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Crazy Cabin Inn: 1942

Crazy Cabin Inn: 1942

February 1942. "Shannon County, Missouri. Gas station and tourist cabins." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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Sinclair - Pennant

The left pump bears a globe that says "Sinclair - Pennant". If one searches for "Pennant motor oil" most results will show "Pierce Pennant motor oil". The Pierce Oil Corporation went out of business in 1940 and was then acquired by Sinclair Oil. So I suppose the "Pennant" brand was taken over by Sinclair at that moment.

[Sinclair and Pierce Petroleum merged in 1930. "Pennant" was Sinclair's designation for the cheapest of its three grades of gasoline. - Dave]

Magic Eye

This looks like one of those Magic Eye images. I'm sure there's a gas station in there somewhere, but my eyes can't focus well enough to see it!

Cobweb Cabins

All I can think of is the enormity of all that arachnid habitat!

De rigueur

From the days of roadside wigwams, windmills, dinosaurs, elephants, giant boots and blue oxen, another attempt to tap into America on the move. Speed limits were leisurely and there was no concern for the infrequency of exit ramps. But if you want people to stop, you have to put yourself out there. But the landscape is changing: gas rationing, Eisenhower's Interstate System, Stuckey's, HoJo's.

The proprietor rarely rested

Crazy Cabin Inn does have charm. It also looks like a maintenance nightmare.

Like, crazy, man

When do you think it burned down?

"Garish", no way!

I would love to see this in color. Better yet, in person. The proprietor must have a very colorful, creative, meticulous and interesting individual.

Fuel Fossils

There must be some Sinclair Dinosaurs hiding in this photo, I just haven't spotted them yet. I'm sure some sharp-eyed Shorpy-viewer will, unless of course they perished ...

The ''H C" on the Sinclair sign - -

means "Houston Concentrate," not High Compression.

No need to colorize

This thing is garish even in B&W!

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