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Three old Texaco stations + a little surprise

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1st drive in gas station was in Pittsburgh in 1913 and it was a Gulf station.

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there are 3 abandoned gas stations a block from my house, a 76 gas station, a marathon, that's the only one that has been cleaned up and up forsale, and I think it was a Amoco , Amoco and 76 abandoned

I could get pictures but I would need to send to someone because my photobucket is not working for me any more

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I shot this restored Texaco station in 2006 (out the back window of a speeding car; the driver was in a hurry); only thing is I'm not sure exactly where. Best I can recall is it was south of Chattanooga in the NW tip of Georgia or maybe the NE tip of Alabama:

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This little Texaco station in Paducah, KY has been restored as an office:

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And this one (same town) hasn't been, yet:

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I used to pass by this house in Baldwin Park, CA a lot and I think it must have been a gas station at some point:

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And finally Ronnie's Automotive Service, the old station at 2012 N. Lake Ave. in Altadena, CA as it looked in 1983:

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Featuring my beloved old '62 Imperial (that's where the avatar comes from).

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Speaking of Texaco Stations, back in the day those stations had the coolest promotion ever around Christmas time....the Texaco toy gas trucks. Along with maybe, a Lionel Train set, it was always something any young boy would have wanted Santa to bring him. Today. they are collectable as all heck. My neighbor has a half dozen different ones that he displays in his den around the Holidays.

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I first started working ( my first job ever )in a Union 76 gas station around '72 or''73. I was working there still during the "gas crunch" with all the "odd and even" gas fill B.S. . Thanks to Henry Kissenger!  I was a car guy, really into early cars at age 18. Here are two photos of my cars taken at the 76 Station, for what it's worth. The photo of me standing with my Model A Coupe shows me with "hat hair"( I had just removed my cap ), as we all wore the blue and orange "76" caps that went with the uniform, along with a special "scratchless" belt, that had a protected buckle so as not to scratch a car's paintjob when you'd lean against it, and the pre-requisite "keyback" worn on your hip that had the key to the cashboxes out on the islands. Our shirts had the 76 Union logo patch on the breast pocket, and either a "minute-man service" patch, or an "island service specialist" patch on one of the sleeves . Knapp Shoe company supplied us with black oil resistant shoes. That's the boss, Jim Hooper, smiling in the first photo. Unleaded gas pump gives some indication as to when that picture was taken. The boss told us to take pride in our appearance at all times, and change into a fresh uniform shirt if you got it soiled after servicing a car. Boy......times have changed!

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On 4/2/2018 at 12:53 AM, Vietnam Vet67 said:

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Love the truck.GMC or Ford COE?

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Pat , you're safe , it's a Ford "Big Job " cab . looks to be a 1956 model

 

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I have the pictures if somebody want to post them here, pm your number and I will send them

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On ‎12‎/‎22‎/‎2018 at 7:45 PM, Vietnam Vet67 said:

Here are a couple more from "The Old Motor" website...........

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The picture of the Ford dealer reminds me of the Ford dealership were my father took delivery of a new '49 Ford in the fall of '48. We rode home in the start of a light snow storm. This was in Arlington Heights Ill. just east of Chicago. It was not much more than a big gas station. 

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On 2017-10-12 at 9:41 AM, iamsuperdan said:

As an aside, because I always find this stuff interesting, here's what those stations look like now.

 

421 South 2nd: still a gas station, but not quite as attractive.

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400 South 2nd: not a gas station.

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200 Canyon Drive: I guess it's technically still a Texaco station.

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Great detective work - love it!

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On 10/12/2017 at 6:41 AM, iamsuperdan said:

200 Canyon Drive: I guess it's technically still a Texaco station.

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Look closely, That's the same building used in the old picture. Those are the same windows that sold the "legendary Buddy L gas stations"!

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Ya say ya wanted some Texaco stations ?????

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What AWESOME memories this thread brings back to me. I spent many years working for my Dad pumping gas at his stations. He had 2 Texaco's and a Gulf. Those were the best times of my life. Wish I had pics of his stations to share but living in that time I never thought of taking any pictures. I never thought many years later that these old Stations would be so highly admired by so many. I have collected old gas pumps, oil cans and signs for 30 years or more. Here is one (Martin & Schwartz Model 80) that I restored many years ago and gave it to Dad for this Birthday several years back. Dad passed away 2 years ago so  my Mother decided that I should have it back. 

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