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Marfak Lubrication: 1960

Marfak Lubrication: 1960

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1960. Our second look at John Holland's Texaco service station (and Midas Muffler shop, and "Official Georgia Tourist Welcome Station") on 13th Street. 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.


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No Marfak for you, buy a muffler

Not so evident in the previous photograph is that the center bay, for Marfak Lubrication, contains what appears to be a fishing boat, probably John Holland's fishing boat. No doubt a perk of ownership.

I also like the small Midas Muffler billboard at far right, advertising free installation. That's right folks -- for the same low price you can either carry your new muffler out the door or we'll install it in your car for you. Take your pick.

Location, Location, Location

I would like to have resided in the big white house -- the one with the impressive dentil molding -- two doors from the Texaco. Then I could have popped down to the station whenever I wanted for a Kinnett's Ice Cream. Here's a link to a poignant reminiscence by the son of a Kinnett's employee, upon the death of John Robertson Kinnett in 2017:

This Old (Gone) House

At least one of the houses behind the location was still there, in 2007:

Just another day at Holland's Texaco.

It's only 1:20 P.M. and you have the guy at the far right rushing to the restroom after a spicy lunch and the guy on the bike in front of the Service bay is learning where the muffler's located. The boat on the trailer is still waiting to be lubed in the Marfak bay and at the Washing bay, they are still waiting for the afternoon shift to come in--- that's the reason for the "Blow Horn For Service" sign not being put out. And finally on the far left, the fellow is describing to the cop the getaway car from last night's holdup.

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