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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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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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