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Coal and Coke: 1941

Coal and Coke: 1941

October 1941. "Main store. Fort Hunter, New York." Still on tap: some of that "New Spring" Mobilgas. Photo by John Collier. View full size.

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Early credit cards

It's hard to imagine today, but back in 1941 the only credit cards were ones issued by gasoline companies, like the "Socony-Vacuum" ones on the sign here, or by department stores. It would be over a decade before the first bank cards appeared on the scene.

Socony-Vacuum was the former name of the Mobil Oil Company, a result of the 1931 merger between Socony (short for Standard Oil Company of New York) and the Vacuum Oil Company. It became Socony Mobil Oil Company in the 1950's and just Mobil in the following decade. The gasoline itself, as distinct from the corporate name, was Mobilgas until the 1960's.

I'd bet this is the same building.

The door configuration, the railroad bed just beyond but especially the cement work.

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