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Can you identify the station colors in this photo? #717800
Mon Oct 08 2018 07:20 PM
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I was sent the poor quality photo below by a friend in a Historical Society wanting to sort out the original colors for graphic display they are working on. Nothing is known about the station, but what you see...they don't know the oil company or the year the photo was taken, but suspect it was in the mid 1930's.

To my eye, this could be a Mobil Oil station...I sort of see a gargoyle on the oil dispenser on the right.

Knowing the gargoyle era was red, white, and black, I am going to toss out some possible colors...and let you guys weigh in, but also realize I could be on the wrong track to start with:

Building Sign:

White with red letters

Pump:

A) White center section, red above and below.
B) White center section, black above and below
C) White center section, black above and red below

White Building with:

A) Red below
B) Black below

They would also like to know the pump make and model so they can find a better image to work with.

Thanks for your help, and expertise!

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Re: Can you identify the station colors in this photo? [Re: History Buff] #717802
Mon Oct 08 2018 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by History Buff

To my eye, this could be a Mobil Oil station...I sort of see a gargoyle on the oil dispenser on the right.


I see the same image that looks like a gargoyle on the 3rd oil dispenser- .. ... cool
the early stations dealt in many brands which would make it hard too pinpoint any certain brand of station of subject,
was station located in the state of Washington?


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Re: Can you identify the station colors in this photo? [Re: History Buff] #717803
Mon Oct 08 2018 08:56 PM
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Yes, and in a rural area that might have had hand me down equipment and a loose attachment to a particular company.

For this project, they are not concerned with the oil company, because it will be too hard to know...no street sign, pump decal, or anything else.

The colors are more important...basically are you seeing the pump and lower color of the building as black or red? My first guess was red for both, but then I started to think about black.

I also sometimes now see the pump with a black bottom, white center and a red top...but to be honest, I have been looking at this too long.

Re: Can you identify the station colors in this photo? [Re: History Buff] #717804
Mon Oct 08 2018 09:16 PM
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The gas pump looks like a Boyle-Dayton. That is a common pump that was used on the west coast.


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Re: Can you identify the station colors in this photo? [Re: MATT ALVAREZ] #717806
Mon Oct 08 2018 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted by MATT ALVAREZ
The gas pump looks like a Boyle-Dayton. That is a common pump that was used on the west coast.


Thanks!

I was guessing maybe a Wayne, so I was at least close...


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