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Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by hatguy1, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. staggerwing

    staggerwing One of the Regulars

    My second job back in high school, after a short lived stint as a soda jerk, was a gas station attendant at an old Sunoco station. It was at the end of the "service station era," as we did mechanical work as well. When I wasn't pumping gas, I fixed flats, changed oil, and did other minor repairs. It was also during the Jimmy Carter inspired gas shortage. We had long lines and rationing of a sort (if your plates ended in an odd number, you could only buy gas on odd numbered days, etc.). As a high schooler, I was I bit taken aback when the owner, on my first day on the job, handed me a .380 automatic and said, "stick this in your waist band, just in case." Just in case of what I wondered silently but didn't want to sound line a newbie, so I didn't ask. Found out soon enough. The station was in a kind of rough part of town and the long lines made people testy. More then once I was threatened with bodily harm for turning away someone with the wrong numbered plates or because we ran out of gas after they'd waited in line for a couple hours. Usually, all I had to do was brush my jacket aside so they could see the .380 and they would leave. Fun times.

    The owner was also in the process of being forced out by Sunoco as he was a small time operator, as others have attested to the big oil companies doing earlier in this thread. So, my other job was to run off the Sunoco rep whenever he came out to stick the tanks! Wow, brings back memories.
     
  2. We had a visit from the Gates Mystery Driver around 1972, but there wasn't any $2500 prize at that stage of the game. My grandfather got a wall plaque with two Eisenhower dollars and two Kennedy halves mounted in it. $3 was just about enough to buy a new fan belt.

    They used to run ads promoting that program in Super Service Station magazine, which I used to read while eating my supper at my grandparents' house.
     
  3. SteveZ

    SteveZ One of the Regulars

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    Lizzie, to this day Ive never forgotten the incident. LOL LIVE AND LEARN !
     
  4. Shamrock, Texas.
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  5. Benzadmiral

    Benzadmiral One Too Many

    Looks like the style of truck Cody Jarrett (James Cagney) and his gang used as a Trojan Horse in White Heat!
     
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  6. Style is similar in some respects as the one used as the “trojan horse” in
    "White Heat” film.
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    Here’s a better view.
    1945 White WA 20
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    I've posted this place around here before somewhere, but they've recently added the hanging sign so I thought I'd share it. This is an old Pure station in my neighborhood that is now an art studio. They provide art classes for kids and adults with special needs. The place is called Studio by the Tracks (it sits right next to the train tracks). Some one made them the SBTT sign in the style of an old Pure sign. I don't know how many folks who pass through here even realize that, but I thought it was really cool.
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  8. That is super cool, Dale. Pure pulled out of here about 5 years ago.
     
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  9. They've been gone from 'round here a lot longer than that.

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  10. 52Styleline

    52Styleline One of the Regulars

    In my home town, we had a signal station much like this one. This photo is of a restored station in Portland Oregon. Last time I was by there it housed a business called Signal Station Pizza.
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  11. Well, at least it wasn't a pizza chain and the local business owner is giving a nod to the old name - it's something.
     
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  12. Bakersfield, MO

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    Gulf station on Lincoln Highway in Strafford Pa.
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    Gulf on Haverford Rd. Ardmore,PA The lift was outdoors where the shed stands if memory is correct. Land so dirty they don't know what to do with it.
     
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  14. Pure Oil was bought by Unocal in 1965. Unocal continued with Pure branded gas stations until 1970, at which point they transitioned them to Union 76 stations. Unocal continued to own the Pure brand and when they pulled out of the southeast in 1992, sold the name to a jobber co-op, who opened Pure branded stations in the vacated territory. The co-op still uses the brand name here and there, mostly in still in the southeast.
     
  15. Been gone for a while (real life stuff), but I've got some more station photos to share. For some reason, I've had trouble with the forum uploading process in the past, but I see the format has changed a bit since I've been absent...I'll give it a shot tonight, and see if it works better for me. ;)

    Rob
     
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  16. Glad to see you back Rob, and looking forward to the pics.



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  17. Okay, here goes.

    I found this old gal off US 41 in Florida, near an old Interstate 10 interchange; she's seen better days, and I'm not sure what company she belonged to....

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    It looks like the new forum format is going to work for me; I'll be adding more photos on a regular basis, now that I don't have to 'fight the system' for uploading. ;)

    Rob
     
  18. Shell? Looking forward to more posts Rob.

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  19. ^^^^^
    "Service is Our Business".
    You got it right .... Shell.
    That slant style V posts says "60s".
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    Thanks for sharing.
    Looking forward for more.
     
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  20. Yep...that's her! Thanks for the ID's, guys! :)

    Rob
     
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