Sunday, November 27, 2011

Five New Patriotic War Era Ads

I recently picked up some new World War 2 era ads from my friends at American Art Archives. The ads are pretty typical of the patriotic stance that manufacturers took during the war, but are also telling of the way that the public looked at the new tools and vehicles of modern warfare including, of course, the jeep. The jeep is featured right there as a common background to the military and war context in which the products are shown. The products and the advertising that is used to describe them are partnered in context along with the jeep and the modern soldier, “modern, dependable, enduring, power and precision.” Not only did the advertiser promote their patriotism but their product as well. You can view the full sized ads by clicking here to view them and many more ads in their albums.
This week, the all new 2012 calendar was released as well, featuring 17 all new never before published photos of the mighty jeep. You can have a new vintage photo of the jeep every day on your wall in your garage or office or man-cave! Check it out here. It’s now the perfect time to start thinking about Xmas gifts for the jeep lover in your life. The online marketplace has tons of gift ideas that you can view here and through tomorrow for the Black Friday weekend there also alot of sales happening. You can find them and the store here.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Don’t Forget Your Top!

It’s fall and as much fun as getting out there and trying to squeak in another day or two of topless/doorless driving is, make sure that you don’t forget to bring along the top or get a good weather forecast beforehand! I recently found this magazine cover published by the VFW in 1947 and loved it. Never having seen it before I wondered about the illustrator. Turns out he was a 23 year old buck sergeant in the Signal Corps, William G. Jacobson of Chicago. The blurb about him reads that, “he found time to make quite a few ETO sketches while overseas, to keep his technique from becoming rusty. The guy’s shy- that’s about all we could get out of him. Evidently he expresses himself best with a paint brush.” I haven’t been able to find out much more about him myself. If you happen to know more about him, please contact me @ The only thing that I have found was another cover illustration from a 1952 Catholic magazine, “Extension.” Looks similar to his style, but I can’t be sure.
Curious if he ever did anymore jeep illustrations and of course, I’d also like to see those other ETO drawings. In the meantime, keep warm and don’t forget that top because otherwise your significant other may never forgive you! Check back later this week around the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend when I hope to have the all new 2012 calendar finished. Also check out all of the new items in our online store!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The 2011 Calendar- November

The year is drawing down and the new calendar for next year is in the works. You can find it right here and soon! For the month of November, the month of Veteran’s Day it was a natural choice to show off a few photos of GI’s posing by and in their jeeps with the venerable MB appearing in the background. We owe much to these men and they owe some of their success to the jeep. Thank you again, vets! You can still find the 2011 calendar in’s Zazzle online store here, plus a lot more t-shirt designs, iPod, iPhone and iPad cases, caps, kid’s clothing, mugs, mousepads and more! Check them out and start thinking about Xmas gifts for the jeep lover in your life today.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank You, Veterans

Happy Veteran’s Day one and all. A special entry comes today in the form of a new t-shirt in the Zazzle marketplace. Chances are, you already know a vet, whether its your neighbor or your family or friend. Say thanks to them today for the sacrifices that they surely have endured so that we may all have so much. You can click here to be taken to the store link for the t-shirt. Through this weekend you can get $5 off any t-shirt and 30% off any case, calendar or mug. Just enter VETERANSALE5 at checkout. And thank you again to my sister, my sister in law, my wife’s uncle and mother in law for their contributions and the memory of my third great grandfather John Lasher, a Civil War vet and survivor of Andersonville and to a distant uncle in the Revolutionary War. Thank you!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Four New T-Shirts At

I recently ran across a series of wonderful slides probably from the late 40’s and early 50’s in the case of the top slide to the red ranch CJ3-B that dates from 1961. Kodachromes being the bright brilliant examples of some of the best slide film that ever existed, they made for some wonderful candid portraits of jeep owners and their pride and joys. I thought that these four would make great t-shirts too. Complete with the black framing lines of the original slide they speak of another time in American history and of the men that helped make it a part of what this country is. The slides also list the names of these men. As always please contact me @ if you have any info about them and I will archive it. You can view each slide in their individual category in the These Old Jeep Photos section. You can click here to take a look at everything that’s new in the store! You can find tees, hats, mousepads, mugs, keychains, iPad, iPhone and iPod cases and more! Next week I hope to have the last two t-shirts done and the 2012 calendar finished by the week after. Keep checking back in and thank you!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Three New T-Shirts From

Normally I’d be posting this on Sunday, but we lost power overnight and into the morning hours with the heavy wet snowstorm that blew in. Hence, without power and the internet, my precious AM time before anyone else is up that I usually use to post my updates disappeared. I was planning on posting this on Monday, but completely spaced the fact that with Halloween my time would be spent with my kids and so here we are on a Tuesday... But without further ado, Happy (post) Halloween and here are three new t-shirts that are available exclusively through the Zazzle store marketplace. What jeep t-shirt collection would be complete without a cutaway F-Head or an Andy Warhol homage to his silkscreens with an early MB/CJ-1 prototype? The simple but beautiful illustrations from a soon to be shown early brochure made for another fanciful listing of ‘future’ civilian jeep uses. Hope that you enjoy them and look for another six t-shirts to be released over the next week or two and soon, the all new 2012 calendar will be here! Keep checking in and remember to find us as well on Facebook and Twitter. Also, please remember to donate to us for our server fund through our secure Paypal link. The domain is set to renew in a month and we can always use a dollar here and a dollar there. That’s really all it will take! If you like what I do, please help if you can!