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Golden Age of Gas Stations
Pleasant Valley Shopping ^ | 03/19/11 | Dave

Posted on 03/20/2011 1:33:45 PM PDT by P.O.E.

(snip)...I thought it might be fun to relive that long past era when gas stations were truly “service stations” with a look at some of the major gasoline brands as seen through some of their old marketing photos. Gas station architecture is a fascinating genre unto itself, ranging from crude, early stations with curbside pumps to the elaborate mini-Roman temples of the 1930’s. Our focus here will be on stations from the 1960’s, for two reasons – first, a decent number of them still exist, albeit with heavy modifications and rarely under their original brands, and secondly, I’m sure that some of you remember these great stations in their heyday. (snip)

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Hope the blog owner doesn't mind if I share this with you all. Has some neat pictures and interesting facts.
1 posted on 03/20/2011 1:33:47 PM PDT by P.O.E.
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To: P.O.E.

Always loved the “Sinclair” gas station sign with the brontosaurus when I was a kid.


2 posted on 03/20/2011 1:39:51 PM PDT by ez ("Abashed the devil stood and felt how awful goodness is." - Milton, Paradise Lost)
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To: P.O.E.

Interesting, thanks. I remember buying gas at 19.9 cents/gal during a gas war in the mid ‘60’s... and worked at a Clark Super 100 station.


3 posted on 03/20/2011 1:41:08 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: ez

I worked at a Sinclair in Cleveland in the 60s as a teen.
We really did do full service back then.

Most everybody paid with cash. I think we took credit cards but it was very uncommon.


4 posted on 03/20/2011 1:44:39 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: P.O.E.

We still have drinking glasses they used to give away

They would wash the windows and check the oil at the ones we went to...remember $5 would fill up that 55 Buick

We didn`t even know what a Muzzie was


5 posted on 03/20/2011 1:44:46 PM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: gorush

I got gas for $0.13 9/10 during a gas war in the San Fernando Valley about 1954-55. Hard to believe time has passed by so fast!


6 posted on 03/20/2011 1:48:12 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: nascarnation
Most everybody paid with cash. I think we took credit cards but it was very uncommon.

I remember my dad rolling down the window, handing out a bill and saying 'Give me a buck's worth of regular'. Now- if you can even find a station that'll pump it for you- they'd just smirk and come back with a shot glass full of gasoline.

7 posted on 03/20/2011 1:51:34 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: ez

Now that my nostalgia has been triggered I can remember the Richfield gas stations here in California. They would give out decals of an eagle. Kids would put the eagle decals on their bicycle seats. This was about 1948-50. Richfield later became part of ARCO.


8 posted on 03/20/2011 1:55:30 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Riley

Being born in ‘66 I barely remember full service stations,
There was one here in my town until just a year or two ago, but it cost more to go there than a self service. I remember gas at 55 cents a gallon, and my old dad filling our 60 impala up at a Hess station.


9 posted on 03/20/2011 1:56:42 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: Riley

Somehow (by the grace of God) I managed to “survive” nuclear test fall-out, leaded gasoline fumes, playing with blobs of mercury from broken thermometers, drinking Lake Erie water, and eating Lake Erie fish every Friday in Lent.


10 posted on 03/20/2011 1:56:58 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: P.O.E.

Appreciate this. One thing I always used to enjoy was the architectural variety of the decades, whether regarding gas stations, grocery stores, five-and-dimes or whatnot. From the 1920s to 30s/40s/50s/60s, everything from each decade had such a different, distinct style and ambiance. And when I was a kid, you could find examples of each all still around, co-existing. It just made for an endlessly fascinating backdrop from a visual perspective. But nowadays, that seems wiped away, taken over by a blocky Wal-Mart/quickie-mart style sameness as far as the eye can see, which I frankly find rather depressing.


11 posted on 03/20/2011 1:59:22 PM PDT by greene66
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To: P.O.E.

In mid Michigan in the 60s there was a brand called “Bay”.
Supposedly their gas was a byproduct of some industrial process at Dow Chemical.
They always had the lowest prices and sparked “gas wars”.


12 posted on 03/20/2011 2:03:32 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: P.O.E.

Urban Blend Cafe in Oakland, CA (333 Broadway) and Espresso Roma Corp in Berkeley, CA (1549 Hopkins Street) are both former service stations converted to coffeehouses. The Espresso Roma one appears to date from the 1930s (still has that streamlined Art Deco style).


13 posted on 03/20/2011 2:04:25 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
As a reality check, compared to inflation, gas hasn't gone up that much. Taxes have increased, but a 1960 dime has approximately $2.64 worth of silver in it. At 14¢ a gallon, it would come out to about $3.30 a gallon. I remember working for 75¢ an hour, although that was in 1969 and I was doing unskilled work.

In 1960, the average national salary was around $4,000. Today, the average salary is around $41,000. In terms of purchasing power and wages, gas is up slightly, but not as much as we tend to think.

14 posted on 03/20/2011 2:07:32 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (Proud member of the Keepers Of Odd Knowledge (KOOK))
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To: P.O.E.

One of the coolest memories I have of the gas stations of the 60’s was the stuffed-animal-like tiger tail that my mom got with a fillup at Exxon??? was it? It had a loop that you placed around the neck of the gas tank fillup and closed the door on the loop, leaving the tiger in your tank showing.


15 posted on 03/20/2011 2:08:22 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: ez; P.O.E.
Loved that last picture of the Sinclair gas station. Looks like "Googie" architecture to me!
16 posted on 03/20/2011 2:08:58 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: P.O.E.

Up until about six or seven years ago, there was a 1940s style rural gas station along Highway 395 in Walker, California with dirt driveways next to the pumps. I filled up there many times in the past. The building is still there but the pumps are gone.


17 posted on 03/20/2011 2:13:00 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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To: Riley

I remember scrapping together 50cents to put gas in the jalopy so we could ride all night from one car hop(remember them?) to another and hang out. As I recall .50 got you about 2 gallons sometimes more if there was a gas war going on(remember THOSE!) That was enough to get you about 25 miles or so in those gas guzzlers we drove.


18 posted on 03/20/2011 2:13:24 PM PDT by mc5cents (Government doesn't solve problems, it subsidizes them. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: P.O.E.

Hey buddy, where’s my Green Stamps?

Steak Knives...

Inflatable Dino toy?

Cleaning the windshield with Coke (while travelling South of the Mason-Dixon Line).

Free Air for your tires.

Uniformed attendants.

Toothless perverts eyeing your mother’s legs while they cleaned your windshield...

All gone...


19 posted on 03/20/2011 2:15:29 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: Richard Kimball

Ordinarily during 1954-55 regular gas was around $0.19 9/10 to $0.21 9/10 if my memory serves me correctly. The $0.13 price quoted was during a “gas war.” I worked in a restaurant next door to a standard station and made $1.00/hour as a bus boy.


20 posted on 03/20/2011 2:22:07 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Harold Shea
I had a job at a Mobil station in the early 1970s... I was the one who dashed out to your car, filled it up, washed your windows, and checked air and oil for you while you waited. I loved that job, and for many years still kept my Mobil sky-blue shirt with the company patches.
21 posted on 03/20/2011 2:27:00 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: P.O.E.

bttt


22 posted on 03/20/2011 2:29:25 PM PDT by PogySailor (The ruling class will not go down easily. And neither will their paid hacks.)
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To: Richard Kimball

According to the inflation calculator at the Federal Reserve Website for Minneapolis, $0.20 in 1954 prices comes out to $1.64 in 2011 prices. We are getting socked for gas.


23 posted on 03/20/2011 2:36:37 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: P.O.E.

Can you remember a time when you could trust your car to the man who wore the star?


24 posted on 03/20/2011 2:37:14 PM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: gorush

I worked at a Gulf station after I got out of the service in the 80s.
Full service, and that meant washing windows, checking oil, transmission fluid, tires and what ever the person wanted checked.
It was a good job. Pay wasnt bad, got tips and free auto repair advice the the mechinics. Learned alot about cars and how to care for them. Plus in the summer, we got a peep show when the women came in for gas and washing the windows.
If the woman was good looking enough, she could have her window washed three times by three different gas pumpers.


25 posted on 03/20/2011 2:39:26 PM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: P.O.E.


26 posted on 03/20/2011 2:40:33 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: P.O.E.

Pretty cool. Bookmarked for later.

This guy put some time into compiling these pictures and descriptions.

Brings back memories.


27 posted on 03/20/2011 2:44:52 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Paisan


28 posted on 03/20/2011 2:45:02 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Dixie Yooper

We are the Men from Texaco
We wear the Texaco Star We like to think at Texaco We’ve got everything for your car

We’ve got wipers for your windshield’ Plugs n’ Belts n’Tires, too Lubricants and Batteries and polishes for you All the things to keep your engine up to par We’ve got everything for your car

That’s why you can trust you car to the man who wears the Star for the kind of products that can take care of you car At every Texaco Station, clean across the Nation You can trust your car to the man who wears the Star The big bright Texaco star!


29 posted on 03/20/2011 2:46:49 PM PDT by deport
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To: P.O.E.
My favorite was the pagoda-style gas station. We still have one or two in the area, but they aren't gas stations anymore.


30 posted on 03/20/2011 2:49:10 PM PDT by chickadee
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To: GAB-1955

Remember me, I was the little kid who asked for a quarters worth of gas and a pack of pall malls for my dad.


31 posted on 03/20/2011 2:52:06 PM PDT by soupbone1
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To: P.O.E.

Do a search on “Woodland street bash.” It’s June 11th.


32 posted on 03/20/2011 2:55:27 PM PDT by Excellence (Buy Progresso, take off the label, write "not halal," mail to Campbell's soup company.)
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To: Paisan

That used to be me! :-) I worked at one of the last full-service Gulf stations. Other posters are right - mostly cash, you had to do math and make change in your head, keep your bills straight in your pocket... Pump gas, wash windshields, check oil, check windshield washer fluid, quick kick/look at the tires (I can still spot a low tire from 20 yds away)...and yes, enjoy the view of all the young ladies that came in and didn’t want to pump their own gas... Those were fun, simple days. The only bad parts were cleaning out the restrooms - particularly when the previous shift had blown it off, and pulling doubles when the following shift blew off work entirely.


33 posted on 03/20/2011 3:05:14 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Paisan

Right after I came home from Vietnam I was over in Birmingham visiting my girlfriend. Her brother was getting married the next weekend so I helped out by driving his fiance around to order flowers, etc.

She was, in today’s vernacular, “smokin’ HOT” and we were in a loaner Corvette. We stopped for gas and immediately had THREE guys cleaning the windshield. They kept staring at her and then glancing at me, probably thinking “What is she doing with him?”

In the interests of Truth, I came close to saying, “Hey, guys, this is NOT my girl and this is NOT my car.” But I didn’t! ;-)

(My girl was a wonderful, completely beautiful, blond whose cards, letters, cookies and steadfast encouragement got me through Vietnam.)


34 posted on 03/20/2011 3:10:29 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("All it takes for Evil to triumph is for good MEN to do nothing." Edmund Burke)
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To: ThunderSleeps

I can still see in my mind’s eye, the pained expressions on my mother and sister’s faces, as they hurriedly emerged from a Gas Station Ladies Room, purses in hand, and the UGH, as they sat down in the car.

Men are different. They can “relieve’ themselves ANYWHERE.

But for women, the Gas Station ‘Rest Room’ experience is still extant, to this day...


35 posted on 03/20/2011 3:14:40 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: P.O.E.

I remember that friendly sounding bell, “ding ding”, as the car would drive over the rubber air hose near the pumps.


36 posted on 03/20/2011 3:17:35 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
The cheapest I remember here in Texas was around 16¢ a gallon during a gas war in the sixties. Usually, it was around 20¢. Gas took a huge jump during Carter. Jimmy and Billy were tied up with the Arab oil guys and were some of the first politicians, IMHO, who were totally owned by them.

I think the Federal inflation calculator is low, and that the true inflation rate would make gas over $2 a gallon. With an average of 53¢ per gallon fuel tax, that means gas is up, but that if we could drill here and break the Arab oil cartel (fat chance, with the oil sheiks paying off Greenpeace and a ton of politicians to block drilling everywhere except the middle east) prices would go back to pretty much the inflation rate of around $2.50, including taxes.

37 posted on 03/20/2011 3:24:19 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (Proud member of the Keepers Of Odd Knowledge (KOOK))
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To: JoeProBono

My grandfather owned a Texaco station. Grew up there on weekends. Neighborhood folks would stop by and chat for hours.

I still love the smell of gasoline.

(Super Chief was 35 9/10 per gallon)


38 posted on 03/20/2011 3:25:24 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: chickadee

This is from before my time, although I've seen a couple of working models. There was a hand pump, and you pumped the gas into the clear container at the top. You calculated how much gas you were purchasing by looking at the gallon markers on the side, then it used a gravity feed to drain into the car's gas tank.

I know a lot of older Freepers know how it works, but some of the younger ones may never have seen one, except one that's been repurposed as a gum-ball machine or aquarium.

39 posted on 03/20/2011 3:30:36 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (Proud member of the Keepers Of Odd Knowledge (KOOK))
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

I was a little kid traveling with the family and saw it in Missouri for 13 and 9 myself. Probably ‘62 or so.

Long time ago.


40 posted on 03/20/2011 3:37:36 PM PDT by Eaker (The problem with the internet, you're never sure the accuracy of the quotes. ~ Abraham Lincoln, 1865)
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To: 6SJ7
I remember that friendly sounding bell, “ding ding”, as the car would drive over the rubber air hose near the pumps.

I completely forgot about those, but now that you mention it, I remember getting chased off many times when we would ride our bikes over those trying to get the bell to ring :)

41 posted on 03/20/2011 3:37:49 PM PDT by OCC
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To: P.O.E.

I had a model texaco station made of metal with a lift, parking on the top of the station, little oil cans and cars and a little texeco man

I also had Roy Rogers and Dale Evens’s farm with all the characters and Tinkerbelle the Jeep. Tinkerbelle often filled up at the Texeco station.

I had a blessed childhood.


42 posted on 03/20/2011 3:42:25 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Totalitarian Fascism is here, now.)
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To: Paisan

Anyone remember the Texaco tiger tails than hung from the fill doors of cars. I think one would get one if the car was filled up.


43 posted on 03/20/2011 3:45:12 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Totalitarian Fascism is here, now.)
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To: P.O.E.

“You can trust your car to the man who wears the star...’’ I remember when a ‘’gas-station’’ was called a ‘’filling station’’ and they gave Green Stamps.


44 posted on 03/20/2011 3:48:59 PM PDT by jmacusa (Two wrongs don't make a right. But they can make it interesting.)
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To: Chickensoup

Anyone remember the Texaco tiger tails than hung from the fill doors of cars.


I think that was ESSO or EXXON/Mobile in today’s world.


45 posted on 03/20/2011 3:57:25 PM PDT by deport
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To: Chickensoup

I remember the TV commercials for GAS.

Put a Tiger-in-your-Tank.

Like the TV commercials for cigarettes, the GAS commercials would employ musical phrases that would stay with you forever.

As my father would say, “Those were the days...”


46 posted on 03/20/2011 3:58:48 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: P.O.E.
I remember the Phillips 66 in Indiana especially with the red/white triangle pattern along with the triangular canopy. I remember when we would go from Indy to Northern Indiana along US 31, my dad would stop off to get gas in Northern Hamilton county.

Looking at the Skelly in Colorado Springs where I live now. I looked up the corner of Cascade and Cimarron, here is the Street View which the station is long gone !

Another item that brings back memories is the Shell No Pest Strip which my mom had put in all of the bed rooms at the lake cottage.
47 posted on 03/20/2011 4:05:20 PM PDT by CORedneck
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To: Richard Kimball

That pump is just gorgeous. I’ve never seen one before. Was it a regional thing (I’ve never heard of Mohawk gas)?


48 posted on 03/20/2011 4:12:43 PM PDT by chickadee
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To: Richard Kimball

When I worked at a station many years ago an old OLD man would come in and request four gallons of gas, not dollars worth.

That was a hold out from back in the days of those pumps.


49 posted on 03/20/2011 4:19:31 PM PDT by Eaker (The problem with the internet, you're never sure the accuracy of the quotes. ~ Abraham Lincoln, 1865)
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To: P.O.E.
'Gas stations'..........

We used to call them 'filling stations' which may have been a colloquialism.

50 posted on 03/20/2011 4:26:03 PM PDT by deport
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