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Oldgas
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posted 11-03-2005 10:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Oldgas   Click Here to Email Oldgas     Edit/Delete Message
Company of the Month - Zephyr Gas

There were two different Zephyr gasoline marketers back in the mid-1900s. The J.D. Streett Company of St. Louis had the red, white and blue logo with the name on an upward slant with a serif font. The Naph-Sol Refining Company of Muskeon, Michigan had the reddish-orange and white logo with the lettering usually on a level line with a sans serif font. It is amazing that they used the same name during the same time period. Today, they would probably be suing each other. This month, I'm concentrating on the J.D. Streett Zephyr brand.

Here is a J.D. Streett Zephyr logo:

Here is a Naph-Sol Zephyr logo:

While J.D. Street started selling Zephyr gas in 1939, the company actually started marketing lubricants in 1884.

Early lubricants for automotive use were sold under the Streett brand.

I'll add more Zephyr info and pictures as the month goes on.
If you can add any pictures or information, please post them here or to send them to shoptalk@oldgas.com

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posted 11-04-2005 10:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Oldgas   Click Here to Email Oldgas     Edit/Delete Message
Here is a Zephyr station with the 1939-1954 style regular and ethyl globes on the Wayne 70 gas pumps. Note the unusual level lettering for "Zephyr" on the decal on the left pump. The lettering is usually slanted upwards on the J.D. Street Zephyr logos.

J.D. Streett didn't have a refinery, but is strategically located on a refined product pipeline from Texas-Louisiana and has two barge terminals on the Mississippi. It started out and is still distributing refined product from these terminals. In the old days they supplied their own Zephyr branded gas stations. Today they are distributors for BP, Conoco/Phillips, Shell and Citgo as well as unbranded gas for independents.

Streett has been a major blender and packager of antifreeze as well as lubricants for many different brands. Their riverside facility takes the components from barges, blends them with additives and dyes required by different customers and bottles them. They now have their own blow mold machines to make oil and antifreeze bottles on site. Below on the left is a photo of their South St. Louis County River Terminal and blending facility. The right photo is their St. Louis Terminal on the Explorer Pipeline as it crosses the Mississippi River. The St. Louis Terminal is clearly visible from I-55 about a half mile south of the Busch Brewery.

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posted 11-04-2005 11:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lastgas15   Click Here to Email Lastgas15     Edit/Delete Message
I'm liking the globes on those pumps Jim.
Here's what one of them looks like in color.

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posted 11-05-2005 10:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Oldgas   Click Here to Email Oldgas     Edit/Delete Message
Nice globe, Bob. Love that ripple Gill body. Here is a color pic of the ethyl globe.

Here is a shot of J.D. Streett's tow boat Havana Zephyr, used to push barges of petroleum products and ethylene glycol up and down the Mississippi.

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posted 11-05-2005 03:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for midway oil     Edit/Delete Message

Here is my 'Zephyr Ethyl' red ripple Gill lit-up....

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posted 11-05-2005 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for midway oil     Edit/Delete Message
Oops---that was my first photo submission---sorry for the large size. I'll have to re-read the directions.....thanks

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posted 11-05-2005 04:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lastgas15   Click Here to Email Lastgas15     Edit/Delete Message
I edited the size of your image. Its only 30% as big as the original.

Midway Oil's Zephyr Ethyl globe and my Zephyr globe came from the same location in western Illinois.

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posted 11-05-2005 05:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Oldgas   Click Here to Email Oldgas     Edit/Delete Message
Here is a link to John Cirillo's great Gas Signs site's Zephyr photo page. Nice pictures of old and not so old Zephyr gas stations.
http://www.gassigns.org/zephyr.htm

Here is a link to Jon Roma's great Road Map site, "XYZ" page, including Zephyr:
http://zippy.cso.uiuc.edu/~roma/roadmaps/naoilXYZ.html

These two guys provide useful resources of gas station history.

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posted 11-05-2005 10:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for midway oil     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for the edit on my picture Lastgas!! I appreciate it...I'll do better next time.

You're right. Our globes spent many years side by side on top of a couple of gas pumps at the Zephyr station in Galva, Illinois. The day you and I were there bidding on them it was biting cold, the wind was pretty raw. I remembered when I saw your posting that you got the other one!! Small world....take care.

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posted 11-06-2005 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gasoildude   Click Here to Email gasoildude     Edit/Delete Message
Hey I remember that auction in Galva. You both were standing right behind me it was cool out too. That is before I knew Bob & alot of the other collectors here. Well anyway here are a couple cans I have from Zepher. One is a 1 gal antifreeze can & the other is a 1 quart outboard oil "yes Jim you are in my will for that one lol"

Drool Jim LOL

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posted 11-06-2005 08:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Oldgas   Click Here to Email Oldgas     Edit/Delete Message
Don't tease me with that "you're in my will" thing, Brad. I saw the way your son was looking over the cans at Peotone. LOL
Here are some more Zephyr cans:


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posted 11-06-2005 09:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Oldgas   Click Here to Email Oldgas     Edit/Delete Message

And a J.D. Streett HPX can without the Zephyr branding. Thanks to Scott Shipers.

And a Super Heavy duty

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posted 11-06-2005 09:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Oldgas   Click Here to Email Oldgas     Edit/Delete Message
Some outboard bottles and can bank.

Fuel Solvent bottles in red and red/blue.

Anyone else have any Zephyr cans or bottles, please post them, or let me help post your pictures for you. I'd also like to see any J.D. Streett or Streett's branded products.

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posted 11-07-2005 06:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Oldgas   Click Here to Email Oldgas     Edit/Delete Message
Here are some more Zephyr gas globes. The first two are from 1954-60.

The following globe is from 1960-75. Notice no "speed lines" on the Zephyr lettering and no lettering or logo in the blue areas.

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posted 11-17-2005 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for midway oil     Edit/Delete Message

This is on the side of a building off of main street in Galesburg, Illinois. Not sure just what the significance is......

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