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On this page we now have 190 covers that have appeared on "The CJ3B Page" during the website's first twenty years on the web, 1996-2016. Below you'll find a tiny copy of each cover, with some comments from me about each year's highlights. You can also click any year to see an enlargement of that year's covers. -- Derek Redmond
 

1996-97: I started with only five pages on the website, and the ignition key for my 3B was at the top of the home page. Then the Jeep with the yellow wheels was from a Mitsubishi brochure. It was followed by an illustration from the Willys 1956 Parts List.

1998: I changed the cover a little more often this year. The red Summer cover introduced Jon Paulsen's '58 3B which was the subject of several articles, and the waving man was one of my favorite Willys advertising images.
1999: The Santa cartoons for Christmas '98 and '99 were two of a total of five covers drawn by Roberto Flores over the years. Other special occasions this year were Halloween, Fire Prevention Week and April Fool's Day (the "Kitchen Aid Model 3B"). The cover for Canada Day (1 July) featured a Canadian U.N. peacekeeping Jeep.
2000: The covers just before and after New Year's 2000 poked fun at the whole millenium scare ("Y2K: Is that a carb?"). And for April Fool's Day I noted the growing commercialization of the Web, with "The CJ3B Page is now part of OffRoad.com's Jeep Web" (there had been offers.) Tom McCahill was on the cover when I posted his famous Mechanix Illustrated review.
2001: I began changing the covers on a regular basis this year, with owners' photos and Willys literature, including the great assembly line photo. Roberto Flores' drawing Big North, showing me driving in the Canadian mountains, is still one of my favorites. On 11 September the cover went all black, followed soon by Bob Van Deusen's '61 CJ-3B carrying two American flags, and then Bob Christy's wedding photo.
2002: We had some great owners' photos, including Lawrence Wade's '56 for the fiftieth anniversary of the CJ-3B (250K JPEG). The shot of my '59 in the driveway, which is now the little green icon which pops up here and there on the website, was the summer cover. The archival photo of the black and chrome Meyer snowplow Jeep with white canvas top is still a mystery.
2003: "The CJ3B Monster Page" for Halloween showed a Mitsubishi CJ-3B in a frame from Godzilla 2000. Another Mitsu was the CJ3B-J4C ambulance in Vietnam, which is still one of my favorite photos on the website (see A Soldier's View.) Bob Harris' black and white 1955 snapshot of his 3B pulling a disc harrow was a rare glimpse of an original Farm Jeep at work. And the Beck steel hardtop ad (50K JPEG) announced Bart McNeil's definitive series of articles on early Jeep hardtops.
2004: A lot of sharp Jeeps on the cover this year, but mostly in olive drab. So the bright red and white Ansul Chemical crash truck was a nice surprise, and I liked the orange jack-o-lantern Jeep for Halloween. Christmas in the Maine Woods, 1958 was a unique and nostalgic set of archival photos.
2005: The Royal Australian Air Force "Follow Me" Jeep photos were a great archival find this year, as was the Jeep Avia brochure from Spain. After years of mostly red and green Jeeps on the cover, some people actually complained about too many orange and yellow Jeeps this year.
2006: A couple of fire Jeeps were on the cover during the tenth anniversary year. Also several of the best owners' photos yet, taken out on the trails, including the 1953 archival photo of the Shanks' 3B and trailer in Monument Valley. For April Fools I announced "Rusty Jeep Nets Record Price on eBay." A 1961 color photo of Clifton Clark's mother Janet driving their new '61 Jeep (100K JPEG) was a valuable piece of documentation and a nice Springtime cover.
2007: This was maybe my favorite year so far for covers. Interesting archival finds included the Dutch Police Jeep, the first flight of the Caribou, and the 1953 newspaper ad. And Ros Woodham driving the "Beer Truck" on the beach was probably our most popular cover ever.
2008: The cover showing Rich Mylar's shack in the woods was another popular one, introducing Jeep Stories From the Northwest. This year also had some great action shots, our visit to Spain, and special covers for Halloween and April Fools Day (the winner of the Dilapidated 3B Competition.)
2009: As usual we featured some great CJ-3B restorations on the cover in 2009. The most work I ever put into a cover was the Operation Pineapple collage including a compass and a Boy Scout shoulder patch. I was also very pleased with the information we dug up on the mystery photo of the Conshohocken Fire Jeep and the 1957 Saturday Evening Post magazine cover.
2010: This year there were several covers announcing some new pieces of historical research, including a wildfire in Oregon and Jeep Cross racing in Spain. We also had some beautiful Jeep restorations; the U.S. Air Force Jeep was one of my favorite Photoshop cover photos (70K JPEG). The April Fools Day cover (Abbey Road) isn't included here.
2011: My CJ-3B has been on the cover a few times, and this year it showed up with its snowplow. But we also had the first two repeat appearances by other owners: Rusty Friesen (200K JPEG) and Chet Couvillon (200K JPEG). Another first was the cover with the painting of the Surrey Gala; the first time (other than a couple of special 1-day covers) that we featured a non-high-hood Jeep. And the L.A. Sheriff was a new historical piece.
2012: The pink Jeep on the cover this year was the unique high-hood Surrey. We also had a number of archival photos, including the CJ-3B prototype (130K JPEG) and the colorized U.S. Mail Jeep. The photo from Croatia in 1955 is still a mystery. And for the second year in a row, we featured the impressive but vanishing fleet of Turkish Army CJ-3Bs.
2013: Some nice owners' photos this year, and a side-by-side CJ-3A and 3B from the Spring Willys Reunion. A number of history articles included an MP Jeep in Ethiopia, photos of Mercenaries in Congo and Traffic Line Painting in Vancouver and Seattle.
2014: "The CJ3B Page" made the big jump to its new location at CJ3B.info this year. Cover photos came from all over the world, including the 1972 Mahindra catalogue. New historical photo features were 100 CJ-3B Jeeps in Vietnam and Delivery Jeep: A Glimpse Into a Bygone Era.
2015: I started using "CJ3B.info" as the heading, to encourage other websites to update their links. One of the wildest cover pages yet, was inspired by my big photo feature on the movie Hatari! We also had a colorful group of owners' photos, including Oldtime's picture of his orange '64, taken just before he sold it. An unusual historical feature was The Men From Tonka, and we had a Saturday Evening Post cover for the Fourth of July. Sharp-eyed readers will spot a cover (lower left) that actually never appeared; it was bumped at the last minute, but the photo of the Chilean Marines is one of my favorites.
2016: The long-awaited historical feature on the 1953 Eisenhower inaugural parade appeared in January, followed by the surprise discovery of the photo of Volcano Watching in a CJ-3B. March saw the debut of Fred the Stretched 3B, and other Jeeps with names who were featured on the cover this year were Wally and Floyd and X98.


Thanks to Roberto Flores for the drawing at the top of this page. -- Derek Redmond


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