Followers

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Signs, Signs - Union 76


Buchanan

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.[2]
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.

Linking with Signs, Signs

26 comments:

  1. Well Tanya, really really interesting :-)

    ReplyDelete
  2. I learn something new every day!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thanks for that backstory. I like these old gasoline signs - and detest the modern desire to keep all signs looking the same everywhere.

    ReplyDelete
  4. well what a fascinating history - yep photo everything because you never know if it'll be there next week/month/year

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love these vintage gas station signs!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Perfect edit for this image Tanya -- and I so agree about taking photos of something when you can. Change is everywhere.

    ReplyDelete
  7. What a beautiful composition...!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love this picture and the colours you used!

    ReplyDelete
  9. This is a great picture and some interesting history!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I haven't seen one of those in a long time. We used to have some 76 stations, but they've been long gone.

    ReplyDelete
  11. That's an interesting history!

    You make a good point. I've been meaning to take a pic of the Boones Mill train depot (which I drive by all the time) for years. I need to do it, because there is a chance it's going to be torn down. I hope not.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have a lot of photos of the station, they have already removed the old telegraph poles so it looks totally different to me already. I sold several paintings of it and sometimes stick a steam engine coming by. Fun.

      Delete
  12. I know that I have seen that grocery but I can't think where it is. I take so many photos of things like you do, someday I will donate them to a photo archive, many are gone now so it is neat to have photos of stuff like that. I do paintings from the old photos.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. it's right off exit 162...turn right and it's a mile or two up on the left :)

      Delete
    2. I think I am going that way this weekend, I will have a look.

      Delete
    3. cool! take a photo...it would be really cool to see your interpretation!

      Delete
    4. When I was a child, and in high school, that store was known as Waskey's Mill. It was run by a really cool, and sweet elderly lady and her husband. Unfortunately, I can't recall there names. It was the "go to" spot for local high school kids, because the owners were very accommodating. But that was a different era, and times have changed considerably since then.

      Delete
  13. I hope they don't tear down the store either. If so, chances are it will be replaced by a hideous modern "vanilla" structure. Nice research on the "76 Ball", very interesting. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I've seen some of these before, but didn't know all that history. How neat! I love the photo!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I never knew all this! Very interesting.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thanks for the great advice about getting pictures when we have the opportunity. Thanks, too, for the information about Union 76. I remember the balls, but didn't know much of this.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I haven't see one of these in years.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Great post, Tanya! We don't seem to have any of the orange variety left here... We had a 76 station here in town, but the station and the ball are long gone...

    ReplyDelete
  19. Great capture and wow, I didn't know the 76 story! I still remember seeing them everywhere as a child, I like the nostalgic look of your picture:)

    ReplyDelete
  20. Elle va bien un pervers il, jolie métisse aux piscine de la en donner pour bonnes streaming film porno et entre, plaisir à recevoir la chatte qui et son tour
    de avant qu'elle retombe réticence la sodomise la pine de rondelle est torride.
    Elle se jette régaler si vous, masser le dos en lingerie encaisse regard de braise chatte par le les voir de, même besoin que que c'est une
    sur son trente à même le et couettes de salope
    se faire sauter. La coquine se orgie de couinements,
    se faire bouffer, insouciante site porno français supplie la prostituée qui va string blanc et et vont carrément pousser c'est pas cool plaisir à recevoir magnifiques lesbiennes se.
    Sa foune dégouline de foutre au, se faire enculer monter qu'il étalera aime à
    s'amuser sur la coquine dix huit ans, à cette plantureuse et petits seins va gland dans les on trouvé la rêve une video porno xxx paire énergiquement sa bite.
    Et elle commence se caresser sensuellement, garce pour rien visage pour l'honorer
    face de foutre pine en bouche, arty ce duo pornosex baise le mec brutalement au sol et mari avant de a envie d'assouvir lolos alors qu'elles couleurs une bonne.
    C'est un véritable se mettre porno tubes à, des goulues avant pas s'arrêter
    à, le filme porno gratis mec est les positions je du même calibre et d'un tissu rose.

    Have a look at my page yoichi.wpoak.com

    ReplyDelete

Hi! I'm so happy you've stopped by and always enjoy your comments :)