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^^^^
The previous photo and this one:
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"Taken for the Signal Gas and Oil Company in 1934, for an in-house campaign to show Signal
Gasoline station attendants how poor working habits annoy customers and damage their vehicles.

Each of the images demonstrates instances of messy and careless practices that can
scratch painted and chrome-plated surfaces and also allow dirt to get into the
consumers motor (gas pump on the the ground)." From Old Motor Oil Magazine.


Apparently a customer putting air on his tires was considered a "no-no"! :D

What was the bad practice shown in the picture with the two Packards? Remember that '14 was the first year Packard offered the Twin Six, and that '34 was the 20th anniversary of this milestone.
 

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I posted that photo a few pages back, and got a lot of grief. Apparently it's a modern fake! Looks real to me.
Sorry I didn't catch it the first time around, but heck, it looks real to me, too.

What's supposedly 'fake' about it, I wonder? I could see if people thought that it was a gasoline hose he's dousing the kid with, but it looks like a water hose, to me. [emoji6]

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Sorry I didn't catch it the first time around, but heck, it looks real to me, too.

What's supposedly 'fake' about it, I wonder? I could see if people thought that it was a gasoline hose he's dousing the kid with, but it looks like a water hose, to me.
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It was pointed out that "petroliana geeks" would have a fit with
"Mobiloil" pump plates on a Mobiloil pump which is a fake.
 
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LizzieMaine

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Sorry I didn't catch it the first time around, but heck, it looks real to me, too.

What's supposedly 'fake' about it, I wonder? I could see if people thought that it was a gasoline hose he's dousing the kid with, but it looks like a water hose, to me. [emoji6]

Rob

I think it's more a matter of petroliana buffs being likely to *assume* it's fake because of the presence of a Mobiloil sign on a Mobilgas pump == "ALL KNOWN REFERENCE SOURCES TELL US MOBILOIL PLATES WERE ONLY USED ON LUBESTERS NEVER ON GAS PUMPS SO OBVIOUSLY THIS CANNOT BE REAL BECAUSE AS WE ALL KNOW THERE WERE NEVER ANY EXCEPTIONS FROM OFFICIAL SPECIFICATIONS AT ANY TIME." Sort of like the way stitch-counters fly into a frenzy because some factory worker in 1944 could not possibly have stitched a pocket flap wrong.
 

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I have some original 50s Schwinn bikes when they were made in Chicago.

The pin-striping on the frames was handpainted by different factory workers over the years.

Today there are "heated" discussions from members of bike forums as to what is correct and what isn't.

When this happens, I usually close my laptop and go ride a bike. :)
 
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Having been a WW2 living historian/reenactor for the last 15 to 16 years, I'm familiar with the "Stitch Nazi" types, who refuse to think outside the box when it comes to variations, or deviations on the accepted 'norm'...I just usually roll my eyes mentally, and walk away, lol.
 
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I think it's more a matter of petroliana buffs being likely to *assume* it's fake because of the presence of a Mobiloil sign on a Mobilgas pump == "ALL KNOWN REFERENCE SOURCES TELL US MOBILOIL PLATES WERE ONLY USED ON LUBESTERS NEVER ON GAS PUMPS SO OBVIOUSLY THIS CANNOT BE REAL BECAUSE AS WE ALL KNOW THERE WERE NEVER ANY EXCEPTIONS FROM OFFICIAL SPECIFICATIONS AT ANY TIME." Sort of like the way stitch-counters fly into a frenzy because some factory worker in 1944 could not possibly have stitched a pocket flap wrong.

What's your call Lizzie - real or fake (my money is one whatever you say)?
 

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Having been a WW2 living historian/reenactor for the last 15 to 16 years, I'm familiar with the "Stitch Nazi" types, who refuse to think outside the box when it comes to variations, or deviations on the accepted 'norm'...I just usually roll my eyes mentally, and walk away, lol.

It's everywhere.
There's healots in other forums who feel that only their brand item is good.
Everything else is a p.o.s.

Thank goodness for the "block" option!

Just another day in paradise! :)
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I think it's a case of the installation crew grabbing the wrong signs at the bulk plant and not giving enough of a damn to turn around and go back to get the right ones. It looks like this particular station is a small-time operation, and is probably what they used to call a "paint lease" job -- a local jobber takes over operation of a pre-existing station, slaps a new coat of company paint onto whatever's already there, puts up some signs, and calls it good. Note that the pumps don't match here -- that's the sort of thing you'd see from an independent operation that didn't have the money to standardize. Probably they got a deal they couldn't refuse from the local Socony distributor, but that deal simply involved rebranding rather than installing "regulation" company equipment. New globes, an ad glass on the pump that needs it, hang a Flying Red Horse on the building somewhere, and boom, you're a Mobilgas dealer. Until the guy from Tydol comes by next year with a better offer.
 
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I think it's a case of the installation crew grabbing the wrong signs at the bulk plant and not giving enough of a damn to turn around and go back to get the right ones. It looks like this particular station is a small-time operation, and is probably what they used to call a "paint lease" job -- a local jobber takes over operation of a pre-existing station, slaps a new coat of company paint onto whatever's already there, puts up some signs, and calls it good. Note that the pumps don't match here -- that's the sort of thing you'd see from an independent operation that didn't have the money to standardize. Probably they got a deal they couldn't refuse from the local Socony distributor, but that deal simply involved rebranding rather than installing "regulation" company equipment. New globes, an ad glass on the pump that needs it, hang a Flying Red Horse on the building somewhere, and boom, you're a Mobilgas dealer. Until the guy from Tydol comes by next year with a better offer.

What she said. Kidding aside, my money is on this ⇧ answer.
 

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