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The Art of the Service Station
#93193 Wed May 03 2006 09:03 PM
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The Art of the Service Station


We’ve created collections of just about every type of image here on Oldgas in one form of another. We have an encyclopedia of oil cans, a gallery of globes and gas pumps, a selection of salt shakers, a series of signs, a museum of maps and a collection of company histories. (Oh, and did I mention a host of handy oilers?)

Since we are the most comprehensive web site on Petroliana collectibles in the country (and probably the universe, including cyberspace), I thought that I might initiate another gallery in the museum of gas geek history.

This gallery is a tribute to the graphic artists that have artistically rendered the service station and equipment in all of its glory for magazine advertisements and map covers. Like the much celebrated Coca Cola advertisements of this same period (1920’s-1960’s), great artists put pen to paper to create these wonderful illustrations of the perhaps lowly service station.

Unfortunately, these artists went un-named and unmentioned and ultimately unrecognized for their contribution to this craft. But in the interest of not letting them be forgotten we will publish their work here to be shared eternally on Oldgas (or at least until Jim Potts gets sick of us and decides not to continue hosting the site).

So here’s what we’re looking for (and it’s fairly simple) Artistic renderings of service stations. That means drawings, paintings and illustrations that were created for advertising purpose that show a service station in some form. No photos please.

Feel free to contribute map covers, advertisements, brochures or service cards featuring the service station. If you need me to post pictures for you send me an email at thepoormansmuseum@verizon.net. We probably won’t catch up with Jarvis’ salt shaker album, but let’s see what we can come up with.

Here are a couple to get us started:





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Robert Stephens sent me this great Vacuum service station map image to add to the collection.



And a Calso station from a map cover out of my collection



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Very cool keep em' coming. Thats a 1937 Studebaker Batwing Coupe at the Calsco station. Larry


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How about the pumps Dick? What are we looking at in all of these stations?

Here's a Texaco.



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Texaco, in the first frame... Wayne 276....


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Another one from Robert Stephens.

And my Rio Grande map with the stylized "Carmel" Mission (not Santa Barbara like I said in my post on the Barnsdall-Rio Grande Company).



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MARATHON STATION FROM A 1951 MAP COVER.
A COVER USED FOR OUT OF THEIR MARKETING AREA MAPS.

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1929 INDIAN REFINING MAP COVER

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A SIGN COMPANY AD CARD WITH A SPEEDWAY 79 STATION

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Very Cool Curt, lets see some more


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COOP STATION FROM MAP COVER
(NOT A HIGH BUDGET EXAMPLE)

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Dave makes a good point about the graphics on the Coop map. You will start to notice that the 20's and early 30's art is generally more stylistic during the Art Deco period. As you get into the 60's and especially 70's there is a modern influence that just doesn't have the same impact as the early graphic designs. If you think about it, that carries over to the globes, signs and gas pumps, which is what makes the pumps and logo signs less interesting to collect from those later periods.

Perhaps the youngsters will have a greater appreciation for that "Modern" stuff, but this is what I like...



Thanks again to Robert Stephens for this Shell beauty. And thanks to all of you that are supporting this post.

Heat up those scanners!


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STANDARD OF CALIFORNIA MAP COVER

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