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#96196 - Sat Nov 24 2007 10:06 PM Re: COTM November 2007--Pure
puregas Offline
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Registered: Fri Aug 19 2005
Loc: murfreesboro,tn, usa
Hey Randy,
Good to know where Dirty Dan came from.Check out my smalls pictures above as I have a Hi-Speed "Solvenized" advertising button with the newer Carbon man on it.

Hey Dick,
Thanks for that I.D. on the pump.Pat.
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Looking for early Pure Oil Company items(Energee,Detonox,Puritan)as well as any Woco Pep items.

Looking for graphic quart cans for my collection.

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#96197 - Sat Nov 24 2007 10:17 PM Re: COTM November 2007--Pure
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Registered: Fri Aug 19 2005
Loc: murfreesboro,tn, usa
Neat plaque that must have been attached to the cottage stations.

Few porcelain signs.



Pat.
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Looking for early Pure Oil Company items(Energee,Detonox,Puritan)as well as any Woco Pep items.

Looking for graphic quart cans for my collection.

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#96198 - Sun Nov 25 2007 08:09 AM Re: COTM November 2007--Pure
Maps for the memories Offline
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Registered: Thu Jul 06 2006
Loc: Midwest
Nice to see so many pictures and so many unusual items. The plaque is fabulous. I wonder where it was installed on the building?

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#96199 - Mon Nov 26 2007 05:51 PM Re: COTM November 2007--Pure
oldmanridge Offline
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Registered: Tue Apr 24 2007
Loc: Danville IL USA
What's the story of the Pure stations I saw in Alabama,Viginiia and Kentucky at few (5-10) years ago I heard the Pure brand name was used by independant jobbers. is it still going? The station in Mongumery was closed the last time I went through there.
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#96200 - Mon Nov 26 2007 06:36 PM Re: COTM November 2007--Pure
roger cherry Offline
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Registered: Thu Jul 04 2002
Loc: Collierville, Tn
There are several open around the Memphis, Tn area. Still going strong.

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#96201 - Mon Nov 26 2007 07:16 PM Re: COTM November 2007--Pure
Maps for the memories Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Thu Jul 06 2006
Loc: Midwest
Well, I was about to get around to the rest of the story...
1959—FTC cracks down on localized “gas war” pricing by Pure.
Pure purchases Wisconsin Independent Oil Co. (Wisco) of Milwaukee, and purchases subsidiaries Pure Oil Products Co. of Michigan, Inc. and Shaw Brothers Oil Co. of Miami.
1960—Pure absorbs the Woodley Petroleum Company, and its various oil field properties. Fluctuations in the oil market cause Pure financial grief that begins its decline. Exploration divisions are consolidated by regions.
Pure’s “Big One” service station concept is unleashed.
Palatine, Illinois division headquarters are finished.
Stanley Whitfield of Chattanooga, Tennessee begins his career with Pure Oil.
Early 60’s—Pure’s Olney, Illinois division is closed and its buildings become a junior college campus. Pure enters the petrochemical sector in a co-venture with Atlantic, producing benzene, toluene, and xylene at Lemont, next manufacturing hexane and heptane. The chemicals are sold under the American Mineral Spirits Company (remember AMSCO?)
1961—Fuel markets are overhauled in conjunction with Crystal Lake research. In March, the Firebird brand replaces the various “Pep” grades.
Montgomery Ward opens catalog desks at three Pure service stations (Palatine, IL; Fox Lake, IL; and Greensboro, NC).
Pure purchases Cascade Petroleum and Davidson Drilling.
1962—Finances weaken further. Pure enters the Arabian oil boom.
In May, plans to establish gas-restaurant-motel (“Tourest”) combinations along the Interstates are revealed, with TraveLodge Corp. to manage the motels, and Quaker Oats to manage the Aunt Jemima restaurant chain.
1963—Off-shore drilling co-ventures bring Pure and Union Oil in the same solar system. Pure discovers that much of its stock has been purchased by a New York brokerage firm which begins the takeover process. Atlantic Refining also attempts to purchase the company.
1964—Allied Chemical and Consolidation Coal, with New York (Loeb-Rhoades) help, attempt to buy out Pure. A syndicate of several corporations, including du Pont, disintegrates when the extent of Pure’s corporate trouble is learned. Petrofina of Belgium also considers merging with Pure.
1965—Atlantic withdraws merger bid. Possibly encouraged by dissident stockholders, Ashland Oil & Refining and Hunt Oil try to top Union offer. Pure is merged with Union Oil, who realized the strengths of Pure’s oil reserves. Crystal Lake’s research department is moved to Brea, California. Pure’s Canadian assets are incorporated into Union Oil of Canada.
The last post-merger board meeting is held at Palatine.
Mid-1960s—76 antenna balls become a fad in the Midwest before a single ball sign is seen.
ca. 1966—Union Oil attempts to deed the Crystal Lake complex to the Illinois Institute of Technology.
1967—McHenry County College takes over the buildings, which comprise its campus until 1975. MCC is known for its automotive classes that utilized the Pure equipment to best advantage. The model Pure station on U.S. 14, adjacent to campus, is closed forever.
1968—Stanley Whitfield enters Smith & McDaniels Distributors, a small Pure distributor in Georgia that becomes Whitfield Oil.
1980—Whitfield buys M.H. Oil and changes it from a Shell distributor to a Union 76 marketer.
1992—The Firebird becomes a phoenix. The Pure trademark is sold, and becomes a brand of Whitfield Oil.
Ca. 1996—The Pure trademark, and Firebird Gasoline trademarks are also made available through the Southeastern Oil Jobbers Cooperative.

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#96202 - Wed Nov 28 2007 08:37 PM Re: COTM November 2007--Pure
porcelain-neon Offline
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Registered: Thu Feb 08 2007
Loc: Minot,ND USA



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always looking for large neon storefront signs
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Still looking for that Union 76 ball
And I collect big old porcelain neon signs

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#96203 - Wed Nov 28 2007 08:39 PM Re: COTM November 2007--Pure
porcelain-neon Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Thu Feb 08 2007
Loc: Minot,ND USA
Whoops, sorry about that huge picture
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Still looking for that Union 76 ball
And I collect big old porcelain neon signs

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#96204 - Thu Nov 29 2007 09:15 AM Re: COTM November 2007--Pure
Maps for the memories Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Thu Jul 06 2006
Loc: Midwest
I sure hadn't anticipated a dying computer this month. These pictures are in no particular order: I salvaged what files I could.



[This message has been edited by Maps for the memories (edited 11-29-2007).]

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#96205 - Thu Nov 29 2007 09:22 AM Re: COTM November 2007--Pure
Maps for the memories Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Thu Jul 06 2006
Loc: Midwest
Some more pictures Bob sent me. Unfortunately, I do not have the entire attribution correct, but some were from Aumann or Matthews Auctions. Please forgive me for this breach of netiquette.



[This message has been edited by Maps for the memories (edited 11-29-2007).]

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#96206 - Thu Nov 29 2007 09:28 AM Re: COTM November 2007--Pure
Maps for the memories Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Thu Jul 06 2006
Loc: Midwest
More from Bob--




[This message has been edited by Maps for the memories (edited 11-29-2007).]

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#96207 - Sat Dec 01 2007 08:29 AM Re: COTM November 2007--Pure
Maps for the memories Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Thu Jul 06 2006
Loc: Midwest
I wanted to thank everyone who helped me with the topic this month, especially Lastgas. If/when I manage to salvage more files, I'd be glad to add them if you folks want to see more.
Judy

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#96208 - Sat Dec 01 2007 09:01 AM Re: COTM November 2007--Pure
powerlube Offline
Veteran Member

Registered: Sun Mar 26 2006
Loc: Parker, CO
I love that Pure Neon!
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#96209 - Sat Dec 01 2007 11:17 AM Re: COTM November 2007--Pure
Jack R Offline
Veteran Member

Registered: Fri Feb 27 2004
Loc: Las Vegas, Nevada
Great company of the month Judy, you did an excellent job jack

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#96210 - Sat Dec 01 2007 04:31 PM Re: COTM November 2007--Pure
kmann Offline
Veteran Member

Registered: Tue Aug 26 2003
Loc: new york
congrats to judy !!!.. job well done. i appreciate the work that goes into these threads. thanks to the volunteers and to all that post.

chuck

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