I wish I could show you the cute little old grocery story that this sits next to but there are ugly work cones around it, port-a-potties in front of it and a construction trailer/office blocking most of the view of it. I hope they are not planning on tearing it down. I have driven past it so many times, meaning to pull over and get a picture but was always in "too much of a hurry" and now it may not be there any longer, depending on what's going on there. So the moral of the story: If you see something you want a picture of, STOP and take the picture NOW! It may not be there tomorrow. Development..you can't stop it. Meanwhile, there are plenty of newer buildings that just sit empty.
A little history about the orange ball:
Union Oil (for many years based in El Segundo, California, near Los Angeles) first introduced "76" gasoline in 1932. The name referred to the 1776 United States Declaration of Independence, and was also the octane rating of the gasoline in 1932.
76 signs are orange balls with '76' written in blue on them. Many stations had the 76 ball rotate when the signs were lit up. The first such sign was designed in 1962 by advertising creative director Ray Pedersen for the Seattle World's Fair.
In 2005, new corporate owners ConocoPhillips began a rebranding campaign to unify the design elements of each of the merged brands (76, Phillips, and Conoco). As a part of this re-branding, there was an initial decision to pull down all the Orange Ball signs and replace them with monument-style signs in the red orange and blue color scheme. In response to overwhelming negative publicity generated by a grassroots Save The 76 Ball campaign, ConocoPhillips backtracked on this decision in January 2007, agreeing to donate several of the classic orange 76 balls to museums and to erect approximately 100 balls in the new red orange and blue color scheme.
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