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Night Service: 1939

Night Service: 1939

April 1939. San Augustine, Texas. "Oil and gasoline service station at night." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Wire wheels on that Ford

Indicate that it's a 1935 model. That was the last year that Ford used wire wheels. The 1936 Fords used the steel wheels with the very large bolt pattern, which were used up to, and including, 1939. Nevertheless, it's a beautiful car.

1936 Ford

Airing up the spare on a Tudor Touring Sedan.

"Mellowed 100 Million Years"

        Sinclair's advertising writers first had the idea to use dinosaurs in Sinclair marketing back in 1930. They were promoting lubricants refined from crude oil believed to have formed when dinosaurs roamed the earth. --

It's a long walk from Pennsylvania. I guess Dino hadn't gotten this far south yet.

Where’s the dinosaur?

Although, I don’t see the green dinosaur, I loved these filling stations because of them as a kid! The same for Mobil’s flying horse. Sadly, dad was an Esso man.

Fill Noir

What do I see all along the utility line above? Perhaps some gizmos to keep squirrels off?

[Those are cable hangers. - Dave]

Superb Lighting

Makes the Sinclair station look like an addition to a Lionel train setup.

A little worse for wear

202 E. Columbia Street.

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