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    Posted 5 years ago

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    I found in a box, a 1951 calendar, that was put out by Burton & Frost Garage Flying A Service, in Chester, California. The photo's are earlier and just has Burton Garage. Floyd Burton was my uncle and lived in Chester for 14 years and operated his Flying A Service Station. He was born in 1896 and died in his garage in 1964.

    This is a little history I found on the Flying A Service Stations:

    Tide Water was founded in New York City in 1887.

    In 1936, the separate companies, Associated Oil Company and Tide Water, were dissolved into the holding company, now renamed Tidewater Associated Oil Company. Associated Oil Company was based in San Francisco with a market area limited to the Far West. Associated, founded in 1901, had created the prominent Flying A brand for its premium-grade gasoline in 1932.

    With the merger and creation of Tidewater Associated Oil Company, Flying A became the primary brand name for the company, though the Tydol and Associated names were also retained in their respective marketing areas.

    In 1966, Phillips Petroleum Company (now ConocoPhillips) purchased Tidewater's western refining, distribution and retailing network. Phillips immediately rebranded all Flying A stations in the region to Phillips 66.

    Flying A was closely linked with Far West college football and basketball between the late 1920s and early 1960s, and "Play ball with Flying A!" was a familiar slogan to sports fans.

    Associated, and then post-merger Tidewater, owned the radio-broadcast rights to Pacific Coast Conference (now the Pac-12) football and basketball during most of that period. The Flying A brand was also prominently linked with scoreboard and public-address system sponsorships at most major college stadiums and arenas on the West Coast.

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    1. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
      Love the station and the history you could provide was interesting :-) Great post
    2. pw-collector pw-collector, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
    3. fortapache fortapache, 5 years ago
      Flying A had some of the best signs ever.
    4. pw-collector pw-collector, 5 years ago
      Thank you for the appreciation:
    5. Padit, 5 years ago
      Your photo of the Flying A Station brings back old and some of my best memoirs from years back. I worked for a couple of brothers that owned a Mobil Station in the 60's a couple of times and one year was during 1964. Great job experience for a young man during his search for a future line of work. The last cost per gal. cost I pumped was 24.9 cents but I don't recall the octane. That was the only difference between pumps I believe. Long time ago.
    6. pw-collector pw-collector, 5 years ago
      Thanks Padit for the comment & appreciation.
    7. pw-collector pw-collector, 5 years ago
      Thanks Trey for the appreciation.
    8. pw-collector pw-collector, 5 years ago
      Thanks mikelv85 for the appreciation.
    9. pw-collector pw-collector, 5 years ago
      Thanks Mrstyndall for the appreciation.
    10. pw-collector pw-collector, 5 years ago
      Thanks officialfuel for the appreciation.
    11. pw-collector pw-collector, 5 years ago
      Thanks Oroyoroyisthatyourhorse for the appreciation.
    12. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 5 years ago
      Those old stations where I lived were a gathering place for the latest gossip and the newest dirty jokes. I remember 18 cents a gallon. My dad would give me a one gallon glass jug and two dimes. The two cents change was mine and I could get four pieces of candy for two cents or save it until I had ten cents and get a bottle of coke.
    13. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
      Great memories fhr . And I remember saving for a dime to buy a soda and reach in cooler and pick one out . Gas stations were a hub for meeting kids too because they had soda and candy :-)
    14. Padit, 5 years ago
      Liked it better in the little later years when you could go to Standard Station and hit the white pump with 101 Octane fuel. Worked well in higher compression engines.
    15. pw-collector pw-collector, 5 years ago
      Thanks jscott0363 for the appreciation.
    16. OLECODY OLECODY, 4 years ago
      Great post pw-collector and thanks for posting the history I just posted some flying A stuff for some reason I cannot love like follow anybody the site is trying to find the problem
    17. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 years ago
      Thank you for the comments & appreciation:

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