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Old 11-07-2010, 06:06 PM   #1
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OK, so i know i will prob get some shit from some of you odler guys out there, but it seems like every car show or summit racing or somwhere, i always see either a shirt or something about "Polly Gas".
So i googled it and couldnt find anything vintage about "polly gas station". all just new stuff, new shirts, new remade gas pumps and whatnot.
im just curious on the history of it.
So, somebody educate me on the history of polly gas please!
old pictures would be cool too
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Old 11-07-2010, 06:15 PM   #2
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The history on Polly Gas is hard to find and the few sources give conflicting information. One writer says Polly began as a chain of independently owned stations selling gasoline in California in the teens and twenties. This source says that Polly became a part of Wilshire Oil of Los Angeles during the Depression. Wilshire was founded in 1910 according to two sources and in 1919 according to another.

In any case, Polly stations were a common sight on the West coast from the twenties through the fifties before and after the war.

Around 1960, Wilshire was bought by Gulf and Polly stations became Gulf stations.
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Old 11-07-2010, 06:17 PM   #3
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Found this piece of Polly last week in NV

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Old 11-07-2010, 06:25 PM   #4
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Cool story...and nice piece of Polly!
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Old 11-07-2010, 06:39 PM   #5
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Old 11-07-2010, 07:31 PM   #6
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Cool !!!! Tom (Tired Old Man)
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Old 11-07-2010, 08:43 PM   #7
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thanks for the info 'Nitrofc'
Does anyone have any old pictures? its really hard to find any old pictures. i found one of an old run down one that u can barely made out to be the parrott but it wouldnt let me save it from the site.
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Old 11-07-2010, 08:53 PM   #8
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from a google image search for polly gas
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Old 11-07-2010, 08:57 PM   #9
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from a google image search for polly gas
yeah i saw that one, its cool but i was thinking more like the gas stations of the 50s or late 40s.
sorry should have clarified
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Old 11-07-2010, 09:30 PM   #10
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Here's one.
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Old 11-07-2010, 11:32 PM   #11
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thats hella sick 'sealedpower'
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:32 AM   #12
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yup he is right polly was a mom and pop style station back in the teens and 20's didn't last long and most all polly you see today is repop the original stuff is super rare .
a original globe lens 1 lens sold for 27k at auction.
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:40 AM   #13
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taken of the interweb............







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Old 11-08-2010, 05:18 AM   #14
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.Can remember gas at this price....could fill my tank for under 3 bucks....Boy....those were the days..
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Old 11-08-2010, 12:52 PM   #15
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i have a old polly clock that looks like it was part of something else , its dated jan 1954 anybody have any info?
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Old 11-08-2010, 01:05 PM   #16
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lots of repop stuff out there... here's a can of Polly oil from the old days.

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Old 11-08-2010, 08:21 PM   #17
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REPOP in 1954?
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:30 PM   #18
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those are cool.
thanks guys for the info
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