Old filling station when gas was cheap or a place full of collectibles?

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Interesting photo of an old filling station, I assume.  Or it could be an old filling station turned into a place to store collectibles.  Once again, my friend Anita may have to explain this picture.  Her dad was an Esso man in Searcy AR, White County AR.  Searcy AR is a progressive city of approximately 20,000 residents and the home of Harding University.  Looking back through its history is proving to be fun.  This is the first color picture that I've posted.


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Carol Culkin
Reece & Nichols - Leawood, KS
Overland Park

Barbara, Do you remember when these old gas stations use to give something away with a fill-up. I remember those old looney toon glasses the most! No freebies today!

Jun 20, 2008 12:54 AM #1
Jack Climer
Jack Climer Realty, LLC - Springfield, MO

I can remember when gas was 32 cents a gal in college, and I was worried about having enough money back then to fill the car up and have enough money to go on a date......the good old days...and service was full service............

Jun 20, 2008 01:02 AM #2
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Barbara, beautiful picture from a time ago, when the pace of life was much slower and gas was 25 cents a gallon or less. Esso, the earlier version of Enco, then Exxon, used to give away drink glasses. I think they called them tumblers.

Jun 20, 2008 01:13 AM #3
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Esso gasoline, that was a long time ago. Those were definitely by gone days. I can still remember those words, "Fill it up? Check your oil? Wash your windshield?" Great photo, brings back a lot of memories.

Good Post!

Jun 20, 2008 01:55 AM #4
Dick Betts
Dick Betts National Speaker - The Villages, FL
National Speaker to the Real Estate Industry

Gee I looked this morning and you have crossed the 100,000 mark!  Congrats on the milestone and I see you have left Ray in Fort Smith in your dust.  As a member of the Barb Duncan fan club I say thanks for sharing so much of what you do.  See I can write a nice comment about you without slamming or picking on you.

Jun 20, 2008 02:00 AM #5
RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR - Searcy, AR


When Perrin and I got married gas was 18 cents a gallon!  That was a long time ago!  Do you remember the Deep Rock stations?  They were mostly in the south. 

Jun 20, 2008 02:15 AM #6
Joshua & Kathy Schmidt
ERA Henley Real Estate - Cabot, AR


     That looks like a nice little place.  Congrats on the 100,000 point milestone.  Here is to the next 100K.

Jun 20, 2008 02:27 AM #7
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Carol, I do remember the glasses and things.  They now are considered collectibles, probably, and sell on ebay!

Jack, those days are only fond memories now, aren't they! 

Gary, those tumblers are probably selling on ebay now! 

Michael, my one luxury in life is the full service filling station that still operates here.  I pay them more for them to do those things still!  I think they deserve the tip more than lots of other people we tip.

Dick, I'm going to print out and frame your nice comment!  It may be my last.  It seems that 100,000 came easily.  I'm going to call Ray and see what happened to him.  You may be my next competitor so I'd better not let up.

Mary, I don't remember Deep Rock stations and I don't even remember gas that cheap! 

Joshua and Kathy, thanks for the comment.  I see you are from Cabot and I added you as associates and subscribed to your blog! 

Jun 20, 2008 02:55 AM #8
Anita Fuller

The station is not one in Searcy, and I'm thinking it isn't even a working station but a flea market/antique shop, as you said, Barbara.  I always travel with my camera and took this pic. because of the Esso pump.  I'm thinking it was taken around Tuckerman, Ark.   My lowest gas price rememberance is 25 cents/gal.  I had a VW Bug, and I could fill it up for less than $5.00 - and probably got 40 miles per gallon.    The station owner would always ask, "Check that oil?" - I always thought that was funny for I would have said, "Check the oil?"       One promotion I remember with Esso was   "Put a Tiger in your Tank" and they gave away stuffed tigers and things with tigers on them.   One time as a joke, one of Daddy's buddy's took the gas cap off our car and stuffed a (fake) tiger tail in it, so that the tail was the only thing sticking out. 

Jun 20, 2008 03:56 AM #9
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Barbara, does that bring back the memories.  I grew up in Kansas and that looks like some of the rural stations in the small towns.  It sounds like congrats on 100,000 points also.

Jun 20, 2008 02:34 PM #10
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Barbara - it seems like almost every rural town still has one of these old gas stations turned into an antique and collectibles place. I used to never be able to pass one by without stopping and looking around. My wife and I sometimes take trips and just hit small towns to see what we can see and try to find "stuff". Of course, now we just want to find someplace with some cheap gas.

Jun 21, 2008 01:55 AM #11
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Anita, thanks for clearing it up for us.  The old Tiger in the Tank was an excellent ad campaign and your tiger tail story was fun! 

Marchel, thanks on the points notice.  Memories!  Yes!

Mike, have you noticed fewer of those "stuff" places to explore.  Seems as if everyone can find what they want on ebay and cut the driving.  My husband always made me so mad because as I'd see a fun junk place to visit, we were just past it.  He'd say, "We'll stop on the way back."  Well the way back was too early for it to be open or on Sunday when it was closed.  Curses!  Makes me mad to think of it!!

Jun 21, 2008 02:52 AM #12
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