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12 Vintage Gas Pumps & Gas Station Accessories

Nov 04, 2014 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

During the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, gas stations had real character. Colorful gas pumps emblazoned with great logos and light-up globes were the norm. Manufacturers of these machines competed heavily to get their models used by oil companies. Producers like Gilbarco, Wayne and Erie made pumps for well-known brands,including Texaco, Mobil, Dino and Shell. Accessories

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Texaco Star Theater

Jun 08, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Long before becoming the short-lived The Milton Berle Show, it was Texaco Star Theater – a comedy-variety show. Initially broadcast on radio (1938-1949), the branded variety extravaganza aired on television from 1948 to 1956. It was Texaco Star Theater that garnered Berle the nickname “Mr. Television”. The show was an instant hit, ruling the Tuesday night 8pm

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Texaco Gas Station Hat

May 31, 2010 |  Retro Staff |  7 Comments

Texaco Service Attendant Hat This is a Texaco gas station service attendant’s hat. It dates from between the late 1960s to the 1970s. It’s a symbol of a past when service attendants filled your gas tank, checked your oil and washed your windshield. This particular version of the Texaco logo was used from the 1960s

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Retro Road Maps: Atlantic Refining Company

Mar 24, 2009 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

This road map from the Atlantic Refining Company dates from about 1953. The state maps that are included are for Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. In addition, the reverse of the map covers the eastern half of the United States. Shown in the cover artwork is the new interstate highway system that sprouted up in

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The Sinclair Dino

Sep 18, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  10 Comments

Sinclair Oil Corporation has one of the most recognizable mascots in the country – a large green Brontosaurus (Apatosaurus) dinosaur named Dino.  Dino has been the advertising character for Sinclair since the mid-1930s. Dino was born out of a desire to express the fact that Sinclair oil came from Pennsylvania crude oil, which was millions

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Coca-Cola Coolers On Location In California

Feb 23, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  3 Comments

Some great photos here from the Vintage Vending archives… These pictures are from a Coca-Cola salesman’s book of coolers he sold in California in the late ’30s early ’40s. It looks like after the cooler was on location he took some pictures and put them in a scrapbook. He recorded the name of the business and

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