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History Early Shell Gas Station - Long Beach, Ca

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by hotrod40coupe, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. hotrod40coupe
    Joined: Apr 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,559


    Found these photos of the ex-wifes grandfather in his Shell Gas Station. Circa 1930 or earlier. Thought you might enjoy them.


  2. OoltewahSpeedShop
    Joined: Oct 18, 2007
    Posts: 3,103


    Damn, that's a cool looking old Shell station. I love Shell oil stuff.
  3. hotrod40coupe
    Joined: Apr 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,559


  4. 40two
    Joined: Feb 19, 2012
    Posts: 1,867


    wow, lots of cool details, i like the look with cap and bow-tie! wonderful!

  5. dustdevil
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
    Posts: 814

    from illinois

    Thanks. I love old gas stations!!!
  6. garvinzoom
    Joined: Sep 21, 2007
    Posts: 1,169


    Sweet pictures, thanks for sharing.
  7. Very cool pics, im a real fan of garages etc from yesteryear, they just seem to have more style than the same old same old we have today.
  8. 327-365hp
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
    Posts: 5,409

    from Mass

    Awesome pics! Thanks!
  9. maplefrm
    Joined: Aug 15, 2010
    Posts: 519

    from Central IL

    Great looking station. The old stations sure had alot of style! Thanks for the pictures.
  10. Roger Walling
    Joined: Sep 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,145

    Roger Walling

    Looking at the size of the gas pump bases, I wonder if that is where the gas was stored instead of under ground?
  11. scrubba
    Joined: Jul 20, 2010
    Posts: 938


    Rodger, to answer the question, uh no on the pump storing gasoline . The pumps were Boyd Dayton's manufactured in Los Angles . They were eventually bought by Wayne Pump and Tank company who years later became Dresser -Wayne corporation.

    Usually, stations built in that time period would generally have had 500 gallon tanks . Some even had 800 gallon tanks . If you have any further questions , hey P- M me , I'm happy to help out ! scrubba
  12. Dave Rondou
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 665

    Dave Rondou

    Love those early gas stations. Cool pics. Thanks for posting.
  13. SlamIam
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 413


    Love the light globes on every corner of the roof. Must have been a great time in this country when commercial and industrial buildings had this kind of attention to design and detail.
  14. Nice pic. Do you know where about in LB it was?
  15. hombres ruin
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,301

    hombres ruin

    very cool to see.Interesting how customer service has changed over the years,now there is some person behind the counter who couldnt care less about the customer,and by all accounts has no idea where they are or what they are doing and then the gas companies raping everyone when they see fit....bring back the old days please!
  16. r2c1
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 179


    My wife owns a Shell station in Glastonbury, CT. She will love that picture.
  17. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,660


    Wow, I just picked up an old outdoor porcelain lamp with that weird angle and oblong shade..............hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
    Very cool pics, thanks for posting!
  18. jtm_elcamino
    Joined: Feb 17, 2013
    Posts: 43

    from Uvalde Tx

    Too cool. makes you wanna go back in time and cruise by!
  19. pimpin paint
    Joined: May 31, 2005
    Posts: 4,937

    pimpin paint
    from so cal


    There was that very model of station ( minus the appron ) still standing on Anaheim Street, here in Long Beach, up till 'bout fifteen years ago, it's now a car wash. What is really incredible is that it survived the 1933 earthquake, given most of the brick buildings in the area didn't !:eek:

    " Humpty Dumpty was pushed "
  20. It's funny how I really don't like going to the gas station but I sure love the pics of the old ones.
    Maybe if they did something cool like an old style station it wouldn't be so annoying to go to.

    Thanks for posting the pics
  21. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,660


    Boy, you can say that again!!!!
  22. BINGO!!! We have a winner!!! I have a pump exactly like those ... a 1912 Boyles-Dayton pre-visible.

    Roger Walling , to add to scrubba's comments the round base is counter-balanced (note the two chrome vertical pipes) and is risen up to enclose the pump mechanism and locked for night security.

    OP .... considering the age of the pumps I would bet this station is early twenties .... the visible pumps came out in the early twenties and Shell would have changed over to them about that time. I have only seen one other picture of previsibles in action ... pretty rare photo.
  23. 57Custom300
    Joined: Aug 21, 2009
    Posts: 1,344

    from Arizona

    Cool looking station. I recall in the 60's at a Ford dealership my dad worked at that one of the service writers always wore a bow tie. All the others had regular ties. Even in the 60's it looked old school.

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