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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VAN HOUTEN'S COCOA, c. 1890

Shell Company: 1919

Shell Company: 1919

San Francisco, 1919. "Shell Oil Co. service station No. 27." Filling something with something, and smoke 'em if you got 'em. 5x7 inch glass negative, formerly of the Wyland Stanley and Marilyn Blaisdell collections. View full size.

 
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The Park It Is!

StanFlouride pegged the location perfectly. The wall of Golden Gate Park in the background is the giveaway. This Shell station was indeed at the NE corner of Stanyan and Fell Streets.

Here's a Google Maps view of the location today.

It's a familiar scene; I went to high school about three blocks away and walked past the station nearly every day in the 1960s.

Say it with topiary

It looks like the low shrubs on the lower left are arranged and trimmed to spell out SHELL.

The shrubbery is trying to tell me something

There's a topiary message in the foreground, but I can't tell what it is. Pretty sure it isn't "Shell".

Lundburg Shell Service Station

Pretty sure this is the Shell station that used to be at the corner of Fell and Stanyan until the 1980s. I was a regular there. The wall in the background looks like the wall along the western edge of Golden Gate Park (though the street was widened in the mid 1900s and the grass shoulder removed).

Possibly an economy run?

Looks like they're filling a one gallon can with a hose connected to the carburetor. Run it until it quits and record how far it went.

Hope That Stogie Ain't Lit

As a kid who worked his way through high school, and beyond, at a gas station you would not believe the number of customers who pulled in with lit ciggies and cigars and tried to pump their own gas. Even had a truck with refuse in the back on fire that pulled into the pumps wanting water to put out the flames.

 
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