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Vintage Gas – Service Stations in Maine, Utah and More

The early-1960s lead image in today’s feature is a postcard from “Jimmy’s” Gas Station and Dinner located at 150 Minot Avenue in Auburn, Maine near Exit 12 of the Maine Turnpike. According to Dinner Hunter, the gasoline station was opened in 1928 by James LaRue and “Jimmy’s Diner” followed later, possibly as early as 1934. LaRue built another dinner and five other gasoline stations at a later time. The filling station at this location apparently was open until the 1980s, but by then the Dinner had closed although both buildings were still standing as late as 2011. The postcard is via Filler Up.

Standard Oil RPM Motor Oil Standard Penn Gasoline Station Display

This image shows new Standard Oil Company motor oil dispensers installed at a filling station and repair garage in the late-1930s. Multigrade oils were not available at the time, so the cabinet behind the attendant contains four separate containers and pumps for different SAE viscositys of RPM and Standard Penn motor oils.

On the far-left are a pair of dispensers for Zerolene motor oil, also produced by Standard, it would flow at zero degrees fahrenheit and allowed for easier cold weather starting and operation. The image is courtesy of Jeremy Gilmore via Petroliana

And finally below is a view of Route 40 passing through Vernal, Utah, a small town both then and now which is located in the northeastern portion of the State. On the far-right of the image is the Streamline Moderne styled facility of Utah Motor with five gasoline pumps out front for “Powerine” gasoline. The operation also either sold or specialized in the repair of Dodge and Plymouth cars and trucks. The photograph courtesy of Russell Stephen Rein via Filler Up.

View over 220 other gasoline stations in earlier posts here at The Old Motor.

Utah Motor Dodge and Plymouth Agency Powerine and Texaco Stations late 1930s


17 responses to “Vintage Gas – Service Stations in Maine, Utah and More

  1. Sadly, “Jimmy’s” is replaced by “Quik Checks”, “Kwik Trips” and other non-interaction quick fueling, eating stops. Looks like a rather new late 30’s GMC Suburban on the bottom pic.

  2. Been through there in recent times. Vernal and other small communities along Hwy 40 an interesting route. A ’40 Chevy sedan in the drive and about a ’37 GMC Suburban out front parked in the wrong direction. Maybe making a delivery? Further down the street is the Vogue theater appearing high enough to have a balcony. Remember some in Denver with a 3rd level balcony where patrons were allowed to smoke. Imagine!

  3. There are two notable points about Vernal, the first being that it was NOT settled by Mormons and second being that the present day Zion Bank branch building was mailed brick by brick via the USPO, at a time when their rates for packages under 50 pounds were cheap. The PO quickly changed the regs after that little fiasco!

  4. These types of photos are probably my favorites, although I love all the Old Motor posts. These, I guess, just make me melancholy, remembering all the times I pulled up to the pumps over the bell hose and received top-grade service from people who knew what customer service meant. Thank you so much, Dave for these posts.

  5. Great pics. First one, a customer at Jimmy’s Diner seems to have a ’64 Impala, Goldwood Yellow with either a convertible top or very rare black vinyl top. A convertible would be interesting for being in Maine. Hard to tell if it’s an SS from here, but I would guess that it is. 🙂

      • Hey Evet,

        Part of squaring off the ’63 for ’64 included eliminating the substantial dip down in the center of the rear trunk panel between the taillights and eliminating the big points on the ends of the rear quarters. I blew this up to 200% and don’t see either of those features, so my buck is still on ’64. Cheers!

        • I agree, it is a ’64. The ’62 had a distinctive ‘V’ design in the trunk lid and rear trim and the ’63 had the squared dip in the lid. But the distinction is the tail lights themselves. On the ’64 they sat low, practically on the bumper, like in this photo, whereas the ’62 & ’63 had them higher up. Do a Google comparison of images and you can see the height difference in the tail lights.

  6. My guess is that the Impala is a ’62, definitely not a ’64. Although the all had 6 taillights, the rear end treatments were noticeably different. Respectfully!

  7. I remember the different viscosity oils, although not those brands. I would change my oil every fall and spring to match the viscosity for the upcoming cold or hot weather.

  8. One of my saddles was built in Vernal, Utah – a Jordan Valley 3C, if any reader/riders are interested. Well built, comfortable, and a good seat when a horse decides to get a little snuffy.

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