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gaspumpman
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posted 04-05-2005 02:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gaspumpman   Click Here to Email gaspumpman     Edit/Delete Message
We will start with a little history of Richfield. I will try and spread it out over the whole month and add a little each day. If you have any pictures please feel free to add them at any time. I will also be posting pictures of a local Richfield collection.
1905: Richfield Oil Corporation founded

1911: Standard Oil Trust dissolved under Sherman Antitrust Act, and Atlantic is spun off as independent company

1916: Sinclair Oil Corporation, founded by Harry F. Sinclair

1931: Richfield goes into receivership and Sinclair merges with Rio Grande Oil and Prairie Pipeline and Prairie Oil and Gas Companies

1936: Richfield Oil Corporation emerges from receivership

1952: Atlantic begins offshore Gulf Coast production

1963: Atlantic purchased the Hondo Oil & Gas Company

1966: Richfield Oil Corporation merges with Atlantic Refining Company, creating Atlantic Richfield Company [ARCO]

1968: ARCO partners with Exxon for Alaskan North Slope production

1969: ARCO acquires Sinclair Oil Corporation

1972: ARCO headquarters moves from New York City to Los Angeles

1977: ARCO acquires the Anaconda Company

1985: ARCO divests East Coast marketing and refining operations

1988: Tricentrol acquired by ARCO

1988: ARCO completes merger with Houston based Union Texas Petroleum Holding Inc

1989: ARCO forms anew publicly held company, Lyondell Petrochemical

1993: ARCO’s U.S. oil and gas business restructured and divided into four business units—ARCO Permian, ARCO Western Energy, ARCO Long Beach, Inc., and Vastar Resources, Inc.

1994: Vastar Resources Inc. initiates a public offering of 17 million shares of its common stock

1996: ARCO signs Production Sharing Contract with Sonatrach, the Algerian state oil company, to undertake major Enhanced Oil Recovery project in Algeria’s second largest oil field, Rhourde El Baguel

1997: ARCO and Russia’s largest oil company, LUKOIL, sign joint venture agreement to invest in oil and gas projects in Russia and other countries

1998: ARCO subsidiary (Western Midway Co.) and a unit of Mobil Corporation reaches agreement to exchange oil and gas properties in California's San Joaquin Valley and the Gulf of Mexico; The California properties owned by Western Midway go to Mobil, while Mobil oil and gas properties in the Gulf go to Western Midway. Upon completion of the exchange, Western Midway will be sold to Vastar Resources Inc. (82.2% owned by ARCO)

1998: ARCO sells majority interest in ARCO Chemical Company and divests its coal assets in the U.S.


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troach
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posted 04-05-2005 03:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for troach   Click Here to Email troach     Edit/Delete Message
Richfield one of my favorite companies. Here is an early sign from my collection.


Here are a couple early quarts.


Ted

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posted 04-05-2005 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for troach   Click Here to Email troach     Edit/Delete Message

This is an early grease can

And an early sign. Ted

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gaspumpman
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posted 04-05-2005 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gaspumpman   Click Here to Email gaspumpman     Edit/Delete Message
Great signs Ted thanks for your support.

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djhubba
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posted 04-05-2005 04:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for djhubba   Click Here to Email djhubba     Edit/Delete Message
Here is a Gilbarco pump I did to Richfield

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the poor mans museum
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posted 04-05-2005 05:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for the poor mans museum   Click Here to Email the poor mans museum     Edit/Delete Message
Mark Mendenhall is an avid Richfield collector, quite naturally because he literally grew up in a Richfield station owned by Jack Mendenhall.

As a result he has been avidly collecting relics for Richfield and building a "shrine" to his collection in their museum. Here is his display case that they call a "Tribute to Ebay" since that is where much of it came from.

This is Bill Olivera's Richfield station circa 1948. Jack Mendenahll would evetually take over the business in the early fifties and operate it at this location until he bought his own property at the other end of the highway where he could own the land and the business.

And some truck and tanker photos from the Richfield specifications manual circa 1951.



This manual was a companion manual to the one that I posted pictures from awhile back. Mark Mendenhall bought this manual on ebay.

As this thread progresses I will post some more of the specification pages for Richfield stations in the 1950's.

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THE AMERICAN GARAGE
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posted 04-05-2005 08:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for THE AMERICAN GARAGE   Click Here to Email THE AMERICAN GARAGE     Edit/Delete Message
LET'S NOT FORGET GENE BUNCE'S COOL RESTO'D TANKER TRUCK:

DOC @ THE AMERICAN GARAGE

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troach
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posted 04-06-2005 08:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for troach   Click Here to Email troach     Edit/Delete Message
We could all use a nice neon bird on top our station.

A couple more signs.


This is a lube guide from my collection. Ted

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posted 04-06-2005 09:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for the poor mans museum   Click Here to Email the poor mans museum     Edit/Delete Message
Don't know where Ted got that photo of the neon eagle but it doesn't do that sign justice so here it is again.

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gaspumpman
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posted 04-06-2005 06:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gaspumpman   Click Here to Email gaspumpman     Edit/Delete Message
On the Richfield Gasoline commercial, the gasoline that came from the cream and blue colored Richfield pumps was powerful stuff. The reason why it was powerful was a super gasoline component known as “Zyline.” This component had one of the highest anti-knock ratings known to modern science (of that time). This was good news for the driver, because the car wasn’t knocking, sputtering, and belching when it encountered a moment where power and/or speed was necessary. Instead of sounding like junkyard material, the car breezed along the highway without a single belch. Instead of adding Zyline to only Richfield Ethyl, Zyline was also added to Richfield Hi-Octane, the regular gasoline. In other words, if the driver filled up with Richfield gasoline, no matter which grade, he/she felt the “Zyline Zip” in his/her car

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posted 04-07-2005 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cessna195   Click Here to Email Cessna195     Edit/Delete Message
A Richfield weather vane and oil can rack.

John

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gaspumpman
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posted 04-08-2005 03:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gaspumpman   Click Here to Email gaspumpman     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for posting the pictures guys. Keep up the good work. I Have an appointment to go over to a real NICE Richfield collection the first of the week. Some great history and pictures to follow.

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posted 04-08-2005 05:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for quartcans   Click Here to Email quartcans     Edit/Delete Message
Here is a Richfield sign I photographed in an antique mall in Missouri.

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posted 04-14-2005 01:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ranchpump   Click Here to Email ranchpump     Edit/Delete Message
Richfield in Hollywood. This station was on Vine Street between Sunset and Hollywood Blvd. 1928

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