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A Monumental Saint Louis Standard Red Crown Sign Revisited

Saint Louis Standard Red Crown Sign

Eight months ago we posted an amazing photo of the Standard Red Crown Sign atop the Standard Oil Station at South Skinker Boulevard and Clayton Road in St. Louis, Missouri. That photo and the two new images on view here along with the colored postcard are all courtesy of Joe Sonderman. Joe reports: On September 29,…

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Chauffeur Peter Christian Wick Drives a Simplex – Crane


This is the sixth and final part in a series showing the automobiles that Peter Christian Wick drove during his career as a chauffeur between the years of 1906 and 1931. In the last installment Wick was driving for Mr. Albert H. Wiggin, who was the chairman of the Chase Bank in New York City….

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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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