Old oil companies

Kevin Vahey kvahey@gmail.com
Wed Feb 29 04:31:04 EST 2012

The CaLso sign


My recollection is in the early 60's New England was Amoco but when we went
to NYC it was American.

Lest we forget Flying A which became Getty which in 1979 helped fund a
little cable startup in Bristol,Ct :)

On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 3:48 AM, Chris Hall <chris2526@comcast.net> wrote:

> Standard Oil of Indiana decided to catch the wave when America was riding
> high during the early 60’s by rebranding from Amoco to American, that
> turned into disaster when things turned turbulent in the anti-America late
> 60’s and 70’s. They decided to rebrand back to Amoco even in their home
> territory of the Midwest keeping a Standard oval and torch at one station
> in each state for trademark purposes. If you visit any local BP station
> they also keep it alive, you will see “Lead free Amoco” above the switches
> that select the octane grade. In St Louis there are several gigantic Amoco
> torch signs that have been declared historical landmarks and are maintained
> much like the Citgo sign in Kenmore Square Boston. All other signage on
> these stations are now BP.
> Chevron does the same, I have recently bought gas at Chevron stations in
> Miami and Phoenix that still have the word Standard on the sides of the gas
> pump canopy though the main Signage and the pumps are branded Chevron.
> Anyone else remember the big Calso (now Chevron ) sign on the back side of
> the Buckminster Hotel in Kenmore Square Boston (WNAC studios) It was on the
> backside from the magnificent White fuel (Texaco) spewing oil derrick sign.
> Neon signage in Boston was great in those days, now boring Boston has
> none of New Yorks glitter.

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