Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Old Gas Station

Today's picture is from 1939, and it shows a service station in Butte, Montana. Interesting that gas was eighteen cents a gallon. I can remember in the 1960's gas being in the 20 something cents a gallon. It was a pretty big shock in the 70's when gas actually hit a dollar a gallon. I can remember that the gas pumps and the signs had not been configured properly for gas to ever reach that level.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Texaco Station

Today's picture is from 1940, and shows a Texaco service station. Interesting to see the billboards and read all the ads.

Those of you who guessed yesterday's picture was Billy Carter's gas station were correct. The mini-contest today is this . . . Can you remember the advertising jingle for Texaco in the 1960's and 1970's?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gas Station

This is what I remember gas stations looking like. They were independently owned, and each one with its own unique style.

This gas station was actually famous . . . can anyone remember it, or why it had notoriety?

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Welcome to Service Station Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at pictures from back in the day that gas stations were independently owned, and the owner would actually come out and fill your car, wash your windshield, check your oil and tires, and catch you up on local news. For all the progress we have made in technology over the last 50 years, what has suffered is customer service, which there is none of any more with most things being done in big box stores by minimally functional minimum wage employees.

Friday, September 12, 2014


We wrap up Bus Week with this picture of a Greyhound Bus from 1943. I can remember growing up I would sometimes take a greyhound bus to go see my aunt who lived some 50 miles away. At the time you would not think anything about putting your 11 or 12 year old on a bus by themselves. I have not ridden a Greyhound since way back then, so am not sure what the experience is like now.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

School Bus at Gas Station

Today's picture shows a school bus loading up at a Gas Station. one wonders if the students are on a trip and stopping for fuel and a break. The picture was from 1940.

I have not seen a Texaco gas station in a long time. It used to be one of the more popular ones but perhaps has been bought out by one of the other oil companies.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Old School Bus

Today's picture shows children on an old style school bus. The picture was taken in 1925, and the front of the bus is reminiscent of a Model T ford. I am not sure when the tradition of taking students to school on buses began, but this must be a pretty early example.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

School Bus

Today's picture shows children loading onto a School Bus. The picture was taken in a rural area of Oregon in 1939. I did not know there were areas of Oregon so flat and treeless.