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#262180 - Sat Jul 09 2011 04:51 PM A BLAST FROM THE PAST
57tbirdkid Offline
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Registered: Tue May 04 2010
Loc: NY
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!























Edited by 57tbirdkid (Sat Jul 09 2011 04:52 PM)
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#262181 - Sat Jul 09 2011 04:52 PM Re: A BLAST FROM THE PAST [Re: 57tbirdkid]
57tbirdkid Offline
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#262187 - Sat Jul 09 2011 05:41 PM Re: A BLAST FROM THE PAST [Re: 57tbirdkid]
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Registered: Thu Jan 18 2007
Loc: cape girardeau. mo
Awesome story its nice to see you helping put it back and bring a piece of history back
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#262188 - Sat Jul 09 2011 05:52 PM Re: A BLAST FROM THE PAST [Re: s932]
oldnfuelish Offline
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Registered: Wed Nov 02 2005
Loc: Antioch,IL
Very cool!love the old and recent pics!
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#262192 - Sat Jul 09 2011 06:15 PM Re: A BLAST FROM THE PAST [Re: oldnfuelish]
eshaver Online   content
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Registered: Mon Sep 29 2008
Loc: richmond , Virginia
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
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#262309 - Sun Jul 10 2011 05:26 PM Re: A BLAST FROM THE PAST [Re: eshaver]
texacokie Offline
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Registered: Sun Jun 19 2011
Loc: Oklahoma
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.
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#262369 - Sun Jul 10 2011 08:58 PM Re: A BLAST FROM THE PAST [Re: texacokie]
LC 336 Offline
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Registered: Mon Sep 21 2009
Loc: COLORADO
What a jewel, I agree with Ed two Wayne 276's would look sweet in front of that. Post pics on the progress.
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#262376 - Sun Jul 10 2011 09:24 PM Re: A BLAST FROM THE PAST [Re: LC 336]
57tbirdkid Offline
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Registered: Tue May 04 2010
Loc: NY
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


Edited by 57tbirdkid (Sun Jul 10 2011 09:35 PM)
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