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#761775 Mon Mar 15 2021 07:37 PM
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I recently posted a picture of my Grandpa's old shell station in "Great Old Pics" and promised to share if I found more.

A little history...
He was machinist's mate during the war and piloted landing craft during D-Day. After the war he decided to put his mechanical skills to use. His station was at the corner of Cummings St. and Clinton Ave. in Irvington, New Jersey. Originally, it was a single bay garage with an additional lift outside. In the early 60's the station was remodeled to a double bay garage. This allowed my Gandpa (Charlie) and Uncle Walter to work simultaneously without one of them having to work outside in the snow, which is how it was done until then. Uncle Walt lived in the 3 story apartment building on the other corner of Cummings St. and Clinton Ave. Charlie lived at 10 Cummings right across from the station, later moving to 22 cummings. They serviced all the vehicles for the locals on cummings street.

Side story, my Grandpa would go work before breakfast. On one day he left the Schrader valve open on a tire he had to replace and went home for breakfast. When he went back and popped in the tire spoons in he didn't realize the air hadn't completely emptied. The resulting bang sent the steelie into his face. Uncle Walter heard the bang at home and ran over and slowed the bleeding until the ambulance got there. Shattered all the teeth in the left side of his mouth, broken jaw and gash from below the eye to the bottom of the jaw. He survived after doctors called the priest for last rites twice. After that he was bit of local legend and the resulting scar likened him to Capone.

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Nate8900 #761777 Mon Mar 15 2021 07:45 PM
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The 57 Bel Air belonged to Gunther (or Gint as the locals called him). My Grandfather rented out the empty space for parking. The people who worked downtown would park there where their vehicles were safe. Gint worked at the local German butcher shop. Charlie is the stout look'n man that I don't think is ever pictured without a cigar or pipe. Uncle Walt is the other man. And my Dad rounds out the first pic. Group shot is June 58. I believe the winter shots are 1954.

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My dad playing in the snow out front of the old garage, 1954. Last pic is my dad June of 69 working at the autoparts store, shortly before leaving for the Navy.

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Also pictured is the backend of my Grandpa's Studebaker, 1950 Champion.

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Dad and Grandpa at the new station, early 60s.

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Nate8900 #761781 Mon Mar 15 2021 08:00 PM
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Black and white of the new station, early 60s. Shell decided to put in a larger station at some point which ended the garage and my Grandfather's involvement. The last edition's remnants are pictured below, what it looks like today. Last pic is my oil can collection, not a fancy as some on here but the first can I bought is the X-100 that matched the pictures of my Grandpa's old shop.

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What a great family photo album! Thanks for sharing. I do remember that Shell yellow and white paint scheme on the pumps of that era.


Regards, Jim

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Very cool,thanks for sharing all these photos & stories.


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Very cool pics and story.


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