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Giant Sign Demolished in 1959 (don't look) #695663
Fri Sep 29 2017 06:40 AM
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frown On this day in 1959, workers removed this giant Red Crown Gasoline sign on the corner of Skinker and Clayton Roads in St. Louis, Missouri. It had 5,600 bulbs, 2,900 feet of neon tubing and five miles of wiring. It was destroyed. It was replaced by a similar sized Standard plastic sign, updated to AMOCO later. The AMOCO still stands there today over a BP station.

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Re: Giant Sign Demolished in 1959 (don't look) [Re: Oldgas] #695665
Fri Sep 29 2017 07:28 AM
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Wow, what a cool sign!


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Re: Giant Sign Demolished in 1959 (don't look) [Re: Ryan Underthun] #695672
Fri Sep 29 2017 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted By Ryan Underthun
Wow, what a cool sign!


indeed it is or was .. ... cool


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Re: Giant Sign Demolished in 1959 (don't look) [Re: Oldgas] #695674
Fri Sep 29 2017 10:10 AM
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Biggest Amoco sign you will ever see, rates right up there with the budweiser sign. When I was in St Louis I would go right by it headed to the historic libaray researching the history of Pierce Oil.


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Re: Giant Sign Demolished in 1959 (don't look) [Re: Oldgas] #695682
Fri Sep 29 2017 11:07 AM
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OK, now that took some support structure just to hold it place during a light breeze.


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Re: Giant Sign Demolished in 1959 (don't look) [Re: Oldgas] #695714
Fri Sep 29 2017 07:51 PM
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Alas, what else could they have done with the sign--not exactly a wall hanger. laugh

Re: Giant Sign Demolished in 1959 (don't look) [Re: Oldgas] #695864
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So cool! Too bad it got destroyed.


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Re: Giant Sign Demolished in 1959 (don't look) [Re: Oldgas] #696063
Thu Oct 05 2017 08:35 AM
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Even though that station tore the sign down, they have almost always had a big sign at that corner since the early 30's (with the exception of 1959-61). Like Jim said, there is still a large sign there today. There is a very nice four page article about that sign (written by Wayne Henderson) in the July 2017 PCM magazine.

Here is what the sign looks like today. Not exactly the Crown sign it was, but give them a little credit for keeping the nostalgia.

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Last edited by Speedracer; Thu Oct 05 2017 08:57 AM.

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