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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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St. Patrick’s Day Ice Cream (Ten-B-Low)

Mar 17, 2013 |  Retro Staff No Comments

From Ten-B-Low Concentrated Real Ice Cream comes this 1950s ad for a minty, green frozen treat to celebrate March 17th. Ten-B-Low was a trademarked brand that started in 1941, producing a condensed milk product that was used as a base in making any flavor ice cream at home. It was sold in cans that yielded

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Retro Lighting: Schwinn Bicycle Lamps

Feb 20, 2013 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Schwinn is a name synonymous with bikes.  Founded by the German-born Ignaz Schwinn, a mechanical engineer, and his partner Adolph Fredrick William Arnold in 1895, the Arnold, Schwinn & Company struck while the iron was hot and started production when bikes where huge in America.  But their big boom didn’t come until the 1950s and

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No More Twinkies? Retro Brand Hostess Closes Shop

Nov 16, 2012 |  Retro Staff 1  Comment

In 1930, James Alexander Dewar, a baker for the Continental Baking Company, invented a snack cake we’d come to know and love as the Twinkie. At the time, several machines used to make cream-filled shortcakes collected dust when strawberries were out of season. Like many retro inventions, Dewar’s idea was centered around putting those machine

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