An Associated Gas Station Grand Opening – Portland, Oregon 1938

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  • 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 the 2nd colorized photo that we have featured here by Patty Allison, and you can see her earlier photo of an Oldsmobile Dealership here. 

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The Associated Oil Company was formed in 1901 when over thirty oil producers in the Kern River Oil Field in California were joined together by W.S. Portor; the pipe salesman hoped to build a pipeline to carry the oil north to San Francisco, but it is unclear if he succeeded.

In 1932, Associated introduced the Flying A brand which at the time represented its premium gasoline. The famous logo can be seen on the building next to the gas pump island. You can see the un-colorized version of the photo here at Vintage Portland, and below is a view of the front of the station during the opening. The facility has not survived and has been replaced by modern buildings. The photos are courtesy of Mike Slama.


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The Saginaw Cyclecar Celebrates its Centennial

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  • The Saginaw Cyclecar advertised in the August 1914 “Popular Mechanics”

The Castle Museum of Saginaw, Michigan had its hometown version of the cyclecar out today for a drive around Hoyt Park, 100-years after it was first built. The little car like many others of its type, was part of a short-lived two-year fad that started in 1912. Produced at the very end in 1914, Ken Santa of the Museum stated that just thirty-five of them were assembled by the Saginaw-based Valley Boat and Engine Co. Full details of the car can be found in the Auto Trade Journal just below. 

Learn more about the museum, see photos of its car and a short video at Mlive. You can also see many more informative cyclecar posts here on The Old Motor.

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  •            Saginaw Cyclecar details, the “Auto Trade Journal” April 1914

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The Farmer Motor Company Studebaker Tow Trucks


The Farmer Motor Company, a Studebaker Dealer located in Lexington, Kentucky, used a pair of the cars that were converted into tow trucks when this photo was taken in 1930. Both appear to be circa 1928, and the lead car may be one of the big straight-eight President Models, the second is likely to be one of the smaller six-cylinder models. After a limited search all we were able to find out about the dealer, is that the Company was still in business as late as 1955.

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Both cars were probably converted at the Farmer Motor Company shop and are equipped with medium-duty Holmes Wrecker units manufactured in Chattanooga, Tennessee, about 250-miles south of Lexington. The three advertisements below show the line of wrecker attachments that Holmes was offering two years earlier in 1928. You can learn much more about Ernest Holmes and his Wreckers in an earlier post here on The Old Motor. 

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