Oldgas.com Home   Home | Help | Events | Auctions | Parts | Pictures | Contact
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station #127308
Wed Dec 06 2006 07:21 AM
Wed Dec 06 2006 07:21 AM
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 53
Clintonville, Wisconsin
J
Jim_Becker68 Offline OP
Active Member
Jim_Becker68  Offline OP
Active Member
J
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 53
Clintonville, Wisconsin
When I bought my home and the service station somewhat attached to it, a few months ago I asked if the seller had any pictures of the station when it was built in the mid-1950's. The seller's family has owned the property since the 20's and were the builders of the service station.

The lady said she didn't know and if there were any her daughter would have them. The daughter said she may have recalled a few photos but with her mom's move everything is scattered.

By using paint chips from the exterior and interior could an educated guess be made?

------------------
Jim


Jim
Archived Forum Area

These topics are archived because they are older. You may not post new replies. Contact member through their email in their Profile or by PM message.
Help with contacting members

Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station #127309
Wed Dec 06 2006 07:30 AM
Wed Dec 06 2006 07:30 AM
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 3,044
On the plains of Colorado
Thunder II Offline
Veteran Member
Thunder II  Offline
Veteran Member
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 3,044
On the plains of Colorado
Jim, here are some links that you might want to look through. Sit down, and get comfortable. One link is gas signs. They are grouped by brand, so you can go right to whatever brand you choose. You might see what you're looking for there. The next one, is grouped by building design. That site will take longer. Grab a cup of coffee, and let us know what you find.
http://www.gassigns.org/
http://www.agilitynut.com/gas/1a.html


Anything Chevron
[Linked Image]
I'd rather be flying.....
Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station #127310
Wed Dec 06 2006 07:30 AM
Wed Dec 06 2006 07:30 AM
Joined: Nov 2006
Posts: 55
mc micheals pa
C
csf64ss Offline
Active Member
csf64ss  Offline
Active Member
C
Joined: Nov 2006
Posts: 55
mc micheals pa
just thinkin..wouldn't there be "town hall records".. construction permits, license's,surveyor, design plans filed with the building commisionor, etc..that might be archived?...maybe on micro film?...


"THE KRYLON KID"...Looks great,and tastes good too!
Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station #127311
Wed Dec 06 2006 07:56 AM
Wed Dec 06 2006 07:56 AM
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 3,044
On the plains of Colorado
Thunder II Offline
Veteran Member
Thunder II  Offline
Veteran Member
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 3,044
On the plains of Colorado
You might be able to find those things, but I doubt that it will include any photos or color specifications.


Anything Chevron
[Linked Image]
I'd rather be flying.....
Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station #127312
Wed Dec 06 2006 09:46 AM
Wed Dec 06 2006 09:46 AM
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 757
PA
cormy Offline
Petro Enthusiast
cormy  Offline
Petro Enthusiast
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 757
PA
Another good source could be anniversary or Centennial/Bi-Centennial books that celibrate a towns history or an event. Often Fire Depatments/Emergency Squads issue them for years of service celebrations. If you can get an edition that has older pictures of the town it can be a real cool trip down memory lane. Town libraries usually have them.

Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station #127313
Wed Dec 06 2006 10:04 AM
Wed Dec 06 2006 10:04 AM
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 3,352
Kelowna British Columbia Canad...
D
dodogas Offline
Veteran Member
dodogas  Offline
Veteran Member
D
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 3,352
Kelowna British Columbia Canad...
Old phone books..lok at the yellow pages.. lirary may have them.

If not (or as well) run a small ad in paper looking for info/pics..you may be surprised!!

Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station #127314
Wed Dec 06 2006 03:03 PM
Wed Dec 06 2006 03:03 PM
Joined: Jun 2001
Posts: 772
Goodman WI USA
T
Terry Flannery Offline
Petro Enthusiast
Terry Flannery  Offline
Petro Enthusiast
T
Joined: Jun 2001
Posts: 772
Goodman WI USA
Find your old neighbors in all directions from your new house and ask them about it and if they have maps, signs, cans etc from the old station. You may be surprised what you can come up with right down the block. It has worked for me.Look for the old houses-garages and knock on the door.

Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station #127315
Wed Dec 06 2006 03:56 PM
Wed Dec 06 2006 03:56 PM
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 2,240
Decatur, IL
thermactor Offline
Veteran Member
thermactor  Offline
Veteran Member
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 2,240
Decatur, IL
I've had the best luck with City Directories. They're not phone books. Some people call them cross books. You can look up the address, and find the owner's info. Sometimes you can then look up the info you find in another section of the book.

Lots of times it just says "gas station," but, often, it will say "Stanford's Texaco" or somesuch.

They're found at almost any town's library.

Good luck,
Wes

Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station #127316
Wed Dec 06 2006 05:17 PM
Wed Dec 06 2006 05:17 PM
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 22,780
Santa Paula, Calif
Dick Bennett Offline
Veteran Member
Dick Bennett  Offline
Veteran Member
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 22,780
Santa Paula, Calif
Terry Flannery has the best solution, ask the older people in town.
Check with the local paper, for Grand Opening, might be something on micro film.
Check with city street division or Highway department, might have been a dangerous intersection.
db

Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station #127317
Thu Dec 07 2006 07:17 AM
Thu Dec 07 2006 07:17 AM
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 757
PA
cormy Offline
Petro Enthusiast
cormy  Offline
Petro Enthusiast
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 757
PA
He's looking for old photos, not the address, he already knows that! Phone Books?

Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station #127318
Thu Dec 07 2006 08:42 AM
Thu Dec 07 2006 08:42 AM
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 6,772
illinois
Lastgas15 Offline
Veteran Member
Lastgas15  Offline
Veteran Member
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 6,772
illinois
Chris,
Jim wanted to know the heritage of his station. Phone books and city directories could help him find that info. Phone books could really be helpful if the station was advertised in them.


Wanted: Gas pump globes:Sinclair & affiliates, IL companies. Ripple bodies. Anything Sinclair, Stoll, Pierce, 4 Bros.


http://www.lastgas15.com/
Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station #127319
Thu Dec 07 2006 09:20 AM
Thu Dec 07 2006 09:20 AM
Joined: Oct 2002
Posts: 442
Central , MN USA
SuperAmerica Man Offline
Petro Enthusiast
SuperAmerica Man  Offline
Petro Enthusiast
Joined: Oct 2002
Posts: 442
Central , MN USA
This works in smaller towns. Contact a few of your local churches/parishes; most have weekly or monthly newsletters. See if they will let you post a "History wanted: looking for someone or relative who worked at Johnsonís Texaco" type message. Usually someone who would have worked there has pics, especially if it was a hangout.

Good Luck & keep us posted.
Kim


------------------


Wanted
*SuperAmerica SA, Holiday or Erickson
*Loxtercamp, Greenwald Service, Greenwald Standard Oil.
*Grey Crown Globe, Standard Oil Signs, Posters
Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station #127320
Thu Dec 07 2006 12:23 PM
Thu Dec 07 2006 12:23 PM
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 3,352
Kelowna British Columbia Canad...
D
dodogas Offline
Veteran Member
dodogas  Offline
Veteran Member
D
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 3,352
Kelowna British Columbia Canad...
Chris , you be be amazed how many name changes or brand changes some stations have had.. and if you look at an old book say 59 or 69 and look at the garage addresses you may be surprised how many of those used to be a garage but you can not tell driving by quickly.. and some still have stuff.


When I went to visit a local lady who still lived beside where Bennys BA was.. I took the 1959 phone book with the ad in it.. Had a nice conversation and got a really nice lighter and matchbook.


Click for an eBay Search Form and lots more live petro auction listings

Copyright © 2018 Primarily Petroliana Interactive, All Rights Reserved

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1.1
(Release build 20180111)
Page Time: 0.027s Queries: 13 (0.010s) Memory: 1.8874 MB (Peak: 2.0220 MB) Zlib disabled. Server Time: 2018-12-12 19:55:52 UTC