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Sunoco 1939 World’s Fair Road Map

Oct 27, 2009 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

This Sunoco road map is a commemorative piece for the 1939 World’s Fair, held in Flushing, New York. In addition to being a map of the Northeastern U.S., it includes detailed maps of the Metropolitan NYC area and Long Island. The cover of the map has a great Art Deco style graphic representing the fair.

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The Esso Oil Drop Man

May 07, 2009 |  Retro Staff |  15 Comments

The Esso Oil Drop Man is an advertising character that was first seen in campaigns by Esso’s Danish company during World War II.  He was created to explain the reason behind shortages in petroleum products during the war.  Soon after his debut, other European affiliates began to use this cute character in their advertising campaigns.

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Axelrod: The Flying A Gasoline Dog

Apr 15, 2009 |  Retro Staff |  2 Comments

A major gasoline brand from the 1930s to the 1960s, Flying A was owned by Tidewater Petroleum. The Flying A Dog, Axelrod, was an advertising character for Flying A Service Stations in the 1960s.  He starred in a few commercials, appearing in his A-shaped doghouse with a worried expression.  Axelrod was the perfect mascot for

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