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Posted 6 years ago

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Where the heck is the guy in the white uniform that comes out to fill er' up, clean my windshield, and check my oil and tires?? Where is the friendly “Were are you people headed?” You just can't get good service anymore!
Took this photograph down in town yesterday.


  1. junkmanjoe junkmanjoe, 6 years ago
    Love These Old photos Of your Town packrat! Thanks For sharing them with us and the stories behind them!
  2. EJW-54 EJW-54, 6 years ago
    This is a love/hate picture like the ones I've posted. like you said, what happened to the full service stations? In the small city I grew up near, there's a Sunoco station still in business selling gas and fixing cars, the only one I know of.
  3. pickingupbones pickingupbones, 6 years ago
    When they quit calling them " filling Stations" they went down hill.
  4. olegaclockman47 olegaclockman47, 6 years ago
    great photos you have packrat, and i thought my home town was falling apart.
  5. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 6 years ago
    be a good building to move to a new home and recreate
  6. packrat-place packrat-place, 6 years ago
    Thank you very much BELLIN68, Manikin, junkmanjoe, beachbomb, pickingupbones, olegaclockman47, vanskyock24, PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, EJW-54 & Hedgewalker. I appreciate all the love & kind words and I am very glad you all enjoy the photographs. Photographing things like this is a hobby of mine, I save them to a flashdrive. As I take more photos, I will be sharing them, as there is a vast amount of subject matter around here.
    PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, I actually have never been to N.J., I live in the vicinity of Kerrville, Texas.
  7. packrat-place packrat-place, 6 years ago
    BELLIN68, my friend, I am better, how have you been lately? I have been out of commission for the last week or so.
    You have posted some great items, just getting started back looking at things again.
    I tried your strategy this morning, I stepped out to get some fresh air, however, I didn't find anything!! May by I'll have better luck tomorrow.
    It is great to be back!!!
  8. packrat-place packrat-place, 6 years ago
    Thank you very much.
    I will keep you posted!!
  9. packrat-place packrat-place, 6 years ago
    Thank you very much BirdieZ
  10. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
    This is just priceless photo . Who stole the pumps along with the serviceman :-)
  11. garrybeair garrybeair, 6 years ago
    I rember pulling into the SOHIO station and handing the man $2.00,and geting all the gas i needed,and my windshield cleaned.That was a long time ago.
  12. packrat-place packrat-place, 6 years ago
    Thank you very much eye4beauty, garrybeair, BirdieZ , Manikin & garrybeair.
    Lots of great memories with these old stations, they are disappearing at a very fast rate.
  13. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 6 years ago
    probably ended up like us....... lower volume/higher costs.....firmly planted/disposable relocatable.......... older reliable equipment/shiny sparkly crappy.......ect.,ect,ect,
  14. packrat-place packrat-place, 6 years ago
    Thank you very much mikielikesigns2 & officialfuel. I agree with you on that.
  15. Trey Trey, 3 years ago
    Had to come find your original post and show it the love it deserves, I love old service stations:)
  16. Trey Trey, 3 years ago
    I just love to pull over and stare at them and dig through them if the chance is there, a couple of times I have lucked up and the owner live next door and one time the owner stopped to see what I was up to he just happened to be passing by and gave me the go ahead:)

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