Old gas stations

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

  1. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Judging from the way the Shell guy wears his tie, he either just got out of the Army or just can't wait to get in.

    Here's a shot of the famous Old Mobil Sign Pole at the end of my childhood street, courtesy of Google Earth 2019 -- a fascinating testimony to what a piece of 1930s roadside Americana looks like after being completely untouched for forty-nine years. It hadn't been painted since the station closed -- the station being the square building to the far right.

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    There used to be two floodlight stalks instead of the one that's remaining, and that bend in the middle was never there until very recently. The other buildings visible didn't exist when I was young -- there was a second pump island on that side of the station building, and after the station closed we used the lot as a place for various vacant-lot-type outdoor games.

    There's also an apartment over the station where the operator and his family lived, and which, after the station closed, we convinced ourselves was haunted.

    When this station was operating, as Grant's Garage, it was the only station in our town, as of the 1960s, to employ female attendants. As a kid, I thought that was pretty neat.
     
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  2. dh66

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    Spotted yesterday in the little town of Geraldine, Alabama.
     
  3. Conway, Missouri on Route 66.

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  4. Ghostsoldier

    Ghostsoldier Call Me a Cab

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    Nice looking Amoco.
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  5. Ghostsoldier

    Ghostsoldier Call Me a Cab

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    Nothing like a BBQ soda.
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  6. Springfield, Missouri. The number of beautiful old homes razed as this town expanded saddens me.

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    The same view today:

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  7. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    I've always wondered how they did that without extinguishing the briquettes. :confused:
     
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  8. St. Louis, Missouri, April 23, 1942 - The man who opened the first gas station in the US here died at the age of 65. Early in 1905, C.H. Laessig and his partner Harry Grenner ran a garden hose from a tank at 418 South Theresa to fill up the cars. Prior to that time, most motorists brought a can to fill with gasoline at the hardware store. Laessig and Grenner ended up with a chain of 40 stations across St. Louis.

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  9. Frunobulax

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    Welp, I guess the thread's over. You win, Bob.
     
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  10. Nah ... I just started it back at the beginning.

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  11. Ghostsoldier

    Ghostsoldier Call Me a Cab

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    Curved Art Moderne Pan-Am Service Station
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  12. Frunobulax

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    I think I remember Tip Top bread.

    Edit: No, I don't. Apparently, it's Australian.
     
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  13. From the small town my wife's Grandmother lived in before she met Grandpa. Phillipsburg, Missouri.

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  14. Holmes Service Station, Mt. Vernon, Missouri, 1937.

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  15. tonyb

    tonyb I'll Lock Up

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    Proof that utilitarian commercial structures can indeed be quite handsome, without significant deleterious effect on function or budget.
     
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  16. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    Right next to the Watson Dairy and Deli.
     
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  17. Frunobulax

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    Across the street from Moriarty's Mortuary.
     
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  18. Just down the road from Mrs. Hudson's B&B.
     
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  19. Cassville, Missouri.

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