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I use a local Mobil station and they can't figure out how to connect the hose and nozzle so it won't twist and bind or try to fight its way out of the filler pipe. A rotating pump island, the background music just wouldn't be the same around here.

Bernie

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Too bad they didn't show the fill up total. Maybe $5.00 for almost 20 gallons. Oh what memories.

Any of you remember the gas wars at 23.9 cents per gal.? You got full service and a free glass or plate ? Of course I was only 10. :)

Wayne

1941 Super 51

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Too bad they didn't show the fill up total. Maybe $5.00 for almost 20 gallons. Oh what memories.

Any of you remember the gas wars at 23.9 cents per gal.? You got full service and a free glass or plate ? Of course I was only 10. :)

Wayne

1941 Super 51

And the attendant was getting about $.75 per hour.

Ben

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LOTS of neat gasoline service stations, back then! Their design was a part of their marketing identification back then. Made for a nice view on "main street", too!

Looks like Keith is taking good care of "Dino", too, which is great.

There's a really neat book out on service stations. The stations of the '50s-middle '70s era were the best, by observation. Back then, you KNEW that what came out of the ground (at the station) came from a tank farm/local distribution point operated by THAT company, rather than what we generally have now. "Brand Advantage" was a huge marketing point, back then, for gasoline and the same company's other lubrication and service products.

Many owners didn't really pay attention to where the filler neck was on their cars. The attendants had to compensate as best they could, especially with a sometimes crowded "lane". The "over the trunk" routine was better than "under the trunk", for many safety reasons. Generally, though, the tougher paints (seemingly) of those times weren't as prone to scratches, so a moderate degree of care in placement of the hose and removal of the hose generally caused no significant issues with the paint, by observation. Accommodating the customer as best they could was the order of the day.

There are some gasoline company commercials on YouTube. Some of the notable ones were from Gulf, "Gas with Gut" "double horse shoes" commercials, where the driver (and passengers) scooted on the pavement. One of the funniest sections was where the driver got irate an "laid rubber" . . . just like the car would have done.

Ahhhh, the memories!

Enjoy!

NTX5467

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[ATTACH=CONFIG]283017[/ATTACH]Love Sinclair - have always had a soft spot for them since I was a kid - here is one of my favorite auto related possessions

Reminds me of the little Dino soaps they used to have. I'm not old enough to have actaully got a dino soap from Sinclair but my grandparents had one sitting on a shelf over the toilet in the lake cabin. The bathroom always smelled like Dino!

I picked one up off of ebay a few years back still in its original box and paper... I take a sniff now and then and its right back to summertime at the cabin!

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Talking about dinos:

last week the Wildcat got it's 2 year inspection (passed with no remarks), so before getting it back into hibernation I made this photo just around the corner of the RDW ('our' DMV) inspection center:

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Wow, thanks for all the great gas station photos. My new garage build is a combination 1930's Buick Sales and Service and Sinclair gas station. Older (30s/40s) Sinclair is hard to find and expen$ive when you do so some of mine will be hand painted by a friend.

Just made this my screen saver, THANKS

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and this is one awesome picture here V

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Thanks John. Gas prices now will surely make a road trip less expensive; purchasing another Buick this year however will be another challenge, now the Euro is going down the drain. Spent quite some time on the internet (CL) lately to find us a nice 67 Electra (2dr/4dr) / Wildcat (2dr) or 71/72 Riviera for a new adventure.

Lamar: that 'Sinclair' gas station is suited somewhere on the RTe66. Spent so much quality time there with the owner (Gary) we only drove a hundred miles orso that day.

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