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A BLAST FROM THE PAST #262180
Sat Jul 09 2011 02:51 PM
Sat Jul 09 2011 02:51 PM
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About 20 miles from my home a Old style service station is still operational(not pumping gas). A big part of this hobby for me is the history of stations and the people that experienced what is was like to own and operate one. Knowing how it was a way for the average American to build a client base and operate a successful business is very interesting to me. As one of the younger member's on this site, looking at pictures is the only way I can really see how simple things were. No regulations and No BS! In my opinion the service station business was a major part of this economy that is now lost due to less maintenance on vehicles. On my weekend drive I always passed by this old Texaco Station. I never stopped in until about two years ago. I met a very nice man by the name of Ray-who owned and operated the station. His father bought the Texaco station back in 1953. This station has been a Texaco station since 1923. I always tried to stop in a talk to Ray about how it was to run a station and memories he had as a child. My interest in Texaco made him feel comfortable talking to me about the history of the station. Ray showed me numerous photos of the station and his father. The station has not been touched since the 50's. The original Eco 37 still hangs outside in operation. The original cigarette machine, ice cream cooler, and about everything else is still there. The original alignment rack is still in use. Talking to the owner made me realize besides materialistic things, the history and stories of the service station industry is also very important to this hobby. Here are some pics of the station. I am in the process of helping the owner bring it back to the way it looked in the 1950's by adding pumps and other Texaco items to the station. Enjoy!






















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Re: A BLAST FROM THE PAST [Re: 57tbirdkid] #262181
Sat Jul 09 2011 02:52 PM
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Re: A BLAST FROM THE PAST [Re: 57tbirdkid] #262187
Sat Jul 09 2011 03:41 PM
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Awesome story its nice to see you helping put it back and bring a piece of history back


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Re: A BLAST FROM THE PAST [Re: s932] #262188
Sat Jul 09 2011 03:52 PM
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Very cool!love the old and recent pics!


Looking for gas,oil related clocks,especially neon and spinners .clock repair available. Mick
Re: A BLAST FROM THE PAST [Re: oldnfuelish] #262192
Sat Jul 09 2011 04:15 PM
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If it were me , I would find a pair of Wayne 276's for that place . Now that would stop traffic ! Great story too . Ed Shaver


see ya on the road folks !
Re: A BLAST FROM THE PAST [Re: eshaver] #262309
Sun Jul 10 2011 03:26 PM
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OMG that is so awesome and to see it so original it reminds me of my father in laws old station. You just restored some old feelings in me and memories I had forgotten about, of course texaco is my passion anyway. Keep posting pics the more the better and kudos to you for helping the guy out.


I am always looking for anything Texaco or Oklahoma oil and gas company's, also I am a newbie at seeking globes.
Re: A BLAST FROM THE PAST [Re: texacokie] #262369
Sun Jul 10 2011 06:58 PM
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What a jewel, I agree with Ed two Wayne 276's would look sweet in front of that. Post pics on the progress.


Looking for anything JENNEY OIL OR GAS
Re: A BLAST FROM THE PAST [Re: LC 336] #262376
Sun Jul 10 2011 07:24 PM
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Those would look sweet! The owner has the original A0 smith pumps from the 60's-but he would like to get more of a 50's pump. There is a very small budget to do this project. I donated a piece of glass for the Eco37 which was broken. The project will take a while. Thanks for all the comments!!


If anyone has rough affordable 50's era signs that can easily be shipped- please let me know.

Thanks

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