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Russell Lee Photos – American Life in Waco, Texas

This is our second post in a series with photos taken during November of 1939, by photographer Russell Lee when he visited Waco, Texas, for the Farm Security Administration. The photographs above and below show Frank Sharp’s Tire shop that operated from his storefront and on both the sidewalk and street. Even late in the…

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The Taylor Tire Company – Service During Tough Times

The Taylor Tire Company in 1934 The Taylor Tire Company of Lexington, Kentucky opened this new facility, during the trying times at the beginning the Great Depression on November 15, 1930. The organization must have had some strong backing and good management to make it through the next half-a-dozen or more difficult years. The photo…

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The Freemont Garage – Hoyt’s Ford Garage

Today we have postcard photographs of two garages for you to peruse, and while doing so maybe you can help to identify some of the vehicles at the establishments. The location of the Freemont Garage above is unknown, but we do know from looking at the front window that the shop handled both the Chalmers…

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The Earl M. Carr Pepper Gasoline Station – Lexington, Kentucky

This photo appears to show opening day in 1939 at Earl M. Carr’s Pepper Gasoline station. It was located at North Broadway and Belt Line Avenue, Northeast of the center of Lexington, Kentucky. At the time, judging by the scene in the background, the gas station was located with the areas famous horse farms.    …

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An Associated Gas Station Grand Opening – Portland, Oregon 1938

An Associated Oil Company Gasoline Station opening, Portland, Oregon  The spotlights are blazing above at an Associated Oil Company Gasoline Station opening at Southwest Broadway and West Burnside in Portland, Oregon in 1938. According to Vintage Portland, this gas station replaced the Hotel Scott building. The local business that ran this particular operation was the Cummings Tire Company. This image is…

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A Packard Roadster at Thompson’s Variety Store

In a scene repeated in small towns all across North America in the twenties is this view of Thompson’s Variety Store in Northbrook, Ontario, Canada, taken in 1928. The town is located roughly half way between Ottawa and Toronto, in a sparsely populated area. The store like most in small towns, was where the citizens regularly…

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Actress Dorothy Christy Promotes Union Oil 76 Gasoline

This series of photos was taken in 1931 at one of the many Union stations in Southern California, with actress Dorothy Christy and a 1931 Auburn Convertible Sedan. The promotion was for the New Union 76 gasoline that the company had just brought to market along with its new line of Triton Motor Oil. Union was founded in 1890 and is…

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A Standard Oil Station and a Young Motorcyclist

Here is a great pair of images that were taken perhaps twenty-five years apart. Above is the Stone-McVickers Gasoline Station that was located in Williamsville, Illinois. ISO-VIS gas and oil were both products of the Standard Oil Company. Note the Standard Oil crowns atop the pumps. The photo is circa 1930, and the building carries some…

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A Van Fleet and Durkee Shell Gasoline Station – Woodlite Headlamps

Van Fleet, former assistant sales manager for the General Petroleum Corporation in Los Angeles, and W. P. Durkee, Jr., who was the district manager for General, organized their own chain of gasoline stations in 1929 in Southern, California. The Van Fleet and Durkee station  seen here was one of them and it was located at West…

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The Reed Brothers – Selling Dodge’s for Ninety-Four Years, Part II

The forth update to the showroom and gas station, during the mid-thirties In Part I of the Reed Brothers Dodge story, we covered the changes the Rockville, Maryland dealer had gone through from its start in 1915 to 1930. To bring things up-to-date with the manufacturer, the Dodge Brothers name was changed in 1930 to Dodge, and…

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