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Author Topic: Full service Service Stations. I miss them.  (Read 1748 times)

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Offline POSTON WIDEHEAD

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Re: Full service Service Stations. I miss them.
« Reply #20 on: September 29, 2014, 05:37:50 AM »
I barley remember back in 1960, I was 4, my brother was 2. We were in the back seat of my Dad's 1956, 4 door Chevy. My Mom went to take my Dad his lunch where he was laying brick on a cotton mill.
I was really hot….no air conditioner. She stopped to get gas and the attendant must have been in the rest room or garage…… or sleeping. She pulled up to the pump and waited….and waited……then set down on the horn.  :D
The attendant came out running with a smile and just as cheerful as could be. Gas was 19 cents a gallon.

Blowing your horn at some people today will get you shot!  :D
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Re: Full service Service Stations. I miss them.
« Reply #21 on: September 29, 2014, 07:07:32 AM »
I miss ours too,  Lightin's Shell, he did it all if need be, he had a passion for dirt track as well,  his wife now runs a hit and miss yard sale from time to time out of the ole station.  Vernon passed a few years ago, getting teary eyed just thinking about it.  He was a champ.
only have a few chain saws I'm not suppose to use, but will at times, one dog Dolly, pretty good dog, just not sure what for yet,  working on getting the gardening back in order, and kinda thinking on maybe a small bbq bizz,  thinking about it,

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Re: Full service Service Stations. I miss them.
« Reply #22 on: September 29, 2014, 07:31:15 PM »
   Like a lot of my generation, pumping gas was my first real job (I'm not counting shoveling snow and mowing lawns) so I would like to see these entry level jobs return. For the same reason I avoid self-checkout at the stores.
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Re: Full service Service Stations. I miss them.
« Reply #23 on: September 29, 2014, 08:39:48 PM »
   Like a lot of my generation, pumping gas was my first real job (I'm not counting shoveling snow and mowing lawns) so I would like to see these entry level jobs return. For the same reason I avoid self-checkout at the stores.




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Re: Full service Service Stations. I miss them.
« Reply #24 on: September 29, 2014, 09:07:11 PM »
How about the 'Gas Wars' I remember from the '60's?
 
One station would drop his price a penny or two... then the guy across the street would drop his price a penny or two below that.  I remember regular around 25¢ going to 18 or 19¢. My Dad would  stop for gas...tell the kid, "$2.00 worth'' and drive out with a half a tank of fuel.

I don't remember how much ethyl was. My FIL always called it  'high test.'   :D
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Re: Full service Service Stations. I miss them.
« Reply #25 on: September 30, 2014, 07:31:21 AM »
I remember some of the Gas Wars from when I was stationed in Abilene, Texas.

I got gas then for as little as $.10/gallon.

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Re: Full service Service Stations. I miss them.
« Reply #26 on: September 30, 2014, 07:48:34 AM »
There was/is a full service station in Petoskey but it's not as good as it used to be and it may not even be a full service anymore.  Half the pumps were full and the other half were self.  For a penny more a gallon you got your gas pumped, windows washed and if you asked for it oil checked etc.  Ted sold the station to a large local petroleum distributor and it went to a dime more for the service.  Most people quit doing business there.  I did.  I always got gas there when I was in Petoskey especially in the winter ;) 
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« Reply #27 on: September 30, 2014, 09:19:00 AM »
The station in town I mentioned also has self serve pumps which I ordinarily use but one day a few years ago I took my aunt to get her and my disabled uncle's mini van filled and windows washed so we pulled up to the full service side.  Well this should probably go to the stupid thing thread, but they were going on a trip and my aunt wanted the odometer set so they could keep track of mileage. It's a fairly new Honda mini van and I had no idea how to do it so I was fiddling around with gadgets and still have no idea how but managed to turn on the windshield wipers as the attendant was cleaning it, I felt really bad but man he sure can jump.

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« Reply #28 on: September 30, 2014, 09:24:06 AM »
There was a gas war in Jacksonville TX back in 1992 or 93.  Two stations near each other just kept at it until gas was 75 cents a gallon.  Oh boy!  The cars were lined up with cans in the trunk!  It was great. 
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