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2013-09-06 05:39:46 PM
Welcome!
www.macolabels.com
 
2013-09-06 05:49:32 PM
I remember the Tower Conoco when I drove thru Shamrock. Also had some of the best chili ever in that town.
 
2013-09-06 08:16:44 PM
preview.turbosquid.com
/hot like a gas fire
 
2013-09-06 08:17:19 PM
img.gawkerassets.com

Although rumors circulate about the plane having crash landed

Oh for f*ck's sake. Anyone who thinks that thing looks airworthy should be sterilized for the good of mankind.
 
2013-09-06 08:20:30 PM
img.gawkerassets.com

Everything sucks compared to that. Should have saved it for last.
 
2013-09-06 08:20:33 PM
I liked this article. Thanks, Subby.
 
2013-09-06 08:21:07 PM
Sweet.

And am I the only surprised that the modmins posted a link to the article, rather than to the io9 write up of the article?
 
2013-09-06 08:25:37 PM
Do architects no longer give a crap? Yeah I know times change, but you used to have many buildings that had their own personality. Now, I could show you a picture of a 7-11 or Starbucks or a Valero.... you would say "yeah that's in my city" regardless of who or where you are. Does it really cost more to occasionally change the angle of the bricks or the pour of the stucco?

And if course if the structure is more than 30 years old - tear it down!
 
2013-09-06 08:28:27 PM
rudys. buc-ees.

/texas
 
2013-09-06 08:28:54 PM
This Chevron in Cerritos, CA is pretty neat.  www.interiordesign.net
 
2013-09-06 08:32:07 PM
Just drove through Shamrock two weeks ago. Pretty damn cool building.
 
2013-09-06 08:32:09 PM
fusillade762:
3.bp.blogspot.com

Although rumors circulate about the plane having crash landed

Oh for f*ck's sake. Anyone who thinks that thing looks airworthy should be sterilized for the good of mankind


/was my first thought on seeing a tri motor too
 
2013-09-06 08:33:10 PM
creston, iowa
 
2013-09-06 08:33:41 PM

CaptSS: Do architects no longer give a crap? Yeah I know times change, but you used to have many buildings that had their own personality. Now, I could show you a picture of a 7-11 or Starbucks or a Valero.... you would say "yeah that's in my city" regardless of who or where you are. Does it really cost more to occasionally change the angle of the bricks or the pour of the stucco?

And if course if the structure is more than 30 years old - tear it down!


It's not about cost.  It's about branding.  If all the 7-11s look exactly the same, nobody can possibly mistake it for anything else, nor can any other business be mistaken for the real thing.
 
2013-09-06 08:34:34 PM

Omahawg: creston, iowa

www.oldgas.com
 
2013-09-06 08:35:05 PM
i225.photobucket.com

List is fail without Phil's Ice house/Amy's Ice cream on Burnet Rd in Austin.
 
2013-09-06 08:36:27 PM
belle plain, iowa
lincolnhighwaynews.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-09-06 08:38:16 PM
bedford, iowa
farm3.staticflickr.com
 
2013-09-06 08:40:35 PM
omaha, nebraska (now out of business)
a57.foxnews.com
 
2013-09-06 08:46:18 PM

wxboy: CaptSS: Do architects no longer give a crap? Yeah I know times change, but you used to have many buildings that had their own personality. Now, I could show you a picture of a 7-11 or Starbucks or a Valero.... you would say "yeah that's in my city" regardless of who or where you are. Does it really cost more to occasionally change the angle of the bricks or the pour of the stucco?

And if course if the structure is more than 30 years old - tear it down!

It's not about cost.  It's about branding.  If all the 7-11s look exactly the same, nobody can possibly mistake it for anything else, nor can any other business be mistaken for the real thing.


i40.tinypic.com
 
2013-09-06 08:53:08 PM

Outlaw2097: rudys. buc-ees.

/texas


that second one.

also some place in northwest texas, with strangely large restrooms, where markers are provided for people to share details of their trip.
 
2013-09-06 08:53:31 PM
Spring Hill, FL

static.panoramio.com

Used to be a Sinclair station, they kept the dinosaur
 
2013-09-06 08:58:24 PM
Perhaps "cute" would have been a better descriptor.

I mean, really now

img.gawkerassets.com
 
2013-09-06 09:00:27 PM

wxboy: CaptSS: Do architects no longer give a crap? Yeah I know times change, but you used to have many buildings that had their own personality. Now, I could show you a picture of a 7-11 or Starbucks or a Valero.... you would say "yeah that's in my city" regardless of who or where you are. Does it really cost more to occasionally change the angle of the bricks or the pour of the stucco?

And if course if the structure is more than 30 years old - tear it down!

It's not about cost.  It's about branding.  If all the 7-11s look exactly the same, nobody can possibly mistake it for anything else, nor can any other business be mistaken for the real thing.


The cost saving is that you use the exact same design over and over again.
 
2013-09-06 09:00:35 PM

Omahawg: omaha, nebraska (now out of business)
[a57.foxnews.com image 660x371]


I like that. Mainly because TERROR in giant letters amuses me. But the sign also sort of makes it seem like people are being terrorized there while frantically trying to collect free oil.
 
2013-09-06 09:02:45 PM
i134.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-06 09:07:12 PM
Savannah, Georgia. It's no longer Amoco, after the BP takeover. I haven't been in awhile, might be a Gulf station.

Anyway, an alright selection of beers and some inexpensive wine.
t2.gstatic.com
 
2013-09-06 09:07:39 PM
It's especially awesome when a site puts together a list of fixed "cool" objects but fails to mention where most of them are actually located in the article without spawning a whole new link.
 
2013-09-06 09:10:24 PM
A pic my Grandfather took back in the 30s somewhere in Ky. He worked for Pure, then Gulf.

i306.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-06 09:12:11 PM

Unobtanium: Savannah, Georgia. It's no longer Amoco, after the BP takeover. I haven't been in awhile, might be a Gulf station.

Anyway, an alright selection of beers and some inexpensive wine.


Where is that? I grew up in Savannah and I can't place it.
 
2013-09-06 09:17:53 PM
i782.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-06 09:24:18 PM
www.billburmaster.com

oh yeah, baby. oh yeah

www.josheklow.com
 
2013-09-06 09:24:24 PM
We used to have one that was a flying saucer, have to see if I can find a pic
 
2013-09-06 09:25:49 PM

Pribar: fusillade762:
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 800x532]

Although rumors circulate about the plane having crash landed

Oh for f*ck's sake. Anyone who thinks that thing looks airworthy should be sterilized for the good of mankind

/was my first thought on seeing a tri motor too


The Tin Goose! My first airplane ride was in one of those.
 
2013-09-06 09:39:49 PM
I like this thread.
 
2013-09-06 09:51:01 PM
i291.photobucket.com

/bzzzzzzzzzzzz
 
2013-09-06 10:04:44 PM
farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2013-09-06 10:05:48 PM

Outlaw2097: rudys. buc-ees.

/texas


As an employee of NCR, I'm getting a kick out of this thread.

Seriously, I did some work on the payment system for the Bucc-ee's megastore, although I haven't yet been able to visit it in person.  Based on the stories I hear from the guys who have been there, it's quite spectacular:  a gas station/c-store with 60-something pumps and a concrete footprint to rival a Wal-mart.
 
2013-09-06 10:08:18 PM

seelorq: This Chevron in Cerritos, CA is pretty neat.  [www.interiordesign.net image 600x398]


Whoa! That's like 5 miles from me (although I never go by it anymore).  Good call.
 
2013-09-06 10:14:31 PM

Omahawg: Omahawg: creston, iowa


Cute gas stations were popular in the 1920s.
thedigitalnp.com
4.bp.blogspot.com
farm5.staticflickr.com
farm6.staticflickr.com
 
2013-09-06 10:16:35 PM
There's a place up in King's Canyon that still has a working gravity pump - have no idea how the Cal EPA allows them to keep it, but I've bought gas from them, it's quite cool, but not self service obviously, and I think last time it was like $5.25/gallon for regular - putting a splash in the motorcycle was no big deal.

Don't have a picture handy, though I've shot one.  This was 10 years ago, it might be gone today, never know.
 
2013-09-06 10:30:05 PM
The was an adorable gas station in down town Crested Butte, CO. Haven't been there in 17 years,but it was sweet.
 
2013-09-06 10:51:56 PM
luckypair.net

Because, hey, Canada is part of America too, ya know.
 
2013-09-06 10:55:26 PM

bmwericus: There's a place up in King's Canyon that still has a working gravity pump - have no idea how the Cal EPA allows them to keep it, but I've bought gas from them, it's quite cool, but not self service obviously, and I think last time it was like $5.25/gallon for regular - putting a splash in the motorcycle was no big deal.

Don't have a picture handy, though I've shot one.  This was 10 years ago, it might be gone today, never know.


Funky.  Where I grew up in the far NW we had a place that still had 2 working gravity pumps in the 80's.  Probably long since snapped up by collectors.  I used to fill up my little 80 Enduro.  We also had another place that was only open during the summer  and hunting season. They had analog pumps with a coin slot and dollar bill slot on the sides.  I'm pretty sure it counted the coins but didn't scan the bills but I think it dinged a bell inside the little burger shack each time a bill was inserted.  The price only went to a maximum of 9.99 so you paid double the price it showed.  Oil Embargo relic.
 
2013-09-06 10:55:26 PM

CaptSS: Do architects no longer give a crap? Yeah I know times change, but you used to have many buildings that had their own personality. Now, I could show you a picture of a 7-11 or Starbucks or a Valero.... you would say "yeah that's in my city" regardless of who or where you are. Does it really cost more to occasionally change the angle of the bricks or the pour of the stucco?

And if course if the structure is more than 30 years old - tear it down!


BRAND RECOGNITION!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5wkcZnOn40">http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=C5wkcZnOn40
 
2013-09-06 10:56:05 PM
The reason gas is expensive at the first one is because it is in the middle of beverly hills.
 
2013-09-06 11:02:37 PM

Thanks for the Meme-ries: /bzzzzzzzzzzzz


Let's Tesselate.
 
2013-09-06 11:13:25 PM

ArcadianRefugee: Perhaps "cute" would have been a better descriptor.

I mean, really now

[img.gawkerassets.com image 640x468]


It's in Eastern Washington, somewhere around the Tri Cities area. There have been a few news stories on it from time to time.
 
2013-09-06 11:22:52 PM

MFAWG: ArcadianRefugee: Perhaps "cute" would have been a better descriptor.

I mean, really now

[img.gawkerassets.com image 640x468]

It's in Eastern Washington, somewhere around the Tri Cities area. There have been a few news stories on it from time to time.


It's visible from I-82, somewhere around Grandview IIRC.
 
2013-09-06 11:38:08 PM

Shorelinefarker: MFAWG: ArcadianRefugee: Perhaps "cute" would have been a better descriptor.

I mean, really now

[img.gawkerassets.com image 640x468]

It's in Eastern Washington, somewhere around the Tri Cities area. There have been a few news stories on it from time to time.

It's visible from I-82, somewhere around Grandview IIRC.


Actually, it's in Zillah.  Also, not far away, is El Ranchito Panaderia which has some very good (and cheap) Mexican food.
 
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