB New Jeep 8-26-55.”
And finally, this older man is also unidentified, but the photo came from Washington State.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Miscellaneous Press Photos

Lots and lots of projects are still in the works at While I’m working on them, I need to clean up a whole lot of miscellaneous things like these great press photos mainly dating from 1955 (with the exception of the 1977 Renegade). They were downloads found at various online sites and make great screensavers. Feel free to right click the thumbnails on my page to save them for yourself! Stay tuned for more from the Jeep Cavalcade scrapbook, a continuation of the LIFE magazine photo archive section, more old brochures (including one of the very first for the civilian jeep), ads and photos. Plus I’ll be releasing lots more t-shirt ideas in our Zazzle store, a new 2012 calendar full of never before seen photos. AND foreign ads and brochures and an international jeep family tree. The best is yet to come at! And remember you can be a part of it. You can always submit anything And please also remember that we can always use a donation for our server costs, no matter how large or small through our Paypal link below and thank you!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Two AMC Ads

On this day, let us not forget the events that took place now a decade ago, but let’s also not be too bummed out by them. Rather than a war and conflict centered post today, let’s take a look at two light hearted civilian ads from the 70’s AMC, the ‘Super’ Jeep Renegade and the Levi’s Edition. The Renegade had been around since 1971, but by the following year the ads proclaim it the ‘Super’ Jeep. The Renegade package coated the CJ-5 in three colors: yellow, orange and plum and outfitted it with a rear seat, a fuel tank skid plate, a few more gauges, a Trac-Lok differential and the 304 V-8. In total it cost an additional $299! In 1975 one of the more unusual trim packages for the Renegade that was offered was the Levi’s edition. It outfitted the CJ with either tan or blue vinyl denim look seat covers complete with stitching and copper rivets to mimic the classic jean look. Also as a first was the availability of a factory installed AM radio option for $69. You were certainly styling in this fairly rare package. Check back next week when I’ll try to get more of the Jeep Cavalcade scrapbook up and new items in the Zazzle online store! Remember this day, but celebrate life today!

Friday, September 2, 2011

1959 Jeep Cavalcade Scrapbook

I came across this gem a few years back and its a treasure trove of information from newspaper clippings to souvenirs from the first inaugural Jeep Cavalcade to the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. I had planned on finishing the scanning and work on this over this past week, but time has a way of vanishing with so many other projects that demanded my attention around the house while on vacation. Plus, the scrapbook is so big that it dwarfs my scanners flatbed and I will have to stitch together a couple of scans per page in Photoshop before it will be ready. Not to mention that many of the pages are composed of larger folded images and clippings and items that will need to be scanned individually. So please bear with me. Here are the first three pages. Not what I was hoping to get done by the end of the Labor Day weekend, but it will have to do for now. I will be eventually getting the rest of the scrapbook posted here as soon as I can. Here’s to hoping that you and your jeep enjoy this long weekend!