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#127308 - Wed Dec 06 2006 08:21 AM Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station
Jim_Becker68 Offline
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Registered: Mon Dec 04 2006
Loc: 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?

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#127309 - Wed Dec 06 2006 08:30 AM Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station
Thunder II Offline
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Registered: Fri Jan 20 2006
Loc: 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
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#127310 - Wed Dec 06 2006 08:30 AM Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station
csf64ss Offline
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Registered: Fri Nov 17 2006
Loc: 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?...
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#127311 - Wed Dec 06 2006 08:56 AM Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station
Thunder II Offline
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Registered: Fri Jan 20 2006
Loc: 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.
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#127312 - Wed Dec 06 2006 10:46 AM Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station
cormy Offline
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Registered: Mon Feb 09 2004
Loc: 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.

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#127313 - Wed Dec 06 2006 11:04 AM Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station
dodogas Offline
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Registered: Sat Jan 25 2003
Loc: 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!!

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#127314 - Wed Dec 06 2006 04:03 PM Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station
Terry Flannery Offline
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Registered: Wed Jun 20 2001
Loc: 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.

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#127315 - Wed Dec 06 2006 04:56 PM Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station
thermactor Offline
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Registered: Wed Apr 27 2005
Loc: 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

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#127316 - Wed Dec 06 2006 06:17 PM Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station
Dick Bennett Offline
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Registered: Wed Oct 25 2000
Loc: 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.
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#127317 - Thu Dec 07 2006 08:17 AM Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station
cormy Offline
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Registered: Mon Feb 09 2004
Loc: PA
He's looking for old photos, not the address, he already knows that! Phone Books?

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#127318 - Thu Dec 07 2006 09:42 AM Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station
Lastgas15 Offline
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Registered: Mon Mar 04 2002
Loc: 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.
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#127319 - Thu Dec 07 2006 10:20 AM Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station
SuperAmerica Man Offline
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Registered: Wed Oct 30 2002
Loc: 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.
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#127320 - Thu Dec 07 2006 01:23 PM Re: Trying To Trace The Heritage Of My Service Station
dodogas Offline
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Registered: Sat Jan 25 2003
Loc: 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.

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